31 was just a little bump in the road, but 32....that's 2 years away from that milestone, and another year closer to another milestone, as yet to be named. I know, I know, many people have passed this road before me, but this is my first trip, so be gentle in comparing.
Regardless of this little hiccup called aging that leads me to talk about the weather, the pain in my knee, and takes me 27 steps closer to 'that Aunt' that knits things for all the holidays (I would too, but I can't knit a coaster, much less a blanket), I have to say, my first day of being 32 was fantastic, and each year is actually better than the last, despite the aforementioned conditions I've contracted. More for myself, I'm writing down 32 things that were great about being me. The me that is now, 32.
1. I woke up.
2. I was able to get up all on my own.
3. My Mom took the day off, this is the 32nd year in a row I was able to spend a good portion of my day with her, girl's day out are the best. I probably did less crying today than that first birthday.
4. Among many other awesome gifts from above mentioned gene pool donor, I now own a machine that makes cotton candy. I've always wanted to own a cotton candy machine. When I say always, I mean at least 8 years.
5. My Mom asked what I wanted to do today and I told her I wanted to drive to Weatherford (1.5 hours away) and eat at a restaurant some random reader of Texas Highways magazine (one of my favorite) said via reader's feedback, was a 'don't miss stop in Texas.' I read it a year ago. I remember these sort of things. 3 hours of round trip driving is exactly my sort of favorite activity. We put a little 'gravel in our travel,' and went.
9. We stopped at Stein's in Dallas for my very favorite cake.
11. My youngest cousin, who is also visiting CA, sent me this picture on my phone of #10's starring singer.
13. Pre-birthday, because they would be gone, my Aunt had me over for dinner, additional desserts were consumed.
14. My middle cousin, Holly, stayed in town while the rest of my family visited my eldest cousin and his family (she is taking off in a few weeks to go with me to the Amazon), she came over and we went to dinner at Whiskey Cake. I read about it in D magazine, I'm ruled by printed recommendations. ...and maybe food.
Lockhart BBQ in the Bishop Art's District. Maggie treated me to lunch and looking last Saturday. The ribs were great. Yes, to the sausage (spicy goodness), yes to the macaroni cold OR hot.
17. I had this waiting for me from Jason and Nicole when I arrived home. I heart deliveries. Edible flowers? Yes, please!
I'm a sucker for kids of all ages, and stages. I will also be redefining Disney's definition of fairy godmother, little girl is going to be set, spoiled, and spending summers with me (must break this to her Mom, I do get partial custody, right?).19. I heard from everyone, including my dentist office in regards to birthday wishes. Facebook sort of gives a false rock star for a day illusion. I'll take it.
20. This happened on the way home from dinner....
21. Text messages.
22. Phone calls.
23. Cards in the mail.
24. My dogs are cute.
25. Pedicure gift card.
26. I blew all 32 candles out in one breath
27. When I was growing up all my cousin's and my brother had these little records that played birthday songs. My Mom could never find a 'Christy' (this is probably because it was such a popular song they were sold out as opposed to it not being a common name). Holly ordered me one online for my birthday....after 32 years, and many vocal complaints about being left out. I got my very own birthday song cd!
29. This is 'only' my 3rd annual 29th birthday!
30. I have cake left for breakfast.
31. I have more celebrating to do with friends. Lot's more.
32. There are 365 more days until my next birthday....33 is one day further away with Leap Year coming.