Saturday, April 16, 2011

Life's a jolly holiday with Mary

Have you ever mixed up the date your taxes were due with the date of the Oklahoma City bombing and thought you had until the 19th to get them done? Yeah. Me, neither. Except maybe something similar to that just happened, so I didn't do my taxes last week because I thought I could do them this weekend. And then when I realized what happened, I shot out of bed in a blind panic (realizations like this can only happen at six a.m. on a Saturday), my heart racing, the old familiar self-reprimand of 'Sha-roooooo-NA!' going through my head. But when I went online to see if I could file an extension, I found out that due to some obscure Abe Lincoln holiday in Washington D.C. last Friday, I now have until Monday to turn it all in!! That's right. MONDAY! How lucky am I?? My hide has been saved by emancipation. As usual.

Today I'm going to put a pretty picture in my blog before any other picture because facebook only shows the first picture when my blog is posted, and when that picture is a mangy cat or a really tiny picture of San Francisco, it ends up looking a bit rough. So here's one to make my blog look warm and welcoming:

Doesn't this remind you of Bert's painting in Mary Poppins where they go skipping around on carousel horses? That Bert! These trees are all the rage in Engrand-town in the spring. They make me happy.

This weekend is a manic birthday weekend--but not mine, which is lame. Other people's. There's a birthday party tonight at a place that I keep calling The Golden Egg, but that's not really the name, it's just what I call it because I can't remember the real name. But calling it The Golden Egg makes me crave wontons and there probably won't be wontons there. I should just skip the party and go out for Chinese food. 

And then there's another one tomorrow. Again, not mine, and again, not involving Chinese food. Ridiculous, isn't it? People are so selfish.

But let's bring this back to my birthday, which I think we can all agree is what we really care about. My big 3-0 is coming up in June. D-Day, to be specific. I don't know what I'm going to do for it yet. I thought--five years ago, when I was living in SF--that I'd be doing this huge huge thing and it would be Super Magic Wonderful Good Times but now that I'm here in London, I'm at a bit of a loss. I should make this London thing work for me, and I don't know, maybe check on Wimbledon or horse racing dates or something. Then I can dress up and wear a big hat. That would be wonderful.

On a plus side, my friend Cassandra's 30th is in May and as a joint-celebration, she's flying out here! She'll already be gone by my birthday, but we'll have so many mini parties while she's here I'll have a nice stockpile to draw from.

And today, as a pre-birthday present to myself, I'm going to visit one of my favorite local shops and fondle all the silk flowers. You can never start celebrating too soon.

Big hugs and happy Saturday,


  1. haha! You're going as wild as I am! We'll have to postpone our joint-fiji-with-the-dolphin-souvenir birthday celebrations for the next really huge birthday, like 32.

  2. Seriously, I had the same tax panic this year. Who decided to skip over March and head straight into the middle of April? ;)

  3. Hey, I can come to London, and we can celebrate your 30th and 45th.

  4. Don't tease me, Gina!!

  5. and this is not about you either - hope alan enjoyed his birthday! i'm off to the ferry building - will say hello to everyone for you!

  6. Please buy and wear that fabulously big hat, even if you just wear it around town! How much fun would that be!

  7. Love it all! Especially that picture. Those trees make me happy too.
    I, too, am looking forward to the big 3-0 in a couple weeks. Sadly the Fiji vacation where I come back with a pet dolphin had to be postponed. But I may just splurge on a babysitter for a whole evening out.
    I think anything to which you can wear a fabulous hat is a must-do.

  8. By the time our 10 days of birthday celebration vacation is up you will be burn out of birthday celebrations! June will come and you will be like 30 what? I have so been there and done that!