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29 July 2012 @ 08:02 am
Happy birthday to me!  
"People are so perplexing. It's like they don't know that pleasure is one of the main reasons to live." -contessagrrl

It's my birthday! Happy birthday to me! But wait! Before you wish me a happy birthday, you have a mission:

I need your help celebrating my birthday. I need you to go into your day with a curious mind, and the intent to do something that gives you pleasure and/or joy, something that makes you laugh, maybe something that scares you a little but makes you happier for having done it. It doesn't have to be big! It could be watching a funny video on youtube, or stopping to smell flowers while you walk around your neighborhood, or taking a bus to a part of town you've never visited. Or it can be huge! It could be telling someone you love them with no expectation of reciprocation, or jumping off the high dive for the first time, or letting yourself love yourself.

Then, once you've done that, you can come back here and wish me a happy birthday, and if you want to tell me about how you treated yourself right today, I'd love to hear that, too.
 
 
I'm feeling: happyhappy
 
 
 
lazyzlazyz on July 29th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'll do my best but meanwhile have a marvelous birthday. I will never forget the first time i saw you. Love and hugs on Rosa Day.
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Happy day to you, too! You did all the heavy lifting to make it happen :D
(no subject) - veek on July 29th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
That sounds delightful! Hooray!
Beowabbit: Sex: Important Wabbit Businessbeowabbit on July 29th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
I started my celebration of your birthday with delicious morning sex with plumtreeblossom, so I think I’m already allowed to wish you happy birthday!

(And I think this post of yours was a fabulous idea!)
ruthless compassion: happyaroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Cheers!
David Policardpolicar on July 29th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'll keep the details to myself, but: mission accomplished, and happy birthday!
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
I am delighted!
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on July 29th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

I finished a small geeky project and then read the newest Oglaf comic.

I'm so glad you've spent another year with us and I look forward to another fabulous year of you reign
Tom
ruthless compassion: happy petalsaroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Perfect! Thank you!
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on July 29th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this gift. I will let you know the results
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to hear!
harimad on July 29th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

Today I did my first "school supplies for donation" run, which makes me happy. I'm going to further celebrate your birthday by doing something fun I want to do, with my bit of quiet time, rather than doing something dull that I feel should be done.

(edited for previous excessive length and fuzzy logic)

Edited at 2012-07-29 06:43 pm (UTC)
ruthless compassion: happyaroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Perfect! Thanks!
solopolist: serendipityceelove on July 29th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I had a conversation of 100 minutes with a fresh new squee. It felt like a championship game of hopscotch, or a butterfly bush being attended by a dozen dizzy drunken bumblebees.

Happy birthday!
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Awesome!! Thank you!
bison need inbbbsg on July 29th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! I reached out to someone this morning, then I got on the T. First time for the silver line (aka a bus) & Flour & SoWa. I found a hat shop in one of the buildings next to SoWa where everything looks fabulous on me. Now I just need a sugar daddy or hat fetishist in my life :)
Hope your birthday and coming year are as awesome as my day has been.
ruthless compassion: squee!aroraborealis on July 29th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
This is super fantastic! Hooray!
existential hot showerveek on July 29th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I've had a day of gastronomic delights. :D

Fed N yogurt with jam. (He ended up getting hold of the little bowl with the yogurt in it. Whee!) Had smoked salmon for breakfast. Bought umeboshi vinegar—OMG thank you, I've found my platonic ideal of vinegar! Made sauerkraut, though not with the vinegar this time, because I didn't think to open and taste it until afterwards. But it's both green and purple cabbage, and is gorrrrgeous.

Also, I bought delicious cheese and tiny French lentils and beautiful dried adzuki beans, among other things.
existential hot showerveek on July 29th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, P.S.: the sauerkraut? It has juniper berries in it.
Mizarchivist: Serenitymizarchivist on July 29th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
After months of doing without, I had a massage today. I need to not do without thusly.
gothtique: gothtique on July 29th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
I took a break from housework and puttering to watch Women's Beach volleyball on the Olympics... just cuz I could.

Have a VERY Happy Birthday!
Once more around the sun!
What do you think we are, Monkeys on Sticks???goat on July 29th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
I put Sahara down for a little while and baked!

Happy birthday!
our lady of perpetual amusement: PantryGoodnessdakotakym on July 29th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
I celebrated the day at a delightful herbal gathering, made complete by adopting some absinthe wormwood for cordial-making.

May your birthday season abound in juicy experiences!
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on July 30th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
So far I have:

• Had a difficult conversation with my daughter. It's great to be a cool, fun parent--which I get to be a lot of the time--but when I manage a tough moment with reasonable grace, that's a whole different level.

• Attended a church service led by the Prayer Shawl Ministry--folk within our church who knit shawls to give to people who need a tangible reminder of the warmth and comfort of our community through difficult times. It was joyful and thought-provoking and affirming and challenging.

• Taken part in the reading of a very interesting script and conversation about it with three fabulous women, reading roles that are not ones I would ever expect to play on stage.

• Attended a surprise party for a friend turning forty, which was filled with old friends and their many children, in a splendid celebration of a life lived in thriving community.

So it's a varied day of pleasures and challenges and I'm happy to make it a tribute to your own myriad splendours.

Happy Birthday!