When you're young, your own birthday is really the only one that matters. With age, getting older becomes that bit less exciting, and being the centre of attention becomes that bit less appealing. Given I have never really liked being the centre of attention, we're now at the point where I'd like to reduce the scale of my birthday to, say, a 1 on a scale of 0 to 10.
In contrast to the above, I have found my excitement about other people's birthdays to increase in my adult years. Heaping extra attention and enthusiasm on people I care about? Yes, please.
|I need to work on my icing lettering skills|
(even aside from the name adjustment on the bottom line!)
Yesterday was Mr Bite's birthday, and I was very excited for it. Like last year, he wanted pizza with family and the exact same chocolate mudcake I have made for three years now. Unlike last year, his birthday fell on a Monday, which meant we separated out his family celebrations from his actual birthday day.
|Getting British Walkers crisps pre-expiry is surprisingly tricky in Australia. For birthdays, there is lots of advance |
liaison with our local British food shop.
After doing family celebrations on Sunday evening, we followed my birthday tradition last night, by having Grill'd burgers at a local beach. I never get tired of their veganised (no cheese / sauce) Field of Dreams field mushroom burger. I also never get tired of alfresco birthday celebrations with just the two of us, casual as you can get, under the stars, with the dark ocean stretching out to the horizon.
One of Mr Bite's presents (joint from various people) was an electric piano-style keyboard. As such, after our low-key celebrating at the beach, we returned home to some noisy celebration as we tested out the effects. Having learned to play piano as a child and teenager, I was initially quite snobbish towards the thought of a keyboard. What is more, the piano I learned to play on is still at my parents' house, available for adoption if only we had the space. One day in, though, I can already see the benefits of a keyboard. It fits in our house, which is a good start, and it has adjustable volume, tuition guidance for certain songs, and sound effects that I can sense Mr Bite getting lots of entertainment from. It's not the same as a piano, but when a piano isn't feasible, it is a great alternative.
With his birthday now behind us, I hope that Mr Bite continues to get entertainment from the keyboard, and that his whole next year is filled with (well played!) music, literally and metaphorically.
|Chocolatey chocolate cake (recipe here)|
Which birthdays get you excited? And what are your favourite ways to celebrate, either for yourself or with people you care about?