Friday, January 09, 2015

Another trip around the sun

It's official: as of 11 p.m. last night, I'm a year older.

It always sneaks up on me, perhaps because it is so close to the holiday. Even though it's two weeks removed from Christmas, I would still occasionally get birthday gifts along with Christmas gifts. I hated that.

Just what did I do for the momentous day? Went to work, drove home in a nasty snowstorm, ate leftovers for dinner and went to bed early.

Just typing out that sentence made me feel old.

So I'm going to do something I normally despise: extend the celebration, such as it is. I'm declaring this the "birthday weekend", and I'm going to do only things I really, really want to do. Get some extra sleep. Sit and read by the fire for a few hours. Embroider cute owls on some fleece for charity blankets. Make home made pizza. Go to Panera really early (free breakfast sandwich on my Panera card for my birthday!)(which reminds me, where the heck is my free Starbucks drink?). Vacuum the basement.

Yes, vacuum the basement. A friend helped get rid of quite a bit of the cut up cardboard that had been taking up room, so I finally hauled the old Dirt Devil down to the basement to clean up the floor. It doesn't suck too well anymore, but it does enough. While it's unfinished, the previous owners had put down a six by eight indoor/outdoor rug that is still in pretty good shape. The game plan is to do all the clean up by early summer, just a bit at a time, then put in some shelving and a small freezer. So yes, vacuuming the basement is "fun".

The plan for this next year is more reading, more quilting, less stress. Finish more projects, whether it be the basement, the patio or the decorating. At the same time, take pleasure in the process, not just the final result. Enjoy the journey.

Eh, at the rate my mind is wandering, I'll be lucky to remember what those plans are a month from now!


melissa said...

Hi hon. I'd like to think that's a photo of your official cake! Good call, extending the celebration. I like that idea. Very much. So, happy birthday. :)

Diane said...

I wish. I love the idea of all that chocolate.

Katharine said...

Happy Birthdays! Sounds like a good extended celebration! So nice to be back visiting blogs!

Anonymous said...

Late, but happy, happy! And a glass of wine with you!

-Robbo the Port Swiller