The Big Two Eight

So, today is my birthday [please, no pressure to sing a tune for me] and I'm officially 28 years of age.


No, it's not ancient but it's not 'young' either. It's a nice in between age that definitely puts me over the 'mid-twenties' range and into the shocking 'late-twenties' bracket, because the jump from 27 to 28 seems enormous in my head. I'm not dramatic at all, am I? Birthdays make me introspective each year, and because I'm a diva and it's myyyyyy day, I get to ramble a little bit more on this post.

Anyway, today was literally like any other day because I worked a full 8 hours, then hit it hard at the gym, and then made myself some leftovers for dinner. You see, I didn't feel right asking off at work considering that I get the privilege of a three day work week anyway. Wedding season starts with a bang this weekend and we'll hold it down in the STL with intensity for sure. I love weddings, in case you didn't notice.

Then Nate had a volleyball game tonight and as much as I enjoyed smothering him with a guilt trip about missing an actual birthday dinner, it really wasn't a huge deal to me. We went to dinner with his parents on Saturday and just the two of us are going out tomorrow night, too, so really....what more could a girl ask for? Reheated stir fry alone will do for this old hag.

I decided to make use of my free time after work while Nate was being all athletic and stuff, and brought it at the gym. More on this later, but I had an epiphany about this next marathon. Big ideas, new thoughts, and a whole lotta renewed excitement over here. It might have something to do with my husband being a freaking psycho researcher with the following display of dork-ism. A few of these were purchased and most were rented from the 'brary. But dude, nobody could ever accuse him of jumping into something without analyzing every detail. [Yep, that quality makes my heart pitter patter. Was there any doubt?]

someone is a researcher
More on my newfound running mojo later. I'm so into it.

But the whole point of this post is this: how did people ever feel loved on their birthdays before facebook/the internets/text messaging/cell phones? Really. I don't know how I survived the multitude of birthdays before today. I feel so special, so important, so popular---which is exactly how a girl should feel on the day of her birth, right? A ridiculous amount of people left me a note on FB, I got a few emails, texts [and as a person that is NOT hip on the text messaging fad this is a big deal], and voicemails all of which did their job in making my day happier. I truly enjoy feeling 'connected' to people and technology makes it so much easier. Maybe I'm just now realizing this connection is why I spend a significant amount of time on the internet, especially at a time in my life when I'm geographically distant to my old comfort zone of home. See? There I go again, getting all deep on you again. I'll stop now but moral of the story is I heart technology because it makes me feel special.

Speaking of special, please don't be creeped out by my newest craft:
creepy much?
No, that isn't the creepy ghost lady from The Ring. That's Kim, my friend who is living in Korea. She is a part of our 'fab five' group of girls and since Kristen is getting married this weekend, making her number four out of five to don a wedding dress, our group will be severely lacking one important key member. We are all sad Kim will miss this occasion but I decided to take matters into my own hands. Now we will have the complete group in our pictures, at least!
kim on a stick

That is Kim's head on a stick and I'm sure she will make an appearance in many hilarious pictures this weekend. Isn't she fabulously creepy and awesome, all rolled into one? I love it.

So that's all I have for you on my first day of being 28. I'm off to play with my new toys now since Nate got me a tripod for the SLR, a new hot pink Nike running tank, and his parents gave me money for a new dress to wear on our many wedding excursions. Shopping?!?! Pink running attire??? AND something photography related? You'd think they would know me better than that by now:)


  1. I can't believe I'm the first one:
    Love the friend on a stick, too!

  2. Happy Birthday! I know I don't "know" you but you make the third person I know who has a birthday today and the second who is turning 28. Today is a popular birthday date!!

  3. Happy Birthday Julia!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Julia!!

    And Kim on a stick is way too funny...can't wait to see the pics. :)

  5. enjoy your new tripod, Birthday Girl! you're seriously going to love it! its a lot easier than holding your breath for 5 frames to get a sharp shot, that's for sure.

  6. Happy 2-8!! Having just had a birthday I know the introspective feeling. It's weird this growing up stuff.

  7. Happy birthday! Welcome to the 2-8 club ... the late twenties ... how did this happen? Hope you have a great birthday week!

  8. Yay! Happy Birthday!! You know that saying, "misery loves company"? Well, I can't lie. I turned THE BIG TWO EIGHT on April 21st, and I am so happy that you know EXACTLY how I feel! We're not old, we're not young. But we do rock. Happy 28!!!!

  9. Happy Birthday!

    What's that Tri book doing in your stack??? Hmmmm??? ;)

    Love your friend's head on a stick!

  10. Happy Birthday! Hope your bday dinner with Nate is super great (didn't mean to rhyme). I can't believe you are only 28. You are so wise for your lack of years. Cheers to a great 29th year.

  11. All my friends are within an hour of me, yet I still want to put their heads on sticks...weird?

    Happy 28th!

  12. Well, Happy Birthday..a little late. Found you by blog hopping :)

  13. i'm really late on this one but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! i will be the big 3-0 this year and i am freaked!


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