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Why Watching Parenthood Freaks Me Out

I’ve always wondered when I would finally feel like an adult.

I thought it would happen at 18. But when you’re still in high school, that 18th birthday doesn’t seem so special.

Then I thought it would happen when I went away to college. But I was still relying on my parents, and there were so many things I couldn’t do.

Next, I thought maybe that 21st birthday would make me an adult. I mean, I would finally be able to drink! But that day came and went. That first glass of wine at a restaurant was pretty cool, but life went back to normal.

Graduation was the next big thing. I had to decide what job to take and where to move. Of course, with those decisions came even more big decisions. What health insurance plan to choose, how much to contribute to a 401k, how much to pay on my student loan each month…

And then I made the even bigger decision of leaving all that behind and starting a new career. I thought for sure I’d feel like an adult when I had to set up a tax ID, when I started making quarterly tax payments, when I had to choose my own health insurance plan (like actually choose a company, plan, etc).

What’s funny, is that none of those things really made me feel like an adult like watching Parenthood does.  I just started watching the show, and I freaked myself out when I realized that I relate to the parents in the show more than the kids. Does that mean I’m officially an adult? That I totally side with the parents on this show rather than the kids?

                                           Source: images.search.yahoo.com via Nikki on Pinterest

 

I’m sure there will come a day when something else makes me feel like an adult. Maybe when I get engaged, or when I get married, or (gasp) when I do actually become a parent someday. But from what I’ve read and heard from others, you never really feel like a complete adult. I suppose there comes a time when you feel more adult than kid, but I’m not sure that kid part ever really leaves us.

So in defiance to the adult-like feeling I get when watching this show, I will watch it before 10 am while eating chocolate chip cookies, potato chips, and Dr Pepper.

Liz Lemon is My Spirit Animal

I’ve been told numerous times that I would enjoy 30 Rock, but I never really got around to watching it. But recently I’ve been seeing gifs of Liz Lemon on my tumblr dashboard. I was intrigued.

So I started watching 30 Rock on Netflix.

And y’all, I love Liz Lemon. Her awkwardness, her glasses, her attitude, her love of food…Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.  

 

I am nearly as oblivious as she is in these situations. And yes, I do believe I would prefer the mozzarella sticks to another drink. Thanks for suggesting that, Liz.

When I told a friend I was moving into this house alone, she made me promise to leave the house once a day. She was afraid I would become a hermit. It might be a valid concern. Which brings me to…

Yes, I have said this before. A friend and I also decided we should throw a “I didn’t marry the wrong guy or have a baby out of wedlock” shower for ourselves. I want nice pots and pans too! And some towels I didn’t purchase at Target in college in various bright colors because I thought it would be fun to have nothing match. And a Keurig. Those things are practically required to be on a wedding registry, aren’t they?

And when I’m around a group of women I don’t know, this is how I feel. Awkward and searching for common ground.

Yes! Preferably some form of potato, but pizza would do too. Or a cheeseburger. Or patty melt. And now I’m hungry. I’m going to go talk to some food about this…

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Sooner Born and Thunder Blue – How I Became an OKC Thunder Fan

I’ve been a huge college football fan for most of my life. Ok, I’ve been a huge OU Sooners fan most of my life.  There are pictures of me wearing OU sweatshirts and watching games with my dad as a little girl, and most of my notebooks in sixth grade had OU doodles all over them. I always thought basketball was something to be played in the off-season. Before 2008, I only watched a handful of NBA games…I went to one game when the Hornets were in town, and I watched some of the Mavs-Suns playoffs because I briefly dated a guy who was a huge Mavs fan.

I never thought I would actually become a fan of any NBA team. And if I did, it should have been the Mavericks. They were the only team I really knew about, and they even won the championship when I was in Dallas.

When the Thunder game to OKC, I thought it was kind of cool. But I had no intention of becoming a fan. I was a football fan, period. And then they started that season 3-29, and I couldn’t help but wonder how they were going to build a fanbase like that. When OU loses one game everyone freaks out. Lose 29 the first half of the season? Oklahoma expects more than that.

But there was something about the Thunder, even in that first season. They turned it around, and even though they still had a losing record, they had potential. They had fire. They had heart.

cover of this week’s Oklahoma Gazette

And I think that’s why they won me, and this whole city over. These aren’t a bunch of egotistical guys, playing for the money and the glory. These guys are playing basketball because they love it. Oh, they still want to win a championship. You could see that in their tears last night. But they are playing for different reasons than a lot of the other players in the NBA.

I started watching Thunder games on and off during the second season. I remember watching the final minutes of the last Thunder-Lakers playoff game in Dave and Busters. I think that was the first time I really felt like a Thunder fan. And then Kevin Durant announced his five-year extension on Twitter while LeBron James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach in that awful TV debacle. And my love of the Thunder and its players grew immensely.

Despite living in Dallas last year, I rooted for the Thunder against the Mavs during the Western Conference Finals. And then I moved back to Oklahoma, and my label as a Thunder fan was cemented. I drank the blue kool-aid, and started watching every game I could. (The lockout actually was not too bad in my opinion – it kept basketball from interfering with most of football season!)

I still don’t know the game like I do football. Pick-and-rolls, charges, goal tending, so many different things I’m still trying to figure out. And I get frustrated when trying to understand fouls (but I am clearly not alone in that!)

creator unknown – possibly my favorite meme from the finals

And the more I learn about these players, from Durant to Ibaka to Sefolosha, the more I love them! These guys remind me more of college players, which is part of why I love them. College players, no matter the sport, seem to play with more heart. They are playing for their university, for their fans, just as much if not more than they are playing for themselves. And the Thunder players seem to be playing for this city, for this state.

After the game last night, Kevin Durant said: ”It hurts to go out like this…I wouldn’t want to play with anybody else or for any other city. We hold our heads high.”

Durant, I think it is safe to say that OKC wouldn’t want you to play for any other city either. Everywhere I looked last night I saw nothing but positive comments about the Thunder. Dozens of different graphics were put together to express how proud this city is of the team. This one from ShopGood will be made into a shirt soon (that I will be buying!)

created by ShopGood – check out their site!

I tweeted: “I love how positive all the #THUNDER fans are. No hate, all love! Played your heart out, and couldn’t be prouder to be @okcthunder fan.” And it was retweeted five times in about five minutes. I didn’t see a single negative comment by a Thunder fan.

And, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but that is definitely one area where Thunder fans are better than Sooners. There are always negative comments about the Sooners, about the coaches, the players, the calls, everything. The only really negative comments I saw by Thunder fans were about the refs!

No, I am not giving up my love of Sooner football. But I have become a two-sport girl this year. Two teams have my heart now. I was born a football fan but I chose to be a basketball fan. I’m Sooner born and Sooner bred, but I think I might bleed Thunder blue…

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Happy Wednesday!

Oh so many things I want to write about, but work has kept me busy the past few days. Today I’ll just share with you one of my favorite finds on the tumblr Downton Abbeyonce. (Thanks for introducing me to this awesomeness, Ashley!)

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