Tuesday, November 3, 2009

happy birthday to me

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like to be surrounded by lots of friends and family on their birthday and those who don't. I am one of the latter.

My alone time is treasured these days. This year, I was inspired by this friend's weekend away so I spent the day in the District doing a few of the things that I've wanted to do, instead of the usual outings tailored for the boys.

My favorite stop ended up being the Library of Congress, and specifically, an exhibit on Herblock, the famous editorial cartoonist. He spent most of his career at the Washington Post, which began in 1929 during the stock market crash and ended shortly before 9.11. I loved looking at his images hung on canvas. They are nothing like the cursory drawings that you look at in newsprint form. It was like taking a walk through modern US History, in cartoon form.

Late in the afternoon I met up with Ed in Arlington for a meal at our favorite Peruvian hangout. Later in the evening, we had cupcakes at a local bakery because I refuse to make my own birthday cake and one never magically appeared on my kitchen counter. It was a nice, albeit overpriced (really $4 for a cupcake? We're NOT in New York) treat.


This is Carrie said...

Happy Belated birthday Jen!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your birthday! I dont remember if I told you, but scince my birthday was on 9-9-09 this year, I thought for months of doing 9 fun or interesting things on that day. Well, didnt happen, I did 9 of the same ole same ole things, but I did have a nice day.I am glad your planning worked out. Maybe DC has more interesting things to do, than the oldest city in Oregon.
Love you, Aunti Jan

Michelle said...

What a perfect day! I am already planning my next alone trip. It suits me so perfectly. I'm glad you had a good day.

Beth said...

That sounds like a perfect day. I'm with you.. I'm not a big party person. Quiet birthdays are nice.