And speaking of birthdays...
Now...on to the 10 Ways to Have a Happy Birthday
- Eat cake! Pete always makes me a birthday cake, and he graciously enjoys my pitiful attempts at cake baking. I am a good cook, but cakes have always eluded me - even instant ones! When I was growing up, I usually had TWO cakes - the one my mother baked or got at the amazing bakery in our town, and a German kuchen with whole apples baked inside that the next-door neighbor always baked for me.
- Remember, birthdays aren't about celebrating that you're getting older - they're celebrating your life and how happy everyone is that you were born.
- Get away from the ratrace. Since my birthday is in early October, Pete and I frequently head to southeastern Ohio to enjoy the fall color. A couple years ago, we went to Hocking Hills were we stayed in a lovely B&B and did a lot of hiking...and a lot of relaxing...see picture above for the "relaxing" part. Unfortunately, his birthday is the first week in February - when Ohio is usually hit with a major ice/snowstorm. A few years back, we were lucky enough to be able to go to Nashville for his birthday. Usually, we're shoveling out. Same thing with Valentine's Day.
- Get together with friends and par-tay.
- Take some time for reflection - how did the last year turn out and what would you like to do in the coming year to make it the best one ever?
- Get gifts of yarn and knitting paraphrenalia.
- For those of you lucky enough to have living parents, thank them. You wouldn't be here without them! Graciously listen to the "I had morning sickness 24/7 and was in labor for six weeks" stories. You wouldn't be here without them, either.
- Be grateful.
- Eat cake.
- Eat more cake, including those big buttercream frosting roses. This is the only day of the whole year when people will encourage you to do this. Don't let them down!