Ahhhhhh. Yesterday was my 48th birthday and after all these years I finally know how to do it right. It only took me a few decades, but I finally know exactly what makes me the happiest on my birthday: simplicity. It may not be for everyone, but for me peace is the main vibe of the day. I don't need any fan fare, any big party or trip or event, I really just want freedom. Isn't that what we are always striving for, all week long, all year long...the freedom to choose whatever it is we want to do? Well, I got it right this year. And with no planning or stress, or clean-up necessary! Ahhhhhhh. Here's how it all went down.
Woke up to birthday cake. I love birthday cake, but I never get to eat it. I am usually really really careful about what I eat, staying vegan and sugar-free most of the year. But I dream of birthday cake...frosting, layered, moist cake...and 364 days of the year I sternly steer my thoughts away. But not on my birthday!
We ordered a delicious vanilla vegan cake from Sweat Pea bakery and it was heaven. Birthday cake for breakfast is definitely zen for me. Why wait until the end of the day when you're full of other food and don't have room for cake? I say start off with it! Wash it down with some really good stumptown coffee and voila! The birthday magic has begun.
After cake it's a lazy shower and an early walk with the dog. Then home to crank up some Earth Wind and Fire and open my present. There is nothing like Earth Wind and Fire to make you feel festive. A really big present can also make you feel pretty festive and mine is HUGE! An enormous box that weighed about 30 pounds sat wrapped on the table. My husband's eyes are twinkling as I get the scissors and start pulling it open. It is a raft. An inflatable river raft called THE COLOSSUS!!!!! There is a pump and two life jackets and before an hour is out we are on our way to the river to try it out!
Ahhhhhhhh. The river. It is warm, it is gentle and it is beautiful. Sail boats, paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and Canada Geese abound. We are floating in the gentle waves of the river, the sun beaming down, the geese looking at us sharply to see if we have bread. Omg, no bread! Rookie move. "Next time", I pledge to them,"Next time we'll bring lots of bread".
After a deeply satisfying time on the water we deflate THE COLOSSUS and pack it up to return home to the second shower of the day. Hey it's my birthday, I can have two showers.
Later, after a movie and some take-out Thai food I fell asleep with the satisfaction that comes from a no-stress, drama-free day spent doing only what you want and eating birthday cake for every meal. 48? You're off to a great start!!! xoxoxo DR