Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hello, and greetings from a man in his late, late, late 20s. Today is my 29th birthday. It's not really a landmark birthday, but leaves me 365 days in my 20s. I'm going to talk about birthdays a bit today. I don't really have any major theme or thesis, so this is probably going to come off like an Andy Rooney segment on 60 Minutes. Just picture me with really bushy eyebrows.

 I just thought about it, and in about two months, my 'days alive' will pass my 'days left on mortgage'. I should celebrate that day.

I always had fun birthday parties growing up. Since my dad was a P.E. Teacher, he could just unlock the gym and the party would be pizza on the gym floor, then dunking basketballs off of mini trampolines. That's a pretty awesome birthday party for a 10 year old.

Having an April birthday was always pretty good. It happened during the school year, which is a plus. I was so happy I wasn't one of the summer birthday kids that had to do the group birthday celebration during the last week of school. I also always felt sorry for the kids who had birthdays over Christmas break. Not only did they get shafted in terms of parties, but also I'm sure that Uncles and Aunts probably went with the one gift for two events method. Poor kids. The only downside of an April birthday is that every so often your birthday falls on Easter which makes it difficult to get pizza and beer.

I've had to travel for work on my birthday the last few years. I decided that I wasn't going to do that this year. I also took it one step further and made my work schedule today more 'birthday-friendly.' I just strategically scheduled calls and meetings that I knew would be enjoyable for today, and pushed others to tomorrow. Because Dammit, it's my birthday. 

It's been a good birthday so far. I talked to my parents this morning. Kate and I had an extended breakfast with good oatmeal and good discussion of blogs and the Today Show. Then Gilbert and I had a good walk.Work was good.. I mowed my lawn during my lunch break. Thanks to Facebook, lots of people that I haven't talked to in many years wished me a happy birthday, so I feel more popular. I went for a run after work. Then we went to a beer tasting with our friends.Now I'm watching The Office and drinking a beer. This has been a pretty fantastic day by my standards.

And it doesn't end today. Kate had a pretty brilliant idea. Since I act like a 10 year old boy sometimes, we're having a little kid birthday party tomorrow. It is SpongeBob themed. There are SpongeBob invitations. We have the paper cone hats and party favors, and cupcakes. It's just like a little kid birthday party. Except there will also be drinking games. I have a dream that the 'little kid birthday party' will catch on in the same way that the 'ugly holiday sweater' party has caught on in recent years. We might take pictures, but this is a picture-free blog, but maybe other bloggers will post pictures of the event.

So there's my birthday post. Sorry for the unconnected thoughts. I probably could've spent more time on this one, but it's my birthday.  

15 comments:

HangryPants said...

Happy Birthday Nate.

- Heather (KERF Blog Friend)

Sarah (lovINmytummy) said...

Happy Birthday! I'm older than you. And I referenced Andy Rooney in my post this afternoon too. I bet no one younger than us even knows how that is.

I LOVE the idea of a kid-themed birthday party. Sponge Bob is just tacky and ugly enough too. Enjoy!

AutumnTao said...

Happy Birthday! I'm a fan of Kath's blog and of course have seen your name and couldn't resist sending you some birthday wishes... it's also mine and my fiance's birthday as well! And, I heard on NPR this AM that it's Ralphie's birthday, from A Christmas Story. All day I wondered, how's Ralphie celebrating? He's 38 today. Cheers!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

Happy Birthday!!!

eatingbender said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy the Sponge Bob party :o)

Ed said...

Happy birthday! Please take pictures and put them somewhere, like Flickr!

MaryBe said...

Congrats on your first of many 29th birthdays!
I didn't get my Sponge Bob invitation :(

sarah said...

happy birthday!

i'll be joining you at 29 in a month.

gulp.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Happy Birthday!!! My husband turned 29 last Saturday, and for his 30th next year, I'm totally going with the little kid birthday theme. After your party is over, would you mind sending all SpongeBob paraphernalia to me? Thanks.

P.S. I think she topped me. Spinach pancakes: http://healthyambition.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/seeing-green/

Mariposa said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

emily said...

1. happy belated birthday

2. if little kid themed parties don't catch on then people totally suck (although personally mine would be little pony themed)

Audrey said...

my bday is december 28th and i'm 99% certain its the worst day to ever be born..reject christmas gifts and IOUs are generally what i get. happy bday!

caitlin said...

thank you for recognizing the sadness that is having a dec. 30th birthday. I have been jipped of so many gifts in my life....sigh

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday Nate! I read about your SpongeBob b-day party on Kath's blog post and my 4 year old nephew was very entertained!

Jennifer said...

Happy Late Birthday Nate!

I nominated you for a Bloggers Choice Award. Maybe it will help in your quest for free stuff. :)

http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/blogs/show/72761