Looking Forward

17 Oct

Relaxin' like a boss on my birthday


My birthday was this weekend. This probably does not come as a surprise to you, since I’ve been talking about it a lot. I had a really fantastic weekend. My aunt and cousins came down to visit, the weather was lovely so we spent a lot of time outside, and I think going paddle boating has officially become my birthday tradition, which makes me happy. As we were paddling around, I kept compulsively saying ‘This is so fun! This is so great! I love this!” until my brother started making fun of me.

Not to be materialistic or anything, but I also got some really great gifts, like new clothes that are casual enough for me to wear around the house, but nice enough that I’m not ashamed to be seen in public. David got me a salad spinner, which might not be what most girls dream of getting from their boyfriends, but was actually the perfect gift.

I have wanted a salad spinner since I was 10, and my job at home was to dry the lettuce off using not-very-absorbent towels. It was stupid and time consuming, since there was a machine out there that could do it for you. I begged my mom to get one for years, but she always laughed at me, because I was her salad spinner. She finally got one in the past year, and has seen the light, so I got to hear those magic words: you were right, Alison.

I have been way too cheap to buy my own spinner, so it’s been something I dreamed about as I ate my very damp salads. I don’t recall telling this story to David, and I don’t think I whined that much about not having a salad spinner, but I guess at some point he heard the story. And that’s why I currently sleep with a salad spinner next to my bed. Where I can see it if I wake up in the night.

I usually like to use my birthday as an opportunity to reflect and make some sort of resolution for the upcoming year of my life. Lately, I have been doing a lot of reflecting, so I wasn’t as into it as I normally am. However, an idea hit me last night as I was getting ready for bed. It means so much to me when people remember my birthday, or other significant anniversaries in my life. Hearing from my friends and family is really what makes the day special for me, and I am so lucky to have people in my life who always remember to do that. Even though it’s so important to me, and even though I’m a big fan of helping other people celebrate birthdays, I’m usually pretty bad at remembering to do the same for others. I can usually remember to send a text, but ideally I’d like to send out a card, and maybe a gift, since I’m constantly seeing things that make me think ‘so and so would love this’ and then never following through. This is also a great way to stay connected with people, and it will probably make me happier as well, since I always feel vaguely guilty when someone’s birthday or anniversary goes by and I either forget to contact them or send a text at like 11:59 that night.

It will also be a great opportunity to make some bangin’ new cards! I mean, that’s basically my one special talent, so I may as well capitalize, amiright?



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