Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A new decade

Now that I've entered a new decade, do I feel older?

The short answer is no, not really. Turning 30 isn't that bad (despite what I've decided is a new sympathy for people trying to read menus in dark restaurants!). Many of my friends have had a lot of 3-0-angst, and I haven't suffered the same. It seems that those who have had angst have had things they're still looking for in life - feeling like they've found a career, buying a house, finding a spouse, having a kid(s).

I've never felt pressure to do any of these by a certain point, but making progress on 3 out of 4 probably eases the transition into this new decade. Turning thirty and thinking about it from this perspective does give me renewed sympathy for those who have already turned that corner (or will do so soon) and are still looking to add to that list, fill in those blanks. I have it pretty good, I think, and I'm really thankful for that. I can only wish the same happinesses for all my many friends! I'm not so sure that I'll be quite so calm when the next decade comes around - but that's not for a long while yet, thank goodness!

What did I do to celebrate, you ask. Coffeeboy and I spend the past weekend in Atlanta, celebrating in the "big city" with my/our friend Greta_Jane at Ivory Needles. We went out to eat at a yummy restaurant, went for a hike, and generally had a good time hanging out. (I'm not sure that GJ's wall appreciated being drilled into, though. We tried to put up a shelf, and in the manner of most housing projects, found that the house provided its own complications - this time in the shape of strange plaster and metal door frames. Yikes!)

My actual birthday was pretty quiet. I spent it at home, working, spinning a very little bit, and starting to listen to holiday music.

I did get some nice gifts, including a reminder that the wheel is a birthday present:

Birthday-ribboned wheel.JPG
Isn't that sweet?
My wheel was all decked out in pretty blue bows!

As for those packages that kept arriving on Friday, one of them was indeed fiber - 8 oz of reddish Corriedale. And another package was indeed a book from Amazon - Spin to Knit. Thank you, honey!

The third package, it turns out, was for me; it was just vastly larger than anticipated! I'd ordered what I thought was 8 oz. of fiber from Paradise Fibers (I typed "8" in the quantity, which to me implied "per ounce.") They sent me 8 bundles of 8 ounces each - four whole pounds of fiber, apparently by mistake! After a few thoughts of what I could do with 4 pounds of fiber (make an absolutely huge amount of yarn, enough for a couple of sweaters), the good Samaritan in me won out, and I called them to arrange to return the extra 7 bags. Because really, I'm not at a point in my spinning where I want 4 pounds of the same thing! Oh my! In return they've given me a 10% off coupon for my next order, yay! The only problem is... the UPS truck never arrived to pick up the box. I guess I'll need to call them again, hmm?


Lynne said...

Four pounds of fiber! I'm picturing them just sending you an entire sheep in the mail now. *G* Happy birthday!

Lone Knitter said...

Happy birthday! You have a gorgeous wheel. Well, I've hit the big 3-0 and I don't have a spouse, job, house, or kids, and I've felt no anxiety. I enjoyed turning 30. Happy birthday!

Sheepish Annie said...

Happiest of birthdays! As one who hit 40 without really being all that sure what I want to be when I grow up, I can say that the number really doesn't make a difference. Settled, unsettled...you're either happy or you're not. I'd say you've got a lot to be happy about! Enjoy!!

Jessica said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had a good one and got some seriously good pressies to boot! I fear I will not be so graceful when I hit that milestone early next year, mostly because I just plain don't want to get old! ;) Your spinning is looking lovely by the way. Enjoy the new fiber! :)

Danielle said...

Happy birthday! As soon as I turned 30 I stopped feeling older. But 31... I don't know about 31 ;)