Yes, my birthday was last week. But, to be fair, I like to drag out the celebrations as long as possible, which is why I haven’t posted this yet.
Okay, not really. Its just because I’m lazy and I keep forgetting.
Anyhow, it was great birthday: low key, relaxing, & a bit overindulgent.
For starters, this showed up around 4:30pm on my birthday:
OH HEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLL YES! Thank you, Emily!!!
Here is what was inside:
The sad thing is that I didn’t even need a list to tell me what kind each was. I have been stalking the Crumbs website for so long, I already knew them all. Top row: cosmopolitan, red velvet, Elvis (banana and peanut butter). Bottom row: squiggle (like a hostess cupcake), half baked, tiramisu.
I invited Karolina, Emily and her fiance’, Joe, to come eat them with us because I knew 3 things: 1)I did not NEED to eat them all myself (even though I could have) , 2) they would likely not survive more than a few hours alone in my house and 3) I ate the all of the cupcakes I previously intended to share (Alone. On a train.)
Here is the aftermath:
It was the most divine, sugar induced hangover in the universe!
Best. Birthday Present. Ever.
A few days later, my sister, brother and niece came to town. I am obsessed with my niece, Grace. She is pretty much the coolest person I know.
The last time she was here, we took her to the Please Touch Museum, but she was a little too small for most of the things there.
But this time, she was juust the right size:
Maybe still a little too small for this?
Who doesn’t like carousels?
First she milked it, then she sat on it
I am a bad influence
I’m on a boat, yo
Amanda is a riot
Again with the slides..
Grace wasn’t feeling so well, but it was a lot of fun! I think Amanda and I maybe even had more fun than she did. We also watched “Beauty and the Beast” about 17 times in 3 days. Its Grace’s favorite. “Belle and Beast,” she calls it. She knows all the words to the songs. I laughed so hard when I heard her sing it the first time, I almost peed my pants. (Yes, I was drinking, but still.)
I love that movie but it will be okay if I don’t have to watch it again until I have my own kids. Or ever.
On Sunday, we had some friends to our local bowling alley for a mini birthday party, complete with cake and pizza (and beer).
Here’s my cake:
Can you guess who liked it the best???
So, now I’m officially 31. And its as if all of a sudden, my clocks are ticking and my body is falling apart. I feel creaky and achy and my blood pressure rose unnaturally high when asked to get on the scale at the doctor’s on Tuesday. (Don’t worry, its ok, it was normal 15 minutes later)
My doctor (bless her heart because I really do adore her) kindly reminded me that “things go downhill after 30.” I’m not sure if she meant my body parts, my ability to stay in shape, my average daily caloric needs, or just my basic body functions, but its one of those things that maybe didn’t NEED to be said. Especially after going off birth control three months ago and being the only person in the entire universe to GAIN weight instead of lose it. Neat.
I’ve been hearing that 30 is the new 20. I’m calling bullshit because if that’s the case, then 31 is the new 21. And I can ASSURE you that I am not (nor do I FEEL) 21. (Although some kind dude in Vegas last month told me I looked 21). I cannot drink like I’m 21, I cannot run like I’m 21, I cannot walk up stairs like I’m 21, I cannot spend money like I’m 21, I don’t even drive as poorly as I did when I was 21. Pretty much the only thing I do I now that I did when I was 21 is sleep. And even recently, I’ve noticed I’ve been adjusting to mornings better. I only hit snooze about 3 times instead of 7 or 8. Soon, I’ll be fifty, getting up at 5am, going to the gym, taking my pills and doing three loads of laundry before 8.
God help me. It really is all downhill from here. How soon is too soon to retire?
Have a good weekend, kiddos!