An “Unspecial” Birthday

Today is my wonderful husband’s birthday!

When asked what he wanted to do for is his birthday, if he was looking forward to it, or anything else birthday-related, he would say that this year is a really unspecial birthday because it’s not a milestone year.

I however beg to differ. Any reason to celebrate my husband is a special occasion! I’m happy to mark every year that the world is made better with him in it.

Happy “unspecial” birthday to a very special man!

A Birthday Escape

Saturday was my birthday. It was a gross, cold, snowy day. I’m already sick and tired of winter and ready for some warmer weather and brighter colors.

The logical  most cost-effective option for getting the temperatures I desire was to head to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. (The logical option would be hoping on a plane and flying to Caribbean…) Saturday was not a good day to walk around to zoo itself, but when my friend recommended the rain forest as a fun cold-weather break, I jumped at the idea. I had not been to the Cleveland Zoo before so it was a fun adventure.

Brad’s family came up and went with us. (Fun fact: My father-in-law designed the concrete support structures for the rain forest building.) It was nice to walk out of the cold snow and into the tropical temperatures. I was expecting rain forest plants and animals, but I wasn’t expecting orchids! There were orchids all over which I loved.

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A Quarter’s Worth

Celebrating Brad’s birthday 13 days ahead of mine (2 whole weeks on a leap year!) gives me a little time to prepare for my upcoming age. We were discussing how when you’re a kid, nearly every birthday is a big milestone, then the teenage and young adult stuff (13, 16, 18, 21) and 25 is pretty much the last big birthday before 30… then 40… then 50… then 60… then 70… then 80 and after 80, every birthday becomes milestone again.

Anyway, here’s a quarter-of-a-century’s worth of Friday Five thoughts:

1. I realized how long ago I graduated from high school last week after multiple encounters with teenagers. I also confirmed, that no, I never want to be that age again!

2. I got a new driver’s license. My old one wasn’t that old because I got it when I changed my name and I had a really good picture. When I told the lady at the BMV that I was sorry to give up the good picture, she assured me that she’d get me a new picture that’s just as good.

3. Scheduling your annual physical around your birthday makes it easy to remember. I had a physical on Friday and saw the resident first. After going through the mill with the resident (best resident experience so far though!) he went to get my primary care doctor.

My exam room was right across from the workstation so I could sort of hear them talking about me before coming into the room. The resident was discussing his questions and preliminary exam with Dr. S and I heard Dr. S say, “She’s only three years in and has outstanding management.” Outstanding. Why that felt better than getting an A on a test, I don’t know. When they came in the room to finish up with me, Dr. S told me that I’m doing an excellent job taking care of my health and complimented my motivation. The bottom line is that at the end of the day, I have to live with in my body so I should take care of it!

4. Getting job-related birthday cards is fun! My boss gave me this birthday card today:

Inside: It’s your birthday. Like it. Share it. Post it. Tweet it. But most of all, enjoy it! 😉

5. My indecisiveness hasn’t lessened with age. I still have no idea where I want to go or what I want to do tomorrow!


What are you up to this weekend?

I got a lovely email this week after posting Get Uncomfortable from T1D Active Living asking if she could mention my story from that post, she actually walked through an inflatable colon once and it prompted her to share about colon cancer awareness, I highly recommend that you give it a read!

An Older Man

For a few days out of the year, I’m married to an older man and Brad is married to a younger woman.

We celebrated Brad’s birthday all weekend, kicking it off with a fun Friday night that conveniently coincided with the start of Cleveland Restaurant Week. (Restaurant Week continues through March 2nd, you can see who is participating by clicking that link.)


We met up with our friends at The Chocolate Bar for their excellent Restaurant Week menu.

A 3-course meal for 2, for $30? Yes please!

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I remember telling my dad once when I was little, and he wasn’t even 40 yet, that he couldn’t call himself “old” until he was 50.

Because 50 is when you get old.

This picture is from the last birthday we got to celebrate with him. His 50th.


My dad would be 53 today. He never ended up getting “old.”