Yessiree Bob! I'm forty one today! Forty one years ago today the doctor knocked my mother out and yanked me from her nether regions! (I'm sure Mom enjoyed reading THAT statement - you're welcome, Mom!)
I've avoided my birthday like the plague this year. Been broody and sulking. Ugly attitude building for a couple of days prior. Actually, I spend many birthdays like this. I realized today (as I've realized several years running) that I have birthday expectations that are never met. They're also never vocalized by me. So I can't expect the people around me to throw me a big party and invite everyone on my list if I never say anything and don't give anyone the list of people with whom I want to celebrate, can I? No. I can't. So I hate my birthday.
Anyone else hate their birthday? Today, this first day of the forty first year of life for me, is an attempt to reverse my attitude, ugly as it is. I know I already have Pay It Forward gifts to send, but I'm having a contest today! Let's see ... what should I give on this, the sulkiest of days? Excuse me - the most exciting of days! And how do I determine who will be the recipient? Hmmm. Let me think ...
Aha! The gift to you, the Birthday Extravaganza winner, will be a tote bag from Fred & Bessie's shop! And because I'm in sewing and smocking mode at the moment, it will be one of my favorite sewing bags. Heh. It will be this one:
Isn't that fun? And how to choose a winner ... I guess it will have to be random. You all have until Tuesday the 14th at midnight to leave comments on this post. I'll show great restraint and not post all weekend (alright, it's not restraint - I'll be working anyway). So leave a comment! I'll count each name once, unless you link to this contest on your blog, then I'll count your name three times. What fun!
So Happy Birthday to Me!