Thirty Five & 1.1.11

Late in the day Birthday Self-Portrait with baby.

Thirty five is a very attractive age;
London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirty-five for years.

adiposity Helvetica,sans-serif;”>Oscar Wilde

Today was a good day to turn 35.

Birthday highlights:

  • Kicked the Mister out of bed this morning so I could have a bit of a sleep in (could only be accomplished with baby attached to boob but I’ll take what I can get).
  • Lovely phone call from my friend Chris who I haven’t seen in much too long.
  • I had a shower by myself. Shaved legs! How’s that for starting the year off right?
  • Mister made sushi for dinner.
  • We finally watched Inception and Fionnuala slept through the whole movie in her crib. (She’s not really into sleeping these days.)

Last night was our 8th annual New Year’s Eve Open House/Birthday Party and I think it safe to say a great time was had by all. The past seven were in our old apartment and having the extra space was lovely.

I was reviewing previous birthday posts from last year, the year before and the year before that and noticed many common themes but a major one I am thankfully missing this year: the fun hangover. Every birthday I would feel weak, sick and essentially hungover all day despite the fact that I don’t drink alcohol. I’ve even tried not eating much so I wouldn’t have a food hangover but nothing helped. This year I feel great. Nor was I laying on the couch last night, falling asleep around 10 pm silently cursing all our guests for having the nerve to show up/not having the decency to go home so I could go to bed. (I’m a wonderful hostess, no?) I’m certainly not getting much sleep these days so I’m going to thank our change in diet to this new found energy and lack of birthday hangover. I think that was the biggest gift I gave myself this year.

I’ve written before about how much pressure I put on myself to make the first of January special since it is both my birthday and the start of a new year. My mind is convinced it is my only chance to take stock and change myself into the person I want to be. That is, of course, fallacious – as humans we have the ability to instigate change in our lives any day of the year and thinking it can only be done on a certain day is the surest way of setting oneself up for failure. That being said I do think that the end of the year is a great time to review, reflect and move forward. Working with the prompts for Reverb10 was great for that but I also realized that between Christmas and our annual New Year’s Eve party isn’t the best time for me to do a lot of writing because I’m just too busy so I had to let them go. I did spend some time today thinking about my goals and aspirations for this year but I suspect my notebook and I are going to need more time before I feel that I am comfortably moving forward. I’m excited though – I think this is going to be a great year. How could it not be with all those ones?

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How did you ring in the new year? Are you excited for this year?

  7 Replies to “Thirty Five & 1.1.11”

  1. January 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Happy Birthday!

  2. January 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Happy happy birthday!

  3. January 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

    happy birthday!

  4. Jen
    January 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Happy Birthday, my friend.

  5. January 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Happy 35! I am sure it will be a wonderful year.

  6. January 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    A happy birthday to you! We actually managed to stay up until 12 pm, and then slept in the next day! Unfortunately it reset my clock and I couldn’t get to sleep at a decent time the next few nights, but what can you do? All the best in the New Year!

  7. January 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Totally. 1.1.1.1
    You are four stars! Happy 35!

    We took our kids to a family-friendly party which was lots of fun, but we had to bail pretty early because the kids had to go to sleep. Then we stayed up and watched dumb videos on TV till way too late, which is all I’ve done on NYE since 1999 when the world was going to end. Somehow, we were rewarded with children who slept in. All of this bodes verrrrry well indeed for the coming year.

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