I *love* birthdays! Especially my own!
It’s not the presents and stuff you get, but the celebration of a person. People really are the most important things on this earth. Each one of us is precious and meant to be loved.
My day has been blessed so far! I got up extra early and headed to church. I didn’t arrive in time for Mass, but I was able to catch my priest/friend and give him some cookies that my mom and I baked over the weekend. As a birthday present. Hey, it’s *my* birthday. I can give out presents if I want to! [A little later, but the same friend for story-continuity, I told him that I was praying for him that God would grant him joy and wisdom today, and said, “and since today’s my birthday, I get what I ask for, right?” He said, “Yup.” Which just means that I’ll have to intentionally pray for bunches of people and needs today, if my prayers (might) be more efficacious.
I spent some time in Adoration before the Lord exposed in the Eucharist, praying for friends and family and needs that I am aware of. I asked Him how He wanted me to spend my day and thanked Him for all the blessings that He gives me. I didn’t have a specified time that I was going to stay, and I didn’t even bring a watch or my cell phone with me, but I left when I heard Him say to me, “Now, go forth and do good works!”
Okay! I was filled with happiness and decided that today would be about spreading joy and love to those around me, however I could do that.
Next, I went to Starbucks to pick up a Gingerbread Latte, one of my holiday favorites. As I was walking out, thinking of my next stop, I thought that it would be nice to bring a Starbucks to a friend of mine who lived (relatively) close by. I didn’t want to pick it up right away because I didn’t want it to get cold.
I checked to see what hours IKEA had, as I had been wanting to pick up some flatware for the office. But, alas, they didn’t open until 10 am, and I wouldn’t be able to make it there and be to work on time. Scratch that plan.
Since it’s my birthday, it also means that I needed to renew the tabs on my plates for my car. The Secretary of State didn’t open until 9 am, but they have a 24/7 kiosk available in the vestibule at the SOS office in Canton, and I was able to get this crossed off my list. The little sticker didn’t adhere very well, so although I pressed it as firmly as I could, I expect it’s going to fall off shortly. Nertz.
Now for the second stop to the second Starbucks of the day! It hadn’t been an hour yet since my other Starbucks trip and I’d only taken like 2 sips from my cup so far. Oh, well! 🙂 This Starbucks had a drive-through, so it was pretty quick.
I managed to find Amy’s house without too much trouble. As I grabbed her Christmas card and Pumpkin Spice Latte (I know she likes those, and wasn’t sure about the other drinks, so…. Go with what you know, right?) and walked up to her doorstop, I was hoping that someone would be home. After all, I didn’t check. It was all spur-of-the-moment.
Luckily, Katie was home and answered the door. Amy wasn’t available then, but I told Katie that I was out delivering presents for my birthday and wished her (the whole family, really) a Merry Christmas, as I probably wouldn’t be out to their house again in person before then.
I sat in my car for a moment, thinking of what other randoms acts of joy and love I could do. I had about an hour and a half until I had to be at work….
I did have a RedBox movie to return, so I decided to do that. On the way there, I thought that I’d pick up something for my co-workers, to celebrate. So, I stopped at Busch’s and picked up some cheesecake (variety of flavors) and a box of gluten-free cookies for my one co-worker who has an allergy.
After filling up the car’s gas tank, I headed to work early. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a parking spot by the building and had to walk over with all my goodies, but that’s okay. It’s an awesome day so far!
Still doing good. My gluten-free cookies were tested and deemed yummy. No one’s tried the cheesecake… yet…. There’s a fundraiser for our church youth ministry tonight at Pizza Papalis and Lindsay’s going to treat me to some pizza! YUM! I can’t wait. And work is fun. 🙂 OH! And I have plotted with someone for something which makes me grin with glee. Bwahahahaha!
I will finish my birthday tale in the next post….
‘Til then, have a fantastic day! 🙂