Friday, December 13, 2013

Four Birthdays Party






I love birthday parties, but it's been a while since I had one for myself. In law school, my birthday fell right at the beginning of finals. There was no time for cake and ice cream or anything except feeling guilty about not studying more.

Usually by the time my birthday rolled around my brain was whimpering something like, “You have to stop thinking about Iqbal and Twombly now because I’m full. You’re replacing your ability to tie your shoes and ride a bike with lists of favored and disfavored defenses. I have a splitting headache, but you have actually lost the intellectual capacity to break past a child-proofed bottle of Tylenol. Stop.”

And at that point – even if it’s your birthday – all you can do is move your laundry to the drier, and then IRAC pleading standards for three more hours. And in those three hours, I swear, you lose a little bit of your humanity. No decent human being would keep working, but you have to. So you set aside your “limits,” establish new boundaries, and become a Master Robot of Civil Procedure.

But not this year.

This year, Chris decided we would have a Four Birthdays Party: a party to celebrate turning 27, and 26, 25, and 24... which went uncelebrated due to law school finals. Every hour, on the hour, we sang happy birthday, blew out candles, and cut a new cake.

A funfetti cake, for the birthday I celebrated in the Castro. A chocolate fudge cake, which is a tastier version of our wedding cake. A citrus cake, for the year I graduated from a California law school and passed the California bar. And a carrot cake, for this year, when I've finally been able to celebrate the holidays like a normal person. We also had a brown butter pumpkin cake, my friend Julie brought a hilarious cake with my picture on it, and my friend Meredith brought a delicious chocolate orange cake.

It was a lot of cake, a lot of sparkling cider, and a lot better than the last three years.

britt

11 comments:

  1. Happy Birthdays! That sounds like one incredible party!

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    1. Ha - almost as good at being at Alta with you.

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  2. Wow. I am super impressed with Chris. What a great idea! Wish I could celebrate your birthday with you :)

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    1. He has the BEST ideas. But, yes, birthdays where you and I are together are ALWAYS better.

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  3. next year, five birthdays. we'll double the cake and rent a bigger house. also, pinatas.

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  4. HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOUR BLOG HAD MOVED!?!?!?! I JUST THOUGHT YOU WEREN'T BLOGGING!!!!!!! I'm seriously freaking out right now.
    Also, A CAKE WITH YOUR FACE ON IT!
    Also, four birthdays!
    Also, happy birthday!!
    Also, HOW HAVE I MISSED OUT ON YOUR BLOGGING?!
    Also, your party looks like perfection. Seriously.

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  5. HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOUR BLOG MOVED!!!! I JUST THOUGHT YOU WEREN'T BLOGGING?!?!?!!?
    Also, A CAKE WITH YOUR FACE ON IT!!!
    Also, I didn't know you were a tax attorney.
    Also, four birthdays?! Genius.
    Also, happy birthday.
    Also, your party is perfection.
    Also, seriously, how did I miss out on the move from blogspot?!
    Also, I typed this comment out, then had to pick who I was commenting as which prompted me to sign into google, which then deleted my comment. For the record, my first comment was probably better. hahaa.

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    1. Dear Whitney, I love you. More than a million birthday parties.

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  6. I love everything about this post! Who ever said its ever too late to make up for celebrations missed! You're awesome Britt! And Happy Birthday x4. :)

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