24: technical hours
168 (and counting): celebrated hours
2: birthday signs. First one spotted when I met Julian outside my door singing "Haaappy birrrfday to yooouu---gasp!" when he saw the sign on the wall that Sean had hung. Best way to wake up on your birthday, I'm pretty sure. 2nd sign on the wall across from the bathroom mirror. So of course it's written in reverse. And of course it was sent by my sister with specific instructions because of course we used to do this for each other way back in the day.
1: Clothing store inthewhich I did some sweet solo-shopping and came away with some good bounty. My heart belongs to Uniqlo.
1: thing i bought in the MoMa Design Store (a subway card holder) before I had to flee from being overcome with delights and wonders at every turn.
1: fellow Taurus who ran the check-out, and to whom i blurted it was my birthday, and who responded by saying her birthday was a few days earlier and did the same everywhere she went. Is it a Taurus thing? I guess so.
57 seconds: how long it took me to inhale the tastiest Australian burger I've ever had the honor of devouring. Accompanied with such great conversation teeming with laughter and all things good, one doesn't even need dessert.
1: bowl of Sex, Drugs, and Rocky Road shared at Rice to Riches, because though good conversation is fine and all, Val and I couldn't say no to some traditional birthday rice pudding.
60: minutes of a blissful massage.
20: finger and toenails getting revamped with a treat of a lady.
10: emails from my sis, celebrating The 10 Days of Birthday in email form. Some were wacky quizzes, one was a name poem, one was an email in italian i had to translate using Google Translator, which was so funny. What a clever girl. Loved it.
Too many to count: friends to celebrate with at a surprise party that took me way too long to grasp was happening. "It is so WEIRD that our friends keep showing up!"
Years am I: 32, or two Sweet 16's, Sean's party theme. First Sweet: ice cream at Ample Hills, ice cream mecca of Brooklyn. Second Sweet: birthday cheesecake immediately thereafter at the house with sweet 16 candles and balloons and platter after platter of goodies and foods Sean miraculously conjured out of nowhere. Seriously cannot believe all that he did. And does. And will ever do.
Julian and I spent the week celebrating my birthday. We went to birthday brunch together one day, rode the birthday bus the next to buy some birthday books (Amelia Bedelia and Frog and Toad-- so happy). Sean and I made birthday cupcakes one night to take to a class because I'm 10.
It all could have been too much birthday but for a girl like me, it was just perfect. Best birthday EVER!