Who needs to finish writing her final grad school paper when there’s a birthday to celebrate? (Like I can write anyway when the little man lovingly squawks at my feet, vying for my attention – and did I mention that he began crawling yesterday? It’s the end of an era, or at least that era called “getting anything done”).
But before we get into the birthday prize, here are some completely unwarranted, unsolicited birthday observations from yours truly…
1. I have a fondness for coconut and will be raising my glass to some of ya’ll this weekend with a toasted coconut martini, thankyouverymuch.
2. My final paper is due in two days. I’m a quarter of the way through it and writing a blog post instead – once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator.
3. I still have never read the Harry Potter books or seen the Lord of the Rings or Star Wars trilogies. Have I officially lost all credibility to the outside world?
4. I have a inner Latin-diva and she rallies and cheers and kicks her legs high in the air at Zumba.
5. I not-so-secretly really want to get my Zumba certification but am mindful that my stellar white dance girl moves sometimes outweigh my inner Latin diva.
6. My son is currently finger painting with his own spit-up. I am not above this.
7. Favorite frozen yogurt treat? Tahitian vanilla with Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I realize that this is like ordering a diet coke with an In-n-Out double-double, but again, I am not above admitting this.
8. I will be requesting that the world address me as “Master” in two days – eight years later, the end is in sight! (Masters of Theology, Fuller Seminary. “What are you going to do with your degree?” a friend asked me the other day. “Uhhhhh, I’m not going to be a pastor?”).
9. I am more comfortable with myself than I was a year ago, than I was 10 years ago – and this is one of the greatest gifts of life, I suppose.
10. I’m learning to say “I’m sorry” more and more. And mean it.
11. I’m learning that I don’t need to prove myself like I thought I did in my twenties. People love you for your faults, ain’t that the truth?
12. I believe in getting out for a walk every single day. There’s something about exercising outdoors that matters.
13. I believe in reading books, lots of them.
14. I’m starting to believe in the miracle of anti-aging eye cream; I should have listened to my friend Kara when she told me to stop raising my eyebrows for pictures. I can’t help it. In fact, I’m doing it right now as I smile at the little man.
15. Pregnancy and labor brought on grey hairs – might they be Cara Clooney sexy, though?
16. Remember the days of email forwarding? There was this one email in the 90’s that circulated around about friendship: reason, season, lifetime. I’m embracing the ebb and flow of friendship, letting go and holding on and learning to expect the unexpected and BE when it comes to relationships.
17. I desire to give more than I spend.
18. I’m still getting there.
19. I desire to live simply, still, always.
20. In my world, sushi, wine, a movie and the hubs are the perfect night.
21. Of course, related to the above, we rarely get through a movie in one setting, though.
22. I believe in the power of storytelling, and want to learn how to tell stories even better, every day, through word and voice.
23. I totally married up.
24. My son is like the happiest little dude, ever.
25. My 25th birthday party was a surprise HOE-DOWN in Santa Cruz – this was at the height of my country music listening days. This was also at the height of my “call into the radio and win tickets” days, and thus attending the raceways at Laguna Seca and a San Jose Sharks hockey game crossed my path for the first and only time.
26. I’m learning to listen more.
27. I’m learning to be present in conversation more, and not just wait for the opportunity to insert my own story.
28. I’m learning to ask for help and not pretend like I have all my shit together.
29. I like to cuss and I really, really like Jesus. Bam.
And we’ll stop there. I think I’ll continue to celebrate my 29th for the rest of my life.
In the meantime, we’ve got a happy birthday giveaway to attend to!
1. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar with sea salt caramel. Um, yum.
2. One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. (Christian living/Spiritual direction genre). I LOVE her writing. I LOVE her thoughts. And I’m chewing on her words again, two years later.
3. A knit infinity scarf by my friend, Jen!
4. Teavana jasmine pearls tea. Hot bevvy, anyone?
Entering is easy:
1. Sign up to receive be, Mama. be in your inbox by heading to the home page, and clicking on the “Follow” button:
2. Leave a comment below: what’s YOUR favorite birthday memory?
You just might win the care package – deadline is Friday night. Winner will be announced on Saturday!
Update: the winner is CHRIS P – congrats, Chris! I’ll send you some love in the mail this week!