you say it’s your birthday?…

It’s my birthday, too, yeah!

That will officially be my theme song beginning tomorrow.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been a little obsessed with my impending birthday. I know, I know… it’s just a number. Your real age is in your mind. It’s how you act. How you think.

But I’m just not ready to say good-bye to my 30s. I’m not ready to be a fully grown, middle-aged adult on her way to the other side of the hill of life.

So, my first idea was to let it quietly pass and hope no one noticed. Well, unless you read my blog. And then it’s kind of hard to miss the 3,524 posts I’ve written about my upcoming birthday.

But, around everyone else, I was planning to be really quiet.


Stop laughing.

(I can hear you.)

Being the completely moderate person that I am, free of any ridiculous mood swings, I then came up with a new plan. We’ll just call it the 40 days of 40.

That’s right. Instead of counting down with dread the last days until my passage into middle age, I’m going to celebrate every last one of them. I’m going to have parties for myself, eat cake, buy gifts, eat chocolate, buy shoes, hang streamers, go out to dinner, have pedicures, dance and sing until I’m so tired of my darned birthday that I can’t wait for it to be over.

How’s that? That will show it. That will teach the calendar to taunt me. I’ll show the fine lines. I’ll teach the wrinkles a lesson. I’ll stomp on the hill, plant a flag and tell it who’s boss.

I’m turning 40, and it’s going to be fun, darn it.

The 40 days of 40 begin March 13 and continue until my actual birthday on April 21.

So, you say it’s YOUR birthday? Great! It’s my birthday, too! Let’s have a party!

Cupcakes, anyone?

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!! You go girl~ enjoy the last 40 days! My grandma said that life actually begins at 50 so in reality we still have some childhood left! I will be 42 9 days after your big four o and really… the 40’s are treating me pretty darn good.

  2. At first I was scared. Ack! I thought Emily’s birthday was in April! Then I read the post 🙂 I wish I would have known sooner. I would have had a card ready to reach your home on the 13th! Now, that 40 is getting closer for me, too, I find myself dreading it. I think I will just skip mine :)~Lynn

  3. Jenny, Thanks! Well, now I guess I can just relax for 10 more years until my life really begins! Whew!Lynn, How could you have missed sending me a birthday card?!?! Didn’t you KNOW you should send it 40 DAYS EARLY?!?! (said with extreme sarcasm)… Maybe you should do the 40 weeks until your birthday… that way you can start celebrating right away!Lara, I think today is the 12th, but if not, no big deal. What’s an extra day when you are forcing your friends to celebrate your birthday for 40 full days! haha

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