that means next year...yup, the Big One.
I didn't really feel up to having a big bash this year; it's been a very turbulent time in our family and it just didn't seem appropriate, so I spread the word that I was just after a quiet one and wasn't planning on doing anything, really.
As it turned out, a quiet one became one of my most lovely birthdays thus far, full of little unexpected surprises and moments of gratitude.
- At work, there was strawberry cheesecake and a lovely card.
- My girl rang the radio station and got the Breakfasters to send me a birthday call-out and they played Lucinda Williams for me.
- My girlfriend in Scotland sent me some wool, which I was particularly impressed with as she is a non-knitter!
- I found this album in our local second-hand music store. I've been looking for this for a couple of years on and off. For my 10th birthday I was given a portable cassette player (oh, how grown up did I feel?!) and my Nana gave me this album on cassette. I loved it so much, and played it again and again. It occurred to me as an adult that it was actually a pretty good compilation tape, and decided I needed to have it again for nostalgia.
- I bought myself a new frock with some birthday money, and wore it to a local theatre production friends of ours were in, then followed it up by heading out for drinks with my Derby sisters.
- and finally, went out for lunch with my knitty friends and then dinner with my mum, brother and sister-in-law.
I feel like I should be making a list of "things I want to achieve before 40" or something, but instead I think I'm just going to sit back and relax, enjoy this time for what it is, and savour it all.