Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Me

Hello and welcome to my first post of 2008. It's strange to think that my trip to Chile will be encompassed within this calendar year (just barely). So far 2008 has been fantastic and I have high hopes for the rest of it.

New Year's Eve is traditionally a night of high expectations followed by mild disappoinment, which is why I think most of my friends and I didn't make any plans until the evening itself. Fortunately an impromptu party came together with great success (which is more than I can say about Seattle's fireworks this year...) and I still have the temporary tattoo to prove it. I think it was made from industrial-strength glue.

People often think that having a January birthday is no good, including my mom whose birthday is a mere week after mine, but I beg to differ. For one, I can get the things I was disappointed not to get for Christmas. Also, I always get extra gifts because the post-Christmas sales are so fantastic that my birthday budget stretches farther. Finally, people are always available for a party, because what else is there to do in the first week of January? It's possibly the least eventful week of the year. I was especially pleased that January 5 fell on a Saturday this year, since celebrating on your actual birthday is always more fun.

This year I decided to do away with a boring bar hopping evening and went the pre-teen route instead, throwing myself a 26-going-on-13 birthday party at my parents' house, complete with party favors, pizza, and Whirlyball. If you are unfamiliar with this '70s phenomenon, it's bumper cars meets lacrosse meets basketball. Some people were skeptical of the potential for hilarity, but all were convinced after 2 minutes of playing that this was a Good Idea. I have some great pictures that I promise to figure out how to post soon. All in all it was a highly enjoyable birthday. Thanks to everyone who came, and special thanks to my sister Anne for making her famous malted milk ball cupcakes and Robyn who made a delicious three-layer chocolate cake. I ate too much of both of them. Luckily I discovered Wii boxing and tennis the night of my party and, though it seems wrong to say it, I have been using video games to work out.

In Chile-related news, I still have not applied for my visa but I'm close, and I still have not bought my plane ticket but I'm close there as well. Both have been major frustrations and I'll be pleased as punch when they're settled.

Finally, I'd like to ask any and everyone who reads this blog to post comments! Comments liven it up and I love hearing from people. You can even post anonymously.

I hope 2008 is treating everyone well so far!

1 comment:

jrteacherlady said...

Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like your party was fun:) I'm glad you don't mind a January birthday because Brittany's is today, Jan. 9th! I can't believe she is 2 already:) Good luck with getting ready for Chile.