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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Happy Birthday to me!

Today I'm 45. I now officially consider myself middle-aged. For all those younger people who are dreading their forties, let me tell you this. It's great. I'm really enjoying my forties more than I have any other decade.

So, to celebrate, here is my Thursday Thirteen for today:

Thirteen Things about Why life is great after 40

1. You are secure in who you are. It no longer matters to you what others might think.
2. You have a wide variety of experiences.
3. You’re able to say no and not worry about pleasing people.
4. Time is more valuable than money
5. You don’t try to suck in your gut and it doesn’t matter who sees it.
6. You can go to bed at 9 p.m. and not miss anything because all your friends are doing the same.
7. You acquire a new interest in all things medical and enjoy sharing medical information with your peers.
8. You secrets are safe with your friends because they won’t remember them either.
9. You don’t sweat the small stuff.
10. Speed limits are speed limits, not a starting point.
11. You gain the ability to read the weather through your body. You don’t need the meteorologist to tell you that it’s going to rain.
12. You have a convenient excuse now for forgetting appointments.
13. You really appreciate the finer things in life.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. I am Jenn
2. Susan Helene Gottfried
3. Delightful Dutchess
4. Chelle
5. Maryanne
6. Dane Bramage
7. Smurf
8. Celfyddydau
9. Leanne

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


  1. Anonymous11:54 AM


    I hope you have a great day and a fabulous year ahead. Thanks for your friendship, Barbara. I hope we can meet irl someday.

  2. it's so weird because even though i'm getting older too - i foget that everyone else also has to. i'm always surprised when my little cousins are now grown-ups and my "young" aunt is now 45! craziness. happy birthday!!!!

  3. Happy Birthday!!!
    What a great list!

    Happy TT!!

  4. Uh-oh. I'm a lot younger than you and a lot of this already applies. What does that say about us? (you're late, I'm early?)

    Happy TT and have a wonderful, wonderful birthday!

  5. Anonymous5:02 PM

    Happy Birthday!
    As someone else who is over 40, I totally agree with you! Great to be us!

    Happy TT

  6. Anonymous5:33 PM

    Happy Birthday!! I enjoyed reading this. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  7. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Happy Birthday! I really enjoyed your list!!

    Happy TT!

  8. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Happy Birthday to You! I love your list, I agree with all of it, the only thing is, as soon as I turned 40, my body started falling apart. I just had my gall bladder out last week! I am 46 and other than that, I love my forties. These are my years of enlightenment, so many things seem to make more sense. Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.
    Toodles, Maryanne

  9. Happy Birthday! Getting older is better than the alternative! And thanks for spending some time on your special day at my Thursday Thirteen # 21, the Photo Church Tour Edition

  10. Great list! I enjoyed my 30s more than my 20s, and I'm enjoying the 40s too. We must be hitting our prime.

  11. Happy birthday...and welcome to this side of the hill.

    Your speed limit comment would not hold up her who tend to see the interstate number signs as the speed limit. Trucker ally, I 81, 80 is common and speeds can get higher on I 95.

  12. Happy Birthday! Feliz cumpleanos! Joyeux Anniversaire! Great list!

  13. Anonymous9:16 PM

    Happy birthday to you! I look forward to my 40s.. its my late twenties I dreaded.. Great List..

  14. Happy Birthday to you!!!


  15. Thanks for this list I'll be 40 in a couple of years. I'm going to keep the list to remind me that I'm not old!

    thanks for stopping by my TT and the comment on my horse

  16. Happy Birthday!

    I'm actually looking forward to 40. There's nothing wow'ing me here in the 30's. LOL! :D

  17. Anonymous7:14 PM

    Happy Birthday! I turned 40 last January myself, and found I have been enjoying it more than I thought I would. Hope you had a great birthday, and have a terrific weekend! Cheers!

  18. Anonymous8:35 PM

    Happy Birthday!!

  19. Anonymous8:02 AM

    Hello Barbara,

    I am a Barbara from Holland and also just turned 45....at november 25th an I love scrapbook. By accident I found your blog and started reading gbecause we have the same name. And know i found out that we are almost the some age as well. What a coincident.
    I hope you had a nice birthday with lovely gifts.

    See you in the future,
    Barbara Pouw


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