This past weekend Americans celebrated Independence Day in the way Americans celebrate things. A three day weekend with barbecues and fireworks.
This was actually the first 4th of July I had off in a long time, sure it was due to a broken ankle, but it was still nice to be able to enjoy the holiday.
I did learn some things this weekend. They don't have anything to do with Independence Day (or barbecues for that matter). I figured I would share what I learned.
1. No amount of liquor will make Hot Tub Time Machine 2 a good movie.
I know this seems like a dumb statement. But I really, really liked the first one. And I don't mind sequels that are subpar—hence the booze, but it didn't even have a plot. It was awful.
2. The amount of liquor trying to make Hot Tub Time Machine 2 a good movie will give you a massive hangover.
I'm guessing not just me, it can happen to you too, be forewarned! I should have known, right? Chances are I will never learn. I turn 33 this month and pounding margaritas still seems like a good idea every so often. The hangover is never worth it, the bounce back period is getting longer. Damn you thirties, damn you!
3. Simple is better.
Our 4th of July celebration consisted of us, two friends and their son. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, and pasta salad. It was the best day I have had in a long time. We didn't even go out to see fireworks (they shoot them off all summer here, we will catch them at a later date).
4. The term 'big boned' might be a real thing.
You know when people are trying to be nice and they call someone big boned instead of fat? I'm starting to think that's a real thing. Not that some people actually have bigger bones, but I do think sometimes you just have a body type and no matter how much you exercise or diet you aren't really going to change. I've lost a ton of muscle mass in my leg after seven weeks of not using it. My right leg looks like a skinny chicken leg next to my left leg. But my knee is still the same size. Leading me to believe if I ever did go on some crazy crash diet I would look like a knobby-kneed freak. I do not have a skinny frame. I need the fat and muscle to look proportionate.
5. One of the world's most publicly out soccer team just won the World Cup?
It's a strange headline, right? I was very into the World Cup this year. And I was over the moon excited when the US team came out on top! Then this article from Outsports from May surfaced on my facebook feed. And I thought that it was pretty cool. The last time the US Women's Soccer team won the World Cup was in 1999. I was going into my senior year of high school. Nobody was out then, it wasn't widely accepted to be gay let alone broadcast it. Then I read the article and was surprised to find the US Team is considered one of the most openly gay because they have a lesbian head coach, and three lesbian players. It doesn't seem like very many, right? But I do think the fact that there is more publicity celebrating this fact than condemning it is a step in the right direction. And maybe one day when I am watching World Cup games with my kids this won't even be a headline. It will just be what it is without anyone talking about anyone's sexuality.