Sunday, July 9, 2006

Another Year

Today is my birthday. I'm one of those who doesn't have a problem revealing my age - but then again, I only turned 31 today. Can you imagine - I'm still the youngest person working in my particular department at work. Seriously, if you're crazy enough to go back to school and get a master's degree, being a librarian is where it's at right now. My employer saw record highs in retirements this last year, and I think they're in for another wave in a couple more years.

My birthday usually causes reflection and it usually revolves around my career. I've been working professionally since I finished my degree at 23. 23! I swear I don't remember being that young. Was I ever that young?

But enough of being maudlin. Let's talk gifts! The Boyfriend, as long time readers of this blog already know, is an excellent gift giver. I suspect it's because he was outnumbered by women as a child. For the most part, he knows how we think. Except when we're being irrational - but hell even we don't understand our own behavior then.

This year's birthday present was a trip to the local day spa. (I'm dreaming about the oil wrap and massage already) He also got me a Detroit Tigers visor. Bless his heart.

Last night was dinner at The Cheesecake Factory where I discovered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cheesecake. Oh. My. God. If I had discovered this stuff in college I think I could have avoided some bad relationships. I'd also now weigh 600 pounds - but you take the good with the bad. Seriously, I think this stuff might be illegal in Utah. And in case my sisters are reading this - Oh. My. God. It's expensive as hell but you can order their cheesecakes online!

But finally, this is not just my birthday. It's also my niece's adoption day. Four years ago I was housesitting, anticipating RWA in Denver, while my sister and brother-in-law were bonding with a screaming 8 month old in China. It took some time, but really the tyke settled right in once they got her back to the states. So I leave you with my adorable niece as she looked four years ago.


Tara Marie said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Ah, a good gift giving boyfriend is a keeper, enjoy your spa day. For a second I thought he got you Tiger tickets.

And, Happy Adoption Day to a cutie pie.

Alyssa said...

Happy birthday, Wendy!

LOL re: the illegal cheesecake. Ha! I haven't been to The Cheesecake Factory, but my guess is that it's not illegal here. In Utah there may be less drinking and smoking than in other states, but we compensate by overeating. LOL! (Yes, I know that's a gross overgeneralization. I'm a Utahn, though, poking fun at myself as much as anyone else.)

Love the picture. What a cutie!

Lyn Cash said...

Happy Birthday, Wendy! - WOOT on the cheesecake, spa, visor, & niece!

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday!!

shayera said...

Happy Birthday!
You're one of those people the rest of us would look at in Library School and go "aw, look at the youngster."
Sounds like your birthday was great. And your niece is lovely.

sybil said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good day.

ReneeW said...

Happy Birthday, Wendy!!

I went to the Cheesecake Factory for my birthday last month and the food was fabulous. I wanted cheesecake but was too full to eat it. Next time I'm getting a piece to go. A spa day sounds wonderful. What a cute niece.

Megan Frampton said...

Your niece is a cutie.

Happy Birthday!

~ames~ said...

Happy belated Birthday!

Alie said...

Hi, I'm a newbie here, but I love your blog :) I'm an MLIS student as well and I'm graduating in September. I'm 24 so I completely understand what you are saying about the profession.

PS: Happy birthday!

Kristie (J) said...

I did post early but Blogger ate my comment. Sorry I'm a day late in wishing you birthday wishes. Detroit Tigers visor - not too shabby :)

And your niece is such a cutie!

Cheryl St.John said...

Happy birthday, Wendy! You spring chicken, you.

The Cheesecake Factory rocks!

Your niece is precious. Would love to see a pic of her today.

Wendy said...

Thanks for the all birthday wishes everybody!

Tara: Ah, game tickets weren't feasible this year mainly do to poor timing and scheduling on MLB's part.

Alyssa: That Utah comment was made specially for you :-)

Shayera: Yeah, I was a baby in library school. That's what happens when you go straight to grad school after taking only 4 years for your undergrad degree.

Alie: Congrats on almost wrapping up your degree! Depending on what part of the country you're looking at, the job market could be wide open to you.

Cheryl: You can see a more recent picture of my niece and nephew under my May 22 post. Blogger isn't letting me link to it in the comments. Bugger.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy, thanks for replying! I am hoping that the job market is wide open for me, though I live in Canada and the market may be smaller here...

Colleen Gleason said...

Hey, the Tigers are actually not doing too badly this year, at last! I remember being in high school when they won the World Series in '84, and what fun that was. Maybe my children will experience the same pleasure some day, huh?

Sam said...

Happy Birthday! Sunday was my birthday and I turned 31 as well. I'm also in the library field as a tech and wonder if going back for a Master's would be worth it.