Wednesday 26 October 2011
Too Old For Jelly & Icecream?
This year I am going to be a decidedly unglamorous 31. I can't really afford to take any more leave, so I am working my normal Thursday shift in a job I hate. I then have most of the afternoon off due to it being half term (YESS) but everyone is at work (BOOO) so I'm at a bit of a loose end, with no plans for the evening, and no real plans to make any. Should I just get over it? Is it a girl thing to want to do something nice on your actual birthday?
I suspect I been spoilt by five years working in a production office where every birthday boy and girl got crazily over-the-top special treatment. Birthdays in the script department were the BOMB. You wouldn't be allowed to come in until 10am at the earliest, thereby giving everyone else the chance to decorate the office in your honour. There would then be a stream of gift givers laying various (impossibly thoughtful) presents on your desk, so that when you came in your desk would be heaving with the things, balloons would be tacked onto your monitor, streamers over your keyboard...one assistant was a huge comic geek, so when he came in we were all wearing Batman masks. There would then be a ceremonial hour or so of opening everything and cooing over who had bought what, eating cake and getting no work done at all. Then you would be whisked out for a very boozy lunch which generally took most of the afternoon. Finally you got sent home early for a nap and to play with your shiny new toys.
I mean REALLY? Did I dream this? This used to be my life. No wonder the thought of a grey October Thursday of gym inductions and mopping treadmills is pushing me over the edge.
Still, I have Friday cordoned off for lunch with my best friend, and an evening of drinks with the lovelies of Leeds. I think I will just get over it and pretend my birthday is on the 28th this year.
What do you lot do? Celebrate on your actual birthday, or just shrug your shoulders and treat it like any other day?