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Great belated birthday party

I had a great time tonight and wanted to get it out of my head and on here before I doze off for the night. It was something that was planned for some time and I could not invite everyone. So, PLEASE, friends who are in the local area, please don't take offense. This part has really bothered me. However, I had to limit the number to keep the burden down on my Mom who was planning most of this and providing the food.

Parents, healingdrysuits' (brother) family and several friends were there, but many could not due to conflicts. I HUGE thank you to arktosnc and bearcubbnc for hosting this part at the Bear Haus! We had homemade lasagna from Mom, we put together a 1905 salad that came out OK and some excellent cake. As usual, everyone got along with Mom. :) It was great to finally connect my immediately family with my bear family.

I think the one thing that was awkward was being the center of attention at this. Sometimes I'm looking for attention, but this kind of attention sort of takes it to the other extreme. It just puts some pressure on me that I know is silly, but it's there nevertheless. After awhile I wind down and can relax and I get to chat with everyone there. I brought the apple tv to play music and show photos. I'm glad I did that is it sparked a great deal of questions about what I do and where I've been. Even bearcubbnc commented that he used one of my photos as his desktop background for a few months. :)

Anyway, the night was a huge success and a great time to get together. While having big groups like this is nice to talk an chat, it emphasize that I need to have more quality time to really focus on them whether it means just getting together for dinner or going out and doing something. I can't keep using work as an excuse to not get out there and show people how much I care about them (those that were invited tonight and those that weren't).



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Jan. 14th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Bday bud!

Sorry I have been abit too self-absorbed to notice this coming up! :/

Jan. 14th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a terrific time - glad you were able to get parts of both your family of origin & your built family together to celebrate your birthday! Big hugs to ya :)
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry that I couldn't make it. Sick. Slept from 1 until 7 yesterday afternoon. Ugh. On the mend today I think but still ugh.

Besides, the big party will be next year....or will you perpetually be x minus 1 years and holding? :)

Jan. 15th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
I'm thinking I will be out of town then..., far away..., and you won't find me. That is all.
Jan. 15th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Come on, Joe! You gotta celebrate the big 40 in style!
Jan. 15th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's easy for you to say. You're already a long way from home. Grrrr...
Jan. 15th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
LOL - except I will be back for my big 40 next year. I am thinking of going to Vegas. Nothing takes your mind off growing older better than free drinks and gambling losses :-)
Jan. 15th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Well, just let me know when you are back and I'll do what I can to meet up with you. Would be great to catch up with you.
Jan. 17th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
We had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed meeting your family! John was reintroducing me to grasses tonight!!

As for the 40 thing...Life began for me at 40. Truly. I came out just before and partied the 4 days leading up to 40 and took the Monday after off work (oh did I need it!).

It was a milestone year for me. I met John!! And we've been together ever since!

Embrace it. Feel it! Let us lve you through it. And guess what?! You'll be glad you did!


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