I know I have mentioned that I believe my birthday should be a national holiday.
And…well…it should be.
But until that happens, I greatly enjoy the fact that I’m still sort of celebrating it even though it’s been “officially” over for almost a month.
Remember how I mentioned that I seem to be on every email list known for every store ever created? I wasn’t kidding. Every year I get a ton of emails and mailers wishing me a happy birthday and giving me some special birthday offer to redeem either the week of my birthday or at some point during the month. Read More
I just need Morgan Freeman to narrate my whole life. All he has to do is call me and I will set up everything!
My 30th year has been….interesting to say the least. There have been a lot of odd moments…. a lot of trying moments, a lot of stress, some moments that were utterly depressing.
But there have also been some really great moments. And since I have a tendency to be kind of (read: very) pessimistic, some of those great moments get overshadowed by the stressful and depressing moments.
So, to celebrate my birthday I’ve decided to share 5 of the best moments of my 30th year and not dwell on the crappy things.
5. My New Car! I realize that probably sounds incredibly superficial, but I spent the better part of four years in two cars: one of which I just needed and one of which I hated after awhile. The fact that I finally have a car that is not only spacious and reliable, but that I love is something that I am really happy about. I’ll have this car for years, it’ll hold car seats one day; so yeah this is one of the things that made me happy this year.
4. Our final graduating class: Yes, this had some sadness with it. Our last graduation ceremony was filled with tears and emotions, but there were two amazing moments for me. The first was the military surprise for our salutatorian. I’ve never seen one in person and may never again, but to see her Dad appear from backstage with her diploma in hand when she thought he wasn’t going to make it home was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life and I will never forget that moment with her. That and seeing these young women that I’ve known for so long graduate and ready to move on to the next chapter was just a joy for me; even amidst the tears and emotions, I’m so happy I got to see these young women grow and I am extremely proud of all of them.
3. Deepening friendships. As hard as this year was, I am extremely grateful for my friends who have been amazingly supportive. I’m also really grateful for the co-workers that have become friends this year. As a group, we had to deal with a lot of hard situations (most notably our school closing) together and it drew a lot of us closer together. You noticed who really had your back and who was willing to be there for you when you needed them. One of these people, my friend Tiffani, was already a good friend of mine, but she actually started working at my school this past year (so she’d only been a Keough teacher for two months before hearing about the closing) so we got to spend a lot of time together (pretty much every single day) and through she became very special to me, so special that she’s one of my bridesmaids:
I just love and appreciate her so much; she’s been an absolutely amazing friend to me and I hope I’m as good of one to her.
2. My new job! Obviously. I think I’ve gone on and on about this one recently, so I’m not going to gush too much about it here, but I’m so excited to have such a great place to go starting next week. I actually just got our schedule for orientations and holy crap I’m going to be busy the next couple weeks, but it’s all good. I look forward to many years at my new school.
1. We’re Engaged! To no one’s surprise this is my favorite moment of the year. It’s pretty hard to top this one for anything. Probably the next thing that will “top” it will be our wedding. It was so simple; not a huge to-do which so many engagements are these days, and it was absolutely perfect. I still occasionally just look at my ring and love that it’s there and just love that it was given to me by my best friend. I can’t wait to go into the next chapter of our lives together.
So, this may have been a pretty trying year in many ways; there have also been quite a few good things that have happened that have tried to balance out the crappy stuff.
Here is hoping that the 31st year has even more good than bad.
Mr. Domestic is getting old. He turned 32 yesterday. Super SUPER old.
I always like to tease him on his birthday because it officially puts me as two years younger than him (for like 5 months), but it’s a teasing I enjoy greatly.
Devon doesn’t typically ask for much on his birthdays; he’s not a big birthday guy. He’s not like me, where I believe my birthday should be a national holiday. But usually, when he does want something, he’s pretty specific and direct about it.
He didn’t really want a gift this year. I asked him a few times what he wanted and there wasn’t really anything specific he could think of. He bought a couple more anime series’ for himself (which I never buy him anyway) so he’s like, “you really don’t have to get me anything”.
What he wanted, instead, was basically a weekend of all of his favorite foods (and to see the new Wolverine movie, “Logan”). Obviously, he has varied tastes and I can’t make EVERYTHING he likes in one weekend, that’s just insane, but we were able to do a nice weekend Devon’s Favorite Food Binge.
Now, it’s not all the healthiest things in the world. I’ll rightfully admit that right now. But we have been eating pretty healthy lately, for the most part; I’ve even gotten him to eat spinach three times in the past two weeks. So, a splurge weekend isn’t such a bad thing. It was pretty much a four day weekend splurge, but again, we don’t eat like this often…or really hardly ever.
I swear, I promise I haven’t died, I haven’t lost my limbs or my mind (fully, anyway) or anything like that. Life just went kind of bonkers after our anniversary. August is usually a little chaotic, but this August just exploded. Nothing hopelessly horrible, but super busy. On top of it, this August was one of the hottest on record for Baltimore, so when I wasn’t super busy it was too hot to do anything but sit almost perfectly still to avoid sweltering.
I did turn 30 on August 8th. Yay me! I didn’t have like a crisis or breakdown or anything crazy. My mother did, for some reason, but for me, it’s just another year, it’s not life altering or causing me to re-evaluate my life and my choices or anything like that. I’m typically pretty content and switching to another decade wasn’t going to magically change that.
The day itself was nice. It was super rainy, which it always is on my birthday for some reason and still achingly hot. So I spent most of the day indoors. Devon made me full rack BBQ ribs for dinner (because he knows his lady loves her BBQ) and a pretty chocolate cake (because he also knows his lady loves her some chocolate). OMG and he got me the ice cream maker attachment for our KitchenAid Mixer and….OMMMMGGGGGGG…..it’s amazing. I love it. I’ve used it like 5 times already. Best gift ever.
So I was going to blog about something else a little more serious, but before I do that I had to mention that it’s Devon’s birthday today!! He is 31 today.
He’s not a big birthday person (whereas I am), so we typically spend his birthday rather quietly, which is what he wants. I took him out to dinner last night, made a nice big pitcher of sangria, and made him his favorite confetti cake. Tonight, I’m making him his requested spaghetti and meatballs, which will also be followed with more sangria and cake.
Nice and quiet. No big celebrations. Biggest “gathering” will be when we go to his moms next weekend for her traditional “birthday paella”, his grandparents will likely come over, and that’ll be enough people for him.
Currently he’s happily playing Assassin’s Creed, and it’s one of the few days where I won’t roll my eyes if he plays it all day. It’s his birthday, he can do what he wants. I was watching him play before I started blogging and he likes an audience when he plays. He generally starts doing commentary and making weird comments when he knows he has an audience. It’s funny.
So, I have a couple of those Timehop-y apps on my phone that show me what I did on certain days in years past. Apparently, two years ago, today, I posted this on Instagram:
It was like a time lapse photo of us. The top picture was us sophomore year of college. Well, my sophomore year, his junior (he was on the five year plan thanks to a major change, which is how we graduated together). And the bottom was us about a month after we started dating. I like to say we still look the same as the bottom picture, but that Devon has a few more grey hairs spattered throughout his hair. Cause he’s old.
Devon has a tendency to look back on his birthday and see the things he either hasn’t done that he was hoping to have done by a certain age or things he wishes were different. It’s why he’s not big on his birthday. I prefer to see the good stuff. Like someone that I can’t wait to come home to every day, someone who is thoughtful (like on nights when I have a school event at night that I have to go to, he typically orders something from the deli across the street and runs home after to school to pick it up because he wants to make sure I eat before I go back to work), someone who is caring and takes care of me even when I don’t make it easy for him to do so.
Can he annoy me? Yes. Are there days I where I remind him what a sponge is and how it works on a stovetop? Oh yeah.
But on his birthday, I like tore member how lucky I am to get another year with him. Even on the days where I want to throw his PlayStation controller at his head, I’m still happy he’s here.