Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me*! How old am I again?

Yes, today is my birthday! I turned 38 37. Definitely 37. If my older sister is turning 40 this year, and I am almost three years younger, then I can't be turning 38 right?

At some point in the past year or so, I seemed to have aged myself a year in my head. I'm fairly sure that I've thought of myself as being 37 all this past year, and so until I did the math about a month ago, I was sure that I was turning 38.

I'm still having a hard time remembering that I'm only 37 now. The notion was that firmly entrenched. Maybe by next year, it will have sunk in.

In other news, my little sister is visiting, and she arrived today! I can't remember the last time I spent my actual birthday with friends (come July, most leave on holiday), not to mention family.

We walked around the city a bit, and climbed up all 387 steps of the Scott Monument for fabulous views of the city, as well as some disturbing gothic architecture.

The Scott Monument. We climbed to the very top! All 287 steps!

Little Sis and me* on the Scott Monument.

In some spots on the climb up the spiral stair (which is twisting the WRONG way), it gets to be a bit of a squeeze.

View of Edinburgh Castle from the Scott Monument.

Arthur's Seat view from the top of the Scott Monument

Ok, dog faces aren't too bad.

But then there's also lots of gargoyles.

And these creepy faces stuck all over the place!

In the evening we went for a run around the neighborhood. We ran a literary version of the Horrible Hill Route, running by the homes of Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, and J.K. Rowlings. Running Partner E. was the tour guide.

Aside: My younger sister totally mocked the difficulty of the Horrible Hill. Some day, Horrible Hill, I will no longer be lame and I will be able to run up and conquer you!

To end the day, we enjoyed a pint of Caledonian 80 at the Morning Glory pub down the road. (Sorry, CMS, we didn't ask around for Billy and Alex.)

On tap for tomorrow: A bit of work during the day and then hopefully a Literary Pub Crawl in the evening.


Merry said...

Ms. Theresa, don't tell lies on your blog. We all know full well you're only 24. Don't make me come over there and slap you.

Um... on the other hand, please do make me come over there (the slap is entirely optional).

You are /far/ too young to be over 25.

Scope Dope Cherrybomb said...

A very happy birthday Theresa. You celebrate the day with my DH. He unfortunately is about thiry years plus one your senior. Hope you really enjoy your sister's visit. Have fun.

Keziah Fenton said...

yay Theresa! Sounds like you're having fun with your little sis. And a very Happy Birthday indeed. I'm sure you saw Billy and Alex even if you didn't ask around for them. What's next on the agenda? I love all the pictures you are posting. Great memories for me*

Anonymous said...

Terry, that is the first picture I have seen of you (since I saw you at Christmas time). You look fantastic!! Your dedication to running pays off -- you look radiant!
Good job and Happy Birthday!