TIP #18: Birthday and Healing

This episode is a bit interesting because one part was recorded before I went to the doctor and the other was recorded after I took medication for my issues. I talk about my last year of my 30s, my doctor visits after recording my last podcast episode, my mental health, and how important it is to get mental issues checked on before things get much worse (though it is quite hard to make the first step).

A few weeks and I’m feeling much better. It’s only the very start, but I’m pretty confident that things will get better from here on.

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Birthday Sweetness

Another year has passed. I’m officially at the last year of my 30s and I guess that’s okay. I should be thankful that I have gotten this far in life. Some people don’t even get to this ripe old age.

I usually go crazy around this time with my birthday freebies, but since I live in an isolated town, they’re not available. I’m really going to miss that free burrito and huge margarita. I am not about to travel 5 hours to get free food, so I’m staying in.

My husband makes me stay up until midnight the day before so I played Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 4 until really late. I spent a lot of my time yesterday in front of a screen so I started to get a really bad headache around 9 pm or so. He made (or assembled) a cake for me while I was busy coding on my podcast software project.

I’ve always liked the cakes that I can pick things off and eat it. He totally gets me in that way. I looked at it and was a bit confused, but he’s really sweet.

I got up this morning and found a card from him that said “husband” on it. I haven’t really gotten anything with that on it yet, so I was a little surprised. It’s mostly because I forget that I got married.

So, today, I’m going to go out in this hot weather (I hate when it’s hot on my birthday…) and do a few things. Here’s hoping for a great year ahead as I head into my 40s. I can’t believe sometimes that I’ve had an internet presence since I was around 16. Incredible!

My Birthday is Wet and Tame

Another year rolls on over on the good old birthday clock today. Today’s my birthday and it’s really a crappy day as far as the weather goes. The weather in Melbourne is supposed to be really awful today. Luckily, I live about 50 miles (or 80 kilometers) away from Melbourne, so the rain hasn’t been that bad. It makes me feel a little bad because I’ve cancelled all my plans to go into the city and I don’t even think it’s raining here. However, I looked at the news and it’s already pretty gross, so I guess I’ll be attempting to be productive from home today. It’s been so hot lately that getting anything done has been really difficult and it has cooled off, so why not?

Something I feel is interesting is how my partner makes me stay up until midnight the day before my birthday. I’m usually in bed around 10 pm, so staying up isn’t a pleasant experience for me. I’ve always just waited until the day of my birthday around 6 pm to do the whole cake thing, but not here. It’s sweet, regardless. He acts more excited about it than me. Haha.

My mom is always reminding me that it’s not really my birthday today. I mean, well, right this second it’s still considered November 30th. She’s always quick to tell me that if I want to do it right, I’m going to have to wait until 5 pm later today (when it’s midnight in Texas) to start celebrating.

You know how I said I cancelled my plans? Well I am not doing much today. Part of the birthday present to myself is supposed to arrive today. I got myself some American peanut butter (it’s Jif… the American part is important since I don’t like the peanut butter here), grape jelly, and sugar-free strawberry banana Jello. The sugar-free part is important. I’ve always liked the sugar-free versions of Jello a bit more than I liked the regular Jello. I’m not sure why. I got it for $1 a box which is a really good deal in this country.

My partner had gotten me a Google Home Mini for my birthday which is really sweet. I really like that thing. It’s really handy. I didn’t name it Mini Willy. I think that it has a name like “Bedroom Speaker” or something which isn’t really true since I moved it out of my bedroom. I miss it being in my bedroom though.

So that’s it from me at the moment. I’m approaching the big 4-0 soon and getting back to the USA is nagging at me. I hope that I can get there soon, but as usual, it has to wait a bit. I am just not sure I can live away from Australia anymore. It’s a very hard decision.

Birthday Day Planning Isn’t My Thing

Bad, bad, bad of me. My birthday’s coming up and everybody around here is asking me what I’m going to do for it. Since I’ve been here, most of the time, I just do something small like have a potluck at the park or gather at a restaurant. This year is a little special because I haven’t made ANY plans and the day is coming up next week.

On the day of my birthday, my partner is busy during the morning and I am busy from the late morning until dinner time so my time’s a bit limited. I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

My birthday invitation would look something like this:

party
A beautiful use for Comic Sans, don’t you think?

I don’t know but party planning isn’t something I have a lot of interest in, but at the same time, I don’t really want someone else to do it for me. It’s a really weird situation to be in. I feel a little stressed to do something though. I just don’t want it to spill into the weekend since my partner works weekends.

I think one of the reasons I don’t like planning these things is because one of the last times I did, only two or three people showed up (but it was also in the middle of the week).

When I was a kid, my birthday parties were really simple. I wasn’t one of those kids who had birthday parties at McDonald’s, skating rinks, or at pizza places. They were always at home or at a relative’s house. When I’d get invitations from my friends to go to their parties at their places, I’d get a tiny bit jealous a time or two, but I was pretty happy with this arrangement. My birthday was usually family-centered though. I kinda miss that now that I live overseas. Something I especially miss is how my parents would let me anything I wanted for dinner.

So parties and celebrations aren’t my thing anyway and haven’t ever been a big thing for me. Give me a plate of tacos and a chocolate cake and I am happy! So I’m not really sure what I’m going to do, though I really could go for a super good burger!

Happy Birthday to My Other Half

Happy Birthday Your Name Here cake
Your Name Here is such a nice name. I wish that was my name.

Somebody’s got a birthday today! Hint: It’s not me. Luckily, I have the day off today but have to get up at an unreasonable time in the morning (4 am), so I’ll be spending as much time as I can with my partner during the daytime hours.

We’re going out, but I don’t know where. I guess it’s going to be wherever he wants. I’ll have to hobble everywhere because I pulled my left calf muscle (look at the anatomical position)… while I was in bed… while watching YouTube videos. It was the worst pain I’ve been in before. I must need more potassium and magnesium. Banana bread with walnuts will do it!

Anyway, this is short and sweet today. I need to finish off a bit of my work and head off. I hope everybody is doing well and a lot better than how my body has been treating me lately.

Were you looking for ultra, sickenly sweet stuff here? I live to disappoint. 🙂