Today is my 23rd birthday. Well, actually, I suppose it’s my 24th birthday and the 23rd anniversary of my first birthday.
Blond Redhead has an album called 23. I think I’ll make it my album of the year.
Did you know that 23 is the first prime P for which unique factorization of cyclotomic integers based on the Pth root of unity breaks down? Yeah…me neither. Good thing Wikipedia has an ENTIRE page devoted to the number 23, or we would have been without that fact. And what a bummer that would have been.
Anyway, in honor of my 23rd birthiversary, here is a list of 10 things (it was originally going to be 23, but this post would end up being way too long with that many on a list) that I love to do and would like to suggest to you. In no particular order, of course:
- Blow Bubbles: A childhood activity, yes. But blowing bubbles can bring a sense of complete serenity. I suggest purchasing wedding bubbles, which will not stain your clothing, and it comes in a convenient carry-around-in-your-purse/murse size.
- Sing: Whether loud or soft, good or bad, you should sing. Singing makes you feel good and it’s a wonderful form of expression.
- See Live Music: If you’re in the Southern California area, I suggest Long Beach, where almost any night of the week, live music can be found. But live music can be found outside of Southern California, too. Look for it. It’s out there, and, chances are, there are some hidden gems to be found in your very own backyard.
- Write a Letter: Let’s start the letter-writing revolution! It’s a lost art, and it’s time to bring it back.
- Have a Movie Marathon: Go out and buy your favourite foods and your favourite sweets, and sit down all day and watch a series of movies, preferably in some sort of theme. Here are a few that I have done: 1) The Godfather Trilogy, 2) Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vols. 1&2, 3) Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and 4) The Sound of Music, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- Read a Book in One Day: In 6th grade, we had Reading Day, where we all brought in pillows and blankets and books galore! Our teacher moved all the desks aside and we read, as a class, for 6 hours. To this day, one of my favourite activities is to sit with a great book and read all day long, and I credit a lot of that love to Mrs. Op de Beck (“like bake a cake”), my colorful 6th grade teacher.
- Drive Without Destination: It’s amazing, the joy you can find from driving just for the sake of driving. The solitude…accompanied by some great tunes…you’ll love it.
- Watch People: Not in a creepy way, of course. But there are so many fascinating things to be learned about human behavior! Try the local mall. There’s some extremely interesting people-watching that can be done there.
- Eat Meatballs at Ikea: They did away with the Manager’s Special (15 meatballs, potatoes, roll, and drink), but you can still order all of those things a la carte, and it’s worth it. Num Yummy.
- Give a Fake Name: Whether you’re waiting for a table at a restaurant, or you’re waiting for your coffee at Starbucks, give a fake name. The more outrageous the better. There are some things that you should be aware of if you attempt this, however: If you give your fake name immediately before you pay, pay with cash. (I convinced my dad to use a fake name at Starbucks. He said Brent and then gave them his Kirk debit card.) If you give a complicated name, be sure you know how to spell it. (The doubtful waitress at the Olive Garden was pleasantly surprised when I spelled Dijonaise with no hesitation.) And, once you give your name, don’t forget it, or it may be a long time until you get your table or your drink.
Thanks for spending part of this day with me.
-Erin the mood for chocolate cake
P.S. Happy half-birthday to Ruh-chel!