Monday, March 26, 2007


Yesterday was my thirty-fifth birthday. On many levels I cannot believe this is even possible. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was living in my sorority house, running late to play practice?

Wasn't it just yesterday that I was a graduate student in Tucson, Arizona, trying not to melt in the heat while writing enormous papers on a WORD-PROCESSING TYPEWRITER? (It is when I think about the enormous leaps in technology that I realize it wasn't yesterday. It was 12 years ago.)

Wasn't it just yesterday that Husband and I were teaching English in Hitachi City, Japan, and writing ACTUAL PAPER LETTERS HOME because email wasn't commonly available in Japan (outside of Tokyo)? (Nope...11 years ago.)

Wasn't it just yesterday that I had a tiny baby boy keeping me awake all night? (Nope, 7 years ago...)

I know it's a cliche, but, seriously, where does the time go and how the hell is possible that I am THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OLD?? I have wrinkles!! Wrinkels! And a zit! Wrinkles and a zit AT THE SAME TIME? How is that even FAIR??

I did have a nice birthday. Husband and Gabriel and Lana showered me with gifts in the morning - new clip-watch for my purse (my lady-bug clip-on watch died, and I hate wearing a watch on my wrist, so, I need one to clip to my purse. Husband found me a Japanese "good fortune cat" (maneki neko) clip-on watch (you can read about maneki neko here: ). There is a picture of my cool new maneki neko watch, from the Yoshi Oshi company, at the top of this post. How cute is it? Also, gifts from Husband and children - new games for my pink Nintendo DS, a travel case for my Nintendo DS, and a box of drinking chocolate. I was over the moon with these gifts. Evidently, deep inside, I am still a 12-year-old girl.

My sister watched Lana and Gabe yesterday afternoon and evening so that Husband and I could have a birthday dinner out. Lana absolutely ADORES my sister and her children, so, it was nice to know that I we could go to dinner and leave Lana in a place she is comfortable and happy. Husband and I met our friends for dinner, M~&R~, who we usually go on vacation with every spring. They are leaving for Jamaica in two weeks, and I made them promise to take a ton of pictures so I can leave vicariously through them! And we are making plans for next year's trip that will include Gabe and Lana - I know it's a year away, but, I need to know that I will walk along the perfect sandy beaches of Jamaica again sometime in the future!!

Well, it's a beautiful day, spring has finally sprung and it's 70 degrees. It's a good day to start a brand new year.



Anonymous Christina said...

Happy Birthday! And welcome to the 35 club... sadly soon I will age out of it! :p

Monday, March 26, 2007 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger mam said...

Sounds like a really wonderful birthday. 35 was a great year for me...hope you enjoy it! If you've got any birthday wishes left over...I'm sure hoping to see the Kid before I hit 37, myself!


Monday, March 26, 2007 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous niobe said...

Happy birthday! And I envy you your wonderful-sounding weather.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger Perpetual Procrastinator said...

Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 6:46:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Happy Birthday LM! Sorry for being a day or two late, but now I've got it on my Yahoo calendar, and you can rely on birthday wishes every year from your favorite porn star! xoxoxo "Bo"

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:24:00 PM  
Blogger La Turista said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I'm just catching up here. This is what happens when you get old like me ...

And I, too, was often late for play practice and furiously typed many research papers on my best friend's word processing typewriter thingy. Which totally blew my mind, by the way.

Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:32:00 PM  

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