Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Forty Is Fine And Fabulous

So yes, today is my birthday and yes, I'm forty years old. Navin R. Johnson's voice rings in my head, and my story, you ask? The one that goes it was never easy for me, I was born to hippies in 1971...I remember the days ridin' in the VW Bus and performing in musical theater in downeast Maine... Oh anyway, yes, I've had forty years on this good earth and though undeniably I'm aging, I don't feel all that old, except when I think about how lately people are complaining that hearing Kurt Cobain on the oldies station makes them feel old, well, 1971 begins to seem like days of yore when compared to 1994.

me, age 40
40 and fabulous!

And knowing myself, I knew I wanted to keep today simple, as in, no big bash for me, thanks (maybe later I'll throw a party when the my birthday isn't the focus) and as usual, Olivia, Adam and Alex lavished the love on me. We started the day with bagels, sweet cards, a bouquet of tulips and thoughtful gifts, including this (I had no idea a new one was out. Alex and I didn't love the last one, so we're keeping our fingers crossed, Jean Auel! I'm certain we'll still fight for dibs of this copy, regardless.)

Flowers for my 40th!

Then, because spring puts me in the mood for a mini-road trip and it's one of my favorite places to visit, we all went to Ikea together, where we had lunch, including cake, and did a small amount of shopping. Mostly we did what we always do when we visit and we took notes and snapped photos for our home idea book.

lunch at Ikea, a favorite
the movie producer and director meet
at Club IKEA

It's just inspiring and fun to be there and to examine ways to use space in our own home. More than anything, it was just a good way to spend the day with the people I treasure most. Forty is good. Forty is fine by me. Now excuse me while I go listen to a true oldie.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day. I loved 40. 43, not so much. ;P Ha! Happy Birthday to you!

  2. Happy Birthday! You look lovely. I too feel a bit old when I hear Kurt on the radio... because it seems like only yesterday when Nevermind was released...but OMG it was 20 years ago!

  3. Happy Birthday Amy! It looks like a wonderful way to celebrate.

  4. Happy Birthday!! I celebrated my 40th back in November flat on my back thanks to an unexpected hysterectomy....yours is looking even better now, isn't it??!! ;) So glad you enjoyed your day!!

  5. Amy! You are just a youngster! Happy Belated Birthday : )

  6. Happy Birthday Amy! 40 looks lovely on you.



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