Alright, this may come as a complete shock to you all, but yes I am now a member of this Over The Hill cliche as of last week – I know right, I look so young, I’m so youthful, I’m so enigmatic, it’s hard to digest. Right. Right? il_fullxfull.173282241 Joking aside, it’s been very traumatic for me. Which is odd as I don’t feel 40, but then again, how is 40 supposed to feel? My initial confusion is drawn from my own parents 40th birthdays, in which I recall a big celebration, us kids running around and looking at all the strange sex gifts thinking ‘what the heck does that mug even mean?’ I was very naive and honestly didn’t clue into the mug meaning until I was into my twenties. Let’s not even discuss the edible underwear my dad got. No, erasing that from my memory… Next comes the stereotype that when you are out of your 30’s all of a sudden you are old. You must grow the fuck up and stop acting like, well, a fuck up. I’m thinking of the way I dress, the fact that I don’t own a second house (unless you count our bunkie – which I think I should), and that I JUST got a will made. I know, no wonder I don’t feel old — I’m barely functioning as an adult. My 23 year old friend has a will, and I didn’t. Well I do now, so halloo responsible parent! Troy and I joke that we live like university students eating bologna sandwiches and grilled cheese with nary a fancy meal in sight for my kids, unless it’s the weekend. The day after my birthday party we glanced into the fridge and booze out weighed food 10 to 1. The cupboards did not include quinoa and fancy crackers. It was

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