In all the words that were the very being of 30 Days of Heather, I never actually took the time to tell you about my 30th Birthday.
Here’s a very quick run down. [and by “quick,” I remind you that I am rambly. always.]
I turned 30 on a Sunday. This meant, in my world, I got to celebrate two days in a row. Once at home, on my actual birthday, and then again the following day, Monday, which would be considered my work-birthday.
Early in 2013, I saw a pink “Happy Birthday” tiara I decided on the spot would be gracing my head all the live long birthday.
Nick will tell you that I was 100% serious about my tiara wearing, as when he woke up on Sunday morning and looked over at me, I was sitting up in bed, reading, clad in my pajamas, bedhead, and my tiara. I take my declarations very seriously.
I took my time getting out of bed and ready for the day. The only real plan we had ahead of us was going out to breakfast in comfy clothes. and a tiara.
Being in public with my tiara was awesome. Little kids at the diner were so excited to see and talk to me and wish me a happy birthday. And of course, so was the ever-friendly chef, Sally. Going out to lazy breakfast has become a birthday tradition for Nick and I, and I love how it’s nice and low-key. We went back to the same local favorite we visited last year on my birthday, Sally’s Streetside Cafe! I ordered my favorite item on the menu, the Italian sausage with egg and cheese sandwich. They were out of my favorite choice, english muffins, but the sandwich on the hard roll was just as delightful as every other meal I’ve ever had at Sally’s. This place seriously doesn’t disappoint. It’s no wonder so many of my local friends and neighbors eat here; it’s a little diamond worth hunting for!
While at Sally’s, I took the opportunity to make one of my favorite memory-keeping lists; a “songs that played during…” list!
Songs that Played During My 30th Birthday Breakfast Courteous of the Jukebox at Sally’s
American Pie – Don Mclean
All by Myself – Eric Carmen
One is the Loneliest Number – Three Dog Night [and yes, at this point I was starting to wonder if this was going to be the saddest birthday playlist in history]
Road House Blues – The Doors
Touch Me – The Doors
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Kenny Chesney
Faith – George Michael
How Will I Know If He Really Loves Me – Whitney Houston
Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
After breakfast, we ran a couple of errands. Stopping to get coffee, picking up this and that, and going grocery shopping.
I was in a daze of grocery shopping task completion, sticking to my list and hunting down what we needed without paying much of any attention to anyone else in the store. When we got the the checkout line, the women checking out in front of us wished me a happy birthday and I suddenly remembered I was wearing my tiara. I had totally forgotten during the entire grocery trip!
When we were loading the car, Nick informed me that every single person I walked by in the store saw my tiara and got a huge smile on his/her face. I was so happy to hear that my goofy choice for silly celebration was spreading cheer to others in my neighborhood!
Back at home I opened some gifts from loved ones that I had been keeping on the kitchen table, waiting for my birthday to arrive to open. One of my favorites is this One Good Deed a Day journal from Julie. [along with a birthday-sized bag of my favorite gummy bears!!]
Julie is super good at gift giving and I am super NOT good. She makes gifts for every occasion a PERFECT fit, which I think is the exact opposite of my own gift giving strength which is much more of a random, small, unexpected gifts from time to time. As a matter of fact, I’m still not done with her birthday gift, even though her birthday was weeks ago. Oh vey. At least now the element of unexpected arrival can work in my favor Surprise gifts are awesome!
Anyway. The journal, as I was saying, is a perfect fit for my 30th birthday. Once again, Julie knocks it out of the park.
Several hours of my birthday were spent just as a normal Sunday is spent; doing internet work with the television on in the background. I made sure to take some breaks to do some extra special birthday tasks; going to Applebees for dessert with a gift card that’s been in my wallet for years and making a list of things to do while I’m 30 were highlights. All while wearing the tiara.
The next day at work, I sported my pink sparkly headpiece yet again. My co-workers spoiled me with wonderful gifts and a cake from Villa Italia, one of our favorite spots for treats to celebrate special occasions at the office. And I made a double batch of Iowa Girl Eat’s Buffalo Chicken Dip for sharing with everyone. It was a hit. [as all her recipes are!]
When I came home from work, a few of our friends came over. The place I originally planned on ordering birthday delivery from weeks ago when I sort of thought about having a party [but am so glad I convinced myself otherwise] in the form of a boneless wing buffet [Bomba’s – they have so many flavors!!] is closed on Mondays, so instead we ordered pizza and wings from another local pizza place. We feasted and watched a movie; another wonderful low-key celebration I deem perfect these days!
My friends completely surprised me when they arrived with gifts, balloons, carrot cake and ice cream. And one of the gifts was another tiara; do they know me or what? I’ve always said I’d much rather receive a bouquet of balloons than a bouquet of flowers; especially for birthdays! And shocker; all throughout the movie and beyond, I still sported that silly tiara.
The gift I gave myself for my 30th birthday was the completion of 30 Days of Heather. It’s an accomplishment I’m really proud of, and I’m not shy to admit it was a lot of work for me. The writing of fresh content daily for thirty days wasn’t the exhausting part as much as (perhaps over)analyzing each and every year of my life in preparing the schedule, then really examining each topic within the memories of that year. I thought a lot about past relationships, past mistakes, past victories, and past emotions so unfamiliar now it seems like I’m looking back on a movie I saw once rather than an actual scene I lived once. I’m happy to not be thinking about who I was any longer and now am 100% focused on who I am and who I have the power to be. Some days of April I thought about quitting #ths30days or allowing myself to get behind in posting, but I’m so very thankful I stuck to my original plan of posting a new post of content on a specific topic according to the schedule all month long. Never giving up on this small, clearly only for myself goal was a great gift to give myself.
And then a few days later I gave myself a new phone. Now I’m 30.