birthday, blogging, growing up, hope, ku memories, lists, love, May 2010, siblings, spring 2010

twenty-one & counting.

 [Jon & Me circa 1994?]
today i turn twenty-one.  so, in honor of such events i have decided to list the top twenty-one things i have learned in the past year…
21. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to drink dr.pepper daily to survive.  who knew?!
20. Some people peaked in high school, and i am oh, so glad i was, instead, a huge nerd.
19. Reading can be fun.  
18. Sometimes staying home on the weekend with just your family can be good for your heart.
17. Blizzards aren’t just something we read about in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.
16. Kansas really isn’t as boring as i had declared. (well, Lawrence isn’t at least.)
15. I have the best friends in the entire world. entire world i tell ya!
14. The Smoothe-Away does not work at all.
13. Corn dogs still gross me out.
12. Growing up can be really hard.
11. Growing up can be really awesome.
10. Trying to be happy makes things so much better than being angry.
9.  Poodles are super high maintenance emotionally.
8.  Blogging was one of the best decisions i’ve ever made.
7.  Money makes everything more complicated.
6.  I really was able to finish my math credits.
5.  My dad’s a pretty big deal, but the most humble man you will ever meet.
4.  My siblings are such great role-models.
3.  I will always be a jayhawk.
2.  Sweet genuine boys really do exist, and i am the luckiest girl in the world.

1.  The world is filled with a lot of love, & i have the most loving family a girl could want.

Whew!  :  )
thanks for all of your kind support this past year- 
i adore you.
xo

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28 thoughts on “twenty-one & counting.

  1. Happy happy birthday!you are one year wiser and happier with each passing day…have a new amazingly beautiful year filled with great experiences!Happy birthday!

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  2. Regine says:

    Dear Anna,
    happy birthday. I know that reading your blog for some time is definitely one of the best things that happened to me in the past year, so thank you so very much for that. Your thoughts have brightened my day so many times and I wish you a splendid birthday with all the people you love. You truly, truly deserve it. Hugs, R.

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  3. Happy birthday, babygirl! I wasn't half as smart at 21 and I still turned out ok, so I'm feeling very confident about your future successes. Something I'd like to have known but didn't figure out until much later: Twentyoneyearolds really are gorgeous. And the world really is you oyster. Enjoy, my dear, enjoy.

    Love,
    a.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    A Very Happy Birthday to you, Anna! Your 21 list is only but a sampling of all the wonderful things you know about life! The even better news is that from this point on…things tend to be a little easier, and the people in your life tend to be a little bit smarter and nicer, and the really great news is…you're YOUNG, and in general…things just get better!!! In your case, Anna, it isn't just Dad who's a big deal (and I agree, he is) but SO ARE YOU, my friend! Happy BIG day!! You're one of my all time faves, Anna A!!

    Love,
    Mrs. M

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  5. Herzlichen Glückwunsch 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Enjoy the day (and the year) with lots of sunshine, cake and lovely people, darling!!!

    Your blog is also one of the best things that happend to me the past year!
    Lots of Love

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  6. Happy Birthday!
    Oh, man! I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog this morning, we seem to have a lot in common, especially due to the fact that I usually add “Nerd at Large” after my signature. 🙂 Can't wait to read more of your posts! Hope you had a nerdalicious day of birth!

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  7. Awesome lessons, Anna! I'm glad I was a nerd in high school too… and still am to a point! LOL

    Happy 21st birthday! I hope it is amazing and unforgettable! Sending you so much love today.

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