One of the only features I find myself liking about Facebook now a days is the memories feature. It's interesting to me to look back and see where I was last year, or even 7 years ago. Five years ago this week, I posted a picture of the first professional gluten free birthday cake, with the caption 37 never tasted so good.
Now a days you can get a professionally decorated, gluten free cake nearly everywhere provided you order it in advance, making it not so special anymore... kind of like your 42nd birthday.
I'm not going to lie, those who have been here a while know that birthdays have not gone so well for me. My 40th was spent in the hospital, on an IV, with no food for 6 days. My 41st was spent on an extremely long work day, as my bosses decided I needed to train someone and could no longer have it off, and then at Boy Scouts, where I in fact, became in charge of it all. I literally got a boy Scout Troop of 32 for my birthday, complete with a balloon, thanks to one thoughtful cub scout who was at the meeting with his brother. And as sweet as that sounds, I went home and cried.
Don't misunderstand me, the Troop has had it's share of fond memories over the last year, but for the most part it has become more of a job, making Mondays suck even more. It's not the Scouts, but more the paperwork and protocol of it all. There is, however, an end in sight for me though, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Where was I? Oh, yes... this year I decided not to tell anyone. I took it off Facebook, said nothing at work, and it happened to fall on my day off. It was just too risky... no one would know, except those in the know... and I could avoid all unwanted, nonreturnable gifts.
I attempted to sleep in, and actually made it to about 730. Unable to fall back to sleep, I cleaned house, and started sanding the bathroom ceiling. Now, I know what you're reading that, rolling your eyes and thinking "Now that's a girl gone wild kind of party right there", but trust me it was sweaty, dirty, hot, and I was bra-less in my jammies. What? Did you think I'd actually get dressed to clean? Um, no.
Anyway... after I showered I went to lunch with my Mum, did a little Christmas shopping at the Plaza. Went for ice cream, then swung into the pet store on the way home to get a new fish for the tank. Once the kids got home, we went to dinner. Youngest insisted I have steak. I ended up having the scallops and lobster risotto, but Youngest assured me the steak was delicious.
As the night settled in, we all came home to a strawberry shortcake, made my me, over the previous 2 days. The strawberries were candied for hours, the cake just spongy enough, and just a scant shy on the home made whipped cream.
It was a great day, and I was genuinely surprised at how many people actually did remember my birthday through texts and calls. Proving that while 37 may have tasted good, 42 can be just as sweet.