Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy birth--oh screw it, I'm old

Having said that, it was a good day.
(Oooh: First, Nik had her surgery today. It went well, and she should be home tomorrow. She was out of surgery early afternoon.)

I woke up around 11:30 (Yeah, I got up early for the big day. We didn't have school today so normally I would have slept in a lot longer). After a while, I headed out to the Penney salon where I got a brand new haircut to go with my brown-as-of-last-night-hair; I also waxed my moustache and unibrow (it had been a while). My hair turned out cute, shorter than it's been in a while but kind of shag-bob-y.

Then, I headed out to a mall in a nearby city for the highlight of my day. See, there is something I've always wanted to do and haven't had the chance to do it. So, I figured, today is my birthday, why the hell not?

So I went to the Build-a-Bear workshop.

It was FUN, too. I'm kind of addicted now. I totally want to go back. The lady seemed a bit taken aback at first when she realized I was there by myself, shopping FOR ME, but she went with the flow. You get to stuff your bear and put in his/her heart (which you hold up to your own as you make a wish and put it in your new bear friend. "I always get a little choked up at that part," Mom told me on the phone, waiting for me to mock her as I usually do. "Actually, I was a bit verklempt myself," I admitted. "But I wasn't going to break down at the Build-a-Bear place). Then you get to buy an outfit (you don't have to, but c'mon--that's what MAKES the bear).

I debated for a long time. I liked Halloween outfits for my bday and NASCAR shirts and "I love America" shirts--but I'm very happy with the way my bear turned out. And, without further ado, I introduce you to Hero Bear.

Anyway. There was something really refreshing and relaxing and rewarding about going to a "kid place" like that on a birthday that puts you firmly in your 30s. It was just what I needed. And, frankly, I can't wait till the Christmas outfits come out.

Let's see....I went home and got ready and headed out for dinner with Mike (a friend) who really wanted to take me out to dinner for my bday. I asked him if anyone else was going and he said no, just the two of us. It was cool, though. He was one of the first people I met last year (and actually saw the Bad Jen around Christmas), but we've just now gotten to be better friends since...well, since I became medicated, now that I think about it.


Anyway, I also got a nice bday care package from Renee (tell Brent that the lip gloss tastes as good as he thought it would) and something AWESOME from my roomie....he took this awesome photo that's hanging in his room and I'm always admiring it. Well, when I wandered out to the living room, I saw that he had made a copy of it and framed and matted it for me. Wow.

So that was my day. Oh, and next weekend we're supposed to go out (a big group of us from work) to a strip club for my bday. (Don't ask.)

The fun never ends.


Anonymous said...

Very cute. :-)

Anonymous said...

I think it's adieu, not ado. :-)

Anonymous said...

what about my money??

Renee said...

I think it's ado. Adieu is what you bid someone a fair one of :-)

anna said...

That sounds like a great birthday!
My compliments to Hero Bear- he's very cute!
So, who is this Mike guy? Are you sure he's just a friend?...

Renee said...

Yeah, your Hero Bear is very cute. I thought I posted a comment last night but it's not here.

Um, hel-lo, we want to see pics of your new hair!

Jen said...

Mom: I got the $$ after I posted this. Sheesh.

Yeah, i doublechecked, and I do think that adieu is used just for "goodbye" situations.

No hair pics till I get better at doing it.

Nik said...

Awww, your build a bear is so cute! I've never been there, but the boys made one for me a few years ago for my b-day.
Well, it seems like you had a good birthday. I wanna see a pic of the pic that roomie gave you, in addition to new hair pics.
Who the heck is Mike? I've never heard speak of a Mike fellow. have fun at the titty bar!