On Birthdays, Socks and Underwear


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.

hot tubbing


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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  1. 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.


    1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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


    1. 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!


  4. 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!


  5. 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!


    1. 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!


  6. 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.


    1. 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!


  7. 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.


    1. 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!


    1. 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!


    1. Happy B-Day Wild Rider

      Energy filled Susie, what makes you tick?
      Family, old friends, Facebook, or Twitter?
      Maybe chocolate cake or a cool ice cream lick!
      But we blogger buddies now know your trick …
      Could it be those wild bike rides, crazy dances,
      and pretty smiles?
      Naw it’s those tiny bubbles making you fitter!

      Have a great bday,


  8. 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.


    1. 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!


  9. 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.


    1. 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!


  10. 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.


    1. I LOVE these lyrics! Thank you for sharing them. What a way to exhaust yourself. There is nothing better than letting go and allowing yourself to simply enjoy life.
      Thanks so much and for following!


  11. 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*


  12. 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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