Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Thing About Being A Girl

I walked into work this morning and the first clip from the new Ninja Turtles movie came on the tv and I squealed, "OH MY GOD, IT'S THE NINJA TURTLES TRAILER!" My coworker turned and gave me the hairy eyeball and I realized I had maybe let too much show. If I was the Wizard, then I had let the curtain fall completely.

My best girls know how much of a nerd I am, and of course my family too, but not many other people know the truth. So here it is, the whole truth about me...

Bulldozers, Cranes, Backhoes:
My father ran a structural steel business while I was growing up. As such, he brought home toys like backhoes, bulldozers, cranes. My Barbies were great and all, but they couldn't do anything besides prance around on their toes. With my fleet of Caterpillar construction toys I could build an entire town out of sand. But my mother also put me in tap, ballet and modern dance. I loved dancing. But I hated tights. Even now as an adult I will wear tights to work and then race home to tear them off. They're just so... confining. I put them on and immediately have the urge to do a plie in second position. And then scratch at my legs.

My sister and I have a habit of talking back and forth in movie lines, typically from Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, or Star Wars (I'm talking Episodes IV, V and VI). It drives our mother crazy because she has no idea what we're giggling about (but she is also hard of hearing so she doesn't always hear what we said in the first place, let alone understand the reference). I'm not about to name my first child Arwen but I could easily sit on a couch for an entire day watching one movie after the other. And yes, as a child I loved the Ninja Turtle movies. Get over it. (As an aside: I am also totally partial to super cheesy rom-coms, I just don't quote them openly.)

I only just thought of this because Famous Footwear just sent me a coupon - it's like they KNOW I am in the mood to buy shoes. I own (in my mother's opinion) an exorbitant amount of footwear. However, the amount of heels is minimal. Maybe it's because I grew up on a dirt road and nice shoes just weren't practical or maybe it's from the years spent in ballet shoes pointing until I thought my foot might break, but I'm a practical (flat) kind of shoe buyer. How many pairs of boots/Toms/flip flips does a girl need? My answer: can you ever have too many? I think not. Which reminds me that I do need a new pair of Toms for Spring...

It occurs to me that maybe categorizing myself as a "nerd" is not what this post is all about. More, it's about the fact that while I might have long blonde hair, be partial to the color pink, buy things because they are "pretty" (speaking of which, my new Never Summer snowboard is up at the mountain and I can't wait to pick it up this weekend!!!), and love, love, love to bake (or just be in the kitchen, really) I am just as likely to be fine with getting dirty, watching a hockey game, or hurting myself while doing whatever sport the season calls for. So yeah, I am excited about the new Ninja Turtles movie and I guess I'm not embarrassed about expressing that to you, my readers. I am more than one thing. I'm a compilation of some very confusing and contradicting characteristics. But aren't we all? No one is one dimensional. That's what makes us all interesting, layered. Much like a cronut... ohmygod, have you tried one? My mind is wandering because I'm hungry, apologies.



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