3 Years What? Happy Blogiversary to Me!

That’s right y’all. I’ve hung on to this little piece of .com real estate for 3 years now. I missed it by a day (or 2) but I’m 3 years old now. Don’t split hairs and point out the obvious. I’m talking about this blog, not about me. 

It’s an amazing thing. They (whoever “they” are) say that the majority of blogs don’t withstand the first year. I’ve made it to THREE. Happy (we all knew I was stubborn) blogiversary to ME. My first post didn’t contain a single photo. It didn’t seem important back then. I just wanted to talk, to myself, even if I was the only one that listened. But other people joined along (again, I’d like to thank all 10 of you) and I grew. I learned that photos were important. I learned that sharing healthy recipes meant people that I had no clue existed would pop in from time to time. I grew. 

I’m not huge (neither in stature nor page views) but I’ve grown. I like how I’ve organically grown and I love all of the other opportunities that this little dot on the internet map has afforded me. And I truly love the real life connections I’ve made since joining the blogging community. I’ve gotten really frustrated along the way and thought about throwing in the towel way more than once. This, along with my other gigs, is a lot of work. But I love what I do and I’m happy to be 3! 

I’ve decided, I’m in this for the long haul. I’m sure I’ll still get frustrated from time to time. I’m sure I’ll be hit with the sudden urge to throw this laptop off of the balcony at least once a week. And I’m sure I’ll sit here and scratch my head wondering why, oh-why, would anyone want to read anything I have to write on a daily basis. But that’s OK. Because, as with anything that you truly love, there are always frustrations in life. If you see more good than bad. If the scale is tipped in your favor. You just don’t give up, and I don’t plan on it any time soon. 

I’m proud of this little dot. I’m proud of myself and my staying power. This is the most fun and rewarding “job” I’ve ever had in my life. What are you most proud of in your professional career?

Still Looking for the Perfect Cheap Wireless Plan

I don’t like my current cell phone carrier as I’ve already told you, so as part of sponsored exercise through Collective Bias, I’m still researching the Walmart Family Mobile Plan to see what others have to say. The service in my area still isn’t really strong (PS In case I haven’t told you, we live on an island so that’s to be expected), but the price plan sure is, so I’m stalking following along with others to hear what they have to say about it with my fingers crossed that the service will pick up a bit in my area before I make the big switch for the family when our contracts are up.
The things that make me excited about this plan are: 1) There are no contracts, 2) They have a flat monthly rate of $40 for unlimited talk, text, and web, and 3) My family could save a TON of money each year with this service.
I noticed that my buddy Mallery over at the Horrible Housewife was trying out the service and I know that she doesn’t live as remotely as I do so I was curious as to what she had to say (plus she makes me giggle). Seems the service will help her save for her long overdue honeymoon this fall. Here’s what she had to say:

“Cheap Wireless Plans are like unicorns, a very rare and magical concept, something people dream about these days. And you bet the Schuplin household could stand to have some unicorns… err… cheap wireless plans in their life!  Our better late than never California honeymoon is happening this fall and that means it’s time to fill the piggy bank with all of the change we can scrounge up! For the record, we are going on our honeymoon around our third anniversary.”
She further details her experience by saying:

“Start working out your nimble fingers because text and picture messages are unlimited with Walmart Family Mobile! Now don’t worry a ton about your data usage because you get 1GB at 3G speeds and you can purchase a ‘boost’ if you need more data usage. Coming from a social media junkie who carries her phone in her sports bra if she doesn’t have pockets, 1GB of data is plenty for an everyday internet-a-holic.”

So I’m very hopeful that the service in my area will pick up really soon, they tell me it will. I’ll be honest, B and I haven’t even had a honeymoon yet and we’ve been married 10 years. If I could switch to this service and ditch my current carrier PLUS go on a honeymoon with my husband like Mallery, I’m totally doing it. You really need to check them out. People across the nation are singing their praises. Of course they are. $40 per month for unlimited wireless service? Yes, that does sound like unicorns now doesn’t it? 

Head on over to hear all that Mallery has to say in Are Cheap Wireless Plans Possible? and watch her video to find out more (and because you totally need a giggle). Leave her a comment because she really digs them and follow along with the rest of her antics. You’ll thank me later. 

If you already use this service, let me know what you think and how much money you’re saving. If you head to Walmart to check it out, let me know that too. I’d love to hear from you. 

And It’s My Birthday…So What?

There comes a point in our lives when we’re over birthdays. That point seemingly is when we start descending the hill. That downhill point is different in all of our minds I suppose. 

Back in 1992, we encountered death watch 25. Meaning, I was turning 25 and everyone was worried. I was not ready to be an adult, and to me 25 is the real age of adulthood. I had a 4 year old at that point, but I still wasn’t ready to be “grown”. My friends threw me a huge block party and my mom checked in regularly. It was that bad!

I made it through. Then came 30. That really wasn’t so bad. I had 2 little girls  and I had told myself that if my then husband hadn’t straightened his shit out by then, I was leaving. I did it! The girls and I were alone, but I was grown and I felt empowered. I got my belly button pierced, I went out to a bar, and I WAS the dancing queen that night (if you’re singing Abba songs now…you’re welcome)

Then just before my 35th birthday, I met my husband. The man you know as B. The man I know as B, or baby, or call me maybe. The father of my 2 youngest children. That was a good year.

And the years have been flying by. There have been major ups, there have been major downs. But all the while, I’ve been living this life and trying to enjoy the little moments and trying NOT to dwell on all the bad crap. 

So here I am. I’m seeing happy birthday messages on FB. My friends are awesome. I should feel happy. But today, this very birthday, is the day the birthday celebrations stop. Today, I cross the line. Today, I descend. Today is the first day of the 2nd half of my life. 

We all have different ideas for mid life. B thinks he’s already hit it even though he’s ten years younger than me. I’m still in denial. It’s conceivable to live to 90. It’s actually common place. Therefore, 45 is middle aged. I was fine until this point. 

Today, I head down the hill. I’m sad. I’m on the back side of over and out. I’m the mother of a 4 year old but my life is more than half way over. I hope to see my grandchildren born. I hope to live for another 45 years. I hope this feeling of sadness and depression (and feeling old as crap) fades. 

I guess I should be happy that I made it over the hill. I have friends that have not been this lucky. BUT I’m saddened and just want to ignore the day  (and the fact that I’m old as crap) completely.  

So thank you if you wish me a happy birthday, but please don’t be offended if I don’t reply. I’m not happy about this and I’d much rather turn back the hands of time, like to 1980-something!

Unhappy birthday to me. Sorry to be such a negative pants here, but it is what it is. Nails in the coffin…I don’t feel as happy about this over the hill birthday as I’ve felt about those in the past. Next year will be better. I’ll have grown accustomed to “old age”. But for now, I pout. I’m old. 

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.