26 Years in 25 Hours

Personal / Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

I had the strange phenomenon of celebrating my birthday on the same day as Daylight Savings Time, a useless concept that, nevertheless, added a 25th hour to November 1st, 2015. As my father said, not many people can say that had an extra hour to celebrate! Had I realized this ahead of time, maybe I would have done something silly, like do something every hour on the hour. It would have been more amusing if I was turning 25 (which I was not). But alas, it was more just a fun fact than any actual catalyst for anything–which is fine in my book.

I had a wonderfully simple birthday, which is frankly my favorite kind. Having recently celebrated the crew screening and wrap party for The Peanuts Movie well into the night, I’d had enough fanfare1. Even the day before–Halloween–was a simple hiking excursion and viewing of Laika’s Coraline.

For my actual birthday, I celebrated with some shrimp dumplings I love, actually sitting in bed a reading2, a visit to the craft store, a nap, free Starbucks, delicious ramen, Tous Les Jours cake, and ended strong with one of my favorite movies, Whisper of the Heart, and two episodes of one of my favorite anime Shirobako. Were there other things I wanted to read and eat and watch and do? Sure, as there are every day. But some times it’s so nice to just take these days to appreciate little things and spend a whole day relaxing and unwinding. It was nice to spend a weekend not staring at a monitor, be it my work computers, my devices at home, or my phone. It was refreshing to be active outside, and passive inside.

The weekend made me revisit all of the different things that I want to learn and try to do, many of them more tangible artistic endeavors away from technology, or just things I’ve never done before. It reminded me of many of the simple goals I wanted for myself back in January that revolved around my health, and how I am finally taking them more seriously and paying more attention to these things little by little. It also made me want to try NaNoWriMo again, which I used to do every year back in undergrad uni. We’ll see how that goes!

Hope everyone has a happy November!

1. Especially considering I went into work the next day, after not going to sleep until almost 3am after a night of drinking and dancing!
2. Sadly one of my favorite activities–reading–is one that I have barely done the entirety of 2015. So the fact that I got to read a bit about Will Eisner’s life was fan-fucking-tastic.

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