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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Getting older is infinitely preferable to the alternative. Besides, I’m a late bloomer, so I am convinced the best is yet to come. That said, it’s strange to remember that my current age seemed ancient to me when I was a kid. Oh well, what did I know then? I was young and dumb, and if Tumblr had existed in the 1980s, mine would have been filled with the same forever-alone quotes and no-one-understands-me photos that all the teens blog and reblog today. (I keep seeing that shit because people reblog my cat photos and I click on their links hoping for more cat photos and I get a dose of Prozac Nation instead. Meh.) Life gets better as the years go by.

To mark my December 23 birthday, my gorgeous mother, BarbaraB, surprised me by overcoming the global helium shortage and sending me a bouquet of balloons.


Balloons have gotten awfully specific. I thought they only came in even numbers!


BarbaraB keeps asking me, “How can you be 45 when I still feel 45?” I don’t know. Let’s ask FitzRoy the cat!


Um, apparently, we’ll have to get back to FitzRoy when he’s not hyp-mo-tized by a balloon bouquet.

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33 Responses to “I’m Halfway to 90 Today”

  1. Stacy says:

    Happy 1/2 90!!! Cheers to you 🙂 Late bloomers are better anyway!
    I love the balloons from BB and I can’t wait to celebrate with you!
    Anti-spam is BOOZE!!!!

  2. Megan Mae says:

    Happy Birthday, Wendy!!!

  3. Cameron says:

    Happy 45th Birthday! And I’ll be sure to reblog your kitty photos so that you can have at least one Tumblr that isn’t all “saddy-waddy” to look at!

  4. Lynette says:

    I forgot that it’s already after midnight over there in NYC, WendyB! Over here in PDX, I awaited the appearance of the December 23 reminder on my calendar so that I could send you my wishes for the best birthday, ever! Looks like it has already started, in fine fashio. Love those balloons! I don’t blame Fitzroy for being under their spell ’cause they’re gorgeous! You have the splendid day, all day long, that you soundly deserve!

  5. Brie says:

    Happy Birthday Wendy!

    You are only as old as you feel and that can vary from day to day. 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday! I thought it was close to your birthday when you asked me earlier about the posting probs. I guess I was just a day off (I’m calling this whole post 12.21 new beginning thing a “freak-pocalypse” because of too many odd thoughts that pop in my head wind up popping up elsewhere immediately.) I hope you have a wonderful time planned and overindulge to your hearts content! Your mother is so sweet & a doll, and she *is* 45 because she feels itl! (Say hi from me and Gwensday!) Usually I feel like I’m in my 30s, but the icky days I feel cantankerous and like an old crow (we’ve determined yes bats live long but crows live double, so now I’m an old crow since I have to live forever for the kid.) Lots of birthday hugs, XXX PS while I hate tumblr Calliope the kitty we adopted will be overexposed on FB soon enough because she’s so darn cute! Still working on getting her acclimated… we have an idea she was feral for awhile as she’s quite skittish then warms right up to you. How anyone can dump 5 kittens in a cat carrier on a street corner is beyond cruel, but I’m glad we were able to give her a home. However I still believe Fitzroy will retain his star status crown! Bisous!

  7. Sheila says:

    Remember, I’ll always be two months older than you – we can be the old crones at the party, bee-yotch!

    Happy birthday, sweetie – keep on rocking, Wendy. You’re one of my absolute faves on the interwebz.

  8. Catherine says:

    Happy Birthday, Wendy. I agree that life gets so much better. I’m 33. This has been the best year of my life so far. I am so glad that my youth was free of social media. Otherwise, my deep obsession with flannel, Pearl Jam and Tori Amos would stalk me forever via web. Lucky for me, they are all just fond and formative memories. I hope you have a wonderful birthday day.

  9. Vix says:

    Happy Birthday to you! I’ve tested it, 45 feels good and 46 is even better! xxx

  10. Happy Birthday Wendy! The balloons are fabulous and FitzRoy is as brilliant as always 🙂
    I have to agreee, your best is yet to come!
    I am 45.5 and this year’s been tough but better all round so guess I’m ok with it 🙂
    Have a fantastic day and look forward to reading what you did!
    BTW I’m formerly Couture Coco 🙂

  11. mystyle says:

    Hi my dear! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, have a fabulous day. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too! xxx

  12. sulky kitten says:

    Happy Birthday, Wendy! How could you not be happy with all those balloons, eh? If I had to guess your age, I’d put you at 10 years younger. I’m glad social media didn’t exist when we were teens, because I wouldn’t be the super sulker I am today thanks to those teenage angst-riddled years slamming doors and locking myself in my room!

  13. Poochie says:

    Happy Birthday, Sweetie. I wish we were going to be there to celebrate with you again. Let’s put it on the calendar for next year!

    As someone hot on your heels agewise, I feel like I’ve still got oodles of time and tons to do. And I would have had “I am rock” videos and lyrics on my Tumbler if Tumbler and YouTube existed. Oh emo teen angst! Luckily I feel great, except for this damn capal tunnel crap.

    Have a great birthday and much love!

  14. Love the balloons and the kitty.
    Have a spectacular birthday, darling WB!


  15. Happy birthday, WB!! Hey, I’m a decade+ older than you and I feel 35 too : >, and you’ll find no woe-is-me over here. Keep on living la vida, you are fabulous.

  16. K-Line says:

    I can say, having met you, that you are youthfulness personified! Who cares that you’re half way to 90? Apparently, the first person who will live till 150 was born 20 yrs ago. (Don’t quote me on this. My husband provided these figures.)

    I like to say my goal is not to be young forever – which let’s face it, is not feasible – but to age like Jane Fonda!

  17. déjà pseu says:

    Happy Birthday, Wendy!! You’re still a spring chicken… 😉 And you’ll always be young at heart.

  18. Tina says:

    Happy happy birthday!!!

  19. Tina says:

    Happy birthday, Wendy!
    I am 46 and I’m with you! John Lennon was right when he said “life begins at 40”. I am also a late bloomer and I don’t feel my age! I would not relive my 20s for anything!

  20. Lee says:

    Happy Birthday! For me being 45…yes, that’s my age too…is not a big deal, but what’s weird is being able to say, Do you remember 30 years ago when…? Now THAT freaks me out!!

    Hope you had a fantastic day!

  21. Belated happy birthday, WendyB! I hope you guys did something fun and fabulous. We are also enjoying having a kitten rampage through the festivities for the first time in many years.

  22. SusanG says:

    Happy birthday, Wendy!

  23. Priscilla says:

    Happy Birthday! Keep the fabulous jewelry designs, the Stacy Lomman remixes, and the FitzRoy photos coming!

  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wendy dear!!!!

  25. Aggie says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WENDY! I cannot believe you’re 45 because you look more than 10 years younger.

    Fitzroy is adorable, like a cat version of Stewie. Omg that’s why you got him in the first place, didn’t you?

  26. Alice Olive says:

    Oh, that’s so cute. FitzRoy is still a baby who’s distracted by balloons!

    Happy birthday – glad you enjoyed some champagne, the only way to travel!

  27. Stephanie says:

    Happy birthday, Wendy!!!

  28. Happy Belated B-Day, WendyB!!! Hope your day was a totally magnificent, balloon-buoyant celebration!

  29. Grace says:

    Happy belated 90/2 birthday, Wendy! Wow, you don’t look your age at all. I think you could pass as late 30s! Must be the kitties that’s keeping you youthful!