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It's My Birthday!

Today I am 31. I just really am having a hard time with this.

Part of me keeps saying 'I just became a full fledged adult. I'm grown up now.'

The other part of me says, 'Holy freaking cow woman you're old!'

I can't process it.

So, I've been thinking of all the ways I could share my birthday with you. I could list cool things that have happened on this day in history.

I could tell you about the things that my parents remember from then. (Mt. St. Helen's errupted 5 months earlier and only 90 miles from where I was born).

I thought it would be really fun to show you what I looked like during my three decades (alas, digital cameras weren't invented until much later on and I have very few--perhaps zero--digital childhood photos).

So.... what should I do?

Well, I've decided that it would be fun to celebrate by giving you 11 books to read, 10 songs to listen to, and 10 movies to watch--all from various stages of my life. We'll call it Cannwin's Cultural List.

11 Books:
1. The Case of the Vanishing Boy by Alexander Key
2. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
3. Dangerous Summer by Carolyn G. Hart
4. Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark
5. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
6. Charlie by Jack Weyland
7. 1491 by Charles C. Mann
8. West With the Night by Beryl Markham
9. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
10. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
11. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

10 Movies:
1. The Last Unicorn
2. Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
3. Beauty and the Beast (it's all about her library)
4. The Princess Bride
5. A Far Off Place
6. The Last of the Mohicans
7. Dirty Dancing
8. Fools Rush In
9. Oscar
10. Hope Floats

10 Songs:
1. Sumethin' Wicked this Way Comes by TLC
2. Glycerine by Bush
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit  by Nirvana
4. When I Come Around by Green Day
5. The Freshman by The Verve Pipe
6. Foolish Games by Jewel
7. Breathe Again by Toni Braxton
8. Always by Bon Jovi
9. I Love You by Sarah Mclachlan (Ralexwin calls this 'The Whispery Song')
10. When You Love Someone by Bryan Adams

(Now you can tell me how many you've read, seen or listened to and we can compare how alike you and I are.)


heather said…
Happy, Happy Birthday Cannwin dear!
Ashy said…
Happy Birthday! :)

I also wanted to say that I remember watching a movie at a sleepover years right before I was a teenager, and we watched "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" and I wasn't even sure that was the title! I loved that movie.

Are your lists in any particular order, by the way? Or just random?
Lisa said…
Happy birthday friend!

I'm going to take your book list into consideration for my next one to read.
Polly Blevins said…
Happy birthday. I want you to know that I had logged on here today just to say that to you. I remembered.
Meaghan said…
I have read zero of those books. Which one would you recommend the most for me?

I've seen Beauty and the Beast, the Princess Bride, and Hope Floats. I've slept through Last of the Mohicans. Hated it, sorry :(

When I come around by Green Day is the only song I recognizee but I'm heard the others.
Cannwin said…
Thank you ladies! I feel loved.

As for the order in which the lists are... I tried to put them in order from childhood to adulthood. The music list was hard though because I had difficulty winnowing it down to just 10 songs... Most every one of those is from my teen years.

Which is why, my dear Meaghan, that you've never heard of them. They are old! Like me. :)

And if I were to give you one book to read on that list-- start with "West With the Night," it's the incredible memoirs of a woman just before WW2 broke out. She grew up in Africa and became the first person to fly non stop from England to North America. It's excellently (is that a word) written and worth every single minute of your time. :)
Amy said…
Happy Birthday! Wow, we should be friends. We are a lot alike. :-)
mandi said…
So, I know all of the songs. I've seen all of the movies except maybe one -Oscar? Doesn't ring a bell. Sadly, I've only read one [maybe two] of the books... Charlie [and possibly Remember Me]. I have seen the movie versions of three of the books. Does that count? :)

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