Posted on November 3 2011

Birthday Post

I’m entering the final year of my twenties.  I’m totally cool with that, I always wanted to be a real grown up with a briefcase and lady business suits.  Even though I don’t have that stuff, I am getting closer to feeling like more of an adult every day.  I mean, I do have a child which was what I used to think being an adult meant.  But, Teen Moms, anyone?  They’re totally famous now, and no longer a qualifier of “adult.”  I do go to bed/wake up early and I enjoy eating vegetables.  I also lean pretty close to following rules, and when I’m not, you’ll see me looking over my shoulder.  Literally.  Now you’d think these would be classic stipulations of adulthood, but I’ve always done those things.  I used to steal lima beans off of my sister’s plate and she’d feign caring, “No…stop…those are mine…” as she’d push her plate toward my hand.  On the flip side, I do things all of the time that make me feel Not Adult.  I whine when I have to do dishes, my bedroom is covered in clothes, I have the Why-Make-My-Bed-When-I’m-Just-Going-To-Mess-It-Up mentality, and I enjoy shopping at Forever 21.  (At least it’s not called Forever 13 or something.  I’d probably still shop there though).  So maybe my twenty-ninth rotation of the sun means I am that much closer to truly feeling like an adult.   Who knows, maybe I’ll be in Adulthood limbo forever, and I’m cool with that too.

I love celebrating birthdays (and not just my own!).  Giving thoughtful gifts is completely thrilling to me, and I’m not going to pretend like I don’t love receiving them too.  This changes as you get older, of course.  Your pals aren’t so quick to drop their allowance on the latest and greatest My Little Pony for your slumber party.  They’re not pooling their lunch money like they did in high school, in order to get a crazy amount of balloons from the school store, which spoke volumes about how special and loved you really were.  Now it’s the little things, like pummeling your Facebook wall with a birthday onslaught of YouTube videos of your favorite person, in my case Amy Poehler, that truly makes your day special.  Or the fact that your husband worked hard so that your child would say, “Happy Birthday” first thing in the morning as they wake you up in bed.  That’s pretty special too.

I am spending a bit of my birthday making my own birthday cake.  Is that weird?  I’m excited about it!  Banana Cream Pie with Chocolate and Caramel.  Sounds like a dream, right?  I’ve been prepping the ingredients for a few days now – flaky tart dough, pastry cream, caramel…and I am hoping it’s one of the best things I’ve made thus far!   For those of you that think it’s unfortunate that I’m baking my own birthday dessert, it’s not something new to me.  Apparently when I was three I made my own birthday cake as well:

Little Helper, 1985 (Pretty sure those are Care Bears)

The cherry on top of an already wonderful birthday?!  I get to watch brand new episodes of my favorite shows (Parks & Recreation and The Office) tonight with some pretty amazing friends!  Hip hip hooray!  Hope you enjoy your day too. 

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