I’ve Crested the Hill

That’s what my sister-in-law told me today. As of today, I’m on the ‘downward slide’. Today is my birthday, and I’m 35. I’m one of those people who gets excited about birthdays–who cares if you’re another year older! Bring on the presents! Well, I got some good presents today (and the ones my sister gave me on Christmas day because I wouldn’t be seeing her on my big day on the slope, but let’s just say the day didn’t exactly go as planned and leave it at that.

My husband is out now, picking up Pei-Wei Spicy Chicken for dinner in hopes of making it a little bit extra special. He’s a sweetie. But I guess my birthday’s over for another year…at which time I’ll be making my way steadily down the hill. I look forward to it.

I hope everyone’s Christmas went well. Mine was surprisingly unstressful. My sister-in-law got caught in the Denver blizzard and so arrived late, causing plans to change, and giving me two full days of cooking, cleaning, and de-stressing with my family. So I can’t complain. Interestingly enough, I didn’t get one book for Christmas, but you can bet I’ll be spending some (or all) of my Christmas money on them. And in a surprise twist, my husband was reading over my shoulder when I commented on Colleen Gleason’s blog that those book weights looked really useful. So I did get one of those.

I also got the Wee Garden miniature book for my birthday from my brother, plus a few little starter items for my own ‘wee garden’. They’re adorable. I also received The Devil Wears Prada DVD, and I’m hoping to watch it tonight…

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Thanks for the Merry’s!

Posted in Uncategorized on 12/28/2006 02:31 am


  1. Hope you had a fab birthday. Yikes, the downward slide…. sounds painful!

  2. Oh, you’re just a baby! I love birthdays too. Happy, happy birthday and lots of good wishes for the year ahead!

  3. Happy birthday Alyssa! I still have two and a half years till 35. I hope I handle it as well as you. I love presents too, so I don’t normally mind birthdays. :)

  4. “cresting that hill”? Wow, that’s depressing! There’s always some killjoy hanging aroud to say something like that on your birthday! Happy birthday to you anyhow!
    That Wee Garden book is too cute!

  5. Angela/SciFiChick

    Happy Birthday!
    I love that bookweight thing.. I had to buy one for myself when I saw it on Colleen’s blog. I also bought one for my father for Christmas.. they make great stocking stuffers.

  6. Hope you had a great birthday.

    Actually, the downslide slide sounds fun to me. Really, who LIKES walking/biking uphill?

  7. Happy Birthday, Alyssa!!! My 35th is just a couple years away and I hope to take it in stride just like you! :)

    Glad to hear you had a good Christmas. Hope your New Year’s celebrations are good as well!

  8. Catherine Avril Morris

    Happy happy birthday! Have fun on the downward slide, hahaha… :)

  9. Happy Birthday!!! I can vouch for life post-35…it’s quite nice, with much to recommend it :)

    Take yourself to the bookstore for a birthday shopping spree (tell hubby you need some new, unbroken-in books to try out that book weight!)


    Glad to hear you had a stress free holiday! I hope you have a fun day today!

  11. Colleen Gleason

    Oooh! I love the Devil Wears Prada…and you know I love the leather bookweight!

    And you’re not on the downhill slide until you hit at least 45. Didn’t you know that? (Believe me, I know. I’m still climbing the hill too.)

    Happy Birthday!

  12. Alyssa Goodnight

    Thanks, you guys, for all the good wishes! My sister-in-law is actually further down the slide than I am, so I’m guessing she just likes the company on this side…

    Great idea, Trish! A browse through the bookstore sounds lovely!

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