Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Hi guys, I'm back! I'll share photos and foibles from the vacation soon (did you know that you should never actually put toilet paper in Dominican toilets? Fun fact, and one learned the hard way...) but of course today I have more important things to do.

Like turn 30.

(Get it? XXX is thirty in Roman numerals! All of you searching for free porn, my apologies.)

I was trying to remember other milestone birthdays on the plane ride home yesterday, and here's what I can remember:

10: My parents threw me a big party and, as I recall, I wore my festive Bartman tee shirt. I still have the invitation:



(Note my Babysitter's Club membership card in the lower right corner. I had to black out my SSN because I know you are all jonesing to steal the identity of a unibrowed ten year-old. My signature doesn't look that way anymore, FYI. I finally learned how to sign my last name, and the 'a' in Una is no longer trying to hang itself.)

20: My friend let me throw a dance party on the top floor of the frat house she was then living in as a boarder. I made a mix of early 90s hip-hop, did some body shots, and had someone accidentally put out a cigarette on my hand.

21: Another house party, held in my college apartment, to which I am pretty sure I wore a leotard and a pair of pleather, faux-snakeskin pants. Ah, youth.

This year is going to be slightly lower-key. I've taken the day off work, and my plan is to wander around and laze about. If I make it into the city, I may visit 110 W. 17th Street, where I was born.

It's not a hospital; I was born in an apartment. On purpose. My mom had a home birth, and while I'm sure there are many of you who might balk at this, or want to tell me how dangerous you think it is (please don't), I have to say that there is something special about being able to mark the exact spot you first came into the world.

A few weeks ago, my dad took a photo of me outside the building.


Let's pretend my eyes are closed out of emotion, because I'm taking in the moment, or imagining being back in the womb, and not just because I blinked.
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32 comments :

  1. Happy Happy birthday, Ms. Curmudgeon.

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  2. I still have my baby sitters club member card. AND I recently found book #100 autographed by Ann M. Martin. Happy Birthday!

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  3. Aw Happy Birthday!! It's so much fun to look back and remember the best times of our lives and know that we have so many more ahead :)

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  4. Happy Birthday to you! And I mean that with heartfelt sincerity, because in the days since I first started reading your blog, I have had some EXTREMELY trying times going on, and your column has had me laughing with gusto, and turning my mood around, on days that it was hard to even get out of bed. So...literally, I wish you tremendous happiness on your birthday...and every day!

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  5. Happy Birthday! 30 ain't so bad. (hmmm... I'm pretty sure it's my mom's b'day today too. Thanks for the reminder. I should probably go call her... I'm such an ungrateful little brat.)

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  6. Feliz Birthday!
    Oddly enough, you were born literally down the street from where I grew up.

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  7. Happy Birthday! So funny...as always!

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  8. That birthday invitation is so cool! Did you make it, or did your parents? I've never seen anyone celebrate the big 1-0 with brunch...then again, I've never met a ten-year old who would have felt so passionately about boycotting the Olympic games, either!

    p.s. Way to go, getting your drawing in Highlights!

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  9. Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. I need to get going on ... doing something with my day, so probably won't respond individually to comments. But please know that I so appreciate each and every one. You are all awesome.

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  10. Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day!

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  11. oh this is fabulous! I think I need to do a rundown of my birthday parties past. Many of mine also featured animal prints. Happy birthday to you!!

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  12. Happy Birthday! I see from your 10 yr. birthday invite that you were responsible for boycotting the Moscow games. You wielded (weld?) tremendous power for a 4th grader. Impressive.

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  13. Happy birthday, Sassy! It's my birthday, too! Aries are da bomb diggity. And for the record, I think home births are amazing!

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  14. Happy Birthday!!!

    (My first address was a block away from yours! 5 E 16th st! I was born at the sad story that is St. Vincent's, though)

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  15. Love the birthday memories . . . who hasn't put out a cigarette on her hand, right? SO funny.

    I was also born at home, although I don't think anyone has ever bothered to tell me the address of this momentous occasion. Maybe they've forgotten. It was a long time ago.

    Happy Birthday!

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  16. Happy birthday! I so love that invitation! And I love your blog - you constantly remind me of things I haven't thought about in years and years (e.g., my babysitters' club membership card), and that's great fun.

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  17. Happy Happy Birthday!

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  18. Happy birthday! And welcome to your thirties. I cannot speak for everyone, but I am (and many of my friends are) abso-friggin'-lutely loving this decade. SO much better than my twenties. Of course, that's my fault, for making my twenties suck. Maybe your twenties didn't. ANYWAY - have fun!

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  19. No tales of a super sweet 16? What a shame....

    Hope you had a good trip/are ready to fill the void of Sass you left in our blogrolls/have a happy birthday!

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  20. Welcome back and loved the birthday party recap. Can't wait to see the vacation pics and hear about the tp in the dr

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  21. happy birthday!!

    all the best:)

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  22. Happy birthday Una! Ever since you started posting a couple weeks ago about your upcoming birthday, I've been trying to calculate which day it would actually fall on. I got pretty excited for a little bit there because I thought maybe we had the same birthday (mine was yesterday) but apparently I can't really count. So it's not quite as cool, but I was born *almost* exactly ten years after you. Haha, anyway, happy birthday! :)

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  23. Happy Birthday! How special to have a place other than a smelly hospital to commemorate the event.

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  24. Happy Birthday!

    I am a fellow scavenger hunter (?) and love your blog!

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  25. Happy Birthday x2...=) Your plan sounds amazing...might have to pirate that for my own crazy b-day this year!

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  26. Welcome to the 30 club. ;)

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  27. Cute blog! I love traveling and have experienced many a foible myself! Love reading about yours!

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  28. 30 is new 21. I think you should celebrate like there its 1999!

    http://mysocalledfeudallife.blogspot.com/

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  29. Anonymous8:47 PM

    Happy Birthday! I had my two youngest children at home and it was wonderful -- they also think it's cool that they were born in my bed, not on a hospital bed.

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  30. All this buildup, and then I miss your birthday. So sorry! Hope it was fabulous!

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  31. What a great post! My son was also born at home, on purpose too. Perhaps someday, I'll return with him to the place of his birth.

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