Happy 2009

elkie winters, originally uploaded by lclea.

Now I know that everyone is bemoaning 2008, everyone is dissing it 6 ways to Sunday, and everyone is glad its 2009. Well, I for one had a decent 2008. I met some really cool people where I taught college classes for the first time (yah Concordia), I applied to and actually got into a PhD program which has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I bought a house. After years of being stuck, I got myself unstuck and moved into a life I’d only been dreaming about. So don’t go hating on 2008 too much, it was pretty good to me. 2009, well, we don’t know each other very well yet. Hopefully we’ll be buds.

What does an elk tush have to do with 2009? … um nothing. Its my gift to you.

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Its the new 30

scan0306, originally uploaded by lclea.

…or the new black, I don’t know, but that’s what they are saying about 40 these days. I had really meant to post this like a couple of days ago, but c’est la vie.

People magazine usually has an issue like, 40 and fabulous or something like that, where they show stars that spend tons of time and money to not look their ages (sometimes a loosing battle). Well, I turned 40 this year and didn’t see a single age affirming issue or article, so I’m doing it.

This year I noticed a lot of people turned 40. I’m a dedicated Ipoder and listen to podcasts to pass the time driving. Lou Mongello of the WDW Radio show and Disney World Trivia turned 40 and blogged about his celebration, the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the yarn godess who’s blog I love told about a 40th birthday/knitting party she hosted the day after my own 40th.  I started to see 40 year olds at every turn.  Its like when you buy a new car and suddenly see it everywhere, suddenly it seemed like everyone was turning 40. So after a bit of research, I have a list of others and since those slackers at People let me down, I’ll create my own little article: 2008 40 and FABULOUS!!

Breakfast Club’s Molly Ringwald AND Anthony Michael Hall, Lisa Marie Presley, Ashley Judd, Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim, Guy Ritchie, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Gillian “X Files” Anderson, Lucy Liu, DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba, Debra Messing, LL Cool J, Patricia Arquette, Celine frigging Dion, Lucy Lawless, Owen Wilson, and Will Smith.

So if the Wolverine, Ex-Mr. Madonna, Elvis’ little girl, Xena, and the Fresh Prince can all turn 40 and still look young and great, then so can I. True side note: Right before the holidays my mom treated me to a pedicure. The woman giving me the pedicure had just, you guessed it, turned 40. I think its catching…

Oh and Wednesday when I went to the store to get a bit of champagne for the New Year celebration, guess who got carded? Yup, little ol’ me, and it happened three other times this year, maybe 40 is the new 20? Either that or we need to get these people some glasses!

Happy New Year!