Yesterday was my 44th birthday. It was uneventful and quiet. I went to work, and received very little birthday attention. My two employees got me a card and a little succulent plant, and our payroll person wished me a happy birthday in a mostly empty lunchroom. I like it that way.
After work, mom and I went out to sushi dinner, and although I fully intended on taking a birthday selfie with her, I forgot. Sigh… Dinner was delicious, and I tried a soft shell crab appetizer for the first time. You even eat the shell! Verdict – it was fine, but not amazing. My cherry blossom roll was delicious – and mom even tried a bite of it – with raw fish! She said it was fine, but not amazing…
Today I spent some time with some girlfriends. We went to the local Greek Festival, then a brewery, and poked around in an antique shop and a consignment shop. I bought an antique book about Alexander Hamilton, and a one pound bag of assorted coins. We each took turns picking a coin until we had chosen them all – it was fun!
43 was a year with a lot of ups and downs. I started it in Maine, on my road trip, spending my birthday hiking Acadia National Park, and eating whole lobster and lobster rolls right on the coast, looking out over the water. It’s hard to beat that.
I found love again, and found hope that I wouldn’t always be on my own.
I came home from my trip and got ready to get back into my career after my time away.
I lost my favorite boss and long-time mentor right before Christmas.
I lost my father in February. I have had a new set of firsts to experience – first time visiting Dad at the cemetery, first Father’s Day, first birthday without him at my birthday dinner. Those milestones are hard.
I found a new job which I enjoy.
My spring and summer have been spent working, with a few long weekend getaways mixed in. It isn’t enough travel, but for now it will have to do. I watch that vacation balance like a hawk, and in the meantime just try to put away as much money as I can for my early retirement.
I’ve got plans. This life has a way of changing those plans from time to time, but I will keep doing what I can to get to where I want to be. 44 will be a good year!