Top Ten Things I Swore I Would Never Do {And the 9 I Did}

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toptentuesday Top Ten Things I Swore I Would Never Do {And the 9 I Did}When I was younger, I was much more sure of myself.

I was wrong.  Not in being confident, but to think that I had It All Figured Out.  I should have just been quietly confident; but nooooooo.  Little Miss Smarty Pants had to go around making all kinds of  declarations.

Sadly, it took me less than five minutes to compile a list of the Top Ten Things I SWORE I Would Never Do, and the Nine That I Did.

  1. Let my fingernails look bad.  I bit my nails as a kid, and when I stopped, I vowed I would never, ever, nope NEVER have scraggly fingernails again.  I distinctly remember thinking one evening, as I buffed and polished, that even after I got married and had kids I would keep it up.  I mean really, how hard can it be?  Dear 1991 self:  it’s too hard.
  2. Marry someone without a college degreeOops.
  3. Wear turtlenecks with prints.  I decided this after the whole Preppie Handbook thing finally died down and I could stop wearing turtlenecks with whales and whatnot on them.  Every year, I bust out my Pumpkin Print Turtleneck to wear to my kids’ Harvest Parties.  Ugliest.  Shirt.  EVER.
  4. Weigh over 125 poundsHa! Ha ha! Yeah.  About that…
  5. Let my dog sleep in my bed. When I got my dog, I was just recovering from dating a really stupid guy.  For some reason, I still took his advice on dog matters, and listened when he told me that dogs should be crated at night.  I spent a lot of money on a crate.  The first night at home, I put my dog in the crate. My dog cried.  I cried.  I let my dog out of the crate.  She hopped into bed.  I donated the crate to a shelter, and we have pretty much held onto our sleeping arrangement for the past 13 years.
  6. Let my kids sleep in my bed.  I was adamant about this one.  Until I had kids, and was too lazy to get up and keep feeding them every 5 minutes.  Both of my kids slept with us until they were about six months old. We all slept much better that way, although, as you can imagine our bed was a little crowded for a few years.
  7. Drive a minivanI lasted six years, then when A.P. asked me why I didn’t drive on field trips like the other moms my heart broke into five million pieces and I was behind the wheel of a Kia Sedona approximately three seconds later.
  8. Have a smartphoneI’m sorry, Droid.  My precious.  My sweet, little baby; I had no idea how much I would love you.
  9. Live in Grand Rapids.  I know, right?! I thought it was uppity and pretentious.  One of two things happened.  Maybe I was completely wrong, or, I am now uppity and pretentious.  Either way.

And the last one.  The one thing I swore I would never do, and still haven’t done.

Yet.

10.  Live in the countryBut guess who started looking at houses with ‘a little land’ this weekend?

Why do I bother?

I declare that I am never going to declare anything again.  Ever.

What have YOU said you would never do – but did?

This post is linked up to Top Ten Tuesday at Oh! Amanda.

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  1. I was never going to spoil my kids….sometimes I slip, but not too often. And I was never going to drive a minivan, that changed when I ran daycare and didn’t want to be tethered to the house.

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    Big Binder Reply:

    See? It’s so strange how tables turn, and all of a sudden a minivan equals freedom.

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  2. Oh my, many of the items on your list would definitely make mine! I swore I would never bribe my children (or child, as I only have one) to get them to do what they are told. Umm, Sadly, I do – sometimes, anyway.

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Oh yeah. The things we say…

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  3. Cindy says:

    If you could only see me grinning and nodding my head up and down with all of your explanations! Very funny! Most of mine are related to not do things my parents did – and I cringe everytime I do them.

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Thanks :) An I KNOW. That cringe is the worst feeling ever.

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  4. Bomi says:

    lol! Thanks for making me laugh! Pretty funny list. It’s funny how one statement or question from your child can make you do immediately go out and do something you never thought you would do! That happened to me just yesterday. My little boy’s question helped me get my priorities right.
    Have a wonderful day:)!

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    Big Binder Reply:

    That’s what my husband said too! One word and it all changes :) Have a great day!

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  5. Chris says:

    Loved this Jen! Inspired me to do my own :)

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    Big Binder Reply:

    Oh fantastic! I can’t wait to see yours!

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  6. E says:

    Holding firm on #10 myself! Thank the Lord Hubby is completely on board with that, too. No sidewalks = not civilized enough. No mailbox on the house = not civilized enough. Enough said.

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