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Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Or something.

Monday, June 18, 2007


So today I turn thirty. Yay thirty! Really, old age isn't so bad (though so far, it's only consisted of eating waffles and cleaning out my closet and taking a nice, long afternoon nap, which I can now completely justify). I was just saying this weekend that I'd never wish to be 20 or 22 or 25 again. (Maybe 28, but then again, 28 wasn't so special.) I know so much more and I've done so much more than I ever thought possible at those ages. Plus, I have a much better closetful of clothes.

But if we're keeping score, since my 25th birthday, I have:
-Quit my job in New York to travel around Europe
-Lived in Beijing for two years
-Embarked on international writing career
-Moved to Singapore (1.5 years and counting)
-Increased the number of countries I have visited from 7 to 23 (but I aim to get to get that up to 30 sometime soon)
-Learned to sew, ski, surf, take photographs, speak Mandarin (slightly), play blackjack and sneak into the Worker's Stadium in Beijing
-Adopted two very adorable kitties, who are both curled up on my lap as I type this
-Started this blog! And so much more.

I've got some very high hopes for the next five years.

My Birthday Week got kicked off last night with an extremely full screening of the film Seamless at Pitch Black, after which those cute Pitch Black kids surprised me with a delicious chocolate cake. Thanks again to everyone who came out for the film (and looked so very stylish doing it!).

And that image above? That's from Cremaster 3, the middle chapter of Matthew Barney's epic art-installation film series. Mike and I sat through all five parts of the Cremaster Cycle last week and though we don't have much to show for it (other than some of highly entertaining examples of wacky imagery), it was still pretty interesting. I'm not sure I knew who Matthew Barney even was when I was 25. So that's one more point for old age.

Also, turning 30 is a great reason to justify some cute new dresses from Topshop. Says me.

27 comments :

may said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Catherine said...

Happy birthday! I have been reading your blog for a little while and love what you write about.
Have a wonderful day

Debrah said...

Hi Ms Spinach,

Thanx for hosting the screening last night! My friends and I really enjoyed it! So glad i brought them there! Can't wait for your next screening!

lisa said...

Happy birthday!!! I love your blog--it's a source of fashion inspiration for me, as well as endless envy of Singapore shopping and culture. :)

Jessica said...

great post and wow you really have accomplished so much in the past 5 years. I hope by the time I am thirty (7 years from now...) I will be saying all of those fantastic things and making such a grand list like yourself.

i wish you all the best and Happy birthday!

fso GT said...

happy birthday

snowy said...

Happy Birthday! Cute new Topshop dresses sound like the perfect birthday present :o)

pinkurocks said...

Happy 30th Birthday!!! You definitely deserve some new dresses!!

Anonymous said...

I didnt accomplish as much as u did...:( ~Mint

Fiwibabe said...

Happy Birthday!

Yes, you are so right about turning 30 - you know so much more, find your fashion style, discover what's truly important in your life....it just keeps getting better.

Sigh. I do still mourn 28 though....sort of....

Pip said...

Happy Birthday! I'm not even twenty yet and in a way I kind of know what you're talking about. Age, no matter if it is old or young, shouldn't get in the way of what you want to do. Keep up the great work!

cruststation said...

Happy Birthday! You have achieved so very much already, that's an impressive list. Have a wonderful time celebrating.

Ariana said...

Happy (belated) birthday!

Tamron Lohan said...

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Happy birthday! 30's the new 24!

Cremaster totes freaks me out.

little miss pea said...

Hey Betsy~! Happy birthday to you! zn.

kleors said...

welcome to singapore, hun! a very belated welcome, but nevertheless! hope i'll see you around!

Gracie said...

Happy birthday! Your blog is great! And you have achieved many things. Have fun =)

Gracie

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday! I hope I accomplish as much as you have by the time I'm 30.

brookiebee843 said...

dont seem 30

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Mae Jane said...

happy birthday! age is only a number really hehe you've accomplished so much with your time, it's beautiful. birthdays should be celebrations for the self, so live it up and spoil yourself :)

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday!

18 June is special to me too - my wedding anniversary.

Why not show photos of all those stylish people who turn up at the screenings? It will be fun!

love.boxes said...

30 is amazing... even expansive i'd say.

Unha said...

very cool. happy bday!
i recently turned 31.. love being 30s!!

i love your blog!

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