On Birthdays, Socks and Underwear

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Not another birthday!

I often hear people moan about birthdays. Don’t you? It is s conundrum. If you want to live a long life, you have to weather milestones and put up with a few gray hairs. I tell people to suck it up! Smile! Be glad that you’re around for another year. Many don’t have that luxury.

And then mine comes around.

When I was a child, my special day was celebrated with family, a few friends, cake and ice cream and bubbles. Adriaen_Hanneman_Two_Boys_Blowing_Bubbles

When I became an adult it meant going out at night and partying at the bars, shots of tequila and morning-after headaches.

When I became a parent, it meant a night on the town with my husband while we paid someone to watch the kids.

Now, the trick is to take responsibility for my own birthday. But what does that mean?

How about splurging?

Hmm. I could schedule a massage, get a facial or go shopping. Sheesh! I have a shirt to return from Christmas! I do need basics. We are talking socks and underwear people.

How about relaxing for a day without the internet?

I shudder to think about avoiding my blog, Facebook or Twitter. I don’t think I could do it. That wouldn’t make me happy and this is all about me, right?

How about taking a day off from work?

With a lot of professions, you leave your work behind when you leave the office. As writers, we take our job everywhere we go. Forget the computer. While in a traffic jam yesterday, I jotted down notes for this post on the back of a scrap of paper! I’m always on the clock. Writing is my passion and an obsession. I…can’t…stop…myself…

How about engaging in a crazy adventure?

Cold weather will prevent me from hot air ballooning, learning how to fly an airplane or jumping out of one. I will wait for a warmer day…

hot air balloon

Now that my kids are in college, my birthday has come full circle.

I look forward to a day spent with family, cake and ice cream and bubbles. I have already heard from a few old friends through Facebook. I’ll share a meal with my family and order dessert. Then I’ll poke around my favorite shops and purchase a few pair of socks and some cute panties. Afterward, I’ll slip into a tub full of bubbles. I’ll look back on this year’s accomplishments and smile.

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A Colorado bubble bath

It will be a perfect day after another wild year. You have come to expect no less from this Wild Rider, right?

What would your perfect day include?

Do you look forward to your birthday?

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I am a Boulder, Colorado writer and artist who loves adventure both real and imagined. Come with me. It's always a Wild Ride!
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167 Responses to On Birthdays, Socks and Underwear

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  2. wordsurfer says:

    Happy (belated) birthday!
    I moan about my birthdays in advance, but on the day itself I’m the happiest girl in the world – I adore my birthdays, just not the getting older bit. :)
    I think you’re celebrating in style! Well done and I hope you had lots and lots of fun!

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  3. The Hook says:

    My perfect day includes family time, comics and a nice meal – and a visit here, Susie!

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  4. My day would include my family, a foot rub, and some cheese. I don’t need much to make me happy.

    Happy Birthday! Can I pencil myself into that hot tub and raise a glass to toast you?

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  5. The Guat says:

    Happy belated birthday my friend. Hope you enjoyed a Colorado bubble bath and bought some hideous undies and socks :)

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  6. Congradulations on turning 40! That really is something to celebrate :) :)

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  7. Happy birthday, Susie. I had. Great birthday celebrating with 3 of my kids, their spouses and the grand kids at the Irish festival. We had a blast. I’d also love to celebrate it by playing Balderdash with some close friends and family, just a small gathering. We always laugh so hard, we cry whenever we play that game. Making up quirky definitions is right up my alley! I need some new socks and undies, too!

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  8. What i like best about birthdays is the possibility of being able to do whatever I want. :)

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  9. Happy birthday, Susie. Your thoughts on birthdays over the years are exactly like mine. Enjoy your special day!

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  10. The tonne of bubbles would suit me just fine. I have a birthday coming up, and no, I don’t usually look forward to it. But this year it looks like I’ll be making it to Bali! So I’m looking forward to some humid heat, a swimming pool, some fine food and lots of sleep :)

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  11. claywatkins says:

    happy birthday, by the looks of the picture you were having a good time. It’s still cold here, too. As for my birthday it always falls during parent teacher conference time, but I take it in stride. One year my wife and young kids showed up unannounced with cake and ice cream. It was a nice surprise! Keep writing and thinking…

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    • susielindau says:

      Thanks Clay!
      Surprises are the best! Good surprises especially. I just went out to the garage and my car is deader than a doornail. Not a great surprise…. Oh well I have an hour before AAA comes so here I am catching up!

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  12. Sophie Moss says:

    Happy Birthday, fellow Aries! Now I know why we get along so well. :P

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  13. unfetteredbs says:

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a swell day! Love the tub…

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  14. sfbell09 says:

    Happy Birthday to You! \^_^/

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  15. Happy Birthday Susie! I’m with you in embracing it with a smile, it’s the way to go. Best wishes for a wonderful day and plenty of joy for the year ahead.

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  16. maesprose says:

    Happy Birthday!

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  17. A cooked breakfast and a pint of Guinness for me Susie – Ma Fightback says I am easily pleased! Many Happy Returns.

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  18. The Rider says:

    I do look forward to my birthday. What it would have to be a perfect day? If it is on a Saturday- breakfast in bed made by my kids, all messy and no Michelin stars whatsoever… made with love, even if the omelet have some pieces of eggshell in it… A nice ride on my motorbike with friends. My favorite meal at dinnertime. Candles and champagne when the kids go to bed…

    HAppy birthday to you- may it exceed all expectations!

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    • susielindau says:

      That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate! I hope it happens this year for you….There is nothing better than being with those we love eggshells and all!
      Thanks so much! It was so much fun!

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  19. Happy Birthday, Susie. We could unite for world peace – how’s that for a lofty idea?

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  20. Just had my birthday recently and realized that I don’t need as much out of it to enjoy it. As you said, just being around is a gift.
    Scott
    Happy Birthday to you, Susie.

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  21. zannyro says:

    Happy,happy,happy,happy,happy,happy Birthday!!! I celebrate somewhat you do…Birthday cake and ice cream with the family..lately though I’ve been in Florida on my day, and I told hubby what I’d like to do next year is be HOME on my birthday.

    Enjoy! Celebrate! Congrats!

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  22. I do look forward to my birthday, but not particularly to getting older. So I decided that I was still going to celebrate the day, but not get any older. Now that that has been decided, I love my birthday days.

    Happy birthday you special wild lady you! I hope you enjoy everything on your list of pleasures. I don’t suppose we’ll see any pix of the new panties though. Some things are better left to the imagination.

    Have a good one!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    • susielindau says:

      Thanks Patricia!
      I had a really great day and did find some really cute panties and agree about the imagination… :)
      I think we should embrace all of our years and be grateful.. It is all in the interpretation like you said!

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  23. Austin says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is so close to Christmas that I’m always worried it’s going to get forgotten… Hope yours is amazing!

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  24. Happy Birthday, Susie!

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  25. Happy Birthday! Wandering a few shops. Lunch out. Perfect. Can’t imagine anything better than sitting in a hot tub looking at snow on the mountains.
    Wishing you more grins, giggles, and smiles than you can use

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  26. filbio says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Hey, having a birthday beats the heck out of the opposite, right?

    Enjoy a great meal, b-day cake, and a bottle good wine. Doing it all in a hot tub is winning!

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  27. Debra Kristi says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    Looks like you enjoyed your day. Took the time off and relaxed. Very nice. You have lots of great ideas. I may have to link back to you next week. Maybe I should do a Bday post. What do you think? Hmm.
    I normally don’t look forward to my birthday, but Tameri is taking me for tea and I suspect it will be ridiculously AWESOME! Oh, wait, I’m supposed to say HIDEOUS! Maybe I’ll bump next Thursday’s post and make it my birthday Thursday Tea. I totally forgot about my birthday. Wasn’t going to post a thing about it. If I don’t say anything will I never age? Maybe I can be immortal! LOL.

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    • susielindau says:

      Love it! Definitely post about your birthday! I write about my wild life, so I had to include it right??? I think we have to shout out to everyone out there who doesn’t want to acknowledge another year by CELEBRATING LIFE!!! It doesn’t get better than that!
      I will look forward to your post and time with Tameri! You lucky ducks!
      Thanks so much Debra! I am especially grateful for friends like you!

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  28. EagleAye says:

    Oh, and Happy Birthday!

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  29. EagleAye says:

    There you go. Do what YOU want, not what anybody else thinks you should do for your B-day. Now that’s a seriously wild thought, and I like it. I’m trying to decide what to do for my 50th B-day. Probably just go hiking in the park, take a bunch of pics, and watch a movie packed with awesome visual effects. What could be better than that?

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    • susielindau says:

      That sounds perfect! I think they should at least be memorable and have some time set aside to think about the past year. Happy almost 50th birthday to you!
      Thank you so much!

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  30. colonialist says:

    Many Happy Returns! Hot tub? How unadventurous! Surely while waiting for summer you should have found some ice to break allowing for a place to swim? (The hot tub would be twice as nice after that!)

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  31. blankenmom says:

    Happy Stinken’ Birthday! :D I for one love getting older (and hopefully wiser), but loathe parties. I think your hot tub looks like the perfect way to spend it though. Hope this year is even better than the last!

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  32. BUBBLES! If there’s anything I like more than glitter and sparkly things, it’s bubbles. I love the way you think! And who knew you were a fellow Aries? Well, that’s just super fabulous.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Happy, happy, happy Birthday darling. I hope you spend it doing exactly what you want to be doing and if that means shopping, then go shopping, if that means watching trashy TV, then do that. It’s your day, so do whatever YOU want to do! And hey, you can always hot air balloon ride in the summer and celebrate your UN-birthday!

    The important part is to just enjoy life. And I think you’ve got that part down, my friend.

    I wish I was there to give you a huge hug. Big birthday kisses and hugs to you. Mwuah!

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    • susielindau says:

      Thanks so much Tameri! I did get to see my family and it was fantastic! I do think it is important to celebrate no matter how big or small the celebration, take stock and be grateful for friends like you! **muah** right back!

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  33. Tom Merriman says:

    Happy Birthday, Susie! Here’s to lots more cake, ice cream and bubbles! :D

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  34. Jerry says:

    My perfect day would be a day with a real camera so I could take real photos. Not that I’m not greatful for the one I have…I am. As far as looking forward to my next birthday, that’s a year away. However, I will look forward to it like the last…it’s just another day. :)

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    • susielindau says:

      It’s not just another day. It is your special day!!!
      I know what you mean about a good camera. I take the majority of photos on my phone and would love a digital SLR, but hate the size of them!
      Happy belated birthday Jerry!

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      • Jerry says:

        Thank you Susie. I’ll be getting a new/used Canon EOS in about a week. it has hardly ever been used. It looks like it has not been out of the box three times. I tried it out and for what I could test there at the pawn shop it worked beautifully. A late birthday gift but very thankful and grateful. I’ll be happier than a North Alaskan well diggers butt on the Serengeti. ;)

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  35. Jessica says:

    Happy birthday, Susie! I’m like you, my birthday is never that big of a deal to me. With one coming up in just a few weeks (my, how the year has flown by!), I find myself in no need to celebrate. I thought about taking the day off, but I’d rather use the vacation time for something a little more worthwhile than the anniversary of my entry into the world. But with all the fortunate surprises of 2013, maybe there will be some birthday-related fun in my future. Enjoy your special day!!!!

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    • susielindau says:

      It is a big deal to me, but I don’t need to do as much to celebrate. Having lunch with my family was fantastic yesterday and considering where everyone had to drive from, it was no small feat! I am so thankful for them!
      I think we do need to find some way to celebrate even if it is in stopping at a bakery to buy ourselves a special treat!
      I hope there is a lot of birthday-related fun in your future too!
      Thanks so much!

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  36. Did you have to rub it in with a photo of a ski slope taken from your hot tub? BTW, pretty feet.

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  37. marydpierce says:

    I recently had my palm read. The woman told me I have a very long life line. Something tells me that you do, too. Way to make the most of it, girl!! Have a fabulous day! :-D

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  38. First of all happy b-day. I hope you get the socks and underwear of your dreams.

    My perfect day I don’t have to go to work. I sleep in with a companion and engage in morning (or noonish recreation), eat brunch with her and then go home and write for a while. Later, I hook up with Milton. We catch a play and then have a late night meal and pound some beverages afterward.

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  39. Happiest of birthdays to you, that sounds like a perfect day!! I hope this next year is one for the record books.

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  40. Chris says:

    Happy B-Day to you! Here’s my birthday gift for you…I’m going to continue to follow your very funny blog and follow you on facebook and twitter because I appreciate your creativity, your fearlessness to put it out there, your love of animals, the many laughs you give me, and because I love Colorado. And if I don’t comment it’s one of those crazy days when I scan blogs, tweets, posts and just take it in, but have no time to put out cause I’m busy painting and tending to life in general but today is your special day so I’m commenting cause I have a minute to do that and you were on the top of my list. So CARRY ON Susie, even when it’s echos-I’m listening, laughing and appreciating. Have a shot of tequila for me.

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  41. First, Happy Happy Birthday!

    Second, for a good birthday you should do whatever it is that you love. For me that means, taking a walk with my hubby and pups, maybe getting a massage or pedicure and of course eating a really nice meal.

    Third, when you look in the mirror and you see a grey hair or a wrinkle or something that would normally freak most women out do what I do. Look it over and say, “I earned that sucker!”

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  42. Bill Parker says:

    Happy birthday! I tend to use it as an excuse to be kind of self-absorbed and reflect on where I am. And also to eat and drink whatever I want, of course.

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    • susielindau says:

      That is exactly what the day is for! I think the trouble for so many is when they depend on others to make the day special.. We need to eat, drink and be merry, right???
      Thanks so much Bill!

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  43. Feliz Cumpleanos, Susie! A day of bubbles looks like the perfect way of celebrating. Hopefully some bubbling champagne as well!

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  44. You are a Wild Rider Indeed – Happy Birthday – Celebrate Your Special Day!!! My birthday usually gets shuffled into Thanksgiving or even the Christimas Holiday celebrations. I remember having the flu when I turned 18 and then the flu and food poisioning when I turned 21. Really know how to celebrate my special day – ha! Happy Thursday:)

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    • susielindau says:

      What a bummer for a 21st… I hope you have had many great celebrations since then!
      Shuffling gets to be routine when family is spread out. As long as you make time for yourself on your special day!
      Thanks so much Renee!

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  45. vbholmes says:

    Happy Birthday, Susie! Sounds like a great way to celebrate especially with the bubbles popping in your “hot tub with a view”.

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  46. Nia Simone says:

    We are a lot alike! I’ve lost too many people not to be grateful to be alive! And I like to do the simple things. Love the hot tub shot.

    Happy birthday.

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  47. Happy birthday to youuuuuu *singing slightly off key* – Birthdays are the perfect time to celebrate our good fortune to be here celebrating! Party on in whatever way pleases you … can we all fit in that hot tub? Here’s to another year of taking us along on your wild ride through your wonderful life!

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  48. I actually enjoy the quieter celebrations as we get older. Although this year my brother and husband pulled off a surprise party. They got me good, too.

    Happy Birthday, Susie!! Here’s to another year on the Wild Ride. *lifts virtual wineglass*

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  49. gwynnem says:

    Happy Birthday, Susie!

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  50. John says:

    Happy birthday Susie! Great hot tub photo. May you break no bones on the slopes…

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  51. Brigitte says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Susie and here’s to many, many more wild rides for you. :).

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  52. umashankar says:

    I am sure you are having great times, as testified by the the jaw-dropping picture of the bathtub! May the string of happiness last for ever!

    In my case thought, the elation is overcome by a depression the following day. Nothing can capture it better that Paul Simon’s words:

    ‘Yesterday, it was my birthday
    I hung one more year on the line
    I should be depressed
    My life’s a mess
    But I’m having a good time

    I’ve been loving and loving
    And loving
    I’m exhausted from loving so well
    I should go to bed
    But a voice in my head
    Says “Ah, What the hell”

    Have a good time….’

    PS: Sorry for disgorging those lyrics at your serene blog.

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  53. As I approach the big 62 this July- it is just another day. I won’t be with Steve so that makes it a sad day in itself. I can’t eat cake because no one in my family seems to understand I have had celiac disease for almost 6 years and wouldn’t think of looking for a gluten free one.

    But- that my friend is nothing- I have you- my computer and my life.
    That is way more than enough.
    Happy Birthday my dear friend.
    HUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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    • susielindau says:

      Awwwww! ((((hugs right back!))))
      When are you ever going back to San Fran????
      Thanks so much Linda. You were my very first friend in the blogosphere and I thank God for that!

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  54. Anonymous says:

    It is nice that friends and family remember you on birthdays, but, in reality, aren’t they just like the other days in your life…, wake up – eat – work – eat – go to sleep… and then do it all over again tomorrow? Nah !!!!!
    Have a great birthday, Birthday Girl. Best to you and enjoy the day to the max.
    Paul

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    • susielindau says:

      It’s not anything like a regular day! I love the energy of it and would love to carry it through every day… What has made it so much better was writing this post and really thinking about how I want to celebrate. It made me think about how little time I take for myself outside of writing, which I love.
      Lots more adventures to come!
      Thanks Paul!

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  55. gardenlilie says:

    Happy B-day Susie! Hey, you deserve a poem. I’ll be back ;)

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  56. Ooh, that hot tub looks good! I just love your birthday and life fervor, Susie. May this birthday be a spectacular one!

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    • susielindau says:

      There is nothing more relaxing that’s for sure… :) This is a Colorado “bubble bath!”
      I am really looking forward to meeting my family for lunch and catching up with everyone!
      Thanks so much August!

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  57. redtwiz says:

    Great post. It’s my birthday on wednesday and I can’t wait. Like a big school kid. :) I’m going to be 35, though my younger kids think I’m 21, so all is right with the world. Especially when they believe their dad is 104.

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    • susielindau says:

      Hilarious! Poor dad…
      Happy 35th Birthday early!
      Make sure to take some control of the day and do something for yourself. I used to wait around to see what my husband would come up with and that was too much pressure especially when working all day. He has always done something wonderful, but it is good to slow down the day a bit and take stock.
      Thanks so much!

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  58. A very, very good post. You managed to get through the whole thing without revealing your age. But that’s cool because the real thing is to learn whatever you are supposed to learn for that year age. That could be anything.

    My wife frequently comments while watching TV, “Man, they sure are old.” I reply in kind, “We’re all getting old. Even newborn babies are getting old.” Somehow she(as well as others) thinks some people are aging faster than others and that’s not true. We’re all ageing together, collectively, all at once.

    When I had my birthday this year, 58, I was asked how it felt and I replied “It feels a lot like being 57.” The change in imperceptable. Anyway….this whole “time” thing, we can’t stop it, we can’t slow it down, it just keeps charging ahead.

    It was only 8 years ago with my kids that I rode the most exciting and dangerous rides at Cedar Point, Ohio, an amusement park. It was tough then and I had to space my rides about 2 hours apart. I rode six rides that day and the last one was the fastest, highest, swingingnest ride around. I don’t think I could do it today without major hospitalzation.

    I grapple with it. I adjust my reality. While in my youth I use to think don’t trust anyone over 30 I find myself now thinking “…..what I wouldn’t give again just to be 40.” Anyway have a great birthday.

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    • susielindau says:

      I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the subject!
      It is true that age is relative. In some ways I am in better shape now than I was when I was younger. I know a lot more about myself and what I like. I don’t take anything or anyone for granted. All of this comes with age and it is all good!
      Thanks so much!

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  59. tedstrutz says:

    Why wasn’t I warned notified it was Your Birthday??? No matter, as I recall you take a month to celebrate it… I’ll think of something.

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    • susielindau says:

      I’ll celebrate for at least a week Ted! Wouldn’t it be great if we lived each day like it was our birthday? I mean the happy, set aside some time for ourselves, part. I am going to take notes today and see what I can do about that…
      Thanks so much!

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  60. Averil Dean says:

    You should be careful about mentioning a need for underwear in the presence of a smut-writer. I’m going to spare you the dirty joke, but only because it’s your birthday.

    Hope you have a good one!

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  61. seanbidd says:

    Today, another day older, sitting on a mountain in the Autumn rain. Risen up from a creek in the valley just before. Up here with the coastal winds, just running through my mind. The sea it’s just out there, on another short step to reach. Here was my day for another year, dreaming without a thought of sleep. Wide awake to the stories, little talks, just to listen to each free living moment… Well, that was my day for another year today… Happy birthday, Susie!

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  62. jbw0123 says:

    Happy birthday!!! Nice toes.

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  63. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown and commented:
    Well done – have a nice day.

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  64. Go Susie spend relax dine out :)
    You deserve all the pampering Girl.
    You are such a lovely gifted golden heart…
    Wishing you a fantastic. Day on( naughty too)
    my B day is on 16th may, i hear some hush hush planning going on lol

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    • susielindau says:

      Thank you so much Soma! I think it is important to do something a little different to celebrate the day, even if you have to plan it yourself. Sounds like something special is in the works already for yours!

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  65. Judy says:

    Happy Birthday … You are living the good life and & it’s obvious that you are smart & cooool enough to celebrate each &
    every day! Keep up the writing as you have a gift which so many are lucky enough to enjoy.

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  66. Happy Birthday!!!!!

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  67. Tori Nelson says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, Susie! I love birthdays (just haven’t figured out the age part yet). Your low key day sounds perfect!

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    • susielindau says:

      Thanks Tori!
      You have to be proud of your age. I got over that when one of my son’s friends died in a car accident before her 20th birthday. I am so grateful for all the years and live each day like it’s my last! It’s only a number…
      It’s funny how meeting my family for lunch is absolutely the best birthday I could have! Now that my kids are in college, it is quite a feat.

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  68. Sounds perfect! Happy Birthday, Susie!

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  69. kimterry says:

    Hmmmmm….my perfect day, now that my young’uns are scattered? Sleeping in, giving in to a massage, nail fill, pedi, and lunch that involves steak and lots of chocolate shared w/my sweetie. Just celebrated a milestone birthday, last year.

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  70. Happy birthday! I would definitely look forward to my bday if I could sit in a hot tub out on my deck. That is the perfect way to spend a day.

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