As a Matter of Course

Posted by on July 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm :: No Comments

Birthdays, those annual reminders that we are growing older and will someday have less years in front of us than behind us, are unwelcome by many. However, I am not one of those many. As far as I’m concerned, looking back is a waste. Why squander time mourning the loss of time? Isn’t that doubling your losses? I’m not going to spend my awesome “now” moments lamenting wrinkles or passed decades. No way, I plan on rocking this party ‘til I drop.

Doesn't our group look amazing all harnessed up? Safety has its price: ugliness.

Doesn’t our group look amazing all harnessed up? Safety has its price: ugliness.

Since I don’t have an aversion to birthdays, I was happy to oblige Jason’s scheme of holding another grandiose bash for mine. Although every year I tell him that such celebrations aren’t necessary, I am always happy to get together with my many fabulous friends. Jason, once again, did a great job planning a fine event. Nearly twenty of us met up at Provo Beach Resort to hit their ropes course. If you’ve never done a ropes course before, it’s more of an adrenaline rush than you’d think. Sure, you’re hooked in and you can’t fall but try telling your brain that. It’s one thing to just hang around up high and something else entirely to convince your legs to move across a tiny board at intimidating heights. Fortunately, the stress of the course only put one of our participants in tears.

Heights and I don't get along very well but I told my pounding heart to shut up and I took those skinny beams on.

Heights and I don’t get along very well but I told my pounding heart to shut up and I took those skinny beams on.

After we’d had lots of line time, we tested our sweet laser dodging moves in the resort’s Lazer Frenzy maze. It turns out that none of us really have any sweet laser dodging moves. Drat! I guess Catherine Zeta-Jones is on her own.

Although you are safely strapped in, trying to make your legs go places your brain says they shouldn't takes some gumption.

Although you are safely strapped in, trying to make your legs go places your brain says they shouldn’t takes some gumption.

Next, we walked across the street to Malawi’s Pizza and feasted on some of my favorite pie. Our giant table of boisterous gobblers probably disturbed a number of the other dinners but that didn’t stop everyone from increasing their volumes even further with a few belted birthday verses. Yes, I was sung to and presented with fine gifts like LOTR PEZ dispensers. One PEZ to rule them all!

Jeremy was intimidated by the distance to the ground too but he got over his fears and started climbing around like the monkey he is.

Jeremy was intimidated by the distance to the ground too but he got over his fears and started climbing around like the monkey he is.

I've got some superb friends. I like to laugh and they make sure I do often.

I’ve got some superb friends. I love to laugh and they make sure I do often.

Following dinner, most of us challenged each other to a game of Miniature Croquet, which was surprisingly quite fun. The competition was intense though and I think more than one husband may have had to sleep on the couch as a result.

Andrew and Adam pulled off the aristocratic condescension befitting a croquet match quite well. Practice makes perfect.

Andrew and Adam pulled off the aristocratic condescension befitting a croquet match quite well. Practice?

The handful of partiers that still had a few bits of energy and vocabulary in them joined us back home after all that for some games even though it was almost midnight. It was nearly 3 AM before we gave up on 25 Words or Less but I think some of us should have given up much sooner. (And, of course, by “some” I mean the people not on my team.)

I have one terrific husband. He makes me feel special everyday.

I have one terrific husband. He makes me feel special every day.

I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday shindig. Thanks for celebrating me everyone. Here’s to another year older and another year feistier!

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