{stories and snapshots from my new york city life.}



You know it's funny--I don't feel 35. Most days, I don't think I really look 35 either. But yet, here it is--June 14th. My 35th birthday.

I still remember when 18 seemed old.

These days, my Facebook friends post birth announcements and snapshots of their kids' birthday parties; news of their parents' retirements and occasional passings. When you're 35, there is a sudden undercurrent of panic about reaching advanced maternal age and a sobering realization that ogling Zac Efron without his shirt on is inappropriate and mildly creepy. The last time I had my teeth cleaned, the hygienist called me "sweet girl" and I found myself wondering how much time I had before people started addressing me as ma'am instead.

Still, I actually feel pretty good about this birthday (which is unusual, by the way). At 35, I know who I am, feel gratitude for what I have and care a lot less about keeping up with everybody else. I love life. That's why I wish it wasn't going by so fast.

I'm at a point when 18 seems so very young.

And because I am a full-fledged grown-up, there will be no celebratory shots or loud parties to attend. Instead I will slip into heels and a pretty dress and share a quiet dinner with the man who, God willing, will toast me on my 45th, 55th, and 65th birthdays too.

It's a happy birthday.


  1. Happy birthday, indeed, Jenn - cheers to you!

  2. wonderful. great post. have a wonderful and great birthday!

  3. 35 and pretty darn fabulous, if you ask me. Happy birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday Jenn! May this year be filled with awesomeness, happiness, love and good health! Have a fantastic time celebrating!

  5. Happy birthday! I was just saying the other day that I like myself so much more now than I did at 21. I could never put a finger on why birthdays are bittersweet, but you nailed it - it's because they signifiy that the years are flying by too fast. Enjoy your dinner - what a great way to start what will surely be a fabulous year.

  6. Happy Birthday, Jenn! Hope this year is one of the best for you!! :)