Saturday, June 21, 2008


If you hate MEME's blame Queen, she tagged me. (how's that for pointing fingers?)

You're supposed to sum up your last 15 years in 10 bullet points, as if you were talking to someone who used to know you before.

15 years ago = June 1993.

1. 1993 = I was living in Berlin, as an exchange student.

(actually I was supposed to be there for 6 months, but I fell in love with it, and didn't want to return. To my teacher and parents' dismay, I decided to just 'stay longer' and I stretched it out to a full year... I'll never forget it.)

2. 1994 = Came back and graduated from highschool in Canada

(I ended up graduating a year late, but it was all worth it, since I now speak German and still keep in contact with friends that I met there)

3. 1995 = Went to Mexico, for vacation, met a cute latin bartender and decided to stay there.

(My roommate and I went to Puerto Vallarta for a 2 week holiday. The first night we arrived, I saw the most beautiful man in the world... short, dark and handsome - well, he was mexican and they're all short -. I was captivated and that night I ended up moving into his apartment and 'lived' with him for the remainder of my 2 week holiday.
My girlfriend = not impressed at all)
4. 1996 = Married my bartender and started working as an english teacher in Mexico.
(Well, after the 2 weeks were over, my new 'boyfriend' drove us both to the airport and as we were checking our bags, he gets on one knee and proposes with everyone watching. He had a ring and everything. How can you not say YES? So, I tore up my ticket and said "SI". My girlfriend who, as mentioned, was also my roommate back home = not impressed.
( FYI - I paid rent for another month so she'd get over it, lol-)

5. 1998 = Divorced the cute bartender because he didn't want to have babies, moved back to Canada.

(Yeah, yeah, before you think "of course it didn't work!" let me just say that I think we'd have had a good shot at making it, had we agreed on this issue. Of course, perhaps we SHOULD'VE discussed it BEFORE we got married, but in our defense, we hardly spoke the other one's language when we first -wait, I think I may have just made that worse- Hehe. I still keep in touch with him - he's remarried and still doesn't want children)

6. 1999 = Came back to Canada and married my best guy friend - because he wanted babies

(After my first divorce I was devastated, I was heartbroken. My friend, who'd always liked me, was nice to me and we seemed to have the same goals so we decided - on a whim one weekend- we'd get married and have babies. Lots of babies. That would make it all okay I thought and it'd get me over my loss)

7. 2000 = Had my first baby. A boy. Yeay.

(We had our first child right away, and I was over the moon.)

8. 2002 = Had second baby. This time a girl. Yeay again.

(Again, I was over the moon, I had two babies - one boy one girl. What more could I ask for?)

9. 2004 = Divorced best guy friend and remained friends.

(We realized that our marriage was a mistake since we were more friends than anything. Unfortunatly it was a rebound relationship. A weird fit from the start. The divorce was a good idea, but breaking up our family was the hardest thing I've ever had to do)

10. 2006 = Met my frenchie... and two years later married him.

(I met JP at the aquarium, in Vancouver when he was on a business trip here. He was living in Quebec then, and I was here... people thought we were crazy when we got together. We did the whole long distance dating for 9 months before he moved here.
Now, for the first time in 12 years I can truly say I'm in love again, and this time, we got it right.
Don't laugh - Sometimes, third time IS a charm.

If you want to do the MEME - let me know that you've done it, and I'll be the first to come by and read it.


Eileen said...

I'm thinking to myself "what can I say?" I find it amuzing that, according to your meme, the 2 guys who were (are) 'loves' don't speak the same vocallanguage. Why is that?
I'll do the meme. Do you have to challenge me or anything, or do I just go and write it?
My last 15 years is pretty much a soap opera like yours, but without the love part and the other similarities. Okay, so it's not a soap 'like yours', it's just a soap. I'll do it tomorrow or Mon.
PS...thanks for the insight, although I personally knew it already.

Hammer said...

Interesting. You certainly are brave and adventurous.

I've always played it relatively safe but wondered what it my life would have been like if I took chances.

That girl said...

Eileen - What can I say, I'm a sucker for accents.

By the way, no invitation needed, just go ahead and do it, I'll come check it out. It's actually kind of funny as you're writing it - makes me really look at what I've done (or not done)...time flies.

Hammer - Not brave, a little impulsive maybe...but that was then. As I grow older, I've shifted towards the 'safe' zone myself.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Why am I NOT surprised by all of this? You are such a free spirit! I love it!!!!!!

Oh....and I was an exchange student in Japan in high school!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

WAIT.....don't go too far into the safe least not until we have met and gotten in SOME trouble! :)

Ann(ie) said...

I did this one, too. But, I have to say that this post is exactly why I love you!!! Seriously. SOOOOO if we do another bloggy gathering later in the Summer and give you sufficient notice are you down with joining us in Seattle?????? 8)

Fned said...

WOW! what an amazing 15 years! As I was reading, with each year I was like "you go girl!!"...

I'm totally doing this meme too. I just need to finish my 30d project first, but once that's done I'm doing it... and guess what? You're in for a few more "things we have in common".... ;)


That girl said...

Queen - if (when) you and I get together there will be no safe zone! Japan, eh? How did you find that?? I'd love to hear your stories on that time...

Annie - Out of all my blogger friendship, I think you, queen and I would be the most trouble. (Don't forget I've seen how you party!!) Yes, I'd totally be up for joining you in Seattle...just give me some notice to get the children pawned off, lol.

Fned - Even MORE things in common *laughs nervously* now it's getting more interesting....I can't wait to read it.

Eileen said...

Okay, I did the meme. Not the same format as your meme. You're right, it's weird to do.

tweetey30 said...

I have met some pretty cool Mexicans here in Green Bay so I know what you are talking about. I worked for Family Dollar before kids and this one guy was always flirting with me when he came in and trying to teach me spanish in the few minutes he was in line. It was funny. Nice meme. I will do it but not till later. Have to take Snowie to the Vet at 8:15.

Diesel said...

Wow, does he let you call him "Frenchy"? Because that would be worth it.

Just telling it like it is said...

Awe that is all so exciting and beautiful...
at least you can say that you lived it up..finding what you wanted and what you didn't want...
coarse my excuse is that you can't get out of Arkansas without being married and divorced and at least one child...needless to say I got off the farm and moved on to the city...

ablondeblogger said...

I'm so glad you've found happiness! And that you're blessed with two beautiful children. :)

jolie-jordan said...

Very interesting 15 years. Adventurous years, indeed. And you are still alive to tell about them. (lol)

I might give this a whirl. I haven't done a new Meme in awhile. If I do this maybe I'll pick a different 15 maybe between the ages of 20-35...which is like eons ago and more interesting then my last 15 years of growing boringly old. I'l let you know..


Fned said...

Hey girl, just wanted to let you know that I finally did post my 15 years in 10 bullet points post as I promised I would.

I hope everything is going well with ya. Miss your posts.