Monday, February 18, 2013

A Party? For Me? Um, No Thanks, I’ll Pass...

So last week I turned 48, and although I am still part of the 40s club, it won’t be for much longer. In two years I will be joining the 50s club that my husband has been a part of for a few years. He tells me that it’s a fine old (no pun intended) club and that there are advantages to joining. Like ‘freedom 55’, which wasn’t the best example because neither of us is likely to experience retirement that early. In fact, ‘Freedom 65’ isn’t looking very good either right about now. But then there are coupons and discounts offered in some places when you’re 55 and older, he says, and I guess that’s pretty cool. And there is also the possibility of becoming a grandmother while in that club, which hopefully won’t be happening until my late 50s, but a good thing should it happen at some point. So there are some attractive perks coming up.


A while back, he wanted to know how I’d like to celebrate that milestone. Whether I want a party (so much for surprising me!) or whether I’d prefer to take a trip somewhere. Well...gee now, let me mull this over...  Party...or...vacation? Hmmm...

What do you think I picked?

Oh, come now...you can do it...

Well, of course I chose a vacation! In fact, I answered him right away because, really, how hard can it be for someone like me to choose? Did you forget that I’m an introvert? And being an introvert, do you really think I’d prefer a party with a lot of small talk, noise, socializing --- and where I’m going to be the center of attention --- over a vacation? Over an opportunity to visit another part of the world? Over a chance to relax. Take photographs. Spend quality time with the most amazing man in the world. Get away from responsibility. Chores. And more chores. I mean, come on. This question was answered even before he asked it. But I suspect he already knew that.


So, there is something wonderful to look forward to in a couple of years. Where will we be headed? I have no idea. There is a huge list of places I’d love to visit in the world, but we’ll make that decision when we come to it. It will all depend on what’s going on at the time in our lives. And how far our financial situation will allow us to travel. Thank goodness it’s not right now because we’d be headed as far as one tank of gas would take us!

28 comments:

  1. Belated Birthday Greetings, Martha! Neither of you actually looks your age. Like I said before, there must be something in the Canadian water that's preserving you all. I'd much rather have a holiday than a party. No contest. I wonder where you'll end up going?

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    1. Thanks, Sulky. It's either the water, or the cold. Perhaps we're just frozen :) Yes, holidays any time for me, too! There are so many places I want to visit that I'm not sure where to start!

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  2. Bestest birthday wishes, Martha! Those cartoons cracked me up, as usual.

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    1. Thanks, Debra. We may as well laugh (especially at ourselves) whenever we can :)

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  3. Wishing you another 48 with health and fulfillment.

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    1. Thank you, Doug. Those two things are all I ask for.

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  4. Aw, happy belated birthday! And here's wishing you and your husband joy and fulfillment for decades more. I think it's your wonderful warmth and sense of humour that keeps you looking so darn young!!

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    1. You may be right. I think people that are generally miserable age faster --- in every way!

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  5. Happy b-day! Yes 50 is a milestone. One day when i was in university someone told my favourite prof that his wife was very beautiful. "Of course she's beautiful," he said, "She's 50!" What a great guy!

    Oh and I see you are being plagued by anonymous and his comments too. Irritating but funny. Nice to know that he had a fastidious when he visited your blog. he never gets them at my site! :D

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    1. Francie, that is definitely a great guy! What a wonderful comment - and compliment - to make. A wise man :)

      Anonymous has been bothering me a lot lately, but most of the time his/her comments end up in the spam folder. The one you saw got away, but I've deleted it. All gone!

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  6. My mom took it pretty hard when she hit 50. Now she's glad she's not 60 yet

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    1. Oh, that's awful. I hope she doesn't have a hard time at 60.

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  7. Happy belated birthday!! And by the way, age is a state of mind :)

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    1. Thanks. Age is definitely a state of mind. Why not just enjoy the time you have, which passes very quickly, instead of worrying about how old you are?

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  8. I am right behind you on the age. But I truly still feel very young. Hopefully that will continue.

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    1. I do, too. I'm enjoying my life, and don't want to waste time on worrying about getting older.

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  9. HeeHee The Boobie Brothers.

    I turn 40 this year and am pretty excited about that!It's really neat to be getting "up there". Not as scary as I thought it'd be when I was a wee 20.
    I'm with ya, travel over party. Gah, the thought of that terrfies me. But travel...oh travel, how I love thee.

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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    1. 40? You're still a spring chicken, girl...LOL...

      Yes, travel! Oh, how I love it. If I won the lottery that's what I would do several times a year...travel, travel, travel!

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  10. Such a good choice Martha! And I totally understand since I live with an introvert! He still talks about the party I threw for him on his 50th! That was before I accepted and understood his feelings about such things. Too late! It was a blast!
    Now you have two years to decide where to go. Have fun!
    Those cartoons are hilarious!

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    1. I'm sure that once Ron got over the initial shock (and stress :), it must have been fun. BUT DON'T DO IT AGAIN...lol...

      Yes, two years of figuring out where we will go. That's the fun part!

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  11. I LOVE FLEETWOOD CRACK!

    Happy Belated....suggestion put your year in your stats on FB and I'll get the heads up...and I won't ever forget or miss it again...bad Ron!

    Yes, Jimbo surprised me on my 50th and yes it was fun but I put my foot down for the 60th...nothing has happened yet...do you think I can trust there won't be a surprise party again? Better not be!!

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    1. Not to worry about my birthday, please! It's not a bid deal. But thank you for the wishes...belated or not.

      Make sure you put BOTH feet down for the 60th birthday. Perhaps you can take a nice trip together and celebrate that way. It's always fun to travel!

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  12. Hello, I found you quite by accident but just when I really needed that laugh! Can't wait to peruse the rest of your blog! and visit me at http://lillinda51.blogspot.com/ also!Linda

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed. I'll check out the link you provided.

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  13. Oh Martha, I laughed all the way through this! Belated birthday greetings, by the way. I'm staring at 63 in a few weeks. Ron hit his in January and survived, so I think I will too. Life just gets better and better. I'd have taken the trip too, hands down. I'm an introvert too, and I am quite happy out of the limelight! Just think of all the fun you'll have anticipating!

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    1. I know. It's the anticipation of it all that is exciting! And I certainly have enough time to research about places that interest me. There are so many to choose from!

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  14. LOL I love laughing the band one was real good!!!!
    ;) Alice

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    1. That one is hilarious! Making fun of getting older lightens it up a little.

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