It’s Official, Today I Turn 40

giphy.gifToday is my 40th birthday.  I am taking the day off of work, getting a massage, getting a facial, and getting a pedicure.  I am going out for ice cream with knitting friends later this evening.  This is turning into a month long celebration.

My birthday is my favorite holiday.  I don’t really care about aging as long as I can celebrate the way I want.  Some past birthdays have been memorable.

20130907_160144.jpgA few years ago a bunch of us went to play mini-golf and get ice cream.  I rode bumper boats in a skirt, which I will never do again.  I will ride them in pants.

For my 30th birthday, I went home to Miami for a long weekend.  Two of my oldest friends joined us for a birthday dinner for Tapas.

2249_515548270607_1097_n.jpgFor my 20th birthday a bunch of my college friends went to the Melting Pot with me.  I was living in Tallahassee, Florida at the time and still going to Florida State.  There was a tradition to jump in the university’s fountain.  I remember we spent the first part of the day at the first football game of the season.  I didn’t go to game often, but that a game was on my birthday seemed important enough to go.

2249_515548260627_531_n.jpgThe Melting Pot has become a birthday tradition and something I like to do every year if I can.  This year my friend Erica and I took her 4 year-old son with us this year.  It was interesting to think about what had changed about the Melting Pot after 20 years.

I don’t remember many details of birthdays before that.  It was always tough, as a kid, having a birthday so close to the start of the new school year and a holiday weekend.  I do remember a very early birthday at Hardees, before they left Miami.  I remember this local place like Chucky Cheese called Riverboat Playhouse.  I remember sleepover parties.  I think it was my 7th birthday when I got to see Wham for my first concert, had a sleepover, and got a Cabbage Patch Kid.  I always remembered that as one birthday, but I am not sure it really was.

As an adult I actually like staggered birthday celebrations with small groups.  Sometimes I just want to hang out with my friends and other times I want to go out and do something fun.  It really depends on the people.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?  Tell me in the comments!

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