Weekend roundup

1. Remember the birthday dress I was raving about? Here it is:

2. It’s a furlough day at work, and the very first in which I am NOT there for it. Hurrah!

3. Having a car in desperate need of repair has kept me in the house (or, local, as far as getting to work and out for groceries). I’ve been watching bad daytime TV, cooking and hanging with the kittens. And I am loving every second of it!

4. A special thank-you to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes and/or gifts. You’ve made my passage into my 30th year (there! I said it!) incredibly memorable and special. I anticipated this would be a lonely voyage, but several of you went out of your way and then some to celebrate with me. You know who you are, even if you’ll never read this tribute. 🙂

5. Shan gave me the best advice on turning the big 3-0: “Admitting you’re 30 isn’t easy — it takes courage, confidence, a positive attitude … and at least five or six years.” (She should know — she’s 36!)

6. While we’re on memorable quotes, Angie would be upset if I didn’t record yesterday’s quote of the day: “I could stick a pen in my twat and gyrate over a notebook, and I’d still write something better than most of my columnists!” (I said this with all seriousness — I wasn’t trying to be funny at all, but she was in hysterics. So here it is.)

7. The universe is working as it should be. Really, turning 30 is the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time — it put my world into an entirely new perspective. This is the decade of no more excuses, procrastination or wishing. This is the time to make it happen. I feel like I have always done “the right thing,” but my motivation sometimes came from a sense of guilt or false indebtedness. No more. My motivation will always come from serving my best interests first. This is the year I start my business(es) — the year I preserve, protect and promote myself like I never have. Expect big things from me, friends. And I will expect the same of you when you are ready. 🙂

8. I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish you a wonderful, healthy and safe Memorial Day weekend. I personally will be avoiding D.C. like the plague, but I do have trips to the WWII Memorial and Arlington Cemetery scheduled for June. I appeciate that I live in the heart of the nation, and I don’t want to see all the sights I’ve been missing when lost among a throng of cars and pedestrians. But I still want to see everything. So I’m going to make a concerted effort to do just that. I want to experience it all, and there’s no reason why I can’t. Carpe diem, friends. 🙂

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