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Every year, when Jensen's birthday rolls around, I always have one of these moments of thinking that he can't possibly be that old, he was just 28. This year, Jensen turned 39 and I thought - no, can't be, that will make him 40 next year and I can't really be just realizing this now, can I? Except, along with whatever age Jensen is turning, it is a reminder that in a few short weeks, I will again be turning ten years older than he is and that means 49. Today.

I know age is just a number and all that but for whatever reason, I am more acutely aware that with this birthday, I am growing older and that time has passed more quickly than I have been aware of. What? I was just 28. I am not depressed, just really baffled by how quickly I got here. I don't like to think of the passing of time. Maybe it is because moving forward in time brings change along with it and I'm not a fan. Maybe I'm marking this new year more now that my body no longer lives on a schedule that follows the moon, only by the weeks and months set out by St. Gregory, the patron saint of day-planners. Maybe it is because my kid told me that in a year, I'll be halfway to 100. Whatever the reason, I am looking at my age as a number and that number seems to loom bigger than it probably should.

Despite this new, not utterly welcome recognition, I am still grateful to be here and am looking forward to this next year. In many ways, I am happy to leave last year behind. The bad was elected and Must Not Be Named plus we lost a lot of folks that meant a lot to me. The good stuff was things like putting the basement back together after a flood, actually getting a paying job for the first time in 13 years, lime Icelandic yogurt, walks with dogs, some decisions made about what to do after retirement, getting done with therapy and feeling better, my first smart phone - emojis, where have you been all my life, watching my kid grow into a full-fledged, tumblr-using fangirl, the arrival of Arrow and Zeppelin Ackles, and another Padalecki on the way.

To end one year and start another and to get a break from the Minnesota winter, I'm in Florida for spring break and here is the sand dragon we made on the beach.



Come on 49, I got this.

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roxymissrose
Mar. 24th, 2017 03:01 am (UTC)
May the next ten years be as good for you as they were for me! Happy Birthday!

ETA: Really cool dragon, too!

Edited at 2017-03-24 03:01 am (UTC)
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm thinking they will. I'm going to savor them.
runedgirl
Mar. 24th, 2017 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah you do :)

Happy birthday and wishing you many more!
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the well-wishes!
julchen11
Mar. 24th, 2017 03:58 am (UTC)
As you say 49 is only a number, nothing less, nothing more.
Is it your birthday today, honey? HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, my friend!
May most of your wishes come true (we should leave some for next year :-)))!
The sand Dragon ist great!!! It's face Looks like Smaug's!
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:38 pm (UTC)
Our dragon insists that he is much better looking than Smaug. He wishes he had B. Cumberbatch's hair though. 8-)
milly_gal
Mar. 24th, 2017 04:50 am (UTC)
You own this year, take it and make it great! Happiest of happies bb x♥x
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Excited for you about the new job opportunity. Anyone'd be lucky to have you on their staff.
crowroad3
Mar. 24th, 2017 06:45 am (UTC)
*GenX fistbump* ( :

Happy, happy birthday--and many sand dragons to come.
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:40 pm (UTC)
Returns the fistbump! Thanks 8-)
digitalwave
Mar. 24th, 2017 06:49 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, sweetie! I hope that your day, and your vacation, are both amazing! Also, that is one beautiful dragon you made there. :)
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The vacation has been very much needed.
madebyme_x
Mar. 24th, 2017 12:12 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to you! And like you say your age is just a number, and it's a pretty darn good one too!

Take care and many happy returns :)
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)
Only a number and all will be well. Thanks!
aletheiafelinea
Mar. 24th, 2017 07:16 pm (UTC)
Whoa, this dragon is awesome! I love the dorsal crest, claws and the pointy stone for tooth.

And Happy Birthday! :)

Edited at 2017-03-24 07:17 pm (UTC)
galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)
The dragon was fun. The sand is great building sand and it's been great to be outside.
frelling_tralk
Mar. 24th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :)

galwithglasses
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
sillie82
Mar. 26th, 2017 12:45 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday!
galwithglasses
Mar. 26th, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was a good day.
layne67
Mar. 29th, 2017 07:33 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

Cool dragon. Or should I say hot dragon :DD I don't know if you watch Game of Thrones?
galwithglasses
Apr. 1st, 2017 01:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! I haven't watched much GoT but know there are dragons. Ours is too lazy to get wound up in any hunt for a throne. 8-)
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