Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Yes, I turned 40. Aren't you proud of me? It took a lot of hard work and effort, but I did it. (My birthday was January 14, but I'm accepting belated birthday greetings as well as gifts of cash, stocks, and real estate.)

Well, actually, the real accomplishment is that I turned 40 without having a nervous breakdown or a mid-life crisis, and I didn't stay in bed all day in an attempt to make it go away. I went out and enjoyed myself.

I dropped the kids off at school and then I came back home to catch up on some sleep. Then I went out shopping. Kind of hard to do when the hubby says we're not buying anything for the next 3 years, but I'm a master bargainer. I sneaked my shopping trip in "under the radar". I hit some thrift stores, grocery stores, and of course, no shopping trip would be complete without a stop at Kohls, my favorite haunt. I love that store, because even if you only have $2.81 to spend, you can find something at Kohls - they always have great sales and clearances.

So, that was a fun way to spend my birthday. I even went to Wendy's for lunch and bought myself a Frosty - without the guilt! And we made nachos for dinner. Pretty simple.

Friday night, my hubby hosted a party for me. And by "hosted", I mean that when I called everyone to tell them about the party, I could say, "My husband is hosting a birthday party for me and you're invited." He's not really into all the details. But it was a very nice time and I was honored by all the friends who came to pay their condolences.

The hardest part was wrapping my mind around the number 40. As I lay in bed the night of my birthday, the number entered my mind repeatedly: "I'm 40. . . . .I'm 40. . . .. oh, my gosh, I'm really 40!!!"

I remember when my mom turned 40. I was 16 years old and we had a party for her. How can I be as old as my mom? Oh well, as they say, age is just a number. You're only as old as you feel. You're still young at heart. Yada yada yada.


  1. Happy Birthday!!

    Do you know you have Martha Coakley ads on your blog? Icky!

  2. Ah...40 is nothing! Happy belated, glad it was a good day and just think...you never have to worry about turning 40 again!

  3. Glad you had some fun on your birthday!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN! I'm hitting that number in October, so you're not alone - a lot of us are right on the cusp :) I remember my mom turning 30 - I think I was 8 at the time. It seemed SO OLD (oh to be only 30 again!)

    You're only as old as you are in your head, so think young! I hope you enjoyed your day.

  5. I'm only a couple of years behind you! So, I hope I can handle it without a breakdown too! My breakdown actually came at age 25. My life was planned out (by me). I was suppose to be married with a kid by then. It was the worst birthday I've ever had. A total breakdown. I'm just glad that God's plans are better than mine!

  6. You did it!!!! And I have to say you did it better than me! I went into a funk and I haven't recovered yet.

    Yay for you! Sounds like you had a good day -- frosty and everything!



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