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So I just had a birthday… yipee!  I’m now 46.  That’s too close to 50 for my taste.  I don’t FEEL 46.  I don’t think I ACT 46 and I certainly hope I don’t LOOK 46.  What do you think?

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I think this is a pretty good shot, don’t you?  I was playing around with my phone one evening after getting back from my stylist, who gave me the most amazing cut.  I liked it so much I had to document it.. lol.

 

 

So back to birthdays.  As a kid I LOVED my birthday.  A summer baby on the east coast, I never had to go to school on my birthday like a lot of my friends did.  I could enjoy my birthday presents for a few weeks before hitting the books after Labor Day.  We could go to the skating rink (Hot Skates!) and be out late because we didn’t have to get up early the next day.  Moving to Ohio changed all of that.  School started MUCH closer to my birthday.  But still, I enjoyed my birthdays for the most part.  UNTIL.. 21.

Now for most people, turning 21 is a great milestone.  You can finally buy alcohol (legally) and get into the over 21 clubs. For me, it turned out to be bittersweet.  I had decided to take a summer psychology class over at the University of Cincinnati to get a jump start on my next year there (not sure what year it was…my extended college tour will be the topic of another blog I’m sure…) Anyway, I had a mid-term the day of my 21st birthday.  I had always told myself that I wouldn’t go to school on my birthday, yet here I was, on my 21st one at that.  So I went in, took my mid-term, handed it in and told my professor that I was leaving. :)  Went to the DMV to get my license renewed and I figured I’d have a great night with my friends for my birthday.  After all, I had taken each of them out for their 21st birthdays.

What do they say about the best laid plans?  Well, everything fell apart when I got home.  It was pouring down rain and no one wanted to go out.  So I made one more call to my buddy Rafe… and he saved my birthday.  I picked up the beer (and probably some food too – he never had any there… lol), drove over to his place and drank beer and watched pre-season football on TV with him.  To this day I credit him with saving my birthday. :)

Unfortunately, most of my birthdays in the 25 years since that one have been about the same.  There’s been the occasional get together.  And my parents always take me out for dinner, but even when I was married I always felt that my birthday was just there…another day.  In fact, one year my now ex-husband forgot my birthday until I not-so-gently reminded him as we were leaving downtown to go home at the end of the day.  I also try to be a very thoughtful person when it comes to birthdays.  For those people who I care deeply about, I try to make it as special as possible.  Unfortunately, I don’t normally get the same in return, and my birthday turns into a day of disappointment for me.  So lately, especially after my divorce, I’ve been dreading my birthdays.  When you don’t have someone special with whom to share a special day, it just becomes another day.

This year was surprising though.  My son actually remembered my birthday and gave me a huge hug and a happy birthday peck on the cheek as he was rushing out to school.  My parents took me (and said son) out to dinner, and afterwards we hit up Half Priced Books where I scored a few great albums.  And I got the best text from RGG right before dinner.  Now we’ve only had 5 face-to-face dates so far, and only really known each other for 6 weeks or so, but he sent this (I’m not sure if he actually reads this blog, but I’m hoping if he does that he doesn’t mind me sharing what he wrote.  RGG if you do.. let me know, ok?  :) )

RGG: 

Well hopefully you’ll enjoy your birthday present that you’ll be getting

Me:

Birthday present?

RGG:

You have a birthday present that I’m waiting to give you.That I know you’ll totally love

Me:

You didn’t have to get me a birthday present… But thank you. :)

RGG:

I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to do

Me:

I’m sure I’ll love it.And have I mentioned before how sweet you are?

RGG:

Well thank you, I try. Birthdays are important and you should always go above and beyond for people you’re close to.

Getting that text literally made my birthday.  It’s nice to know there IS someone out there who feels the same way about birthdays as I do.   😀

So it looks like tomorrow I’ll get that birthday present, and I’m really looking forward to it, and to seeing RGG.  It’s been a few weeks due to schedules and kids.  Dinner and a movie… The movie I know – Jurassic World, the dinner is going to be a surprise.  I love surprises like that. :)

Till then!

K

 

 

Earthquake!

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Quickie movie review… went to see San Andreas with RGG the other night.  Let’s just say, I’m never moving to California!  I didn’t think I’d like the movie at first, but it turned out to be pretty good.  A little cliche, but not bad.  The seismologist/professor reminded me a little bit of Richard Dreyfus’ character in Close Encounters of the Third Kind… no one listened to him until it was almost too late.  But in the end he’s the big hero.  There’s a little bit of romance (gotta love a guy with an English accent, right?), some great adventures, and really great visual effects.  There were quite a few times when I actually ducked in my seat because I was afraid something was going to get me.   😯

The best part of the movie though, as always, was the company.  RGG is REALLY fun to go to the movies with.  First of all, he’s almost (but not quite) Sheldon-esque when he picks his seat. I guess it’s really more like Goldilocks… finding the seat that’s just right.  But it’s cute, and I have to admit I haven’t had a bad seat since we’ve been going out.  :)  RGG isn’t one to “shush” you during the movie either.  He doesn’t mind a little whispering now and again.  A some giggling too.  But don’t be obnoxious or he’ll tell you what’s what!  AND get compliments on it from other movie-goers afterwards.  True story!  Gotta like a guy who stands up and does that.

So I think this was movie #3 for us, #5 if you count the two we watched together, but apart.  He’s definitely a fun guy to watch movies with.. and tonight he said the same about me…can you see me smiling?   :-)

Hopefully many more movies to come.

K

Oh what a night!

Have you ever had one of those nights that you wish would never end?  It hasn’t happened to me in a while, but it did this past weekend.   :-)

So I met RGG (oh, that’s what I’m calling him… really great guy from the last two posts…) at Newport on the Levee where our plan was dinner and a movie.  Well.. he just happened to suggest that we meet in front of my favorite store there, Barnes & Noble, so of course we went in, and spent almost an hour perusing the music and movie sections.  Now RGG knows music.  I mean REALLY knows music.  I thought I knew about music.. but I’ve found out that I have a LOT to learn.   I learned a lot Saturday night.  : )  And the movies…well, I have a lot of catching up to do.  I think we found a bunch of movies that will need to be on our “must see together” list though.  :)

Next up was a short walk over to Arnies, where I had a cheeseburger that I THINK I enjoyed.. but I really can’t remember because the conversation was so good that I didn’t pay much attention to it.  :)  It’s always amazing when you find someone that you can talk to for hours and not run out of things to talk about!

Some of the conversation centered around our server who had some umm… interesting tattoos, especially the one creeping up her inner calf near her thigh.   Now THAT sparked a very interesting conversation.. or sort of conversation because we were laughing too hard.

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Next up was a movie… Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  Awesome movie!  I won’t say much about it here because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it.  But.. OMG SHOES!  I want them!  Don’t know where I’d wear them, but I want them… lol.  And really?  Can someone REALLY hold their breath that long?

Seeing a movie with RGG is really a treat though.  I’m surprised we don’t get kicked out for talking too much lol.  This is the 4th movie we’ve watched together… 2nd one in person.  I know.. doesn’t make sense, does it?   Think “When Harry Met Sally…”  Channel please?  :)

Oh, and that was the second quote that night from When Harry Met Sally… go figure.  Next we’ll be quoting The Breakfast Club, just watch!

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Beer was the next item on the agenda, so the last stop of the night was at the Hofbrauhaus for a beer.  Yes, just one.  Because WOW what a beer!

 

 

I really didn’t want the night to end, but when we looked at the clock and realized it was 1:30 am, we decided that it was time to call it.  This was said as we were both stifling yawns I think.  Geez it sucks getting old, doesn’t it?  :)

All in all, a very awesome date, and already looking forward to the next one.  :)

K

P.S. I just realized how many smileys I used in this post… sorry… Guess it’s because I was smiling so much that night… lol.