I can’t believe I’m not in therapy.. Embarrassing Stories.

Helene in Between Blogtober

I’m no stranger to embarrassment. Sometimes I bring it upon myself.

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But the truth is, I embarrass myself daily and usually not on purpose. I don’t know why or how, but somehow I manage to do or say something stupid nearly every day. It’s a gift. #blessed.

When prompted to talk about my most embarrassing moment, I have to be honest, I wanted to skip this because I didn’t want to relive the past and bring up memories I have already buried deep into the back of my subconscious. But I decided to man up and vaguely reminisce about some terribly embarrassing times. You’re welcome.

Where to start?

Well, how about the time in elementary school when I was running outside on the black top at recess and neglected to see the giant kick ball rolling toward me. While running – I stepped on it and it launched me face and knees first a few feet away. I ripped my brand new flower embroidered flared jeans. I cried. A lot. Because I ripped my jeans and not because I was bleeding all over.

One time my friend and I prank phone called random people from the phone book.. and they called back.. and my parents answered. And they made us get on the phone and apologize to the strangers.

There are few times in highschool when I was drinking… beverages not deemed appropriate for those under 21 years of age.. okay I was drinking beer, tequila rose, ice 101 and anything else I could get my little hands on! Sue me! Anyway.. I’ve done some pretty embarrassing things under the influence like… throw up in Paco’s truck and then pass out so he had to carry me home to bed. (He really is a gem for even talking to me still.)

And I guess if we’re talking about embrassing moments I should probably mention the time I peed my pants at the annual hometown days carnival as a kid. On one of the rides.

Or that time I passed out in a dirty clothes hamper at a party…

I’m sure there are more traumatic stories but I think I managed to repress those memories for future therapy sessions that I’m obviously going to need sooner than later.

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Superstitious vs. OCD – Blogtober

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I love this prompt and I can’t wait to read other posts to see how weird people are in comparison to me. Just kidding (No I’m not.) I always considered myself a very superstitious person but now after brainstorming a list of these quirky things I believe in.. I wonder if I just have OCD instead..

Anyway! Back to the topic.

I believe in the typical superstitions like black cats, knocking on wood, crossing your fingers, walking under ladders, broken mirrors, full moons, etc. But I have a few other quirky things that I believe in.

MY PERSONAL SUPERSTITIONS (aka OCD tendencies)

– I will NOT pick a penny up off the ground unless it’s head up.
– I won’t pick up ANY other money off the ground (unless it’s a heads up penny) because I’m afraid something bad will happen to me for being greedy.
– I make wishes on fallen eyelashes, every time.
– I believe that you MUST eat a piece of birthday cake at ANY birthday party or it’s bad luck for the birthday person.
– I get in bed every night on one side, and out of bed every morning on the other side.
– I say “blessed be thy name” if someone says the Lords name in vain (even though I’m not super religious…)
– I have a few different routes I can take home but I take the same way almost every time out of fear that the ONE time I don’t take my normal route something bad will happen.
– I have to pray every night for my family and friends and do the sign of the cross twice.
– I turn my phone alarm on and off 4 or 5 times in a row just to “double check” that it is set for the correct time.
– I will not wear an outfit again if something bad happened when I wore it.

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A Letter to My Younger Self.. Blogtober Prompt

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Better late than never.. linking with Helene & Taylor for Blogtober.

I have often thought about how great it would be to travel back in time to talk to my younger self and tell her to “shut up and relax!”

Do you ever look back at the “problems” you thought you had in high school and laugh? I do. Back then I was so worried about tiny, worthless, miniscule things that should not have occupied a moment of my time, but back then they seemed as large as mountains.

I’m sure you’ve heard the familiar line “Ohhh when you grow up and look back at these times you’re going to miss them and how easy your life is now.” I don’t miss all of those times per say but I do miss not having responsibilities and all that other junk us grownups have to deal with.

If I was given the chance now to start over again as a young whipper snapper high school student I don’t think I would even entertain the thought. While there are some things I think I may have done differently, I do believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason so I probably wouldn’t change a thing I did. Except for wearing that the long jean skirt with a side slit and metallic ADIDAS superstar sneakers, I would burn that outfit. And those bangs.. grow that shit out, Nancy.

But, I would tell younger Nancy a few things:

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Dear Nancy,

First and foremost.. you are NOT fat. In a few years you are going to look back at photos of yourself and ask yourself WHY you ever thought you were. You’re perfect. Relax. Don’t waste another moment thinking about it.

Please make sure to tell your family and friends how much they mean to you, because one day some of them will suddenly be gone.

Establish an exercise routine NOW.

Don’t straighten your hair so much. Embrace the waves. You look stupid with slicked down hair.

Join a couple sports teams or clubs in high school and college. You are way too competitive to not compete in a sport.

Don’t be so shy.

And gain some confidence. Confidence is sexy, insecurity in not.

Don’t be afraid to speak up.

QUIT smoking, you asshole.

Stop comparing yourself to others. That shit is annoying.

Most importantly, don’t stress so much about the future. Older Nancy is figuring that out for you.

Check out my letter to Future Nancy here: Dear Nancy – Please Eat Fruit Loops

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Favorite Book – Blogtober #25

I go through stages with reading books. I love reading, I just never seem to make time for it. Currently, I have the following books opened and dog eared but not finished: Mockingjay – the last book of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Darker – the second book of Fifty Shades of Gray, Seriously, I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres, and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Yeah.. that sounds a little ridiculous now that I typed those all out. And as you can see I like all kids of books: SCI-FI fan girl, smut, humor and depressing/dark/holy shit wtf is this book stuff.

Typically I’ll get super into a book and finish it within a week – as I did with Gone Girl a few months ago. But lately, I think my blog reading is taking up my book reading time. Which I can’t complain about since I LOVE reading all your blogs.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a terrible memory so when prompted to talk about my favorite book I had a hard time. I went to my computer room bookshelf, took a peek and instantly said “Oh yeah! I loved that book!”

I had seen this woman on Bravo’s Kell On Earth TV Show and loved her. She is the type of person that truly believes in tough love and she kind of scares me. I don’t think I could ever work for her because she’d probably make me pee my pants. You may remember her from the days of MTV’s The Hills when Lauren and Whitney both worked at her PR company. The second I heard she wrote a book I ran out and bought it.

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I highlighted so many quotes from this book and I’m glad I did because just flipping through the pages to find my favorite quotes for this post reminded me that I need to re-read this book. Below are some of my favorites from this book:

“This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a bad day, a bad month or a shitty year. Things will change: you won’t feel this way forever.”

“After all, you can’t be truly happy if you’ve never known pain.”

“when you’re the most happening person at a party, it’s time to leave.”

“..if you act as if you know what you’re doing and as if you’re in charge, you’ll be surprised how many people will let you be in charge.”

“..sometimes in life seasons don’t come in order; instead of fall, winter, spring, summer, we get three winters in a row.”

“..in every situation you will surprise yourself over and over again.”

“.. you can fake your way over to the table, but ultimately you have to learn how to eat.”

..”if you don’t have faith in yourself and in something larger than yourself, and if you want to take this world at face value, you’re going to have a f*cking nasty ride.”

I think this book is a must read for every young professional woman. It’s uplifting, real and fun.

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