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[Happy] Uterus Eviction Day

Someone wished me that on my FB this week, for my birthday. I LOL’d in real life.

 

Surprisingly, my birthday wasn’t so bad this year. It was super low key in comparison to birthday’s past, but it wasn’t bad either.

 

I’m not thrilled about getting older. Truthfully, I’m pretty terrified of it. And I have been since I turned 25. Being 32 now, you might think I’d start accepting my aging self, but I’m just as neurotic as I was about it then. Every year, a new mid-life crisis.

 

And I don’t even know why I’m so beside myself over this aging thing. I just feel like I’ll blink and then suddenly I’ll be 40, then 50, 60, and so on and still be mentally screaming, “What have I done with my life?!” I know I need to cut it out, to just accept it for what it is. There is no avoiding age, but I cling desperately to the notion that I’m still in my early 20’s. I’d be happy to stay there forever.

 

Aging aside, my birthday came and went this year with a lot of love. I jokingly said to my mom, “If you’re ever feeling lonely, like you have no friends, just have a birthday in the social media world and everyone and their brother will crawl out of the woodwork to shower you with love.” Because it’s true, on FB especially, people I never even talk to stopped by to wish me a happy birthday and even though it’s terribly superficial of me to equate that to love, I felt it.

 

This year was the first I’ve actually worked on my birthday in more than 10 years. I’m too overwhelmed with overtime that taking off wasn’t even an option and it was a bit weird to be in the office when I’d normally be sleeping in and spending my day with a book, but the girls at work unloaded copious amounts of sugary treats on me for breakfast and it’s pretty easy to win me over with goodies. For one, I’m the baker in our office so it was nice to have someone else bake for me for a change. And two, just the fact that they remembered and felt the need to do something was much appreciated.

 

I got singing phone calls from my grandparents (both sides), with their own renditions of Happy Birthday, which just always makes my day. I don’t think you ever get too old to enjoy your grandparents singing to you on your birthday. It’s like my mom still playing with my hair in church. There are just some things age plays no factor in.

 

My close friends and family gifted me some really cool stuff and I gathered together with my immediate family for pizza and dessert to celebrate after work. The day was made even better by my nephew Gideon greeting me with, “Happy Birthday!” when I arrived. That kid can make any day better just by smiling at me, but it’s especially awesome to see him talking so well these days.

 

Overall, I can’t complain. I’m blessed to have people around me that care to make the day special, even if I’m bummed about it signifying another year passed. I couldn’t ask for more, except maybe for Father Time to slow down, but I doubt he’s listening.

 

Christmas Loot 2012

Previous posts were just pictures from Christmas, which auto-posted from flickr (and I thought that was just super awesome), so I'll recap a little here before I brag about how spoiled I am. 😉

My sister had to work on Christmas Day this year unfortunately (she's a nurse), which sort of disrupted our normal Christmas Day routine. But so that we could celebrate with her family too we had breakfast in our jammies on Christmas Eve together and exchanged the gifts we had for each other. Steve (my brother-in-law) made this Krispy Kreme egg sandwich that was completely wrong and so very right at the same time. It was good times.

We parted ways and got fancied up for another break from our Christmas Eve traditions (sort of). We always have a fancy Christmas Eve dinner with my Dad's side of the family, but it's usually at my parents house and this year it was at my uncle's historic house in Baltimore City. My aunt was here from Wisconsin (it's been years since I've seen her) and my grandparents were home from Florida, too. We ate a fancy four course meal and shared lots of laughs. Overall, despite it's different location, it was one of the better Christmas Eve celebrations.

Christmas Morning Heath and I headed over to my parents early to open gifts as we normally do. When we were finished, we started getting Maw Maw & Paw Paw's country breakfast (the thing I long for all year long) ready for the rest of my Mom's side of the family to arrive. After lots of good eats and more presents we headed home to get ready to visit Heath's family. Gifts were shared and a Christmas dinner was consumed (as if I was in need of more food at all after two days worth of heavy eating) and we came home ready for jammies again.

I finally picked through my gifts the following day, completely incapable of focusing on any one thing for too long. Like sensory overload. I hadn't realized I'd gotten so much until I put it altogether for this picture. I am way too spoiled.

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Baking Stuff: Cupcake carrier, rolling pin, glass pie pan, pipping bags with decorative tips, dough kneader, rolling/cutting board, The Great Cookie Recipe book, an apron, and cupcake liners.

Photography Stuff: Lighting Set, Camera bag ("SAW it, shot it" <– catchy right, my initials!), Lens hood and assorted lens cleaning stuff, and mini tripod. 

Books: ance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, Touched by Cyn Balog, For Darkness shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn, In Honor by Jessi Kirby, Germ by Robert Liparulo, Stephen King Leatherbound Classic (Not pictured), Jules Verne Leatherbound Classic (Not pictured), and an ESV Thinline Leather Bible.

DVD's: The Hunger Games and Big Bang Theory Season 1.

Misc. Other: Samsung Galaxy Tablet with Keyboard, 17 Old World Blown Glass Ornaments and case, Not of this World Hoodie and sticker, assorted lotions and body sprays, candles, a coin purse, a notepad, Bath & Body Works wallflowers, 30" Silver Chain, Owl Charm Necklace, 2 book lights, novelty lens mug, a bookmark, Big Bang Theory 2013 Wall Calendar, a snakeskin purse (not pictured), and a variety of gift cards. 

I don't know why I am spoiled like this, but I sure am grateful. 

So, what did you guys get for Christmas? How did you celebrate it

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EDIT: I also got THIS from my critique partner (), but it slipped my mind for this post because I had already made a post about it on tumblr. Cool, right? 😉