Birthday shenanigans

I went out last night with my best friend, whom I’ve known for 19 years, as well as another friend from high school and my best friends sister and wife. This was the first time in a while that we had hung out together outside of my best friend’s home. Between work and kids it’s not easy to coordinate time to go out. But it was her birthday and she was determined to go out and celebrate. We went to dinner at an Ecuadorean restaurant called Nano’s in Midtown NYC. I have to say the food was genuinely amazing. Each dish had such an authentic flavor infused with cilantro and lime. We had ceviche as one of our appetizers. I thought it was delicious until I asked my friend “how do they get the onions this texture?” at which point I was told “that’s not onions that’s squid”. On to the next appetizer please! 

   
     

Nano’s is a whole in the wall eatery and I find those types of restaurants make the best food.  

After the restaurant we couldn’t figure out what to do next. We decided on a place called Slate. When we googled it, we figured it would be a good place because it had drinks, music, pool tables and ping pong tables. When we got there we realized we were probably the oldest people there. Mainly a bunch of early twenty-something’s bumping and grinding. I think it’s funny how ten years ago, that was me and my friends. Now, however, I can’t help but to look at the youngsters making out on the dance floor and want to throw up. Funny what a difference ten years makes when it comes to your outlook on certain things. So we get a drink at the bar and are just standing there in the middle of the floor with no idea of what to do with ourselves. The pool tables have an hour wait so we decided to leave. Needless to say, we ended up going home like a bunch of old ladies. Looks like my original idea of going to the comedy club didn’t seem so bad after all.

   
   So first I drop off my friend who lives in Bayonne New Jersey. She was sitting in the back seat and all of a sudden I hear the sound of air pumping. My friend in the back decided to start pumping her breasts while we were driving! Yes she has a baby but I definitely wasn’t expecting that one. I thought it was hilarious that she was walking around the city on a Friday night with her breast pump in her purse. Good thing the bouncers didn’t check our bags before we went in! She asked if I could turn the music up so we don’t hear her pumping and I asked if she could please not leak on my seats (every mother knows breast milk is impossible to clean off) So we drop her off and her boyfriend is standing outside waiting for her. She gets out of the car, gives him a kiss and we all begin talking. My friends pump starts leaking and that’s when we knew it was time to go. My other friend started to fall asleep on the car ride home and I couldn’t wait to get in my bed like the true old lady that I am. I could barely get up the next morning as it takes me three days to recuperate from two drinks nowadays. 

Lesson learned: once you reach 30 years of age, you need to have a set plan in mind. “Winging it” is no longer an option. My birthday is coming up next month and I’m definitely thinking comedy club!

Woman to grace the $10 bill in 2020

 So it’s been announced that in 2020, a woman will be placed on the $10 bill. Currently, Alexander Hamilton is the face of this bill. Before him it was Andrew Jackson, who is now on the $20 bill. The change will take effect in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. It is undecided as of right now who the lucky lady will be. Martha Washington was the last woman to grace our currency for a brief period from 1891-1896. The chosen woman must be deceased. Some people are saying Jackie O, others are saying Eleanor Roosevelt. 
Do you have any thoughts on who would be a good selection? There’s so many women who have worked so hard in the past to gain equal rights for women that I really am excited to see who it will come down to.

Love

A good friend of mine told me once that love is something that develops over time and you can’t possibly love someone before you truly get to know them. I’m not 100% sure that I agree with that theory. I do agree that you shouldn’t rush into situations but at the same time I genuinely believe that there are people you meet in life that you “just know” you want to be next to. There was a guy once that from the minute I saw him I knew I wanted to be close to him. And when we hung out for the first time, it was as if I had known him for years. There wasn’t that uncomfortable awkwardness that you generally feel on a first date. There was not that fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. He got me……and I got him. We could unapologetically be ourselves with each other and every time I was with him, time ceased to exist. Time went in slow motion when he was around. I’m not saying that I loved him but I know that if it would have went on just a little while longer I would have. I still think about this person and wonder what might have been. Yet, there are other people I dated that I barely thought twice about after it was over. Relationships that I moved on from far quicker than I would have guessed. So who’s to say what love is? Time doesn’t define how much you love a person. You can be with a person 2 months and fall head over heels in love. At the same time, you can be with someone for years and not be in love with them at all.

Spring love

Spring is in the air. So is love. These last few weeks I have seen so many male animals trying to woo a not so eager female. Just a couple of days ago I saw a male bird on my porch trying to cozy up to his female counterpart. Every time he moved closer she took two steps back. She did not seem the least bit interested by his advances. Today at the zoo there were three peacocks chasing a female. She was literally running from them. Anytime I’ve seen male animals attempting to seduce a female, she appeared to be annoyed and wanted no part of what he had to offer. Have you ever seen animals mating? The female looks like she’s being tortured. Like she just wants to get it over with. Female humans seem to be the only species who are so concerned with getting a males attention. Only female humans compete for the attention of a man. Maybe we should follow in the footsteps of the female animal kingdom. Seems to be the more they get ignored by the object of their desire, the harder they chase after her. Female animals make the men work for their goodies. They do NOT let it go that easy. Male animals have to prove their masculinity to her, have to show why he is more worthy than the other males. This is how it should be for humans too. Make him prove that he is worth your attention, that he has more to offer than the next guy.