Archive for January, 2012

I spent the last year dreading turning 30.  It seemed like I would finally be in the “adult” category of life, which I was completely unprepared for.  My closet still consisted of t-shirts, jeans, and sweatshirts.  I knew that after I turned 30, it would just be weird for me to wear the same clothes I wore in college.  I spent the week leading up to my birthday thinking of the many ways in which I was “old.”  The day before my birthday, the list looked something like this:

  • I avoid going to the movies on weekends because there are too many teenagers at the theatre. 
  • At times, I have to squint my eyes and lean forward to read street signs.
  • I can remember a time before cell phones and the internet.  Ah, the good old days.
  • I like to sit around drinking tea and playing board games.
  • I often comment that “those kids are playing their music too loud” or “their skirts are too short.”
  • I get frustrated when young people text me and use abbreviations—it’s like a different language!
  • I have actually checked for gray hairs.
  • On more than one occasion, I have forgotten why I entered a room. 
  • I pay attention to the amount of fiber and cholesterol in my diet.

I’m sure there’s more to that list, but I’ve already forgotten the rest of it (my old and addled brain can’t remember things like it used to).  So, for so many reasons, I was not excited about my birthday this year.

Fortunately, I have awesome friends who decided to surprise me!  My friend Jane asked me out to coffee.  She and Sharon picked me up and we headed to the mall. There, they took me to Nordstrom’s where we met up with Sarah (and cutie-pie baby Alex!).  At this point, I was slightly confused as to why we were getting coffee at Nordstrom’s. But, it turns out that they got me a personal shopper and a gift card for me to find a new look for my 30’s!

The dressing room was full of fun outfits to try on, as well as cake 🙂

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I ended up getting some new pants, shirts, sweaters ,and a dress.  Jane had me put on the dress and then they took me to Maggianos for dinner.

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The boys met us for the meal and we had a great evening of delicious Italian food and wonderful conversation.  I am so lucky to have such great friends! All in all, I think I like being in my 30’s. 🙂