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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

For Sure

Not too long ago, inspired by Oprah's final thoughts in O magazine, I came up with a list of 13 Things I Know For Sure and after seeing Mama Kat's writing prompts for this week, I had to revisit, revamp and re-share my list with some edits and seven addendum's.

I haven't been on this planet that long, but certainly long enough to learn a few things about myself, my habits, my body, the products I use, the company I keep and my pastimes, that I am now willing to put in black-and-white:

1) Bangs only look cute on Heidi Klum and always seem like a good idea at the time, but will take forever to grow out and look terrible on my face.

2) No matter how great my intentions are, fresh produce will go bad before I know it. Buy as you need, no more, no less.

3) I might as well get $100 out of the ATM, I know I'll spend it and it will save me the time and embarrassment at Subway.

4) The hotter the shower, the drier my skin.

5) I should have started using eye cream at age 20 instead of age 30.

6) Generic brand Q-tips suck!

7) If it's already 9:00, do not start a movie, I will fall asleep. The exception to this is when my husband is out of town and then for some god forsaken reason, I can stay up until after midnight.

8) Send thank you notes immediately! Having to start with, "I'm sorry this is so late..." is no way to thank someone.

9) A watched pot never boils, a phone doesn't ring, nor an 'In Box' fill.

10) I will never be known for my dinner parties, but maybe my unique handwriting.

11) There is such a thing as karma and I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around and it can show up in many different forms; parking spots, waits in line, transferring sleeping children from car seats to cribs and simply being at the right place at the right time.

12) Chances are I will probably never breathe the same air as Dave Matthews, but a girl can dream, can't she? *Swoon*

13) As much as people may think, it really doesn't take a lot to make me happy; a bowl of popcorn, a fountain drink (or these days a Hansen's diet soda), an hour on the treadmill or in a book store, a full tank of gas, showing up on time.

14) I believe in the power of positive thinking, girl time, dancing a bad mood away and a good cry.

15) Pottery Barn Kids furniture is lust worthy only when pictured in the catalog, once you get it into your home, it's crap!

16) Everyone should call their parents more.

17) "This too shall pass" may be cliche and super annoying, but it's true.

18) It's time to accept the fact that every time I make plans with you-know-who, she will either: flake, be late, change them at the last minute, or postpone to the point where I want to give up on the friendship all together.

19) Motherhood is the toughest and most rewarding job I have ever had.

20) It's okay to ask for help, forgiveness and a rain check (as long as you're not already 15 minutes late).

What do you know for sure?

This post was written for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop, Prompt 3.) What I know for sure.

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Blogger Danielle said...

So my favorite is #12...I've been dreaming for years! ;)

March 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger {Not Quite} Susie said...

Love it! I'm right there with you on all except #10 {I don't have cool handwriting}, #12 and #13- I'm never on time. ;)

March 30, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Ohhh #18 I have going on right now! Frustrating!!
And #11 is a huge discussion in our house, I am trying to teach my boys that Karma is very real!

March 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I have thought about buying furniture from Pottery Barn several times but I always walk away instead.

I have been to over 30 Dave Matthews concerts, I used to be slightly addicted to him.

Karma is wonderful.

I would like to see a pic of that unique handwriting.

March 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

One day I would love to introduce you to Dave Matthews-this is like my goal in life! Haha! And yes, I agree, your handwriting is super cool. I've always admired it. : )

March 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger June Freaking Cleaver said...

Sounds like #18 needs to be lower on YOUR priority list, as she seems to have put you down near the bottom of hers.

March 30, 2011 at 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Miel Abeille said...

Great list! I love #13, because it really is the simple things that can make me happiest, too. :)

March 31, 2011 at 2:44 AM  
Blogger Farmers Wifey said...

I know for sure that I love this list!!! Visiting from Mama Kats!

March 31, 2011 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Great list, I'm with you on number one and number six and my number 18 has come and now gone because it was too draining. Now I want to see your handwriting. :)

March 31, 2011 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger Dumb Mom said...

I've breathed the same air as Justin Timberlake (possibly I even took what he exhaled into my lungs we were that close) so it could happen to you to. The Dave Matthews thing. JT's carbon dioxide is mine, thank you very much!

March 31, 2011 at 4:45 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

Karma is absolutely a witch. I have a friend like you described. I just quit asking or making plans. We still talk occasionally but not like we used to. some things are just better left laying.

March 31, 2011 at 5:09 AM  
Blogger Elena said...

I love this list! #1, 2, 5, 6, 7 & 15 are so very true!

March 31, 2011 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

great list! my favorite is #12. oh, if only!!

March 31, 2011 at 5:32 AM  
Anonymous Ilana @ mommyshorts said...

You had me with #1. I have debated cutting bangs every day for last five years. And it is all Heidi Klum's fault. Thank you for the reality check.

March 31, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Nichole said...

LOVE your list, Tonya.
And you have already come closer to breathing the same air as Dave than I ever will. Sigh.

March 31, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous MamaRobinJ said...

This is an absolutely fabulous list. So many of the things on it totally speak to me.

I'm totally living 2, 6, 7, and 9. And 13 is great - a fountain pop is my fave.

March 31, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

I always think that bangs will look good. Never a good idea.

March 31, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen on the eye cream. I wish I had done it at 20. Because at 30-something, I sure can tell.

And karma is definitely real.

March 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

There are SO many of these things I would put on my own list! We are two peas in a pod, you and I!

And I totally agree about the bangs! I remember that each and every time I cut them!

March 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

I'm nodding my head to so many of these. Especially #7. lol.

March 31, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...

great list and sooo very true! I'm so there on number 18 too!

March 31, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I agree about bangs, and Craig is a die-hard *real* Q-Tip lover!

March 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous KindredAdventures said...

What a great post. So much fun to read. I loved all of yours. Some of mine additions: 1) You will make a mistake at some point in your mothering career. Trying to be perfect if futile. When you do make a mistake just hope it is not a big one. 2) There are never enough hours in a day. Do your best to do what you can, kids and hubby first!

March 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Courtney (AKA MommaRoberts) said...

Get post! I'm hopping over from the blog hop! even cooler news??? I have a son named Lucas too :)

April 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Mom Went Crazy said...

This is such a great list. All of these things are 'for sures.' Thanks for the pottery barn info on #15. I always feel so jealous that I can't afford PBKids stuff (or regular PB stuff) Now I'll just stick to regular PBish stuff

April 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

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