Friday, September 15, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

You say it's your birthday?


It's my birthday too, yeah.


Today I am 39. THIRTY NINE Ladies and Gentlemen! Alas, the final year of my thirties.

I remember having this incredible TAWANDA! feeling when I turned thirty. I had ARRIVED! Turning thirty somehow felt like the end of being a kid. Particularly in the professional sphere. I think I came into my own in my career in my early thirties.
Overall, my thirties up to this point have been action packed.

On top of finally feeling like I found my place in the professional sense, I married a man who is the Webster definition of "your better half," took an 18 month sabbatical and traveled all over the world with him, swam 2,000 butterfly without taking a rest and had two beautiful children. The thirties have been good to me.

The thirty ninth year is off to a good start too. I woke up today to a birthday candle in my scrambled eggs and the two-year old
Mayor sang Happy Birthday to me. That made me smile.

The Mayor will always be the best birthday present I ever received. Three years ago I found out I was pregnant with him on my birthday. (I found out I was pregnant with Rooster Girl on Christmas Day so she gets to be the best Christmas present ever.)

Tonight we have a babysitter and we're meeting four other couples out for dinner. Cross your fingers that we do not get any phone calls alerting us to the fact that our children have thrown up all over the house.

I am particularly impressed with the birthday cards this year. The first from my Aunt Nancy is pretty great and demonstrates how well she knows my sense of humor...


Birthday Cardbirthday card inside
(Note to my family - Does that woman look alarmingly like Tomi's mom or what??!!)

My mannered Southern grandparents also managed great sillyness...

pickle cardpickle inside

A paper pickle!

(A big, plastic pickle might have SERVED me better, but I will make do. Heh. Heh.)

So anyway, hip hip hooray for me and my 39th birthday.

Here I am 38 years ago on my 1st birthday doing what all good one-year olds are supposed to do... covering myself in chocolate cake. (Unlike us, my parents managed to have a working camera on hand.)

Jessica's First Birthday

Here I am today, thinking about cake. I likes me some cake. Mmmmm, yes I do.

a portrait

37 comments:

carmachu said...

Happy birthday to you, someone ALMOST over the hill......*grin*

The Medium Swede said...

Happy Birthday! Come on in, the water is fine albeit a little warmer in your 40s. The reason it's a little warmer is I cannot control my bladder. Ha!

I wanted to commend you on how you speak about your husband. It is so refreshing to hear of couples who truly respect and love each other. I am also a very lucky guy who "married out way over his skis."

Deb said...

Happy Birthday!! I like how you describe your thirties...as I am in my early 30's I hope I have your outlook on my 39th! Have a great day!

Waya said...

Aww, happy happy happy Birthday to you!! It sounds like your life is so perfect so far, nice accomplishments Mama!

Chuc mung Co! Can you decipher what that means?

Pendullum said...

One Hot Mama!!!
I love tha shot of you!!!!!

Wish I was there to be a part of the festivities...
Instead Iwill raise a glass of coffee your way!

Now, my husband is a Virgo/you're a Virgo...
That makes Kevin and I organizationally disfunctional friends...
Do you have that great Virgo trait???
You obviously have handsdown the great humour...
But want to know if all your paper clips are in a neat pile?
Just asking in a non Virgo type way..

Sayre said...

Happy Birthday! If I were closer, I'd bake you a circus cake - which I think is an apt description of life with small children... I've got one ring, you've got two.

Enjoy your night out, sans interruptions please.

Grandma Seattle would be proud.

Diana said...

Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!!! Those cards were frickin' hilarious, I needed that smile.
Enjoy your day, I'll ne hoping for no interruptions for you!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday lady!

You look fab. I hope this turns out to be a wonderful year for you!

tAnYeTTa said...

happy birthday! you look great. i'm drooling over your necklace too :)

Kristin said...

Thank you for reminding me just how damn good the thirties have been/are.

Great photo... have a wonderful night out... I'll be toasting you from Laguna!

Nicole said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You look fabulous! Have a great day and I hope tonight goes off without a hitch. Here's to hoping that there isn't any barfing (or diarrhea) by anyone you know to ruin your evening!

Nicole said...

Um yeah. That comment should've said "Liberal Banana." Thanks, stupid BloggerBeta.

liberalbanana said...

GAH! WHAT THE HELL?!? Liberal frickin' BANANA! I will get this to work, I WILL!

Um...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

quinn said...

AWwww happy birthday and congratulations on your very first time being 39...you do know you will pretty much be celebrating your 39( and holding)birthday for at least the next few years..or as long as you can pull it off..been there still doing that. LOL..
have a super day!!!!!!!!!

Christina_the_wench said...

Happy Birthday sexxy mama! Cake? *perk*

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, you sexy beast!

I hope you have a fabulous day full of paper pickles!

Plain Jane Mom said...

Happy Birthday! I loved your cards... you have a nice family. Now go alphabetize your spice rack like a good Virgo.

Kevin Charnas said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Jessica, that card from your Aunt Nancy is hysterical! I love it and her for sending it and you for loving it too.

That baby pic of you is SO damn cute! And that pic of you today? Damn, girl...whew. 39 looks pretty damn fine!!!
Happy Birthday, my friend...

and my gift to you is unlimited access to my nostrils. mmm-kay? I know, it's hhaawwwttt...you don't have to thank me.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday Dear JOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYY!
Happy Birthday... Tooooo... YOOOUUUU!!!

You are looking lovely as usual!

Lily said...

I have three things to say:

You are Pretty.

Happy Birthday!

That about says it all, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Jessica. May this year be the best 30-something birthday of all. Lots of love from sunny California...---therese

julia said...

Happy birthday! Don't you wish we could still eat cake like we did when we were one?

wordgirl said...

Hope your happy day was a good one!

blessedmomx3 said...

TAWANDA! I knew that sounded like a Fried Green Tomatoes thing! Happy B-Day! Love your pics! Hope you get a big pickle! ;-)

slackermommy said...

Happy Birthday! You look marve-lous!

Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

Happy birthday!! Enjoy some cake and I cross my fingers that you get no calls from the babysitter tonight!

Lisa

Mom101 said...

The happiest of all belated bdays, fellow wonderful Virgo! And hell, look how hot you are! Sssssss....

By the way, I'm right on your tail, lady...so you'd better leave 39 as nice as it was when you first got there.

Your Aunt Nancy said...

I knew that woman on the card reminded me of someone connected t you! Tomi-Lynn's Mom!

Blog Antagonist said...

Happy Birthday! I'm not far behind you. We should get together for a birthday cappucino. Or Martini, whichever floats your boat. :?)

lildb said...

happy birthday to you. you're impressive. with the butterfly stroke-thing. also, really hot. but HOTTT. your hair is satin and it shimmers. wow.

I hope your husband appreciates. (I know, I know, he does, but I mean - geesh. seriously? you're Hottt.)

Emma Kaufmann said...

Happy Birthday!! Are you always this upbeat? The problem, as I see it, with being in one's thirties is, yes, I do feel more comfortable in my skin, but the downside is that that skin is old and getting wrinkly and hangs off me like an old sack. I like being relaxed, but I don't like the saggy skin. What to do? Don't say surgery. Maybe I shouldn't have married such a young husband, not that he says anything about my saggy skin mind you, it's just when I compare us side by side!!

Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

p.s. last night we went out to dinner to celebrate my bday (on monday) and wouldn't you know our babysitter called to tell me my son was hysterical and in gastric distress. I thought of your post and it helped me feel not alone. Thank you. Oh the Joys indeed.

Lisa

Domestic Chicky said...

Happy Birthday you hot mama!

As your elder (newly 40), I am here to tell you that this is the new 20! Er, ok, maybe 25. Heck, I'd be ok with 30...

Mama C said...

Happy, happy Birthday to you from me!
It's your special day
Whaddya' say? Sing along with me -
HEY!

Sorry I was late. I've been out of town. Hope you had a great day! You don't look a day over 30!

hautemama said...

Happy birthday doll!
Your aunt Nancy is halarious. I'm gonna have to use that one!

Mommy off the Record said...

You: beautiful
Those cards: hysterical

Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Have fun with that pickle!

Marcie said...

I'm wishing you a belated Happy Birthday! My husband's birthday is Sept 15 too. Cool.
I also felt like I had finally grown up when I turned 30, I liked it. 40 is freaking me out though, I have four more years but I'm getting nervous.
I love the pictures of you. You are a pretty woman.
Again, Happy Birthday:)