Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Birthday Bash

This Wednesday was my 25th birthday.  It's pretty crazy that I am a quarter of a century old.  Happy birthday to me!

When I was in high school, I would have told you that when I was 25 I would live somewhere glamourous and work in marketing.  I wanted to be married to someone with green eyes who played baseball and travel all the time to exotic locations.  I wanted to drive a Land Rover or a Jeep Grand Cherokee and live in a two-story house.  I thought that I would cook an elaborate dinner every night and buy my clothes from the Limited and Ann Taylor.  I figured that I would be close to finishing grad school (either my MBA or possibly considering law school) and beginning to think about having babies.

My reality is closer to this:  I live in my hometown and work in education/ childcare/ social work.  I love my hazel eyed, God-fearing EMT husband.  We've been to Ethiopia, Mexcio twice, and taken many trip across the US.  I drive a black Xterra named Jean.  I live in the house that Lee's grandparents built in 1953.  I cook rarely (once a week) and buy my clothes mostly from Target, Marshalls, and the consignment stores in town.  I am 27 credit hours from my psychology degree.  And I want to have a baby.

My life doesn't exactly look like what I thought I wanted.  And that's okay.  I am content and satisfied with the life that God has given me.  When I look at the people in my life I realize that I am incredibly blessed.  Life is what you make it.  And I hope to make mine even better in this next year.

My actual birthday day:
I had to work.  Do you like how I said "had to" as if people should automatically be excused from work on their birthday?  My boss and some other co-workers called me at 6:45 from Washington D.C. and sang me "Happy Birthday".  When I got to work for staff meeting, other co-workers had brought a cookie cake and my favorite pizza dip.  My co-teacher gave me a ton of yummy candy and a cute Halloween t-shirt.  I really work with some of the best people.  And then my dad brought me flowers at work!!!  Pink is my favorite.

After work, I had to go to class.  Again with the "had to".  I also had a presentation with my friend Bethany over gender roles.
She's amazing.

After class, I met up with my sweet man and went to dinner at Osaka.  I had only been there once (years ago, for prom when I was a sophomore with a cool senior boyfriend).  There is a new location not too far from our house.  Osaka is a Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurant that has a section of hibachi grilling.  We chose to sit on that side and were very entertained by the experience. 

Then Lee and I went home and tried to watch a "Bones" on Netflix.  We usually watch it in bed on the laptop, and today the allure of sleep a stronger pull than the storyline.

All in all, not a bad day.  I had many calls and texts throughout the day from family and friends.  What a lovely thing.  That's why I love birthdays- everyone gets to be part of the special day.  I heard from people that I don't get to talk to as much as I would like (stupid busy lives.)

Happy birthday to me!


  1. oh happy belated birthday! Its funny how we had our plans all set out for us but God has his own. I'm liking God's plans right now, although I still want my range rover, haha!