Small Success: Party Time!

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One of the many things that makes me realize that I married my opposite is our opinions on surprises.

He loves them. Me, not so much.

He’s thrown three surprise parties for me over the years, one for each birthday that ends in a 0.

I did not react gracefully the first two times he did this.

But on Sunday afternoon, I was surprised again, and I count it as a success that:

  • no one got hurt
  • I had a fun time
  • my family managed to get this surprise past me.

Also, Big Brother and I won our round of Kanjam, though I did discover that it’s hard on the fingers and I do try to protect those so I can play guitar.

If I had to celebrate a “decade birthday” I am grateful that I was able to do so surrounded by family and friends, fun, good food and even live music (provided by a couple of my friends)! I received wonderful gifts (coffee gift cards, bookstore gift cards, and tickets to see Notre Dame play Temple) but the best gift of all was the fun time we had on Sunday afternoon.

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Small Success: The Golden Years

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This week, I made it to 50, as evidenced by the only “birthday card” I received on my Actual Birthday:

They get an A for effort, and an F for timing.
They get an A for effort, and an F for timing.

To be fair, I got plenty of cards before my birthday and even a couple on the day after. But on the Actual Day…nothing but AARP.

Which pretty much sums up how I feel about being 50.

My daughter says I shouldn’t sweat being 50 because now I’m in my Golden Years.

I just find it a little scary to think that I’m the same age as the Golden Girls.

Image source: Amazon
Image source: Amazon

But here’s my Birthday Happiness, which I count as success:

1. Everybody was home for dinner for my birthday. Big Brother came over. Middle Sister didn’t have to work. She made me a delicious lemon pound cake. Yum. I cooked dinner, because I like to cook, and yes, I did make a mess-intensive meal because the boys did the cleanup. Best. Present. Ever.

2. More cake was enjoyed last night at folk group practice. Chocolate bundt cake with vanilla glaze. Yum.

(Related: I hereby declare that if it’s your birthday cake, it has no calories.)

3. The Street Urchins sang “Happy birthday” to me and even signed a card, along with The Kid. That’s a keeper.

4. My parents are driving down to visit for the day and we’re all going out for lunch.

Once I’m all done celebrating, I’m going to go about considering what I can do to make sure that this year is, indeed, golden. For the moment, though, I’m going to savor it.

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