The Posts of Birthday Weeks Past

On Friday, I’ll be old enough to run for President. If you all write me in, I promise  not to behave like a jackass while in office, to get some fantastic advisors, and to hire Aaron Sorkin to write my narrative arc.

Here are a few excerpts from the Posts of Birthday Weeks Past:

April 5, 2006: Apparently at 29, I still cared about appearing illegally youthful.

After changing my SSN to my married surname last fall, I finally got around to changing my driver’s license on Monday morning. So, while I wait for the new license to arrive, I have a flimsy looking paper replacement. Guess I won’t be buying any booze for a few days, hmm? Hope I have it back by next week so I can get carded on my birthday.

April 13, 2006: We still went out for birthday dinners. Remember when there was room in the budget, and no need for a sitter?

Warm beet salad with chevre and creme fraiche, filet au poivre with cognac sauce, chocolate mousse with a 20 year tawny port…

April 12, 2007: I get nostalgic for college birthday parties as I face down my 30th.

I remember my 20th birthday quite clearly, which is impressive, given the amount of alcohol (what?! underage?!) I consumed. There was a triple birthday party for myself, and pals Y and B, who were turning 19 and 21 – we were all in a row! I wore a red shirt and danced on a table! I had a pink stuffed lobster on my head and a bouquet of tulips perched in my cleavage. The party was in Frank and Glenn and Company’s suite on 6th floor Milliken. There was SoCo… ooops.

April 7, 2008: Working with Felix and the youngest of my nannying herd:

Preschoolers are funny people. Living alongside a person who is learning to quantify, identify, and describe the world around them can be a challenging, and rather delightful, experience. This post, for instance, is being written on Tuesday, because that’s the day in O’s world when things happen. If he asks someone to come over to play, it’s on “Tuesday.” If he knows he’s going somewhere, his day of departure is “Tuesday.” If there was something fun in his recent past, it happened on “Tuesday.”

April 9, 2008: Baby poop.

When life gives you the worst case of explosive baby poo that you’ve ever seen, you get out the blunt end craft scissors and cut your child out of his undershirt.

April 13, 2008: Mark buys me a Dyson:

When Mark came home with Felix yesterday (that in itself being quite an early birthday gift – three hours to myself!!!), they’d been to Target, where they procured for me my very own Animal. While some of you might say, “A vacuum cleaner? As a birthday gift?” I counter that it was something I truly desired, something I never would have bought myself, and something I could certainly have lived without, so I think it was a marvelous gift.

April of 2009 seems to have largely not existed online.

April 10. 2010: I begin to think of writing more seriously again, and I defend my genre.

So, here’s me, lifelong reader, self professed lover of character and story, sitting on a pricey, elitist college education, and I decided to turn my hand to writing a story of my own. Guess what? It’s very likely going to be a single title contemporary romance. Hopefully, a smart one with likable characters and a literate writing style, but a paperback beach read nonetheless.

April 14, 2011: I wrote one of my favorite Red Writing Hood responses.

I honestly can’t wait to see what this year brings.

19 thoughts on “The Posts of Birthday Weeks Past

  1. I’ve been thinking alot about you this week and oh the plans that were made (& then cancelled) for your 30th. Love & hugs to my special Cam! In honor of your birthday I am going to read my very own (autographed no less) copy of Parallel Jump on Friday.

  2. i can’t wait to see what this year brings you, Cameron! also? lobster on your head and tulips in your cleavage DIDN’T HAPPEN without a photo! YOU KNOW THAT.
    xoxox and happy birthday, my love!

  3. Enjoy the day, Cameron. I love the way you can look back through your posts and chart the way you have moved towards writing, taking your attention off the past and straight to the future.

    There’s no entry for this year yet, I notice!

  4. You and The Bobina are 13 days apart. That means there must have been an earthquake or some earth changing event for you two to have in the world so close together.

    Since it’s the Friday the 13th you need to create a horror slasher tale. I’d use the name of an enemy or ex.

    seriously. I love your writing and the great friend you’ve become.

    1. Thank you!!

      I’m only good with shivery scary. Slashery stuff doesn’t do it for me.

      And for the record, I was meant to be an April Fool’s baby, but I’m told I wanted to hang in there a while longer, so perhaps there was some cosmic occurrence nine months before that…

  5. An early Birthday wish to you, a very cool way to capture your past birthdays. Helps with the memory having it all down in black and white…of course, that doesn’t help when it comes to “story time embellishment” when you try to sorta deny that whole dancing on the table with a pink stuffed lobster on your head. 🙂 Now, if we can just find 2009??!!

    1. Lou, there were two entries for all of April 2009, and they had to do with remodeling the bathroom and my job. I think I was a little lost that year.

      Thank you for the early birthday wishes!

  6. Oh, Happy Birthday, a little bit early . . . this is truly a great look back – though it’s funny that the middle of the journey is the one for which there is no entry.

    And, try as I might, I have a hard time believing you as a bigtime partier of your youth. You’ve become this incredibly zen-tempered (I wanted to use mature here, but that’s far from the right word), well-spoken voice (albeit one who admits that she has a great rack, but, really, why wouldn’t you claim such a gift if you had the goods to do just that) in my life that it’s funny to think that there was time where the well-spoken voice might not have been as mature.

    But, a birthday dinner without having to worry about flung food or babysitters? Yeah, that’d be lovely 🙂

    1. I was not a hard-core party girl, but I had plenty of ill-advised drunken shenanigans in my twenties.

      And I am flattered to be considered even tempered in any way. I’m a bit more … tempestuous in real life 😉

  7. Oh Cam, this was such a great idea…you always have such great ideas, such a vivid way of looking at the world.

    I will not wish you Happy yet, for I want your day to be as special as you but I will say that you should, like me, celebrate all month you beautiful soul!!!!

  8. Cameron, I love this approach to birthday week. It’s been so good to ‘meet’ you this year. I hope the coming year grants every hidden wish and secret dream.

    And, I would totally vote for you for President. NOT that I’d wish THAT job on anybody.

  9. It’s now officially past midnight EST – so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    (Not that I’m a creepy stalker, but I’ve had this post open on my computer so I could do that tonight.)

    Hugs and kisses.

    And cake.

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