29 December 2010

Fifty

Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday dear Magpie,
Happy birthday to me.

I didn't get everything done.

I stalled a third of the way into Gödel, Escher, Bach. I looked at the patchwork baby quilt, and bought the rotary cutter that I needed, but I've not done anything more. I crumpled halfway through Couch to 5K because it got too hot. The ukulele mocks me. The printed blog books frustrate me. We didn't make it to DC.

However:

The sweater is approaching completion - I've half a sleeve and the plackets to go. I cleaned out my closet. We went to the Canadian Maritimes. We had three potluck parties, and will do more. And the croissants were divine.

But now I am Fifty,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be fifty now for ever and ever.

Continuing my charitable giving impulse, I created two projects on Crowdrise - one for my workplace (a non-profit where I've worked for the past 14 and a half years), and one for my daughter's daycare (also a non-profit, and where I'm on the board). I then sent out a long email to a lot of people, which began as follows:

If you’re related to me, or grew up with me, or went to school with me, or have been otherwise paying attention, you probably know that I’m turning fifty next week. Because it’s such a tricky time of the year, what with Christmas and New Year’s and school vacations, I’m not having a real party (and anyway, I don’t need any presents and my birthday falls on a Wednesday). If you, however, were thinking of marking this auspicious event somehow, perhaps you’d like to make a charitable donation to one of two charities that are near and dear to me.

I'm pleased that, thus far, there have been more than $1,000 worth of contributions to the two organizations (and that's not counting any checks that may have been mailed directly to either charity).

Thank you all for cheering me along this year, for being a part of my first half century, and for celebrating with me today.

35 comments:

FreshHell said...

We'll have to figure out a way to meet in DC. Have you ever been to the zoo? We might be able to finagle coming up on the train for a day and meeting there. Financially, I don't think 2011's going to be a good year for multi-day traveling for us. We'll have to find a number of cheaper thrills and, train fees aside, the zoo is free.

Julia said...

I'd celebrate with you any time! But I'm especially glad to do so today.

Hugs and love and laughter and joy...
Julia

Imperatrix said...

Happy Birthday! As they say in the Des Moines Register Celebrations section: "Wow, that's nifty, Guess who's fifty!"

Aren't you lucky you don't live here? ;-)

Becky said...

Can't wait to see what's in store for the next 50 years. Happy birthday, dear Maggie. :)

Janet said...

and one to grow on :-)

liz said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!

This Here Bliss said...

Woo hoo! Happy Birthday!

Kyddryn said...

Hem, hem...

Haaaaaappppppy birthday to youuuuuuu
Haaappy birrrrrthday tooooooo...youuuuuuuuu
Haaaaappy birthday Mizz Magpieeeeeeeee who writes a terrific blog and is worth reading every day and sometimes twice
Haaaaaaappy birrrrrrrrthdayyyy...tooooooo....youuuuuuuuuu

Ahem.

And many happy returns.

I was one of the recipients of the e-mail...but alas, we have nothing but moths and lint inhabiting pocket and purse here at casa de Crazy (Bank accounts? What are those??) and I figure those won't be very helpful to anyone...

I hope you have a very happy day!!

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Kyla said...

Happy birthday!!!

Varda said...

Welcome to the other side of fifty. I crossed over in August. The view's not so bad from over here.

Amira said...

Happy Birthday, indeed!

Or as some say, the 20th anniversary of your 30th birthday.

Wishing you many more candles on your cake!

de said...

Happy Birthday!

I know my donations went through today because my husband (who is very, very busy at work) called me because there was activity on his pay-pal account. So now I know how to get HIS attention.

Tonight we will be celebrating, too - it's our anniversary - and I will certainly include a toast to you and your next 50.

(My captcha is "golocal" LOL!)

Bibliomama said...

Many happy returns. The charitable giving project totally deserves to kick Godel Escher Bach's frustrating butt (yeah, it's still on my bedside table too). I still think it's more important to have a challenging and exciting to-do list than to finish one.

Deb said...

{Happiest of birthdays!!!! I love your support of those organizations, so sweet!}

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That is the way to celebrate a birthday, indeed!

Happy Birthday!

the queen said...

I note the projects solely for your own advancement fell to the wayside, but those sweaters for others got done. Ukulele in 51!

anymommy said...

The very happiest of birthdays to you! No doubts that your next 50 years will be just as full of great accomplishments.

Suburban Correspondent said...

@FreshHell - There's plenty that's free in DC!

Dora said...

Happy happy birthday!!! I'm just 2 1/2 years behind you. Gulp!

The Homesteading Hussy said...

Happy Birthday. You'll have to tell me how it tastes!

alejna said...

Happy birthday, Magpie!

mayberry said...

It is just wonderful how much money you've raised--and you didn't have to run a 5k to do it! Ha!

Lady M said...

Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Congrats on how well the fundraising is going. My birthday (40!) was yesterday, and I started a new tradition for myself - picking my favorite charities and making one last end-of-the-year gift.

Patois said...

I think you've done just such a magnificent job on celebrating such a milestone. I hope your birthday itself was pure magic.

S. said...

A very, very happy birthday! May there be many more!

Mental P Mama said...

Happy Birthday!!!! We are the perfect bookmarks to 1960;) You rock.

Angela said...

Happy Birthday!! I am 6 years and 6 days behind you. :)

Rima said...

Happy, happy birthday, MC! You had a very ambitious list there. And I'm open to a violin/ukelele duet, just say the word.

susan said...

Happy birthday, I wish you many more! Health and wealth and friends by the score! Cut the cake and let's eat some more, Happy Birthday to you!

Stimey said...

I know I'm late, but Happy Birthday! You are wonderful! I am a little surly about the you not making it to DC thing, but other than that, you're okay in my book.

leanne said...

Happy (belated) birthday!

Life As I Know It said...

Happy belated Birthday, Magpie! You have accomplished A LOT both on your list and off your list. Amazing!

Gina said...

Happy Birthday! (Belatedly)

Antropologa said...

Grattis på födelsedagen!

Bee said...

Very late Best Birthday Wishes from me. I hope you enjoyed the day -- and feel geared up for the year to come.

Both my mother AND my mother-in-law and one of my daughter's best friends share this birthday with you. Needless to say, cake was eaten in England on this day.