Last year, around this time, I posted (including here and here) about my 60th birthday party.
Because I was new to WordPress and to blogging — feeling less secure than I do now — I was more careful about self-disclosure then. So I wasn’t always clear, detailed, or precise, as I described the pre- and post-party process.
One post I’ve considered writing, since then, is “How to Plan a Meaningful Birthday Party for Somebody of A Certain Age, Even if It’s For Yourself.” But that task remains on my To Do List (perhaps because I really need to tighten up that title).
Well, today is exactly a year after that birthday party, which means:
#1. It’s Groundhog Day!
#2. It’s my birthday!
#3. I get to do whatever I want, in this post!
Technically, #3 is true any time I blog, but somehow — when it’s my birthday — I really FEEL that freedom. (Maybe that’s one reason I love my birthday.)
Anyway, what do I want to do today? I want to show you images from last year’s party, never before seen in this blog.
So without further ado …..
No, wait! There needs to be a bit more ado, before I start. Actually, the images in this post are photos I took today — 2/2/14 — of stuff from last year’s party — on 2/2/13 — which I’ve saved. Does that make sense? If it doesn’t, you’ll just have to figure things out, as best you can. I’m moving ahead to show you these cool images. Why? Because it’s my birthday!
Without further ado ….
Random Stuff From
Ann’s 60th Birthday Party
Look familiar? I have a similar sign in my office (which showed up in this post). The above was hanging on the front door to our place, welcoming guests to the party.
These were the instructions for the magic wands that were ready and waiting, if people wanted to use them. If you want to see one of these wands (which can be glitchy and flukey at times, but which work well enough)2, check out this post.
I had several of these big sticky posters up on the walls, with headings, which people could write on. One thing I’m noticing, right now, about the list on the right: Iceland showed up! (Many months before I celebrated Iceland showing up in this blog).
Here are some more lists, from that Groundhog Day, last year:
Other lists included Favorite Movie, Favorite Song, and this one:
I am amazed to see Stop Signs appearing, above, since those octagonal beauties have made it to several blog posts, also (including this and this one).
One more list from last year, in response to the question “What’s a really helpful lesson you’ve learned in your life?”
While I always like to end with kindness, I’ll show you a couple more images, including this one:
My friends Janet and Ray (who have showed up here) were at the party, with their son Carter. Carter asked me a very good question regarding a button on one of the walls: “What’s that for?” I told Carter I had no idea, and then I told him the Steven Wright line, which he then kindly wrote on a post-it note, for all to see.
The last image I want to show, in today’s birthday post, also relates to Janet AND to what’s missing from this post, for me.
Let me explain. Last week, when I decided I wanted to show images from my 60th party in my birthday post today, I knew I wanted to show a wonderful haiku somebody had written for me. I found that haiku last week, and put it aside, for safe keeping.
So, of course, I can’t find it now. Typical. However, when I was looking for that haiku, I found something else.
That, dear readers, is the last page of something I couldn’t locate last month, when writing a post called What Other People Say, Part 2 (which was in honor of Janet’s birthday). Here’s a quote from that post:
I just took a break, for a few seconds, to look for the incredible piece that Janet put together for my 60th birthday. This piece not only celebrated me, hilariously, but also included smart commentary on all the decades I’ve lived through. During the party, I placed it in a location of honor, so that all my other guests could see it. And they loved it.
I said more about that, in that December blog post, but I am going to end that quote there. Actually, I’m not going to do anything else, from now on today, except relax and have fun.
Thanks to all my friends, here, there, and everywhere and …. that’s it!3
1. I don’t know the credits for the photo of this cute groundhog, since I found it and used it a year ago. So … sue me!
2. Sort of like WordPress, sometimes.
3. I’m not quite done, actually. I want to thank you, for being my guest here, today.