It’s my birthday! I am 24 years old today, huzzah! Am I a grown up yet?
I was all set to write this comparative birthday retrospective post, pulling pictures from birthdays past and all that jazz today. As you can probably already tell, that’s not going to happen, haha. Let me instead tell you a story about expectations versus reality. See, my expectation for this morning was that I was going to get prettied up, hop on into work, and enjoy the scenery of scores of Facebook birthday greetings from my cozy desk. But alas, as life is never quite what you thought it would be once you became an adult, the reality of my morning was this instead:
Yes, my car decided to die on me late last night. I called AAA, they got to my house at about 11 PM and jumped my car. When I tried turning it off and back on again, however, my sad little hand-me-down Chrysler gave me zip, zilch, zero. I was told by the AAA guy that I needed a new battery (uh, duh), and he said that AAA could come back out in the morning and replace it for me. Figuring that I would at most be an hour or so late for work if they could come and replace the battery at my house, I gave them a call early this AM. A guy popped over, took a quick look at my decrepit beast of a car and promptly informed me that they “don’t do replacements on this kind of battery.” Now, are you thinking, “Well, why the hell not?” because I sure did! Apparently it’s because for some ridiculous reason, Chrysler decided to tuck the battery in my model of car underneath the actual engine, front of the right-side wheel, so it was essentially inaccessible without taking the wheel off and going at it from the side. Which is how I ended up spending my entire morning in a Sears Auto Shop waiting room, playing Draw Something on my phone and seething.
At least my birthday makeup looks purty?
$220 and 3 hours of PTO later, I’m back on track. After all, it’s barely even noon now, so despite my earlier tears (oh please, as if you’re surprised that there was crying this morning?) I refuse to let this ruin my birthday! IT IS MY BIRTHDAY. Sean’s taking me out for dinner tonight (though he won’t tell me where…), I still have my free birthday Starbucks to cash in, and I had a vending machine Twix for breakfast. All’s well that ends well, right?
And in an attempt to continue focusing on the positives, let’s look at more of the silver lining from this morning’s experience: I got to spend a lot of time admiring my Gryffindor-inspired manicure, I got to watch two full episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (it’s no SVU, but it wasn’t bad!) in the waiting room, AND one of the mechanics asked me if I was Chinese. Score!
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Guess it’s time to go update my age on my “About Me” page, eh? 😉