Sunday, December 02, 2007

Six sixes

I turned thirty six yesterday. Do you want to know the best thing about it? All year long, I've been thinking I was thirty six already. What a gift - an extra 365 days!



It made me think of my student days - I did a variety of part time jobs (supermarket shelf stacker, sweetie barrow salesgirl, contract dry stone walling, child minding, barmaid...) and when I got paid, I would put a £5 note in a random pocket of my clothing. I cannot tell you the you how much joy I generated for myself by coming across one unexpectedly during a lean week. Unexpected pleasures - they're the best.

41 comments:

Cosy said...

Happy birthday! And yay for found £5!

Lindy said...

Happy Birthday!!

Tamara said...

Happy Birthday! You're birthday is three days before mine. I am turning thirty three. I remember thinking my mum was so old when she was that age.Ha!

Kitty said...

You're not the only one who has done the 'random money' thing - I used to do it all the time, and still do sometimes! I recently put on a jacket I hadn't worn since last winter, only to find a £10 note in the pocket! It's such a lovely feeling - like getting a special gift.

Happy Birthday :-) x

lucykate crafts... said...

happy birthday for yesterday!, my husband did that last year. his birthday is on christmas eve so as we'd moved to a new area, we decided to have a christmas/house warming/birthday party, and on christmas eve morning he was going on about being 38, until i reminded him he was actually turning 37, and not 38. i think he even rang his mum to double check : )

Claudia said...

Happy birthday!
It is always fun to have surprises!
I also do it with candies;) But you have to wear your clothes often!!! You don't want a bad candy.

ljmax said...

My son keeps better track of my age than I do.
Hope you had a great day!

Momma Pajama said...

Happy Birthday, Ali! That's funny, I am the same way, I have to think twice, "Am I 41 or 42?" I also do the money thing. Hope you had a special day and blessings to you for your year to come!

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday!! I wish I could lose a year!
Finding a forgotten fiver has to be one of the best feelings and it doesn't happen nearly often enough!

Dallas said...

Happy Birthday! I like the Random Money idea. Whenever my husband goes on a trip, I hide little love notes in his pockets for him to find whenever he finally wears them and get an unexpected surprise.

Junie Moon said...

A very happy birthday to you! I'm sorry I'm late in sending you birthday greetings. How wonderful to "find" an extra year in your life.

Lala said...

Hi Ali!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ya!

Did the miscounting on my age too 2 years ago... thought I was going to be 38 when I was actually going to be 39... LOL... my MUM reminded me of my CORRECT AGE...

Hope your day was wonderful!

Lala

alice c said...

Happy Birthday - I hope that your boys spoilt you all day.

Monica said...

happy happy happy birthday!!

esmerelda said...

Happy Birthday! I love surprise five pound notes too, and how sweet that you hid one for yourself to find.

Kristy said...

Happy 36th! I love leaving myself pound notes to find it's such a thrill coming across them in bags and pockets!

kayla_d said...

Happy happy birthday!!

And I love this multiplication table photo!

nuttnbunny said...

Wishing you the happiest of happinesses.

Megan said...

Happy Birthday Ali! Enjoy your 'do-over'!

dottycookie said...

Happy Birthday!

The last time I did the random money thing I only found out after I'd washed the outfit - it's amazing how well five pound notes got through the spin cycle!

wayfarer said...

Happy birthday!

Rose Vintage said...

Happy Birthday!

Dry stone walling huh? I always wanted to have a go at that....

Candlestring said...

Ali~
I've been 36 for six months now. It's been a good year so far. And if 40 is the new 30... well, woohoo!

Many happy returns.

Share your latest life-plan-list with us, will you?

Dragonfly said...

Happy Birthday to you!

Cathy said...

Happy birthday! Hope you had a lovely day. I'm always forgetting how old I am and have to work forward from the year I was born. Who knows what I'll be like when I'm 70 something!
Cathy XX

kirsten said...

happy day, ali! hope it's a good one.

greetingarts said...

Happy birthday, Ali! I'm 36 too, and keep thinking I'm 35...

Have a wonderful year, I hope it brings even more than you wish for.

Louise said...

Happy Birthday Ali!! I hope they all spoilt you rotten! Gosh everyone is so much younger than me it seems! And yes 40 is the new 30 - I LOVE being in my 40's but then I really don't have a choice do I?!

feather nester said...

Happy Birthday! I turn 30 in about 10 days, but with a five-week old, alas, I doubt we'll do much to celebrate. So I'm declaring next year my 30th birthday. Does that mean this has to pretend to be my 31st? Anyway, hope you got to do something fun!

Victoria said...

Belated Birthday Greetings! Hope you were spoilt all weekend by the three chaps and enjoy a year full of happiness xx

julie said...

Happy Birthday Ali. It is funny how you start to loose track of how old you are once you hit 30! Hope you had a great day x

grumpy said...

How are you going to calculate your 37th Birthday with that gismo?

A very happy birthday nevertheless!

driftwood said...

happy birthday ! hope it was lovely, did you get cake?????

Joanna Butchart said...

happy birthday

capello said...

happy birthday!

(and woo hoo! an extra year!)

Di said...

Happy Birthday!! I love the idea of the found £5! Even now earning lots more money than in student days finding £5 is still a treat!!

Bev and Ollie "O" said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great day! x

Amy said...

Happy Birthday. I have trouble remembering my age too. I usually have to reference what year it is. I'm lucky that 1970 is pretty easy to do the math... Hope you had some special treats today.

Heidi said...

happy happy birthday! having been thirty six for 6 months, I can say it's a good year! I'll raise my ice cream spoon in your honor tonight!

Zoe said...

Happy belated birthday luvvy!

Z x

Poshyarns said...

Very happy (belated) greetings to you and I did chuckle because I have done the very same thing with my age, twice! I love the £5 thing, I sort of still do that in fact and the thrill is just the same!