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Happy pseudo-birthday to me
Next week is my birthday. I am turning....*shudder*....thirty-one. Turning thirty last year was really hard for me. It was really weird to face the idea of no longer being in my twenties. Turning thirty-one isn't a whole lot better. This will make me officially "in" my thirties, as opposed to just being on the cusp. The thing is: I still feel like a little kid inside. I mean sure, I do some grownup things with my life, but inside I'm still just a little girl wondering where all the time has gone.

Anyway. Next week I'm going out of town, so I celebrated my pseudo-birthday with my family today. We went to the zoo. It was really nice; a perfect day for a visit to the zoo. My parents live very close, so we were able to walk there. The weather was warm and sunny, for the first time in way way way too long. I wore shorts, a sleeveless top, and sandals, and was perfectly comfortable. I even got a little bit of sun on my shoulders. I took my camera along, and attempted to photograph some animals. That was fun.

We also got to see the new polar bear exhibit, which was my main purpose in going. I've been looking forward to seeing the polar bears for awhile. It's actually a whole Arctic Circle thing, with snowy owls, foxes, seals, and polar bears. They have an under-water tunnel where you can stand and watch the seals swimming above you. They also have a spot where the glass looks right in on the polar bear's pool, like an aquarium, and you can actually watch the bears swimming around. Watching a polar bear swim is so cool! They're these giant clumsy-looking creatures, they don't look like they're meant to be aquatic, and they're just fascinating to watch moving through the water. Their paws are enormous, paddling them about. The keepers had thrown some fish into the water, and there was a bear swimming around and diving down to get the fish. I could have sat and watched him for hours, but my sister finally forced me to go, pointing out that there were lots of people behind me who would like to see also.

After the zoo, we enjoyed my mom's homemade potroast, and of course birthday cake, also homemade. My mum is a great cook. My parents gave me a hammock for my birthday; I've been wanting one for quite some time now. It's great! My sister gave me a very pretty birdbath. So now my backyard is nicely decorated. I also got a little polar bear candle-holder, which is kind of funny because my mom picked it out before I'd decided that I wanted to go see the polar bears for my birthday. Just a nice coincidence.

Well, I'm still thirty for another week yet. It's kind of nice to get cake and gifts, without actually having to turn any older. Unfortunately I'll be getting older soon enough....at least I have a nice little trip planned for next weekend, to make me feel a bit better about things.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)


Thanks Drood! I think that's what I'm afraid of : I don't want them to fly by too quickly.

The way I looked at 29, I figured I was still "in my twenties", so basically the same age as the 21-year-olds. Nice and young. When I hit 30, I was suddenly "in my thirties, and the same age as the 39-year-olds out there! So I wouldn't worry about turning 39, you'll still be my age.

But I'll still drop off some kleenex if you'd like. (:
bighoward From: bighoward Date: May 27th, 2002 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


Goddamn, if I was 31 I'd be all over you ! If I was 61 I'd sit up and beg at least ! Oh well. I was having an errotic dream about you last night and fell asleep in the middle of it. I was just mentally too worn out.

I guess I may as well admit I'm getting to old and besides too much excitement is bad for my heart .......... I Can feel myself going, going, Farewell my lov ..............
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: ThirtyOne

Thanks Howard! ...and don't worry: you'll never be too old to think dirty.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: May 27th, 2002 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will you be without internet on your birthday?

The reason I ask is because all my LJ friends get a birthday post, and you're no exception. I would like to know if you won't get to see it that day.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)


Actually I'll be coming home on sunday, which is my birthday, so it's quite likely I'll get online. If not sunday, then monday for sure. I'll look forward to my post! (:
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: May 28th, 2002 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)


Cool... So where are you off to?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)


Stratford, Onterio, for their theatre festival! I'll probably post about it at some point, either before or after. But C and I are going to see two plays, The Threepenny Opera and My Fair Lady. Just a weekend jaunt, but I'm looking forward to it. We'll be staying at a Bed and Breakfast.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: May 28th, 2002 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


sounds like fun :)
guingel From: guingel Date: May 28th, 2002 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
don't worry about getting older! the fact that your friends with my immature self is proof enough that you're still young at heart ;) And we've all seen pictures of you, it's not like you're losing your looks!

zoos are so much fun! I don't go to zoos often enough. that sounds really cool.

Hammocks are fantastic :D Katie finally got our parents to get one, and it's great! enjoy yours!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)


Thanks for the encouragement. (: And yes, I *love* my hammock!
guingel From: guingel Date: May 28th, 2002 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
at one point Katie was planning on going out to the hammock and never leaving :D
my aunt and uncle had a hammock long before we did, and some of my favorite memories of their house is going out and swinging in their hammock. With my brother and sister and cousins, we probably mucked it up. Their's was tied to two trees though--ours is on a stand, so it'd probably just topple ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, I remember playing on a hammock when I was a little kid. Now of course the thought of kids playing in my hammock and possibly messing it up horrifies me! *laugh*
guingel From: guingel Date: May 28th, 2002 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe! well, don't worry--I'm too far away to do it harm ;)
bighoward From: bighoward Date: May 28th, 2002 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


I was reminded of my Granddaughter, Her big brother would tease her about something and I'd say "We'll tell your mother to take him back to the zoo where she bought him"
Yesterday was Ian's birthday, he didn't even get a phone call from his father,who also doesn't know where he's living. Ian is actually verg good with his sister, 3 years ago they were at Midwestcon with their mothers and me. They were playing in the swimming pool with a l7 years old boy who happened to be from Detroit. He got Sarh's phone number and called her when they got home and wanted to come visit. Ian told his mother " I told Sarah, there's only reason a l7 year old boy is interested in her and I told her that he's not to come here" Suzy said "That's good Ian ". Ian said "If he shows up I'm gonna beat his ass". and Susy said " You do just that Ian "! She'll have her driver's license in a week or so and Ian has said he'll give her his car ----- but he thinks she ought to get a job and pay me the remaining $750 he owe me for it. I don't really care if I get paid but I expect them to try. That's the way I was brought up, you owe a debt, you pay a debt. No excuses.
guingel From: guingel Date: May 29th, 2002 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Zoos

that's really cool. geez, I don't think my brother would do that for me. (he's two years older) Actually, I'm the one who disapproves of the company my brother keeps. :-/ Ah well.

It is good to pay back your debt. I don't have a car or any debts, but I still need to get a job this summer. Oh dear. If only I could find one.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2002 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday!!!

And I went to the trouble to put out my pictures of the hike on my site (http://stilldocked.tripod.com), I want to see the polar bears!!!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 28th, 2002 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks!! Okay, okay, I'll post the bears. I did enjoy the hiking photos. Although usually my picture posts are friends-only....I'll make an exception for these, just for you. *smile*
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 29th, 2002 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can actually view your FO posts because you still have me listed as a friend;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 29th, 2002 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


Oh I see, you can still use your account, even with your journal deleted? That makes sense, I guess. Then I won't worry about it, and will leave you on as a friend (since you are still a friend, even if you are a journal-less freak!). So did you like the pics? You didn't even respond to them!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: May 28th, 2002 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with the birthday week.
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