Happy Birthday to me and Happy Birthday to Withywindle.
I just so happened to start Withywindle on my birthday last year.
You see, I’ve always been a writer.
I wrote short stories as a kid. I didn’t want to be a princess. I didn’t want to be a ballerina, or a marine biologist or a movie star. I wanted to write and illustrate books. In kindergarten we had to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. I drew a lady holding a book with the word “authir” next to it.
(Although, a year later, according to the first grade yearbook, I had changed my mind and wanted to become a Mary Kay.)
I was the Features Editor of my high school newspaper and the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper. I have a degree in writing. My first job was at a magazine. And, as you may know, I read like a fiend. The concept of Word is inescapable to me.
After I graduated from college, I followed my passion for graphic design and that is where my professional life has taken me.
A little over a year ago I ran into an old newspaper friend at the library (the social scene for logophiles).
“What are you writing these days?” he asked. Surprised at myself, I had to tell him I was writing nothing. In fact, I couldn’t remember writing anything notable in the two years since my senior thesis paper.
He shook his head. “That’s not good,” he said, “You have to keep with your writing.” I agreed.
That night I went home and started Withywindle. Something I never really intended to do, but I can’t journal consistently. I’ll journal every day for three months and then I won’t pick it up again for a year.
I published my first post on my 25th birthday. Since then I’ve been so blessed with support, encouragement and readers. If you are reading this – thank you!
Now if only it were socially acceptable for me to dress like this on my birthday….
Happy Birthday Withywindle. And Happy Birthday to me.
One of my best friends, Abs, celebrated her Princess Birthday recently (Princess birthday = turning the number of years as the day you were born, ex: 24 years old on the 24th.) Neither of us believe you’re ever too old for birthday parties, so we celebrated.
1. “Tiara” cake – Funfetti with caramel frosting
2. Royal Jewels candy
3. “Scepter” wands – Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
4. Polka Dot Dessert plates (from my Mom, Dot)
5. “Fairy Cocoamother”
6. “Who’s the fairest one of all?”
7. “Enchanted” Fudge
8. Golden Spun Ribbon
9. These marshmallows were DELICIOUS!
Have I mentioned how much I love birthdays?
My darling sister-in-law sent me a stupendous surprise gift for my birthday today! I was sitting at my desk at work, and someone is walking towards me with a rather large foam box covered in stickers that say “dry ice”. Naturally, working in the medical industry, I ask think “organs??”.
Fortunately, and to my delight, I open the box up to the prettiest box of cupcakes I have ever seen in my LIFE!
It turns out they are from Crumbs Bake Shop in NYC. And they are marvelous. (Also, they shipped very well!)
I can’t wait to eat one! She got me the Chocolate Blackout Cupcake, Cosmo Cupcake, Pumpkin Cupcake, Cookie and Cream Cupcake, Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake and the Red Velvet Cupcake.