46 things on my 46th birthday

First of all, this Saturday is my birthday. Another year around the sun and it has been a good one. Mostly. And that’s what counts. I am grateful for each and every year on this imperfect planet. Age is a privilege denied to many, so many people will never get to be 46. I say this every year, so get used to it.

I thought I share a list of 46 things. This is stream of thought and it was kinda strange, where my thoughts took me.

  1. I wish I could quit Facebook for good; communicating with my Any Book Bookclub is the only reason I am still on there.
  2. I am 10 times failed vegan. I shall keep trying. But I have been vegetarian for 18 years.
  3. I have always been an old soul.
  4. I prefer old things to new things.
  5. Cake is my weakness.
  6. So is bread.
  7. I love carbs.
  8. I love hot beverages, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.
  9. Raspberries with white chocolate, strawberries with dark chocolate.
  10. I love paintings where we look onto a scene through a door/window. Like this painting by Hopper.  41OCGNj2XHL._SX425_
  11. I want to live in Scotland (no surprise to anyone).
  12. I like lists (obviously).
  13. Apart from my wedding ring, I hardly ever wear jewellery.
  14. And I would have never thought that I would wear a wedding ring, either, but I do.
  15. I believe in the “Your wound is not your fault, but it is your responsibility” as in, you cannot go through life hurting other people just because you got hurt.
  16. When I see someone reading in a public place, I will do all sorts of contortions to figure out what it is. I will not walk up and chat unless they put the book down. Never interrupt anyone’s reading time, you don’t know how rare it is.
  17. I prefer mountains to the beach, although mountains and beach both work fine. Beach and flat lands not so much (Sorry Netherlands, you are grand for other reasons).
  18. If you talk about a thing and I know a fact about the thing (or an entire book about that thing), I will have to tell you. Please still like me afterwards. It’s like hiccups, I cannot help myself.
  19. I believe that you can change direction at any point in life, I am currently going through a directional change of sorts and it is painful, but I have done it before and I can do it again. I am not a rock.
  20. Salad without dressing is pointless.
  21. I always plan the next holiday
  22. In fact, I have an entire folder with holiday cottages and other accommodation that I find randomly on the internet.
  23. I have a whole philosophy based on how to find the right holiday accommodation for myself and the fam.
  24. I hate the term “strong woman”. This article shares some of my reasoning. It’s just such a stupid cliche!
  25. I cannot do a flat lay instagram post to save my life and I am ok with that.
  26. I am not a French tuck kinda person. More a “do you have that top also in extra long” woman.
  27. Any recipe stating “one clove of garlic” should not be trusted. Always add at least 5, it’s the way to happiness.
  28. I love roller neck tops but cannot wear them because as soon as I have one on, I feel like I cannot breathe. It makes me sad on a regular basis.
  29. I like spending time on instagram and posting photos and no, I don’t think that time is wasted. Online has brought me some of my most cherished friendships. I work from home, so instagram is my watercooler.
  30. Twitter, however, makes me often depressed and I strictly limit my time on there.
  31. We served Red Lentil Curry at our wedding and sang bad Karaoke in our flat. Best day ever.
  32. I was a wedding and portrait photographer for a few years. It killed all enjoyment of photography and made me realise that I am terrible at peopling.
  33. I was a good photographer though.
  34. Finding booktube was one of the best things ever.
  35. Some days cooking is the greatest stress relief ever. Other days, I would gladly chuck the pans in the bin. I am a person of multitudes.
  36. My love with Scotland began with this book, read while in primary school. 41Hp-E6ajeL._SX279_BO1,204,203,200_ A book about spies during the Cold War set in the high moors of Scotland. I loved everything about it. The English Title is “The Hill of the Red Fox”. I was in love with all things British as a kid. Scotland, England, Wales. Loved it all. I often pretended that I was secretly the child of a British General (I grew up in what was the American Sector, there was no British Army anywhere, but details, who cares about those) and that he would come and take me home to this castle in Scotland. Still waiting.
  37. I was obsessed with Hans Moser and Heinz Ruehmann as a young child. In fact, I loved all the old German comedies. My grandmother would often sing this one and so did I.
  38. If I had more space (as in space inside and outside the house), then I would have more books and more animals.
  39. I have a 100% success rate of surviving stuff.
  40. If I lived before the end of the witch hunts in Europe (which ended roughly in the 1750ies), they would have burned me. Not a cheery thought.
  41. A cheery thought is cake though. And I love all the cake. You bring cake, you make me happy. ( I know I mentioned cake before, but all good lists talk about cake at least twice)
  42. Another cheery thought is chocolate: Milka or Ritter Sport. I miss the crazy Ritter Sport flavours something rotten at times. I never had this Chocolate Brownie flavour, if you have contacts at Ritter Sport ask them to send me some trial packs 🙂 Ha, as if. 100g_BV_SchokoBrownie_D_NEU_800px-640x571
  43. I have lived in the UK for 17 years. Still get homesick from time to time. Like right now, I think it was the talk about chocolate.
  44. I don’t like champagne, I would always prefer a glass of whisky.
  45. When a list is titled “Must read for xxx”, I will never click on it. It shall remain a mystery.
  46. And so this is it. Happy Birthday to me.

 

Author: Melanie

I read, I eat (and cook) and I like to go places.

4 thoughts on “46 things on my 46th birthday”

  1. Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎂 we have so much in common it’s unreal lol. Great and interesting list….and I’m totally with you on cake…🍰🍰🍰🍰

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