Monday, September 15, 2008

New, Improved Grown Up

So. Today's my birthday. I'm 26. This means I'm officially closer to 30 than 20. And I'm okay with that.

Sure, 30 seemed really really old when I was a little kid. And when you see actors playing 30 year olds in movies and TV, they all look about 40.

But when I look at all of my friends who are 30 or older, they look 25 and act 22. The future seems manageable.

I already celebrated my birthday on Friday by going out to my favorite neighborhood bar. My sister brought a cake and we had pizza delivered. My friend Ryan commended me for hosting the first pizza party he's been to since he was a kid.

And I didn't get really drunk. And aside from Ken playing Christmas songs on the jukebox, nothing too inappropriate happened. Perhaps I'm growing up after all.

That is to say, it was a big step up from last year's birthday cirque du disaster. It began with sake bombs, moved on to me mashing my hands into an ice cream cake while laughing hysterically, and then to a shouting match between my friend Shannon and two of my lesser guests who refused to pitch in to pay for dinner. Shortly thereafter, I ran into an old friend on the street and congratulated him on his marriage (which had taken place about 10 months earlier...). We were then kicked out of one bar for being too drunk, and then a second bar, again for being too drunk, but more so because we'd bum-rushed the karoake stage, stolen the microphone and sang a not-so-pleasant song about how the bar and all its patrons were horrible people. Then, we made our way back to my apartment to sing Oxygen On-Demand Air Karaoke with a group of random people my sister picked up at the supermarket while out obtaining us some completely unnecessary new bottles of booze.

So thanks to all of my friends who came out this year, remained calm, and gave me cute presents. It was nice not to wake up Saturday morning wondering how I'd gotten home, where I'd put my shoes, and why my kitchen floor was all sticky.

And now, back to work.



surviving myself said...

Happy birthday!

My invitation must've got lost in the mail. Right?

Jack and Jill said...

Happy birthday!! It's weird growing up, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!

I just wish I could have been at the party...

Have a good day today, miss you!

xoxo Anne

saratogajean said...

Oh no! You smushes an ice cream cake?!?

Well, I'm glad you've matured since last year. Happy Birthday!

nicoleantoinette said...

Aw, happy birthday honey!!

JenBun said...

But when I look at all of my friends who are 30 or older, they look 25 and act 22. The future seems manageable.

And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sounds fantastically fun, even if you remember all of it! ;)

Live it up, lady. You're beautiful!

JenBun said...

Umm, after the italicized bit, the quote from you? I meant to write "Exactly."

But when I look at all of my friends who are 30 or older, they look 25 and act 22. The future seems manageable.


(Hey, I'm an entire year older than you! I'm forgetful!)

Felicia said...

Those types of crazy nights don't stop, they're just fewer and further between.

Tia said...

happy birthday!!!

Katelin said...

happy birthday! sounds like a lovely way to celebrate.

Lizzie M said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Congrats on the very age-appropriate birthday celebration! You never know, though, there might be yet another birthday filled with completely inappropriate behavior in your future--I rang in #27 this year with far too much alcohol and a little IHOP at 3:30 in the morning, all while needing to get up at 7 am for a very important work conference...but at least I made it happen! :)

Peter said...

Happy Belated!

And, don't worry, being over 30 isn't so bad.

Jordyn said...

You're so OOOOLD.
Haha. Kidding. But really it IS weird getting older.

Hollywood Sucker said...

surviving- I think I already invited you to the wedding and you made fun of me.

jack and jill- Yeah, I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's like I should have money in my checking account and accomplishments on my resume...but I don't.

anonymous Anne- Well...maybe next year!

saratogajean- Yeah and it was probably a good cake, too. What's wrong with me?

nicole- Well thank you!

jenbun- Somehow, I knew what you meant even though you didn't type it. Long lost sisters?

felicia- Thank heavens.

tia- Thanks!

katelin- Yes it was exactly what I needed and wanted.

lizzie- Wow. I don't think I'd make it to work after that

peter- Thats what they all say.

jordyn- Eh...whateryagonnado?

Julie_Gong said...

Happy Birthday 5 days late.

You can blame grad school for that.

also being 26 is pretty far from the coolest thing ever. sorry.

i'm debbie downer.

brandy said...

Happy birthday 7 days late.

Hallmark really should make that a card.

It's sad how often I would be buying it.