Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy July

I love July. Could it be because it’s the month of my birth? Probably. When I was a kid, it meant summer vacation, and I LOVED summer vacation. Yeah, what kid didn’t, huh?

I always felt bad for those students who had to spend their birthday at school. I never did. So yeah, it was hard to get used to having to WORK on my birthday. In fact, I would usually try to take the day off - why ruin a tradition?

Now…well, I don’t work. The unemployment has expired and after 52 weeks of sending out at least two resumes a week, garnered two whole interviews that led nowhere. Am I sad? Heck, no. Will I continue to look for work? Not unless I have to.

I have a job and it’s called writing. Sure, it’s not paying yet, but will be after January. Of course, it won’t pay as much as I used to make, not right away anyway. But maybe someday. Hey, I can dream! Besides, stranger things have happened.

Do I still look forward to my birthday? Sure! It’s my day and I love it. And will I work on my birthday? Probably, because I love writing. But, if my husband can take the day off, then I would, too. What would we do? I have no idea, but I’m sure we’ll figure something out.

Now I must go back to my job so I can hopefully have TWO books coming out and then work on that third. Because right now my vampires are taking precedence over my ghost and alien.

What do you like doing on your birthday? You have any traditions?


(turning **mumble, mumble** years old in 17 wake ups!)



Maria Zannini said...

Hubby's birthday is in July too. Birthdays are the one day where we throw frugality out the window and splurge.

I always make him his favorite cake and let him lounge the day away.

JeffO said...

No birthday traditions here, and that's fine by me. It just doesn't seem like that big a deal to me anymore. But I hope you have a great day when it rolls around!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I'd be afraid to eat a cake my husband made. But I may suggest he go out and buy one!! Haha!

Jeff - This birthday will be tons better than the one when my husband put down the wood flooring, that's for sure!! Then again, I spent the day writing, so didn't really mind... I just like to remind him that he PLANNED that!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Happy Almost Birthday! I used to love my birthday but this year it was 'meh, just another day'. Maybe because the month before had so much excitement. I did take myself to the antiques mall and bought stuff for the new house, so that was fun.

I hope your day was awesome. And congrats on the great attitude about your writing. I'll keep my fingers crossed that soon you'll have two books coming out. =o)

Stacy McKitrick said...

B.E. - I used to take myself out shopping on my birthday, back when I wasn't spending it with anyone. Told myself I was buying a birthday present for me! I won't drag my husband shopping, though. I want us BOTH to have fun!

LD Masterson said...

Ah, but when you have school on your birthday, you can take in cupcakes or brownies and you get to have a mini party. Or when you're older, people will wish you a Happy Birthday - so much nicer in person than on Facebook.

I know, you can bring brownies to the WOWA meeting and we'll all sing. (It's only a little early).

Stacy McKitrick said...

LD - Yeah, my mother wasn't into baking. My sister's birthday is in Dec and I don't remember her EVER bringing in any treats!

You don't think it would be tacky for me to bring in a treat that said "Happy Birthday to Me"? I'm not that brave!

Michael Seese said...

In college, I once "celebrated" a birthday with strep throat AND mono. After that, anything short of pestilence I consider to be a good birthday.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - Sounds like "waking up" would make for a good birthday to you! :)

Missed Periods said...

Happy almost birthday! I take my birthday off whenever I can too!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Jenny!

The Happy Whisk said...

Happy Birthday coming up. Hope your hubby gets to take the day off.

Tim and I both never work on our birthdays. At his job, a birthday is a paid holiday. So loving that. And at my job, I request it each year.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - It appears he will be able to take my day off. Now I just have to figure out what we'll do!