|Before I made a wish—my Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake with candles!|
Another year gone by—what happened to the time?
It was a year ago yesterday — I had one of the worst birthdays in recent memory. Dreading another “big’ number, I tried to avoid a meltdown in 2011. It turned out that I almost forgot it was my birthday at all.
Stuck in awful traffic on I-95 coming back from Connecticut, a 45-minute trip took more than two hours. My entire block was chaotic while filming a movie scene, I was starving, and Bogey desperately needed a walk. Finally after 5 pm, I ate a leftover tuna fish sandwich. I signed on to Facebook and saw the dozens of birthday messages from so many, and I should have been thrilled. But I wasn’t. After a long, crappy afternoon in traffic (while starving and needing to pee), I wanted to forget what day it was. Happy Birthday to me!
My 2011 birthday week improved greatly when I celebrated with friends for the next few nights, had a surprise get-together waiting for me at home, and a romantic dinner the following night at Eleven Madison Park with my hubby. It turned out to be a birthday to remember after all.
This year was low-key, as I wanted. I slept in, then worked the remainder of the day (like any other Thursday). Hung out with a few friends by the Hudson in the evening, ate a burger, drank a couple of glasses of wine, and then indulged in the most amazing Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake. It was vanilla with vanilla icing, but this was no ordinary cake. This piece of dessert heaven had confetti sprinkles throughout the cake and icing, and also a delectable crunchy cake crumb mixture as the topping. And, we ate the WHOLE thing. Thank you Heather, Gary and Gypsy!
|Charlie’s Angels and Bosley–Which one am I?|
|The Hat and Goatee Men|
|From left: Raymona, Tracy, Scott, Bogey. Mike, Gary, Gypsy, and Heather|
Besides the little party last night (with cake), something was extra-special this year —the Facebook messages. These included: the standard (can’t go wrong with this one),”Happy Birthday,” “Have a great day,” “Happy day of your birth,” “Have a fab year in your favorite city,” among others.
This b-day, I received so many birthday thoughts and wishes from so many Facebook friends — I couldn’t keep count. They started at about 6 or 7 am, and continued until the early morning hours, or “the day after.” Perhaps a few more will trickle in today. My friends called me “beautiful,” “Wretched Woman,” (does this mean I’m a beautiful, yet wretched woman?), and an old ballet teacher sent musical notes in her wish. I guess she’s is a singer too?
I received messages in Spanish and Icelandic, got a big MUAH!, an E-card with a birthday song, and Happy Birthdays from some people on Facebook that aren’t even on Facebook (the power of Social Media!). Not to mention, someone even asked me for my phone number. Wow–46 isn’t so bad after all. (Someone stole Sally’s cell phone.)
My birthday will continue through the weekend, and no doubt, it will be memorable. But know that I appreciate all of your kind thoughts, sweet wishes, and the minute that you took out of your busy day to make my birthday unforgettable.
As I reflect on this past year of change, struggle, and uncertainty, I realize that no matter what, I’m blessed to have so many fantastic people in my life. And for now, I can continue to follow my dreams, which is the best birthday present a person could ask for.
As I start another year, and take each day as it comes, I’m not sure what the next year will hold for me. But I can only hope that this time in 2013, I’ll still be writing and living in New York. I hope that I’ll remember this birthday with love, and be thankful for another.