Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dirty 30!

30 didn't frighten me, and still does not. A dear friend of mine is fond of castigating me when I get edgy about "having not accomplished enough" with my life-- she says, "You did more things before 30 than most people do in their entire life!" and maybe she's right.

What I know, truly and deeply, is this: I have managed, in my relatively short time on this planet, to acquire a number of friends who are inspiring, kind, fun, creative, loving, and brilliant-- who care for me, and come through for me when it matters. And that is something that is more of an accomplishment than anything I could imagine right now.

My Rubic's Cube dance party was hilarious.

The clothing exchange was just beginning, and I can't stop smiling

Cholo Chip is throwing a "Moose Lodge" gang sign. Too bad you can't see the "tattooed" tear under his left eye!

Dear Patience actually made me not 1, not 2, but 3 PIES with pie-crust cut-outs spelling "Happy Birthday Francesca ~30~" Which were divine, and perfect. I have a photo somewhere. My parents and brother came out, as did my dear Aunt Amy and her beau, Larry! I have to admit that seeing my family members there and enjoying themselves actually made my night.

Yesterday, on my real birthday, Colin and the inimitable Angel saw to the creation of a truly perfect bath, complete with tuber rose buds, candles, fancy fig bubble bath, infinite hot water, coffee, and a bell to ring for service!

I stayed in for at least 2 hours, reading and chatting with one of my dearest, oldest friends in the world, Angel.

Followed by the most delicious brunch- eggs, bacon, waffles with fresh berries and magical hand-whipped cream!

Colin and I made it to the American Botanical Council where I started some cuttings of their Meyer Lemon tree. Eventually, we joined with my brother and Patience for sushi and sake.

A near perfect day, a wonderful few days. I have a sneaking suspicion that my 30s will be much better than my 20s. And my 20s were pretty damn good.

Thanks to everyone who made this birthday so special, so painless, and so joy-filled.


Wiley said...

Sounds like you did it in style. I'd like very much to wrangle you and Chip up for an Uchi dinner with Niki and I soon? Probably not this weekend, but a night next week might be good. Give me a call.

Sarah13 said...

wow, what an excellent birthday! Here's to your 30's!
Love you!

Kathy Hernandez said...

It was a great party, full of laughter and fun. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this momentuous occasion. Thirty is a milestone in its own right, and you managed to gather around you a circle of friends that were determined to do this occasion justice. Hurray!

nicoolio said...

It's true, lady. Most of us look at your list of accomplishments and balk at how lazy we all are.

Aaaaand we all just love the snot outta you.

Happy 30th again!