Hard to buy for?? Really?

So, someone, I won’t say who, eh-hum… Stephen, may have said I’m hard to buy for. While, I don’t really need or want anything, I don’t think that it is true that I’m hard to buy for. There is still stuff I’m interested in getting but haven’t for one reason or another.

So here is a gift guide for anyone who is shopping for someone who is like me. Stephen and I already agreed on doing a different kind of present this year so this is really not for me. But since I have time to online browse…thought it might be helpful to some other people looking for gift ideas for their vintage loving peeps. Esty and Mod Cloth are great places to start looking for those types of people. I also posted about a Stylus I’m still eyeballing a while ago. Would be awesome for a blogger or photographer or any type of artist really.

World Map Vintage Style Customized Colors - 12x18 Silhouette Art Print

Vintage Kodak XL362 Super 8 Movie Camera

CLOVER Extra long loose beige tights for BJD 60cm SD Delf Mod Cloth Mod Cloth DressOr a vintage bike, complete with basket and colorful paint job

Craigslist Fixer Upper Bike

Papillion Aire Bikes



My 30th Birthday Celebration

Where do I begin! The anticipation of my birthday was crazy! I wanted to know what was happening so BADLY….but at the same time wanted it to be a surprise. I had so many different options going on in my mind that it could be…ruling some things out or in depending on what people said. My friends are amazing! My lovely “girlfriend” T and Mr. 72 put so much effort into planning this. I can’t THANK them enough. I don’t think I have ever had such an amazing, spectacular, fun, silly or special birthday in my life. THANK YOU to V3 for putting up with the two mentioned above and helping to plan my birthday too! You all deserve medals I think…better yet, a GOLD Star!

So  the clues that led me to know what we were doing? When the beginning process started, T mentioned it was family friendly. Hmm…intriguing. My mind is going a few different places. Then, a few weeks before I mentioned to Mr. 72 that I wanted to wear orange pants on my birthday. Why, he asked. Well, why not? I said. He said well that would be fine. Not sure why this led me to the idea of going to the circus…maybe because of the family friendly comment? One of my favorite places on earth is the circus or a carnival….that would be amazing. Then a few days before the event, I showed Mr. 72 my new outfit, and he said “that’s actually perfect”. Ensue confusion because little did they know, I googled to see if the circus was still in town, nope. Darn. There are couple other things I’ve been wondering about…maybe I’ll figure it out.

The day of: I start driving to Mr. 72’s house for the 5:30 show up time. My thoughts, ok, there’s one of three options; trapeze flying, house party, roller skating. All very good options. Then I get a text, “bring socks”. LOL I call back saying I’m not driving home because I’m 10 feet from your house. I will text T to bring me a pair. Roller Skating at Skate Land it is!!!! Woot!! This is what I wanted for my birthday the whole time! Stoopid silly fun! I love it! Dodging kids, getting sideways glances from parents, holding hands with Mr. 72 while skating, doing the chicken dance, getting yelled at for skating backwards with my girlfriend and subsequently falling on my ass. They even got cheesecake and cookies, pizza, soda and GLOW STICKS!!!    IT WAS INCREDIBLE!! Thank you to all my dear friends that made it out, it was such a special birthday and so happy I could share it with you. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

I was also surprised at getting any gifts on my birthday…I guess after a certain age, I just don’t think about getting gifts that much at birthday parties….I was just happy I had friends that showed up! LOL. But I can’t go without mentioning that Mr. 72 got me an amazing birthday gift, holy crap. Thank you so much! A new zoom lense! I have been complaining that my lens has no zoom to take pictures of him riding his motor bike at the track so he got me one! (Granted this helps him too, lol) But still!

Then a few of us headed out for some cocktails at Coach & Willies in downtown Chandler. Thank you to whoever got me the inappropriate shot. The apple(?) shot was yummy. Mr. 72 actually embarrassed me a little with his silliness….he’s so freakin cute sometimes. We talked about disgusting things too much, lol. Throw in some British accents and you were basically there! I loved this night. I can’t be appreciative enough for my friends, you are the bestest.

Then on my actual birthday. Exactly what I wanted. A lot of time with Mr. 72, I got to see my baby boy and my parents. It was perfect.

Mr. 72 went with me on a retro shopping trip in central Phoenix. We stopped at my favorite shop, Retro Ranch. This place is the amaze-balls. I could spend all day in there trying on old vintage clothes, poking around at the records and jewelry, and deciding what home decoration I need. I actually found an antique GE Light Meter! Holy Cats! (thanks “nelle” for that term). I will post about that soon.

We stopped over at Bizarre Guitar and Drum and Mr. 72 got to eyeball all the drums and symbols and such. He actually found something he had been needing so that was a major bonus! I learned about the Black Beauty drum. One day Mr. 72 needs to own one, his face gets all excited just talking about it.

Then…..we went over to a retro store that I used to love. Not going to name names because I hope they fix the issue but….the store has a store cat….and everything bad that goes along with having a cat. Everything smelled like cat piss. Makes me sad cause I really liked that store. I have no sense of smell so if it was bad for me, it must have been horrible for everyone else. I ran out of these without looking at anything. <sad face>

We got our grub on at Two Hippie’s Breakfast Joint. Yum!!!!! I will be back. I had the Feta Spinach Garlic Burger… wow, it was incredible! I had a urge to do what my sister does and order something strange, so I got that and boy I don’t regret it! The fries were perfect too and the orange Fanta was just icing on the cake!

We also checked out an antique store, Home Again Furniture and Antiques, on the corner that I hadn’t gone to. This store was packed! It was fun browsing and showing each other things we remember from our past or just different and cool stuff. You should check this store out when you have a chance.

After spending some good time with my baby boy and parents, they kindly watched him so me and Mr. 72 could go on a romantic dinner at Flemmings. Mr. 72 was my usual gentleman and ordered his little lady a glass of wine and her steak. Maybe I’m old fashioned in some regards but I love when he orders for me. It was DELICIOUS! The bread and homemade butter was so good I even had some after I had my steak! The restaurant even gave me a $25 gift card and truffles since it was my birthday! WOW. I subsequently gave the truffles to my parents as a Thank You.

I couldn’t have had a better birthday if I planned it myself. Thank you to everyone who made it so special for me. I will never forget my 30th Birthday. What an amazing weekend spent with the people I love the most. What more could a girl ask for!

Here’s some more pictures, enjoy!

Jurgen’s Family Fun

This family is hilarious! I had such a great time taking their pictures and goofing around and listening to how much they get along! Rare, I know, but these four kids love each other and it’s evident in how they interact. If only we all could learn from their example of what it means to accept someone for who they are and celebrate their individual uniqueness.

Thank you Leo, Ariel, Lyric and Ayannah for letting me take some pictures of you!

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30 years …beware text heavy post.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how the past 30 years of my life have played out. Some of it makes me really happy, proud, and excited. Some makes me sad, frustrated, and hopeful that I’ll never make those types of decisions again or be in that situation again.

I had a bucket list, I didn’t complete most of it. But I did replace it with some things that were way more important and long-lasting though. I had my baby boy. I met my soul mate. I’ve realized how important family is. Less seriously, I went camping a LOT. I no longer really know what’s happening on reality TV, which means I’m living my life. I started to believe in myself and delve into hobbies more.  

I also have been determining where I stand on issues, religion, politics and what influences me to make those decisions or opinions. It’s interesting to see my thought process change throughout my life but my core values always stayed true to the intent.

Case in point – I believe in a god. True statement. But my idea of god has changed dramatically, from my opinion that god is a religious entity, to a god that watches over us without religious affiliation. Similar to how I envision my grandma watching over me. I still think about her often even though I didn’t know her well in my life-time, maybe because I am her namesake? Anytime I see the clouds make a smiley face, I say “Hi Grandma” and I hope she helps me make better decisions. Or if I’m having a bad day, I usually talk to her. I don’t know if she hears me or even if she agrees with me, after all  I didn’t know her. But it helps to think she is listening for some reason.

I don’t believe in a judgmental god, nor one that is tied to a specific religion or people. My belief in that has changed as I used to think you had to be a certain religion and follow a set of rules to be “saved”. I no longer feel this way. I’ve come to terms with the fact that everyone experiences god differently. I used to get upset or judge people when they didn’t feel the same as I did. I love my idea of god, I fully experience this while practicing yoga, out in nature, when I see a good friend or family member really happy, or when I think of all the things that had to happen for me to bring Smiles into this world or the odds of finally seeing my soul mate. (I’ll explain “seeing” in another post).

30 years is a long time, not in the sense that I’m old but that in the first 30 years of life you go through so much change compared to your last half of life (hopefully this is only the first half). 30 years full of learning how to be, who to be, and what you want to be. I want to be a compassionate, loving, happy person who seeks to help people around me do the same. I’m not trying to be perfect, that’s boring, but if I try to be full of compassion and happy, then those around me will be too. I’ve learned that I don’t want to be friends with grumpy, life-sucking, fake, or unhappy people. I also don’t like feeling like I’m competing with people who are supposed to be friends, which is something I dealt with a lot. Sorry if you are one of those people.  I’ve learned that only people who want help or to be happy, will be, and those who don’t, don’t need to be around me or the people I love.

I’m learning how to communicate. I’ve gotten in the bad habit of shutting down and walking away from confrontation or a situation that may lead to confrontation. I’m learning (mostly with the help of Mr. 72) how to address problems and fix them, instead of letting them fester and get worse. I still don’t have this down but at least I recognize when I’m doing it.

I’ve learned (and am still learning) to relax as a mom. My son is a hand full; some days are better than others. I’ve realized that all the books, websites, and advice are only as good as the person receiving it. If the advice doesn’t work for you then throw it away. Every parent has to decide what works for them and their child. Do I still feel judged for not doing certain things or doing something a certain way, yes, but at the end of the day, if me and Smiles are happy and taken care of, that is all that matters. I think kids should be kids, there is enough time for them to be quiet, well-behaved, and clean when they are adults (although, when his actions affect someone else or his safety, then we will have a problem). I want Smiles to enjoy being a kid for as long as possible.

I’ve learned what true love is, what a soul mate is, and what it means to love someone faults and all. And in turn, what it feels like to be loved in the same way.

I’ve learned that I want a simple life. I want to be surrounded by kids, family, and a few good friends. I want a career I am passionate about and that allows me to be creative. I’ve learned that my parents are usually right. I’ve learned that only I can make judgments about me. I’ve learned that I have a lot of pet peeves.

But mostly, I’ve learned that I’m still growing into the person I want to be. I look forward to the next 30 years…spending time with Smiles, Mr. 72, family, and a few close friends. Thank you to all my family and friends who have supported me along the way and helped shape me into the person I am now. I am immensely grateful for the patience it must have taken to deal with a personality such as mine.