Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The big 3-0

I turned 30 on Saturday.And it was the best birthday ever.The husband frisked me off to a 4-day weekend to Hot Springs,Arkansas and we had a ball of a vacation.This birthday will remain etched in memory for a long time to come for several reasons:

1] It was a fantastic trip and we had lot of fun doing simple things like a long hike and paddle boating in the lake.There was this one particular zen-like instance when we hiked up the mountain at the national park and all we could manage to do was sit there in silence and take in the breathtaking visuals.

2] I got several phone calls all day long from all corners of the world....from my parents and in-laws and cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents....from friends whom I hadn't spoken to in ages......folks that I met through my blog and are now friends for life....from people who married my buddies and are now an integral part of the gang and close to me as ever.It felt really nice to talk to all of them and know that I have them in my life.A couple of these calls were extra special though.Like one of my best friends way back from high school who called all the way from Budapest,Hungary and we spoke for almost an hour,catching up effortlessly from where we had last left off.

3] The husband actually agreed to go on a spa session with me! The session itself was amazing as it was at one of those ancient bathhouses.The fact that M played along and ended up enjoying the whole experience was a bonus.

4] I got "drunk" drunk for the very first time in my life.And what better day to do so than my 30th birthday!! It was completely unintentional of course.We went to dinner at this really fancy place and we ordered some wine.This place apparently doesn't do wine in a glass and we ended up with an entire bottle of Chardonnay.And the waiter kept topping off our glasses after every couple of sips.So by the end of the evening,I had consumed close to 3 glasses of very good and ridiculously expensive white wine and was drunk enough to know it but not be able to do anything about it!So I was chatting away nineteen to the dozen and giggling after every sentence in the loudest of voices.A voice in my head kept saying "Dont talk.Stop talking.Sssshhhh.Be quiet.Now." But I just could not stop talking.I insisted that the husband run over some of the pedestrians who were a little slow in crossing the street.I composed a silly poem for the husband which he thought was very cute by the way.And several other things that I cannot remember too well.It was fun though and my husband was thoroughly entertained at my expense.

I have been getting a lot of "How does it feel to be 30?"I did do a lot of thinking and introspection just to see if I feel any major change within me.Honestly,I feel no different than I did when I was 29.It is just a mere coincidence that I felt I was ready to take some big decisions a few months before my birthday.Decisions that will change both our lives.Hopefully things go as planned and it all works out well.

This year and the next looks to be one hell of a roller-coaster ride and I can't quite wait for the party to begin!


Anonymous said...

Suuuuuuuuuperb! Your description says that you had one whale of a time ! Keep smiling girl :)

DotThoughts (the artist formerly known as DotMom) said...

Happy Birthday!
Welcome to the thirties!
That was some amazing vacation.. who would thunk that Arkansas would be a vacation place? Gotta visit it sometime! loved the picture of you sitting on the porch!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That definitely seems to have been an amazing birthday!
Belated wishes to you :)

La vida Loca said...

temptation to make old jokes are strong....will save it for ur 40s

Ready Maid said...

I always love it when somebody is surprised that Arkansas can be a fun vacation place!

Although you're too young to think seriously about where to retire,
it's interesting to note Hot Springs was named as the No. 1 place in America to retire by geographer Warren Bland , and was confirmed as a top retirement destination on a recent Today Show segment by realtor Barbara Corcoran.

I gotta admit, Hot Springs is a pretty cool place to live, even for those of us who aren't yet retired.

To see some of the things we enjoy, check out these short docu-videos at Spa Vlogger.

Rebecca McCormick,
Travel Journalist and Photographer,
The Sentinel-Record

I love Lucy said...

@SnS : We did have a wonderful time!Thanks :)

@DotThoughts : Thanks!Hot Springs is a lovely place what with the lake,the mountain in the national park and the bath housed and hot springs and amazingly clear mineral water everywhere.You should go and then visit us too on your way out.Ok? Ok.

@Divya : It sure was! Thanks much!

@La Vida : Good girl.Exercising control can go a long way!

@Readymaid : So you live in Hot Springs?!Wow!Must be really nice to live amidst so much green and natural beauty.

Anonymous said...


getting drunk on birthdays is even nicer :)

I bet u're planing a baby so yay!

Orchid said...

hi there,
hppy b'day...welcome to the 3-0!! and ofcourse since it is the new 20s...i say have fun!

Abhipraya said...

Belated Birthday wishes :) That is a fantastic way to celebrate 30th!

Silvara said...

Happy Birthday!! Belated i know but still it sounds like you had a fantastic time!!! May this year be one of the very best :D

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the late wishes! I am glad you had a smashing time. We girls deserve some fun...and ofcourse specially when we are so so drunk! All the best babe!

I love Lucy said...

@chandni : hehehe!like i said,it was "nicer" for the husband.... good entertainment for him!

@orchid : thank you!!and you are bang on target about 30 being the new 20!thats exactly how i feel!

@abhipraya : Thank you so much!

@Silvara : Thanks a bunch,babe!I did have the most wonderful time ever! :)

@Childwoman : Thank you so much!
How have you been?Ever since you your blog became inaccessable,I have been wondering how you are holding up.

Anonymous said...

hey dearie...have a little something for you on my space :)

Anonymous said...

Sending your way belaaaated birthday wishes! Hope the year turns out just as you want it to.

Mama - Mia said...

i grinned so wide reading the drunk bit!! i can imagine husband laughing a lot! :)

what a brilliant way to bring in the birthday!!

many years of happiness ahead for ya!! :)