Today Gabe is wearing a teal jacket, a grey sweatshirt, khaki pants, and brown shoes.
The last week has been a weird one. I was sick and not sleeping well for most of the work week, and then over the weekend it was my birthday. I used to love my birthday and it usually turned into a kind of month-long celebration in college, but my last few birthdays I have been less enthusiastic about. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things, including not wanting to be the center of attention most of the time and being less of a party-person and growing more attached to my daily routine.
Having a birthday gets in the way of the daily routine I love, because it turns a regular day into a mound of expectations and pressure to create a super fun day full of all the things *I* want to do because it’s my birthday. But what I really want to do is keep up my routine! Since we moved to Seattle almost two years ago, my routine has been what’s helped me achieve the success I have and I don’t like to deviate from it.
That said, though, this year’s birthday was pretty great. I had a nice walk and lunch with Gabe and a really fun party with friends (new and old). I stayed up late and ate cake and had a lot of fun. I even got a new copy of my favorite book, East of Eden, which loyal readers may remember went missing years ago.
But now it’s time to get back to my routine. It was fun to celebrate this weekend, but a shifting schedule is bad for me and I’m excited that the next few weeks look wide open. I’m going back to doing things the way I want to do them and keeping up the awesome momentum I ended 2012 with. I’m excited.
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” — Mary Pickford