That would be me, for just a tiny bit longer :)
I was stressing out a little bit about this birthday, not because I'm getting older or anything, but because I love birthdays and this one was kind of a big one and I'm in a new city away from most of my friends and it seemed like every time I tried to make plans, they fell through. I didn't really care what I did, I just wanted to have a good day. The past year has been so crazy and hard that I felt like if I had a good day, it would sort of symbolize more good days ahead, get things off on the right foot for the next year or something. I know that's sort of silly and neurotic and a lot of pressure to put on one day, but that's how I felt.
Would you believe it, I got one. More than one, even!
I spent the weekend in New York City and had a great time. I grew up not too, too far from the city, so I hate looking like a tourist when I'm there. But this time, I was like, screw it, I'm going to act like a tourist (much to the mortification of my brother) and it was SO fun. I walked around Times Square, ate Magnolia cupcakes and yes, oh, yes, I even went to the top of the Empire State Building, something I'd always wanted to do but had never done. You guys, I was so giddy about that, it was ridiculous. I LOVE Sleepless in Seattle. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And, of course, you know me, once I got up there I started running around offering to take people's pictures and asking the security guys how many times they'd seen it and if they loved the movie as much as I did (I did mention how mortified my brother was, right?).
(Pretty! I know it's cheesy, but if someone proposed to me at midnight at the top of the Empire State Building, I would probably say yes just on principle.)
Today was my actual birthday, and everyone was just so nice to me. As you (and everyone else on the planet) all know, I have absolutely hated not having a coffee shop here. So the guys at work got together and decided to take me to lunch at this very cute place near where I live, a place I'd gone past but was a little intimidated by (it's a coffee shop, but it has waiters ... so CONFUSING!). It was great, and I don't want to get too carried away, buuuuut ... I think I might have a new coffee shop! I came home to a bunch of fantastic, thoughtful presents in the mail, including a brand-new friendship muse from my Manic, and tonight, another guy from work made me dinner and even sat through Dancing with the Stars with me. Not to mention, every time I went online, there were like five new happy birthday messages (thank you, Facebook!) and the phone was going like crazy all day.
My old friends didn't forget me and my new friends were so sweet to me even though they've only known me a couple months. It was a very, very good birthday. And, fingers crossed, the next year will be very, very good, too.