When it comes to September and October, it's hard for me to concentrate. My wedding anniversary is at the end of September, my birthday is mid October, and then suddenly it's Halloween and the holidays. So, it's hard for me to keep up and do anything productive.
What people don't understand about me, is that I find all of this completely overwhelming. I can handle people saying HBD on social media but doing it in real life is absolutely too much! I don't know how to handle all the love and support people give, even when it's fleeting or no big deal to them. For me, it's like... excruciating and wonderful at the same time. It's on the level of "I'm not sure what to do with my hands?!?!"
I can be a social media butterfly but in real life, it takes a lot of work for me to accept generosity from people. That being said... let's roll out the thanks!!
My friends in Madison are really wonderful. I've said it before but Susan Siman is as good as gold. She always bakes cakes and makes sweet treats for people on their birthdays and this year meant so much to me. She is one of those true blessings and I'm so thankful for her.
My friend Gretchen dropped off a cupcake for me!! By the way, if you need a realtor, she's your gal.
My friend and 10 p.m. producer Steph got me an awesome gift card from Crema and I received so many cards - like from my dear friend Leah. Hannah bought me an after work cocktail and everyone was just super sweet and again, overwhemingly nice. My friend Nicole helped orchestrate a HBD surprise during the news! And, I did squeal like a little girl.
My parents and grandma also sent awesome cards. It's fun because my grandma and I have October birthdays so for years we've spent them together. It's been harder the older I get but I always think of her this time of year.
And last but not least is my husband, Jim. We celebrated at midnight with chocolate cheesecake and my favorite flower - calla lillies. Oh he stole a tradition from my family -- he gave me $36 this year for every year I've been alive! So that means I got a whopping $72 between him and my parents. And my grandma threw in some extra money on top of that, so basically, I'm rich.
Anyway, thank you all very much for my birthday wishes! This week is about to end and every year I get a little more reflective about my life and how blessed it is to be healthy and surrounded by good people.
I also think about my birth family on my birthday and I think it's really important for me to honor them during this time as well.