Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lordy, Lordy

Look who's... oh, you all know the rhyme. Don't make me say it.

Oh my god, people. I'm totally old! It's my birthday today, and I just got back from a totally excellent weekend in MontrĂ©al (see what I did there? It's totally French!) with two totally excellent friends. And I am tahred. I mean, way tahred. It turns out -- and I realize that this is going to be a shocking revelation for some of you and I'm sorry to have to shake your view of The Way Things Are -- but it turns out that the forty year old body does not easily do the things the twenty year old body did. I stayed up all the way until one o'clock in the morning last night and, whoo, I am feeling it.

Also, it took an actual hour, a whole hour, of waiting to get over the US border. Dudes. If, say, you were looking for employment opportunities, and had maybe a little handcart with, oh, hotdogs and cold soda and water, you would make a killing walking between the lanes of idling vehicles up there. A killing. Just a thought for anyone who might be looking to get rich quick this summer and isn't too picky about working conditions. I'm not kidding. The border guard mentioned it, and the man's had some time to think about this.

Wanna know something funny? As a kid I always loved my birthdate. It's just so convenient. Born in a year ending in a 0 makes the math easy, thought my third grade self, and born in the summer meant I was always the same age through each school year so I could always figure out how old I'd be for any given grade. I know, weird, right? But I found it gave me a nice solid footing when it came to figuring the progress of my life.

And then I went and finished school and the agrarian-based schedule of the US school system was no longer the organizing principle of my life. Dang it all!

So. 40. How 'bout that. Time to find me a new organizing principle. I wonder if Moleskine makes a journal for that.


mommatosena said...

Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like a grand adventure and loads of fun! I too had a moment of shock and awe this year when I realized that age doesn't do the body good. I am trying really hard to embrace all aspects if I do say so myself even the ones that I don't consider so attractive! LOL I think that age does provide beauty on other levels! So enjoy 40!

Grace said...

And being born on the first of the month is all nice and neat, too (just ask my two-and-a-half-year-old-as-of-yesterday ...). :)

Happy birthday! Glad you had a fantastic time in Montréal!

tia said...

Yes, exactly, Grace! I forgot to mention that part. It's a very tidy birthdate, I have to say. I'm not an organized person by nature, but it's very pleasing to have some things in my life nice and neat.

(And another happy half to Peter!)

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Tia!

I, too, always enjoyed starting the school year off already turned into a new age. Although I didn't get to have fun in-school birthday parties, I do enjoy being an early August Leo.

I think we kind of rock.

(Mine is Friday.)

Yes, some things like late-night-drinking-fun, don't actually work as well but other things work even better.

Just gonna leave it at that.


AG Ambroult said...

Happy Birthday Tia! yeah, a recent late night with a one too many glasses of wine (read:TWO. the glory days are officially over) reminded me of this cold, hard fact.
Haven't stopped by in a while, been on a computer break to spend time with my "babies" before they go back to school. Today is catch-up day!