Monday Mayhem – Another year older…

…and not one bit more mature.


I contemplated this dichotomy as I slathered Oxy 10 on my face the other night (stupid hormones). Sometimes I feel like I’m just starting out. Others, I look back at what I’ve accomplished so far and I think, “Wow! I did that!”

Birthdays rarely get me down. No, I’m not crazy about getting older, but there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it, so that’s that. All I can do is keep moving forward and trying to grow. When my forties began, I resolved to try to lead a braver life.

This has been another big year of change. Some sad, some good, and some great. All in all, I’ve tried to not only stay in the moment, but to enjoy that moment to it’s fullest.

On Saturday, Fodder and I were out running errands. It was past lunch time and our tempers were getting a bit short, so we did the only thing a rational person could do in that situation: we stopped at the local ice cream parlor and ate sundaes for lunch.


This year, I made it my goal to ignore other people’s yardsticks and keep my eyes on my own paper. There are days when I’m better at this than others, but for the most part, it helps me lead a happier life.

Well, that and cake.

It’s my birthday today, and I want you to be happy too. If you were here, I’d buy us all one big cake to share. Since we aren’t able to celebrate together, I want you to do this: go buy some cake. A sheet cake, a layer cake, a cake you have to bake, or even just a cupcake. Buy yourself a piece of cake today and eat it. Because birthdays aren’t the only days that need to be celebrated and we all need more cake in our lives.

What can I say? I am a work in progress. I’m also a bad influence.

You like that about me.

Now, go forth and eat cake! Oh, and stick around for the next chapter, I think there’ll be some good stuff coming up.


10 Replies to “Monday Mayhem – Another year older…”

  1. Happy birthday, Friend. I will endeavor to eat cake. In the meantime I ate a moonpie. Have a fantastic day.

  2. Let them eat cake!

    Happy, happy birthday to you, my dear! It’s definitely been an exciting roller-coaster-ride of a year for you. Everyone should take the time to enjoy the little things in life, every accomplishment, no matter how small, and always, always get extra nuts on your sundae. 😀 Have a wonderful day and year, my friend!! xoxo

  3. It’s a well-known fact that short tempers and crankiness are cries for milkshakes. Chocolate ones. Or Oreos from a well-stocked purse. But what looks like a hot fudge sundae and giant cookies would work, too. I was thinking about making “Go forth and eat cake!” my motto, but for me personally, that verges on the dirty. And I know that you would never want anyone to think you write the dirty stuff. So I’ll just go eat a brownie instead and wish you the happiest of birthday!

  4. Strict orders to eat cake–yet another reason to love you to the moon and back! Happy birthday! xoxo

  5. Happy, happy birthday, Maggie. I love this post. “You like that about me.” How could I not?? lol. Many blessings in this new year of your life! That includes lots of ice cream. And lots of cake!

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