Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Counting down

Next Sunday I will celebrate my 40th birthday, and embark on my fifth decade. Well actually, Saturday night at 8pm is when the celebrations are kicking off, with a barbeque in our house for family and friends. A few months back I decided that I wasn't going to go into a corner and sulk about turning 40, no matter what our situation was by then. I was of course hoping that I would be pregnant by the time the big milestone came along, but no such luck. Although I am currently on the two week wait, due to end on June 8th. So I might be, and not know it. Or I might not. I'm not going to tie myself in knots wondering about it, I'm just going to enjoy the party.

I was thinking back the other day on my thirties, and all the things that have happened to me over the past ten years. It was by far the best decade so far. I holidayed and travelled more than ever before, to Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Belgium, USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, and Cuba. I studied part time and gained a professional qualification in Management Accountancy. I learned to drive and passed my driving test finally at the age of 36 (hey, better late than never!) and bought myself a car. I got divorced and remarried. I bought my first house. All in all a very good decade.

So what's in store for my forties? Will life begin on Sunday? I'm finishing up in work at the end of this week, so that heralds a new chapter in life. I'm looking forward to taking time off over the Summer, but hoping that the break won't be too long. We finally booked our Italian trip, and we are flying to Bergamo on June 11th to spend seven days in Riva del Garda and three days in Bergamo, hopefully with some day trips thrown in like Verona and Milan. Neither of us have ever been to Italy before, so I am really looking forward to the holiday.

So here's to the next decade. Let the adventure begin!


Anonymous said...

Very happy birthday for Sunday - I will be sending you strong birthday cake vibes! Envious of your passport. Mine has expired, and I can't really afford to get it renewed, let alone go anywhere! Could really get my teeth into a week in Greece currently. So to speak... And Italy... sigh. Italy.

Wishing you Very Nice Things Indeed for the next decade.

womb for improvement said...

Your thirties sound good, onwards and upwards for the next decade!

Happy Birthday.


Kim said...

Happy Birthday! Here's to getting all you wish for in this next decade!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

I can only wish you the very very best of birthdays, I hope ye all have a ball.

I'm jealous!

Without getting too sappy, which is very possible today, I think you should be really proud of all you've done for the better in the last few years. Long may it continue.

areyoukiddingme said...

Happy Birthday! I will be entering my 40's in July - I wish I were celebrating with a trip to Italy. I will recommend getting French Fries in Verona - they are quite delicious there!

Paint it Black said...

Naughty fourties here you come!
Have a great trip and a happy birthday

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday my Dear. They do say life begins at 40 dont they? Perhaps you're in for a real treat then.

Evil Stepmonster said...

Here from L&F...

Very happy birthday wishes for Sunday! Cheers to a fabulous new decade.

Jane G said...

HFF - Thanks for the good wishes. Whenever you do get to having a week in Greece, I would really recommend Kefalonia. We were there this time last year, in Fiscardo. Absolutely idyllic.

WFI/Kim - Thanks!

Xbox - Aww, thanks! Hope it will get better and better for all of us.

Areyoukiddingme - Thanks for dropping by. And happy birthday to you in July. Will definitely check out those fries in Verona!

PIB - Thanks! I will post bloggy postcards on here to make you all jealous!

Sarah - So they say (that life begins!). I'll let you know in a week or two! Thanks for the good wishes.

Evil Stepmonster - Thanks for dropping by and for the good wishes.

Beautiful Mess said...

*here from LFCA* Happy birthday! I wish you much happiness in your forties!

just me, dawn said...

Hi there! I am visiting From LFCA and wanted to wish you a happy 40th birthday and hoping you get a miracle for your birthday present. Strangely, I turn 40 on June 10....and I will be in the middle of a TWW too. fingers crossed for us both!
oh and Italy....if you can get to the Cinque Terre, go! I got married in Portovenere in 2006 and it was beautiful!! oh AND I am going to Ireland in September with my hubby and his parents, my mom and more.....what amazing coincidences!

Phoebe said...

Welcome to the fertile forties!! Good luck on your upcoming beta!

Denver Laura said...

Happy Birthday!!! (Here from LFCA)

Lisa DG said...

Happy belated birthday! Mine was last week and my hubby was on the 31st too.

Wishing you a decade of happiness and hope that you get everything you are hoping for.

Jane G said...

Beautiful mess - thanks for dropping by and for the good wishes.

Dawn, loads of coincidences there alright! Hope you have a wonderful 40th birthday and best of luck with your 2ww. And if you happen to be passing through Tipperary on your trip, give me a shout on here!

Phoebe & Laura - Thanks for dropping by!

Lisa - Belated happy birthday to you and your hubby. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.