Thursday, 8 November 2007

b-day

you say it's your birthday...

i'm 32 today. yep, the big three two. and while i'm not overly concerned about my age, i'm finding myself in a very contemplative space this week. thinking about my life, my current one and how easily satisfying it is, how lucky i am to have the family that i do and the friends that i do and the outlets for my creativity that i do, but also about past lives, past friends, past routines and places that i've lived in my 32 years. so many familiar times and places that are so far away from where i am now in my life, both mentally and physically. as i wrapped up packages to send out on tuesday, i put on a mix of songs from my early twenties, those heady brit pop days of vodka lemonade, dancing til the lights came on and broken hearts all around. while you couldn't pay me enough to leave my life now and relive that one all over again, i felt a small, sad kernel of nostalgia for friendships that have faded away and for the community of music that we had all built around ourselves. bittersweet, i think, is the best way to put it.

but i'm 32 and happy with where i am now and the path that i seem to be ambling along. there is japanese dinner tonight with good friends and a visit with my father-in-law in bendigo this weekend to look forward to. there are photographs to take, an overlocker to play with (i got it out of the box!!), country op shops to pillage, a community of inspiring bloggers to visit, a dachshund to play with and a husband to smooch. things are pretty good : )

31 comments:

  1. kirsten12:46 pm

    always good to make time for some reflections - i think it can help to provide future focus and direction. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and great to hear your have dug that overlocker out - enjoy. :)

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  2. Happy Birthday.
    Don't worry about getting older life actually get better,well apart from health worries it does.
    That's how it's been for me anyway so I hope it is for you too.

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  3. Happy birthday! Good luck with the overlocker and those country op shops!

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  4. Happy, happy Birthday! Birthdays are always a good time to reflect on all the good times and blessings you've had over the years, and to be able to look forward to the future with much anticipation!

    I hope you have lovely day and a wonderful weekend. Can't wait to see what you uncover from the country op shops!

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  5. oh leslie, happy birthday!! :) it's so funny, i was going to write 'i had no idea it was today' and then i realized that of course i had no idea!!

    all of your words of support + encouragement have meant so much to me, you are such a sweet person and are so talented :) i hope your birthday is wonderful + i'm sending you lots of happy wishes for the upcoming year.

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  6. Happy Birthday Leslie. I hope you will enjoy being 32. It's been a bit of a transitional year for me, but like you said, there is a lot to be grateful for.

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  7. Happy Birthday Leslie! I wish you lots of happiness and fond memories to reflect on. Have fun in the country & bring back some nice goodies ;)

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  8. Happiest of happy birthdays!

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  9. Happy Birthday, sweetheart.....
    I hope you're having a wonderful day.
    Ahhhh... nostalgia! When I get nostalgic, it's for times when I didn't even have a clue what it meant to feel nostalgic!
    I hope you get lots of cake and presents and love,

    Leah xx

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  10. happy birthday...this was such a nice reflection. -kb

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  11. Happy Big Three-Two, Lester!!! It's always bittersweet to indulge in a little birthday reflection. I'm very excited to watch your progress (personal and professional) ever striving upwards in everything you pursue. Here's to the past and forthcoming years - you are a remarkable woman, an inspiration, and last but not least, a great old chum!
    Best wishes,
    Sarah

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  12. Happy birthday, leslie. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead.

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  13. A very happy birthday to you Leslie! I hope it's a good one :)

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  14. Ooo Happy Birthday! Those cakes look delish.

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  15. 32 is great - I had a blast all year. May it bring you great joy!
    Nan xx

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  16. 32 is a good age to be....happy birthday! And well done on opening the overlocker box.

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  17. Haaappy Birthdaaaaay!!!

    An overlocker! Now that's one good way to celebrate :)

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  18. Happy Birthday Leslie, I hope you had a wonderful day and have a lovely weekend.

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  19. Happy 32nd, Leslie! I'm so glad your tea arrived in time for your birthday. Enjoy your dinner, your doggie, your husband, your weekend and your year :-)

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  20. Happy Birthday!!! :)

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  21. Happy Birthday!!!

    those treats look incredible.

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  22. Happy Happy!!!!... Hope you are having an incredible day today, Leslie. Its amazing how our lives are divvied up into chapters, seemingly distant past lives once had and such.. yes, we all know that feeling well. Its fantastic, really. To realize oneself in so many different ways. Cheers to you and your memories! They really are always exciting to ponder, aren't they?.. And yes, those treats look scrumptious!!

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  23. Mefuza2:54 am

    Happy Birthday Leslie! Wishing you a great 32. I hope all your wishes come true.

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  24. Happy Birthday Leslie. 32 is good. Enjoy!

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  25. Happy Birthday - I hope all your dreams come true this year!

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LESLIE!!! Hey, it's mine too!!!! I forgot, your my birthday twinnie!!! We are both Nov. 8th and year of the bunny!!!

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  27. Wishing you a wonderful birthday . . .

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  28. Happy birthday - so many blessings to count - enjoy your 30's. It only gets better!

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  29. Happy birthday to you! The first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.

    Love your site by the way. It's so colorful and fresh.

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  30. Happy Birthday! I hope your day was lovely.

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  31. I am a bit late, but Happy Birthday! :)
    I hope it was a wonderful day:)

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