Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A year before life begins

So this is how it feels to be 39. Eeeks, just saying 39 gives me the goosebumps. 39 seems so ... ancient, not like 38, which sounds a bit younger. But if Demi Moore and Madonna can still look gorgeous beyond the big Four Oh, then, 39 may not be so bad after all.

The early days of January are usually hectic for me, and this year was not exception. After the New Year festivities, my birthday celebrations start. That's celebrations with an "s" since I have lots of mini-parties, from coffee with friends to dinner with family. I like it better that way. I'm not much of a big party person.

So there I was pigging out with Erli at Old Spaghetti House on the 2nd, eating Cello's Donuts with the faculty on the 4th (my birthday), feasting on take-out chicken honey from Serye for dinner that night, taking a break from work with Mel at Figaro on the 5th (with my fave kapeng barako), digging into a KFC bucket on the night of the 7th with the family, and watching Narnia with Alec on the 8th. Tomorrow, Friday, I'll be meeting up with some members of the Smart Parenting e-group (our loyal readers) for coffee at Bo's. They're calling it a Karen Birthday EB, isn't that sweet? Now if only I have enough cash to treat them all. :)

They say life begins at 40. So what does that make of the earlier years? But life for me has begun a long time ago, and I can say I'm rich with family, friends, love, joy, and peace -- the things that matter. It's been a good 39 years. Can't wait to see what's in store for me in the next 39 years or more.

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Of course, after following Professor Murphy's pursuits in Babylon Rising, I just had to buy the next one in the series, The Secret of Ararat. This time, he's looking for Noah's Ark up in the mountains of Turkey.

VERSE OF THE WEEK: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Philippians 4:8