thirty six

thirty six
today i am thirty six.

thirty five was a pretty good year: i quit smoking (but promise to start back up when i turn 70). i spent an autumn weekend in new york alone (and think this needs to be an annual event for me). i ran a half marathon (and will do 3 more this year). i gave my liver a good workout in las vegas (dear god, never again). i had my living and dining rooms redone and emptied my savings to make my house me (i still need to show that!). i didn’t go to amsterdam (but will not let anything stop me from going for birthday #37). i drove south to meet aimee, jackie, and melinda; i flew west to meet jen; i flew west again to meet evalynn and martha and visit with chandler (i love that the internet has brought these amazing people into my life). i’ve surrounded myself with a wonderful network of friends (i am so grateful for all of you). i didn’t make much creatively (but i finally learned to not stress out about it).

i’m excited for what year thirty six will bring…

34 responses to “thirty six”

  1. shona~LALA dex press says:

    I just turned 38 + in my opinion it only gets better. Congratulations on quitting smoking, I’ve been there (as well as the liver work out in Vegas…many times).

    Happy Birthday, have a wonderful day.

  2. cindy says:

    happy birthday 36 times over! you sure were productive last year and well-traveled, but quitting smoking is the best one of them all. i’m glad to be getting to know ya! enjoy your day!

  3. Krissy says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday girl! Have an amazing day!

  4. jenn says:

    happy 36! you continue to be an inspiration every day…

  5. heather says:

    a very happy birthday, jen! I hope you have a fantastic day! :)

  6. Hank says:

    Today you are ONLY 36. Plenty more time for everything. Happy Birthday.

  7. Anna says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I think I’ve know hit every online venue I could for telling you. ;) And what a year! A huge accomplishment, tons of travel and a gorgeous living/dining room to boot! It seems to me like you’ve set yourself up for another fantastic year. I’m positive it will be glorious.

  8. kathryn says:

    Happy Birthday Jen!! What a list of accomplishments for one year. Wishing you a similar set of joys and beauty in your 36th year!

  9. Meghan says:

    Happy birthday! If 36 is half as great as 35 sounded to be, you’re in for a great year. :)

  10. jen b says:

    happy birthday! i feel so lucky to have gotten to meet you in real life and spend that time with you. i can’t wait to do it again. i’m so very proud of you for quitting smoking!!!!

    you are a treasured friend jen. have a wonderful day celebrating YOU!!

    ps LOVE your 36 shot!

  11. Rebecca says:

    Happy Birthday! You’ve done some wonderful things over the past year. Wishing you lots of fun and happiness for the next year.

  12. molly :: apple cyder says:

    happy birthday jen! love your little recap of your 35th .

  13. mon ami says:

    Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful and festive day. Your 35th year sounds amazing and I hope your 36th is just as good

  14. vanessa says:

    sounds like you packed a punch of a year!
    Happy birthday, happy new year~

  15. Nico says:


    Happy Birthday!

    I love you.


  16. Asiye says:

    Happy Birthday!

    to a good 36th! :) :):):)

    (mine is on the 24th )

  17. Susie says:

    Welcome to the club. Hoping 36 brings many of us to you. Happy day!

  18. Sonya says:

    Happy Birthday Jenn! YAY for 36!

  19. Carina says:

    Happy, happy birthday! Have a good ‘un! :-)

  20. Jaci says:

    Happy birthday to an elegant, talented and original woman. You are amazing so I’m sure you’ll have an amazing year!

  21. la ninja says:

    wooooon hooooooo, many happy returns and GEFELICITEERD met je verjaardag.
    I have to sleep now (and my ears are still ringing from Miss Auf Der Maur’s high tones) but will e-sing you a b-day song tomorrow.

    nighty night, b-day gal.

  22. Ali says:

    Happy Birthday! Hooray for taking a little time for yourself.

  23. alex sunday says:

    same day as my sister! i hope you had the marvelous day you deserve and yes, you really must show us your renovations!!!! :) xo

  24. Martha says:

    Sounds like you had a fabulous year! So glad it included a visit to Seattle! OXO

  25. kristin says:

    you’ve done SO much…yet there is so much to look forward to. i hope today was the best birthday ever! happy,happy birthday to my dear sweet friend. 36 will be great. xxx

  26. Florcita says:

    35 looked pretty amazing… I hope 36 is even better!!!!!

  27. Fiona says:

    I said that same thing when I stopped smoking and now nearly 25 years later I have decided NEVER to start again. But believe me it’s taken this long to truely stop thinking about it.
    Best of luck. And happy belated birthday.

  28. Di says:

    Happy birthday! It does sound like 35 was pretty good. There is nothing better than being able to say “I went on holiday alone and actually enjoyed/survived it!”

  29. Leslie says:

    Oh, I’m late to the party! Hope it was wonderful, and that the year ahead is full of lovely surprises :-)

  30. aimee says:

    I CAN’T BELIEVE I MISSED IT! oh, i know comments after the birthday don’t count… i hope you’ll still speak to me. i hope you had a FABULOUS day, and I will buy you a triple round to make up for it next time i see you.

  31. Jennifer Maroney says:

    Happy Birthday! (belated!) I have to say, I totally am in the same boat! I quit smoking last year when I was 34 and swore I get to start again when I am 74, figuring 40 years as a nonsmoker is good enough. Then I turned 35 and I’m thinking things are going pretty swell, maybe I’ll wait until I’m 84. :-) Happy Birthday and I hope you had an awesome day!

  32. Chandler says:

    So sorry I missed this on your birthday! Many happy returns, and I’m so glad to have you in my life! Hoping to see you in person again soon, too. May this year be full of beauty and joy for you!

  33. jackie says:

    As long as I make it within a month of your birthday to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! it counts. I am going to be sending you a list of 36 wishes in the mail!

  34. kim says:

    a beautiful year’s wrap up, which sounds like a year well lived. happy belated bday, jen.

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