Well, I am another year older (that's not very gleeful) and I've been having a fun week of celebrations. Tomorrow I head off on the Wagons West Birthday Extravaganza Road Trip Down Memory Lane. Hurrah!
On Wednesday night I went to see the Circus Oz show Barely Contained. In keeping with my decision to just do stuff on my own rather than miss out for lack of someone to accompany me, I went to the circus solo. I managed to time it just right so that I wasn't hanging around looking like Freddy No-Friends (I might be going places on my own, but it still feels funny).
The bonus of going alone was that I was able to get a great seat. I plugged a single-seat-sized gap in the second row.
The show was fun - cheesy, but I'm not against cheese. There was a tap dancing lady midget and it felt weird being allowed to stare. They certainly are a talented bunch and the men are a buff lot. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more of the guys with their shirts off, but there was still some impressive biceps and shoulders on display.
Thursday was my actual birthday and it was a beautiful, relatively mild sunshiney day. It was nice to get lots of messages and emails from friends and family throughout the day and little presents from friends at work.
I had lunch and a glass of wine with a friend at a little restaurant down a laneway near my work and there was birthday cake (flourless orange - yum!) with candles and a rendition of Happy Birthday back at work in the afternoon.
Last night I returned to Bridie O'Reilly's with my friend Kirstyn to feast on corned beef with mashed spuds, cabbage, bacon and mustard sauce. Kirstyn ordered it too and was similarly impressed. We rhapsodised about it afterwards. I hadn't seen Kirstyn since earlier in the year so it was good to catch up for a natter and a laugh.
Today a solicitor at work told me she assumed I was her age - 27! I love her. I'm 37 if I haven't mentioned that anywhere. That's what staying out of the sun can do for you.
And tomorrow - I'm off sojourning to the south-west of Victoria to revisit places from my youth and, of course, stalk...I mean, see Wagons play in Hamilton. The whales have arrived in Warrnambool in time for our visit too. There's one whale with a calf and one pregnant whale in the bay. Hopefully they will be close to shore.
It's going to be a chilly weekend - maximums of around 10-12 degrees celsius, with wind, rain and possible storms but pah! I'm not daunted by bad weather. We'll be in the car a lot of the time anyway and my new parka is super, super cosy.
I'll see you after the weekend!