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My (2nd Annual) 28th Birthday


No, this isn't a post about that birthday tradition where people are so terrified of turning 30 that they stop counting at 29 and hold an annual celebration instead.

Today is my 2nd annual 28th birthday, because this I have spent the entire past year genuinely believing I was 28. Which I was not.

I can't really tell you where the whole "I've incorrectly stated my age for the entire last year" pheneomenon started. Looking back, I do vaguely remember being excited by the presence of a 7 in my age (my favorite number to write- add THAT to your official Fun Facts About Lulu list).

Is it because there wasn't a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounding my actual birthday day last year? I had decided to discontinue the habit of taking a vacation day from work off each birthday (well, I didn't actually HAVE any vacation days to take off, since I had used up EVERY vacation day for the entire year by May 1st for our wedding and honeymoon. Leaving me with ONE bloody vacation days for 8 months of work. But I digress.) so maybe the lack of birthday attention contributed to the mishap.

Or maybe it was the fact that the Mr.'s a wee bit older than I am, and I've been focusing so much on his turning 30 next March, that I just sort of felt like I was close to 30 as well.

It could have also been that phenomenon that seems to occur where all 20-something ages, after you turn 25, seem to become fuzzy and sort of run together. Kind of like your memories of partying in college. (Not that I did any of that.) I know I'm not the only one who's made this general observation on the "late twenties haze", so I know it could have been a factor.

No matter the cause, the simple fact remains that I've honest-to-goodness thought I was 28 for the past 12 months. Case in point:

- While getting to know my new boss better, he asked my age (very courteously, I might add, which men have seemed to have forgotten these days.) "Why, I don't mind you asking at all- I'm 28 years old" was my reply.

- While signing up for a membership at the local YMCA, I noticed that the staff quoted a different membership price than the one the Mr. had researched for me. "Well ma'am, the $30 fee is for those 27 years old and younger," the kid replied. "Oh, that SILLY husband of mine!" was my response. "He doesn't even know how old I am, and we've been together for 5 years!" So I signed up for the 28+ membership, which was $15 more per month.

-The final straw? While booking Miss E's flight reservation for our recent trip to BlogHer, I had an epiphany. Which led to me freaking the heck out, because I felt AWFUL for not making a bigger deal out of E's birthday 2 weeks prior. Because it was her 30th birthday and OMG what kind of friend am I for missing her 30th birthday! So I do what any self-respecting friend would do- text another person for ratting myself out on being such a bad friend.

To which our dear friend Lonnie told me that I must be smoking crack, because E just turned 29. Because she's a smidge over a year older than us. Because we're 27.

Because *we're* 27.

Ahem. I was 27.

So happy 28th year of life to me. Again.

xoxo,
Lulu
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Ashley said...

Ha, I have the same problem, except I'll be turning 29 on Friday. The years all go hazy once you hit 26.

Kate said...

I spent all last year saying I was 27. I was 26. Whenever I had to put age on any application, I'd put 27... and then I'd pause and do the math. Usually I'd do it wrong and still put 27. Sometimes I'd realize 2009 minus 1983 equals TWENTY-SIX and correct my error.... only to promptly forget the next time age came up. It's made ACTUALLY BEING 27 a challenge.

Happy Birthday!!!

Little Miss Diva said...

Happy Birthday Lulu!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I have no idea how old I am. This entire past year I've said 28 when I'm 27. Sometimes I say 26. Then I have to add on my fingers how old I actually am. I never got to enjoy 27 as I never really realized I was 27. I'm only 27 for one more month. I should try to enjoy it. Whatevs, it's all a blur.

Happy Birthday! Live it up this weekend!

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Happy, happy birthday! Hope this year is your best ever!

Mojito Maven said...

Happy happy birthday!! xoxoxox

Alyssa said...

HAPPY {belated}Birthday! You have the same birthday as my best friend and my sister. It's a good one :) Saw on twitter your hub comes home soon - YAY!

Which reminds me - I got a friend request from you but had to reinstate my account and lost all my requests. Sorry! Send me another?

Seriously Jess said...

hahah, I love this post! I totally understand the age thing, except that I start to answer "I'm 23" which to then I realized, "oh wait, no, I'm 27." Ugh.

Pink Champagne said...

Happy 28th birthday again, doll! I will be celebrating my 27th (I think?!?) birthday next, and I have to stop and think from time to time too. Oh the woes of the late twenties!

The Waspy Redhead said...

I'm sitting here honestly a little stumped about if I'm 27, 28 or 29. Its 28 for the record - but I REALLY had to think about it. I think this is totally normal. Basically anything 27 + just seems so freakin old that the finite details of the year aren't important.

Happy Birthday!

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megan. said...

hilarious. I love this post.

Running 365 said...

That is too funny! Happy Birthday, anyway though!

My sisters and I were always horrified and shocked at the little details my mother couldn't remember (how old she was, whether her sister spelled her name "Sara" or "Sarah," what the passcode was to get into the hospital- Yep, she's a doctor and couldn't even remember this stuff).

And then I became an adult. My younger sisters are now pretty shocked and horrified when I have to say, "Hmmm..." before I remember my age, but it will happen to them soon!

Barefoot in the Park said...

HA i did the same thing at whole foods a few weeks ago and about 3 days before my 27th birthday. i left my ID in the car and he asked and I said "oh I'll be 28 in a few days, do you want me to run out to the car and prove it"

good thing he didnt make me because it would have told him i, in fact, was turning 27 in a few days. harumph.

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Leigh said...

That is hilarious! I just wrote a post about how I don't feel my age but I generally tend to remember how old I am:) Happy birthday!

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瑰潼 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。............................................................

Sherrie said...

ROTFLMAO

I did that once in the reverse. It was my friend's birthday and we were celebrating and I told her I thought I was a year older than her. She said, "you are" at that moment I realized I was not in fact, 32, but 33. I have thought for months I was 32. LOL

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