The 40th birthday bash was a success! By which I mean that about three-quarters of the night was spent drinking and playing games. We’re just nerdy, I suppose. Though Cards Against Humanity adds naughtiness, so I guess that tamps down the nerddom a tad.
Mom and I gathered quite the spread of food: three kinds of cheese, three kinds of crackers,* sausage, pepperoni, sliced turkey, pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, baby carrots, hummus, pita, two boxes of cookies, corn chips, salsa, Doritos and some Reese’s mini peanut butter cups. We also had rum, vodka and whiskey (along with triple sec for my favorite whiskey drink), plus Coke, root beer, 7up and orange juice.
Even with the Walgreens rewards Mom donated to the cause, it wasn’t cheap. Especially since I went for slightly better cheese than just the store brand I’d normally get. But it’s not like I throw parties very often. And it was a special occasion to boot. Future get-togethers (and there will be some) like game nights will be more of a potluck and my contributions will include store brand cheese, one type of meat, etc.
For the party I also went shopping for a new (to me) shirt for the party. I had to drop off a large box of donations at Saver’s anyway, and that netted me a 30% off coupon. I figured I might as well peruse the racks.
After trying on approximately half the store,** I settled on four shirts for a total of $15.92. The one I ended up wearing for the party was new with tags and cost less than $6 after coupon. But now I also have a few more tops that aren’t t-shirts I got from FinCon. Not that I don’t love those (soooo soooooooft), but I was getting sick of advertising companies every time I left the house. Also, it’s nice to wear something a little more flattering than a boxy shirt.
The only downside to the party was the lack of sleep. I was up until about 1 a.m. but still woke up around 6:30. I dozed off and on for about an hour, but then stopped fooling myself and got up. Meaning I was kind of tired for my actual birthday, so we kept the activities to a minimum.
Mom and I went to Sephora so I could get my birthday freebie — a pretty mini lipstick and lip pencil — and we stopped by Rita’s so I could get a free treat. I hadn’t gotten the birthday email, but when I asked politely (and showed my ID) they gave it to me anyway. I chose a custard, but Mom was feeling queasy from the heat and decided to cool off with a water ice.
Other than that, we spent the day watching season two of Jessica Jones and munching on leftovers from the party. It was a quiet birthday, but a good one.
Once we — okay, I — have finished off the cookies I need to go back to my diet so I can be a bit slimmer for FinCon. But in the meantime I’m indulging. A little too much, truth be told. There’s a reason I only get the big Safeway chocolate chunk cookies once or twice a year. They’re addictive as hell, and I can easily eat two or even three in a sitting if I’m not exercising any self-restraint.
As for my new age, I feel absolutely no different than I did at 39. (Or 38 or 37…) It’s a little weird to realize I’m in my 40s now, but I’m pretty nonplussed overall. According to popular culture, I should be freaking out, but I’m calm — other than some slight overly-vain distress about fine lines and laugh lines. I’ve earned them all, of course, but I don’t particularly love them. Still, they’re nothing to go to pieces over.
So all in all, 40 is treating me pretty well so far. Let’s hope that trend continues and we don’t have another financially painful month in September.
How was your weekend? Does turning any particular age freak you out?
*Actually, Mom brought two of the boxes of crackers down with her. Because she got them on sale. I come by my frugal weirdo-ness honestly.
** My mom has the patience of a saint.