This is the big weekend to celebrate our moms but today is my dad's birthday and here are 56 reasons he is awesome, on his birthday, today 5/6.
1. He is tall and handsome. 2. Rocks a mean beard (and stache). 3. Yet has not one mean bone in his body. 4. Work ethic any boss would dream of. 5. Amazing boss. 6. Instilled a "never go to bed hungry" rule in our house. 7. Which led to eating many a "Goodnight Treat" together: cookies, donuts, brownies. 8. SUPER appreciative of every meal my mom makes him whether that's doing nothing more than opening and microwaving a can of soup. 9. Rocks dress socks with white t-shirts like nobody's business. 10. Keeps the entire pajama industry alive and kicking. 11. Taught us you are only as old as you feel. 12. Taught us the importance of giving in to your sweet tooth. 13. And integrity. 14. And honesty. 15. And selflessness. 16. And humility. 17. And generosity. 18. And laughing at life. 19. And education. 20. And being a stand up guy (or gal.) 21. Gave me more love and support than any child could ever ask for. 22. Taught us to live passionately and "do what you want and the money will come." 23. Has collections and knowledge of them to awe anyone. 24. Always knew tickles could heal any problems. 25. Amazing work ethic yet made it to every soccer game and performance he could 26. And cheered louder than anyone 27. Saves everything we have ever made for him, for many different reasons. 28. Still leaves the time, date, and "Dad/Alan" at the end of every note and/or voicemail 29. Uses toilet paper for bookmarks and other quirks 30. Always asks house guests if they want a drink, a cookie while they are visiting, or to take some home "in their pocket." 31. Still makes my mom laugh all the time. 32. Uses a lot of words (yip, yachne) that always make me laugh. 33. Taught me everything and more I will ever need to know about cars. 34. Spent so much of our childhood at the park with us. 35. Gives solid advice 36. Works up a killer pro/con list when a decision can't be made 37. Taught us about Fred Astaire 38. And the importance of rocking a classy wardrobe from Brooks Brothers 39. Had his morning routine down to a science. 40. Took me for my first banana split. 41. Is THE best grandfather my nephew could ask for. 42. Always brings my mom flowers the night before a big event so "she can enjoy them the entire day" 43. Takes a long time to pick out the perfect greeting cards. 44. Which he saves "and will treasure forever." 45. He is an awesome dancer 46. And has an amazing dance floor face. 47. Always kills it in the history category in Trivial Pursuit. 48. Is a super safe driver. 49. Can never find his glasses but has the perseverance to always find them! 50. Taught us about how to eat a Chicago hot dog. 51. Knows when not to force it. 52. Would play the same games over and over and over and over with us when they had to get old. 53. Treats all my friends as if they are his own children. 54. Always puts a blanket on my mom and lets her sleep if she falls asleep around dinner time. 55. Never hangs up the phone or says goodbye without saying "I Love You" 50 times or more. 56. Dad treasures everything. His family, his friends, his possessions, his heart.
Check out this speed painting video of A Woman with a Parrot by Ekaterina Konovalova. I used to work with "Katy" and I knew she was artsy but had no idea of her painting talent. I have zero attention span and I watched this entire thing. Loved the tempo with the music and when the paint starts dripping. Gorgeous.
Remember when I posted about this dress? I decided it would be my birthday dress. Well, when the weather on my birthday didn't top 45 degrees, I decided to turn a summer sundress into a basecoat for a layered look. You can check out the look as well as the most delicious bday treats that Kellyn made right here on her newest blog post.
I worked on some projects pretty late last night so when I finally decided to get in bed and de-stress by watching tv, I was thrilled to find something new since I tend to watch the same Bravo shows over and over and over. I found a new channel in my lineup, or at least one I haven't stopped on before, "Planet Green," and stumbled on a new show, Dresscue Me, which follows "the fashion world's best-kept secret-Shareen Mitchell, beloved by fashionistas and recessionistas alike for her unique, affordable approach to vintage clothing.
A self-taught designer with retail outlets on both coasts, Mitchell is renowned for her ability to give new life to dowdy old duds by turning them into chic, fashion-forward frocks. To create these one-of-a- kind pieces, Mitchell welcomes her exclusively female clients into her hip boutiques in both downtown Los Angeles and New York's Chelsea district, to hear their stories and make them over in a distinctly Shareen Vintage style that helps them look and feel their best."
The episode I caught featured SYTYCD's Cat Deeley shopping for vintage pieces, and Shareen and team creating a line for Madewell. Even better, her pieces are insanely affordable and provide a look at how to take pieces from decades past and make them surprisingly current. I am definitely tuning in and welcome a fresh fashion show.
I know today is self-indulgent, but I'm a birthday whore, so just go with it. Allison just emailed me this.
HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY! I hope you are having a great day.
30 Awesome Things About Jill
1. She is the only cool person I know who has a cat. 2. She will go to Canton with you on the hottest day of the summer with you. 3. If she used Foursquare, she’d be the only person who could knock me from my mayorship of Paper Source. 4. She introduced me to Swedish Meatballs at IKEA. 5. She appreciates a good retail experience. 6. There’s always a signature drink involved. 7. She loves a good typeface. 8. She gives really great gifts. 9. She’s always positive. 10. She’s friends with Stan Richards on Facebook. 11. She keeps me up with the reality TV that my husband is thankful I don’t watch myself. 12. She’s not a freaking yip, that’s for sure. 13. She’s not afraid to embrace her inner teenager. 14. Everything needs a color palette. 15. She despises Curlz and Live, Laugh, Love. 16. She loves Christmas more than any other Jew I know. 17. She’s always up for trying new things. 18. Have a question? She’s got an answer. 19. She’s always positive. 20. She’s a great friend. 21. She isn’t afraid to blast Katy Perry in the Mini. 22. She has introduced me to many wonderful people. 23. Her future’s so bright, she’s gotta wear shades (and a really cute Fedora). 24. She’s always up for something new. 25. She has great one-liners. 26. She actually reads my mindless Twitter banter. 27. She never hesitates to help her friends and family. 28. She’s the prettiest indie. 29. She has a good heart. 30. She’s awesome. Duh.
Topping this amazingness off with two great photos from Katie.
Today is my thirtieth birthday. Here are some thoughts. Warning: extremely self-indulgent.
(I wrote this Saturday night.)
"Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty." - Robert Frost
(Listening to: Adele’s 21)
Monday I will be 30. Tonight I am 29. I am sick. It’s been a weird day. I am crying. Not sure why. It’s okay.
I am not that tired and can’t decide what to do. I looked at my bookshelf, deciding to read a book for the first time in too long. Instead of something new, I grabbed one of my all-time favorites, The Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.
I’m just a few pages in but decided to stop and do a little assessment of here and now. I like doing these things. Sure, I might be the only person to read this, now or five years from now (see: my assessment of Jill at 25), but putting this on the Internet means it won’t get lost, burned in a fire, or with handwriting I can’t read when I am 80.
Anyway, here it is.
30. Jill. 5’ 5.5” 140 hazel eyes, no glasses or contacts all my teeth, not that white, no braces, no flossing, rare cavities 3 surgeries to date (1 removal of unicorn horn, 2 removals of herniated L4 disk, one to come) no broken bones no chicken pox no kids
family: Mom, Dad, Joel, Jasmine, Jack, (new niece/nephew to come November 2011) cat: Bert parents’ cat: Bentley brother’s dog: Scout
Ways I am stil in my first 30 years: Pia The Pig Obsession with candy Fascination with high school Prefer books with lots of pictures and chapters Wearing lots of clothes from high school and those made for high schoolers Watching too much MTV
Spotlight on how to feel much younger than 30: Listen to Dave Matthews Band Call Katie, Marcy, Dana, Allison, Shayda, Marj Play soccer Look at Dad’s desk to see all of the things I have made him through the years Or my art on walls on parents’ home
Blessings: Way too many to count, but the most important: health, freedom, family, friends, cat
Things I wish I had done by now: Been on Wheel of Fortune Written a book Competed on the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Become an American Gladiator Skated on a roller derby team
Things I am surprised I have done by now: Lived in four states Had two back surgeries Zip-lined in Nicaragua Designed a lot of wedding invitations Bought my dream car Walked in a fashion show Been on a game show
Heroes: Mom, Dad, Joel, Jasmine, Jack, entire extended family, Kim Zmeskal, Nastia Liukin, Jim Henson, Debbie Smelko, Tanya Pinto, Sarah Chidgey, Jeff Guyer, Stephanie Mullins, soldiers, teachers, firemen, survivors of any debilitating disease including ignorance and hatred, marathon finishers
Favorite thing ever worn: Red prom dress (even with strap breaking mid-dance. It was tight.)
Favorite alone time ever: All-nighters at parents’ dining room table working on art projects, blasting Dave Matthews Band on Sony Diskman, circa 1996-1998
Favorite ways to lose myself: Play soccer Design Dance at a concert Drive with top down, blasting music, wind in hair
Easiest way to totally dork out: Watch a live gymnastics meet
Personal triumph: Conquering my childhood fear of getting kidnapped
Saddest day ever: When childhood cat, Sully, died
Most confusing day ever: When Grandpa Ben died
Best day ever: Countless, but watching best friends get married, nephew being born, graduating high school and college, first DMB concert with Katie, celebrating milestones of loved ones
Jobs I have had: sales associate at Limited, Too scorekeeper/hot dog warmer upper at Soccer Spectrum sales associate at New York and Company beer cart girl at Prestonwood Country Club sales associate at Anthropolgie (four hours) Art Director
Jobs I would still like to have: Writer Acrobat Gymnastics Commentator Mentor to teens with eating disorders Art or Advertising teacher J. Crew Color-namer Candy shop owner
Oldest friends who will be at my wedding: Allison, since age 3 Marcy, since age 6
Way to make me melt/nervous/happy: A twirl on the dance floor
Still trying to master: The Smoky Eye Red lip Whistling Seduction Drawing cars
First Concert: Alanis Morissette
Favorite artists for the last 15 years: Alanis Morissette DMB Barenaked Ladies Train Matchbox 20 Death Cab for Cutie Mumford and Sons Florence + The Machine Zero 7 The Fray Georgia O'Keefe Andy Warhol
Awkward traits: Laughing before a kiss Flaring nostrils when laughing Involuntary jolts Rubbing my thumbs with index finger (very involuntary)
Doppleganger: Sara Gilbert
Doppleganger wish: Zooey Dechanel
Under 30 celebrity crushes: Elijah Wood (age 0-17) Adam Brody (age 22+)
Boyfriends: 2 Loves: 4, maybe 5
Best show I have ever seen: De La Guarda Cirque du Soleil Love
Tattoos: 0 Scars: 2 (1 large, 1 small)
Best times of my life in last 15 years: Junior year of high school Junior year of college
Hardest time of my life which turned out to be life-changing: 2003-2006
Cars: 1988 Jetta 1998 Jetta 2003 Lancer 2005 Mini Cooper
Most life-changing stretch of land: 1-35 Dallas to Austin or Austin to Dallas
0-30 tastes: Little Debbies Donuts Matzo balls
0-30 smells: Desitin High School Boyfriend’s clothes Bath and Body Works/Victoria’s Secret pear lotion
Funny coincidence: Cookie Monster speaking at college graduation (he ate the microphone)
Things I do other people find weird: Save 1,000s of old emails Rewatch old gymnastics competitions Collect Muppets Etc.
Name I have always thought my husband would have: Ben
Names I hope my husband doesn’t have: Will, Phil, Bill, Gil, Guy
Name my husband probably will have: Jack
Something I will forever smile about and forever be perplexed by: My dad uses toilet paper squares as bookmarks
Important letter combos DFW, TX, JBE, WW, JJP, UT, ABQ, YR, NM, NY, CA, JK, KJM, MWC, TRG, CAKES, TBI
Maid of Honor/Bridesmaid Honors: 6
Things I have purposely stolen: Belt from Marshalls, circa age 6 High School Crush’s lunch from locker, age 18
Number of times I have been moved to tears and speechless from amazing acts of kindness, love, and generosity: Lost count
Summary: Childhood memories of laughs, soccer games, flips, tumbles, goals scored, goals met, amazing friends, family who are best friends, moments of surprise, fear, triumph, excitement, highs, lows, firsts, lasts, trips, loving, LIVING. I’ve paid my dues, grown my wings and spread them. It's been colorful and awesome.
My last 30 years: Happiness.
My next 30 years: Possibilities.
"I think I'll take a moment, celebrate my age The ending of an era and the turning of a page Now it's time to focus in on where I go from here Lord have mercy on my next thirty years
Hey my next thirty years I'm gonna have some fun Try to forget about all the crazy things I've done Maybe now I've conquered all my adolescent fears And I'll do it better in my next thirty years" -Tim McGraw