This is your year and it always starts here…

It’s my birthday today. It’s OK, you don’t need to congratulate me, because dudes, I am OLD. And also: grumpy. I am the Grumpy Birthday Girl (TM) – hooray!

See, I’ve never really "got" birthdays. It’s like, "hello, congratulations for still being alive, even although you’re totally decrepit!" I don’t like being reminded that I’m getting older, because seriously, as far as I can tell there’s NOT ONE GOOD THING to be said about aging. Not one. OK, we’ll probably be slightly more financially secure as we age ("Not if you keep on buying shoes," says Terry), but what will we spend it on? Other than botox, obviously? We could spend it on clothes, but where is the joy in buying support stockings and jeans with elasticated waists? And orthopedic shoes? We could spend it on travel, but we’ll probably just complain the whole time about our lumbago, and how we’re not as mobile as we used to be. Gah.

No, I’ll just stay young forever, thanks very much. You can still send me gifts, though, because gifts? Rock. I’ll tell you, there aren’t many days that can’t be improved by getting STUFF, and today was no exception because lookit!


Ipod Nano! In Darth Vader black! What a lovely, generous fiance I have, no? His birthday is in June, and it’s going to be hard for me to top ol’ Vader here, so if you could just drop your suggestions in the comments box, that would be great. (And try to think like a 29-year-old man who likes gadgets and stuff. Thanks.) He also got me these:


Crack in a bag, folks. Nah, I’m just kidding – it’s earplugs. They won’t quite match my orange earphones, but that’s OK because neon is SO this season trust me. It’s great being totally intolerant of noise, you get entire bags of yellow earphones all to yourself. Hee!

So yes, that was my birthday, 2007style. Later I will get dressed and go out to dinner with Terry and my parents, and after that I will drink wine. In the meantime, though, I’m going to get all emo on you and copy paste song lyrics into my blawg. It makes me feel young again, like a MySpace kid or something. Here they are:

Why is it that as we grow older and stronger
The road signs point us adrift and make us afraid
Saying "You never can win," "Watch your back," "Where’s your husband?"
Oh I don’t like the signs that the signmakers made.

So I’m going to steal out with my paint and my brushes
I’ll change the directions, I’ll hit every street
It’s the Tinseltown scandal, the Robin Hood vandal
She goes out and steals the King’s English
And in the morning you wake up and the signs point to you

They say
"I’m so glad that you finally made it here,"
"You thought nobody cared, but I did, I could tell,"
And "This is your year," and "It always starts here,"
And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, "You’re aging well."

Dar Williams, ‘You’re Aging Well’

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  • Hello you!

    Happy Birthday!!! Sorry I haven't been round these parts in a while.

    Hope you're having a great day, and I love your new Nano-tres chic. I got a silver one for my birthday last month 😉 All the best people get Nanos on their birthdays, evidently.

    I'm trying my hand at blogging (again). Have posted to my wordpress blog for the first time in two months.

    Don't hold your breath though 😉

    Jen xxx

    March 10, 2007
  • Oooh, you lucky duck! Happy Birthday again!

    I've been trying to convince Dave to buy me an iPod for about two years. Yesterday, I gave up and bought one for myself! (I went a little mad, and got an 80GB video :S )

    Ooh, our iPods share their birthdays with you! Cool!

    p.s. I absolutely *love* those lyrics! I shall find and add to my iPod now! 😀 😀 😀

    March 11, 2007
  • Stephen


    I remembered (OK, my email diary reminded me) about your birthday on Sat morning (far too late to do anything about it, but there you go). Then I promptly forgot (I'm working 60+ hour weeks just now, so have a reasonable excuse). Then I think I spotted you later on – I got off the train at 4:30 at Livi north, and thought I spotted you driving past me just as I walked past the bus-stop. By which point I'd conmpletely forgotten it was your birthday again.

    Happy belated, anyway. Happily, you are now officially older than me again… ;+)

    March 12, 2007
  • Leigh


    Aww damn, happy belated birthday Amber!

    Also, there's only one thing you could possibly buy any guy this year — PLAYSTATION 3!! 😛

    March 12, 2007
  • Thanks everyone! And Erin and Jen – matching birthday iPods, woo hoo!

    Erin, you should totally download some Dar Williams. She's a great lyricist…

    March 12, 2007
  • happy belated b/day!! hope you had a nice evening out… got ipod envy now! x

    March 12, 2007