I went to a concert last night. It was the first concert I've gone to in over a year (my last one was in November of 2019) and it was... exhausting! It's going to take me all week to recuperate from it!

I don't know if it's the pandemic that has aged me, or the fact that I had COVID, but I was so tired throughout the concert! I needed to constantly sit down. I rocked out to Lamb of God and Megadeth by sitting and waving my arms. I became those people who sit during a concert, how lame!

Maybe it is the COVID that I'm still recovering from, but lately I have noticed how much more tired I am; it also doesn't help that I get on TikTok and I have Gen Z telling me that my skinny jeans are out and my side part is a thing of the past! Despite the fact that a survey once said that people don't consider themselves middle aged until they're 47, and I'm a ways off from that, I've started to notice the signs that I'm getting older. I think I'm turning into my abuelita!

Here are seven signs that prove I'm officially turning into my abuelita.

1. I've seriously considered taking up quilting

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My abuelita used to make beautiful quilts- and they're suddenly becoming a thing on TikTok. I have seriously pondered if I should start doing quilts!

2. I've started to enjoy butter pecan ice cream

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Have you noticed that Hispanic parents love butter pecan ice cream? It's a thing. And lately, I've definitely acquired a taste for it.

3. Pond's face cream has become an integral part of my skincare routine. 

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When I think of my abuelita, I think of her at night putting this cream on her face- and the way it smelled as I leaned in to hug her goodnight. I finally understood the hype. It's perfect for my skin.

4. The second I feel a little congestion, I reach for the Vick's!

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I have tubs of Vick's all over my house! It's perfect and just comforting for when I feel a little tickle in my throat.

5. I've started to watch and seriously enjoy Novelas

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I used to think novelas were super cheesy and so unrealistic. I still think that, but now I find myself actually getting invested in the story. The Jenni Rivera one was the one to hook me in- I knew how the whole story ended but I couldn't stop watching! The one I'm currently invested in is called "Si Nos Dejan".

6. I have a designated day to do el mandado

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My abuelita's day to go shopping was on a Tuesday. My favorite day to do some grocery shopping is Thursday. I don't know why- but that is my day.

7. Everything is suddenly good Tupperware

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Don't throw out that Country Crock tub! It's perfect Tupperware!

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