Friday, March 7, 2014

Shredding & What I Know For Sure

I live by a few simple rules. Here they are:

Don't be afraid to look ridiculous.

Have fun making people laugh while looking ridiculous.
Try new things.

Don't be afraid to fail, or fall.
Laugh. A lot.  It's okay to cry and feel crazy and get angry (um, I wrote about that part of life last week and possibly scared some people). But then you laugh.  

Get up!  Again. And Again. And Again.

Oh my god, this is so cliche I feel like a fucking Hallmark card.  But damn, those people at Hallmark are really smart because well, they just are.  I've been feeling down on my luck, mad at the world, why me and all kinds of waaaa lately.  When I borrowed Lucy's snowboard and gave the mountain hill a shot, I felt too old, awkward, stupid.  "What is mom dooooing?" I heard one of my kids say behind me.  They thought I was ridiculous.  And then I said something funny and they laughed and I laughed.  And I went for it.  I felt the wind rush through my hair, for about a second before I fell.  More laughter.

I got up.  I GOT up.  I was determined to make it down the mountain hill.  I did sort of.  
"She did it!  She made it!" the kids cheered.  We were all laughing, they were clapping and I felt like I had indeed really made it.  Conquering the mountain hill sort of helps with the seemingly insurmountable yuck of other parts of life. Um, hello again cliche.   

I am living life by a few simple rules and I am shredding, baby--I know that for sure (this week).

Here's what else I know for sure this week:

  • I am going to the Avett Brothers concert in May and I know that I cannot f*cking wait.  I've been obsessed with this band since my brother put their song Paranoia in B Flat Major on his annual Songs You Can't Live Without Mix CD. Remember mix tapes? Ha. My brother makes me an awesome mix CD and it's my favorite gift every Christmas. Anyway, um, did you read what I wrote? I AM GOING TO AN AVETT BROTHERS CONCERT! Oh yeah, I can't wait to get my hipster on and rock the hell out of that show.  
This is their newest video form their latest album.  The song has lyrics that are like anthems that sum up my outlook on life.  I mean "Even though I know there's hope in every morning song, I have to find the melody alone." What? Are you kidding me? Yes!

  • Good things can happen from the Nororvirus.  Yep, mmm-hmmm, I just typed that.  Not only did I discover that underneath those snotty tween exteriors there are nice, sweet people in my house.  The story of how my kids took care of me when I was sick was featured on  Awww, now more people will know my kids aren't jerks all the time. See? That's good. Click here to check it out.

  • Lucy is 10.  It's been a week since she turned double digits.  I know for sure that I still kind of can't believe it.  It. flew. by.
She kind of looks like she can't believe it either.  

Here's the video I made her in case you didn't see it when I posted it earlier.  Or in case you want to watch it again.

Decade of Lucy from Jumping With My Fingers Crossed on Vimeo.

  • The Oscars were waaaay better than I thought they'd be.  Best show in years.  And the speeches were so good. 

  • Lupita wins the award for being an amazing person.  I want to give her all kinds of awards and I haven't even seen 12 Years A Slave yet.  Her Oscar speech was great, but the speech at the Essence luncheon? Holy wow.  I'm sure you've seen it, but here it is again.  I watched this with my kids.  Such a great message about self-love and compassion and beauty.

  • Daffodils make me happy.  And so do polka dot coffee mugs and gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  

  • I'm a sucker for some reality TV. I know it might seem crazy to some people, but I'm going to DVR Lindsay Lohan's docu-show on OWN this Sunday and I'm looking forward to The Real Housewives of New York's season premiere.  I can't help it and I'm sorry that I'm not sorry.

What do you know for sure (this week)?  C'mon, we're friends, share what you know. 

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  1. I gotta keep this post up for a while so I can come back to all the goodness. Laughter really IS the best medicine. Oh Look! Another cliche! ;) I love that your kiddos took care of you while sick. That is the sweetest!! And good for you for making it down that "mountain"!! xo

  2. You ARE shredding! I just nodded my head through this whole post because that video of your daughter - sniff... your kids taking care of you - awesome sniff... Lupita wins at being amazing - agree... just ALL OF IT - yes!

    1. Awww, thanks for yes-ing everything. I love seeing you pop up here in my comments. Thanks for reading!!!

  3. Not being afraid to look ridiculous is one of the #1 things I need to work on. My husband doesn't care. I think he has more fun and I do.

    I am so jealous you are going to see the Avett Brothers! I am semi-obsessed with them. My favorite lines are from Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promises: "If you're loved by someone, you're never rejected/Decide what to be and go BE IT."

    1. Even though I look ridiculous a lot, my husband still has more fun than I do. :)
      And I love the lines from the Avett Brothers song that you picked, they are some of my favorites too. I might even say life changing lines that I think about A LOT.

  4. I love your exuberance and love of life and laughter, Angela. Every time I come here, read your words, look at your pictures, watch your videos - I always walk away feeling better. That, I know for sure. So, thank you.

    1. Oh my gosh, Alison! Thank YOU for saying that.

  5. I love that you went down that hill and got up when you fell and went down again. And laughter is the best. I always feel better after a big laugh.

    1. I was slooow to get up event though I was laughing (not to mention sore the next day). I told my kids older people fall harder. lol. I totally agree with you I always feel better after a big laugh.

  6. Next on my bucket list: try snowboarding:) And you know I'm with you on the Avett bros. excitement...makes me smile constantly!!

    1. I CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO THE CONCERT TOGETHER!!!! And yeah, I'm yelling. Happy yelling.

  7. One of the funniest things is when people fall down while skiing or skating. What I know for sure is that when I fall down doing those things, I laugh even harder. Love this post!