Beyond the Sugar: 3 Signs I’m Getting Old

I turned 32 today. Somehow for the past three months or so, I was able to convince myself that I was going to be 31, so accepting the number 32 has been quite the process. In the past two weeks, three significant things have occurred that indicate I am getting old.

1.) I now hate the mall. I have always been obsessed with shopping for home goods, clothes, shoes, toilet paper, well, you get the picture. If it involved spending money, I was all about it. I was one of those gals that could spend the day strolling through a packed mall, drooling over the latest must-have hand bags and boots. Then I’d obsess about the items until I either owned it, or found something better. I’m fairly certain this trait is 50% of the reason my first marriage ended in divorce. However, last weekend, something happened. I was wandering in the mall looking for new shoes when I had an epiphany. I no longer enjoy the mall. It’s not fun; it’s filled with angst ridden teenagers and over priced jeans. I much prefer sitting at home and trolling Gap and Nordstrom for the comfort of my own home wearing my uniform. By uniform I mean my fave pair of worn out sweats, a white v-neck shirt and UGG boots. I paint a pretty picture, huh?

2.) I now have multiple gray hairs. Prior to last week, I had one gray hair that I could easily locate and pluck on a bi-weekly basis. It became a ritual, almost a jacked up game of hide and seek. Then out of nowhere, I spotted 2 more. Only now, they are located in a not-so-easy to pluck location. I fought with those wiry, white hairs for days and seriously could not pluck them. They stood on end, almost waving and taunting me from the crown of my head. After multiple failed attempts to wrangle those bad boys, I was on the verge of bald spot and needed to call in back up. Yes, I begged Brian to pluck them, but instead he used tweezers to curl them…ya know, kind of like curling ribbon on a present. Finally, he successfully removed them and several normal hairs thus making the impending bald spot even larger. One day later, I spotted two more. If I find another…I may go blond, or cry.

3.) I can no longer wear heels. After a long winter of rocking one of my four pairs of UGG boots, I realized that I can no longer wear heels. I pranced around in a new pair of wedges for three hours as hour four fell upon me, I was wincing in pain with every step and was completely certain my feet were bleeding…they weren’t. The following day, I had to soak my feet. Yes, soak my feet. I think I have to retrain them to be squished in a narrow place with little room to breath or I may be that girl wearing UGGS in the summer. Rest assured they will not be combined with a mini skirt.

Happy Birthday to me…can you tell I am really excited about this birthday? Yes, that was sarcasm.

85 Responses to “Beyond the Sugar: 3 Signs I’m Getting Old”

  1. The Poet Herself — March 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I hear ya… we’re growing up. Happy birthday!!! You’re not older–you’re maturing, like a fine wine. ;)


  2. Lauren — March 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Happy happy birthday Jamie! I hope today has been wonderful – you’re far from old, and birthdays are proof that you’ve made it through another year. They’re proof of life and a time to celebrate you. I hope you have so many more – so many that you do in fact grow into old age :).


  3. cheryl Kelley — March 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday!!


  4. Irene — March 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Happy birthday! I’m turning 30 this summer, I’m already trying to prepare myself for the shock of changing 2 digits… But I’ll get myself a Ktichen Aid as a present and keep baking, and blogging and enjoying life. It’s too short to bother about grey hair!
    I enjoy reading your blog very much. I hope there will be many more years of good recipes and pictures!
    PS: Your “About” section is not updated :P


  5. Katrina — March 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Hmmm…I’m 23 and I also don’t like malls or can’t wear heels! haha

    Happy Birthday! Your blog rocks :)


  6. Cara — March 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Happy Birthday!


  7. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Happy birthday!! Hope you had a great day!

    I LOVED turning 30. I thought it was the greatest thing to ever happen. Turning 31, however, was a completely different story…sounds similar to how you feel about 32.


  8. Marilisa — March 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

    LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!! I think your been silly… Im 35, have a 15 years old son who hates the way I dressed, not because is sexy but I dont look my age @ all!, I also have a 11 year old that loves when everyone tells her if Im her sister!!!!
    I believe Im the hottest mom around. My hair is cover in grays (genes) but I color my hair every two weeks. I do exercises, wear heels on weekends. I also have the same feelings about the mall, I was a manager for many years in several stores, worked my 8hrs shift in high heels!!! But now Im happy with mu UGG, best shoes ever created!!! xD


  9. Colette Einloth — March 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Hey…Happy Birthday (belated by one day)!

    It pains me to think of what mall warriors we used to be. Dare I say that there was a period of time when we literally went DAILY!!! I still enjoy trips to the mall, however I enjoy them solo, and I go in, get what I am aiming for and get out! I don’t have time or patience for perusing or going with perusers. As much as I miss the frivolous mall shopping days, I know times have changed. I’ll be 32 in a few short months; I’ll let you know how that feels on!

    Take care my “old” friend,


  10. jana — March 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    My brother told (when I was turning 30):… welcome to the club of 40-years old….
    I am 37, have few grey hairs, hate malls (and shopping generally), but I definitely love heels! So I guess it is not about how old you are but what makes you feel comfortable.
    Enjoy your party!


  11. thuy — March 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    oh i feel you. i just turned 32 over the weekend as well. nothing’s happened yet but i remember when i turned 31, things started “happening.” i noticed a bunch of grey hairs, i started having weird heath issues (which have since gone away) and i just felt like i was really getting old. i think it’s mostly mental though. trying to make 32 a rockin’ year. i hope yours is too!


  12. lisa p — March 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Happy birthday! Aaaah to be 32 again. I am going to be 40 this May and I have been trying to embrace it, but frankly, it sucks. Hope you have better luck embracing 32.
    I am totally with you!
    #1 Teenagers are rotten
    #2 Go blond! Don’t cry, it causes wrinkles
    #3 I can’t wear heels anymore either. Start rockin some cute ballerina flats


  13. Happy (belated) birthday, Jamie! I, too, hate the mall and am starting to scorn heels. And I’m only 25! Thanks for sharing this humorous peek into your life. I know you may not see it this way, but you have to trust that like a fine wine, we ALL only get better with age! :)


  14. Kelly — March 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    You may be my long lost twin! I thought I was the only one with a “uniform”. I love white v-necks. Don’t know what it is about them. I don’t look great in them, but boy do I feel great. I turned 33 on the 4th of this month and I too am noticing those very unwelcome grays. Oh how I hate them! Gave up heals when I had my first baby. Uggs in winter, flip flops in summer. Love your blog and remember you are only as old as you feel! Happy Birthday!


  15. Stephanie Uzee — March 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I am 31, ans will be 32 in Spet. I too wear Uggs in the winter and flipflops in the summer. I on the other hand got my first grey hair when I was 18, and now have to dye my hair every 6 weeks.

    Happy Birthday and eat some of those fabulous treats you make!


  16. DessertForTwo — March 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jamie! Such an honest post–love it!


  17. Christina Reed — March 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Happy Birthday!


  18. wooliegirl — March 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!! You are not alone. I discovered I too hate the mall…happened to me about 5 years ago and now I may go twice a year out of necessity :) (and I have a strip of gray now that keeps on getting wider!)


  19. kimmieq — March 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Happy birthday, Jamie!!

    Long time reader of your blog, I love it! :)


  20. Laura — March 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I’m 32 (will be 33 this year…ack!) so I hear ya! I hate the mall too…last time I went, I saw teenagers dressed like they were from the 80’s (no kidding) and were acting like they were all stylish and cool LMAO. I’ve had gray hairs for awhile and I’ve never been good at walking in heels. Happy birthday! = )


  21. Kelly — March 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I feel your pain, since turning 30 the few times that I make it to the gym I am more embarrassed to enter my age than my weight:) I hate to bring it to your attention but your About section needs to be updated now that you’ve had another birthday, lol. Don’t worry too much, when you stop having birthdays is when there is trouble. Oh yeah, happy birthday!


  22. ArndtYouErin — March 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Jamie!

    I’ve shopped online since I joined the military in 2003. My husband is 28 and has 25% grey hair and I love it. And I’ve never worn heels well. It’s a good thing I’ll never have to either. I graduate nursing school in 2 months and prefer clogs any day :)

    Embrace you age! We love you <3


  23. Audrey — March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I happened to stumble upon your site and this is the first thing I read. I will be 32 in May and all three statements you wrote are EXACTLY how I feel. Thanks for the smile! :-)


  24. Veronica — March 15, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I’m a lurker but I thought I’d pipe up to wish you a happy and carefree birthday. Count your blessings, girl, I’m 30 and I’ve had more gray hairs than you since I was 23. I gave up plucking, then started highlighting. And now I’m going to have to do all over color. Boooo. Getting old sucks but it’s part of life, which is beautiful in so many other ways.


  25. Hannah — March 15, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Happy Birthday, you are awesome. I completely agree with you! Granted I am nineteen but the mall is awful and heels are a pain.


  26. linda — March 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

    sweet to you…hope it was great!
    be thankful for the years & those that come…magic is in the air!


  27. Gini — March 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! I know the feeling. I am 32 years old and sometimes I forget how old I am. Its like I can’t be over 30, not possible. I just started to find a few gray hairs too. It will be allright!



  28. terri — March 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

    happy birthday~a few days late! i laughed out loud because i could so relate to so much of what you said. i feel like i am getting old and notice small little changes like those you shared! i used to be queen of the mall. the last time i was there was at christmas! yikes! i love that you are comfy in your UGG boots! hope your day was special! xo


  29. Jennifer — June 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Came across this post today when I clicked “beyond the sugar” – especially intriguing as I just turned 32 yesterday… You’ll have to let me know how you’re surviving. I’m still “birthday” hungover from all the happy wellwishes and presents and flowers and all… and today I’m just, well, OLDER! Also hate the mall, fighting greys, and I bring flip flips with me when my work outfits call for heels. Ugh. :)


  30. Wendy — June 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Seriously … I turned 32 this year as well (May 29) … and it’s the most a birthday has ever effected me.

    I’m a bit of a funky fashionista, but in the past year I’ve found the mall a large waist of time. A place I once found haven, I only feel annoyed and exhausted. Online shopping is my new adventure. I too love my UGG boots and simple wardrobe! I actually paired my closet down to the bare essentials about two weeks ago and it’s changed my life: less laundry, less choice in the morning, everything matches with a few accent beauties – it’s amazing! And even though my momma always told me NEVER to colour my hair, this year I visited my local Aveda salon and went platinum.

    I wonder what will happen when I turn 33?


  31. Ash — February 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Lol It’s hard getting older. I feel like you about some of those things. Turning 19 last year was horrible because I knew it was the last year I would be a teenager and life as I know it is gradually coming to an end. I hate the mall too because that’s where I see all the obnoxious idiots from my past. It’s really annoying how people dress up to go to the stupid mall. How gay is that? I don’t want to impress anyone, I just want to look in the Bulk Barn.
    Anyways your 30’s are good because that’s when you’ve got everything togeather while being still fairly young. Try to enjoy it.



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