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January 21st, 2011


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09:01 am - Ill squared
I do not regret Thursday night's dinner at the Midwest Grill one bit. I only wish my stomach felt the same. It has kept me up for most of the night. When it tires of keeping me up, it takes a break and the cold steps in to keep me up further. Did I mention the cold? There's a cold. The first pangs hit around 10:00 last night, the itching in the back of the throat and the general foreboding. Now I've got sinuses full of concrete and a throat getting more sore by the minute. I pretty much feel inside how it looks outside. Blech.

Not all that disappointed about it happening on my birthday. I didn't really have anything planned for today except for watching The Blues Brothers which is what I like to do on my birthday when I remember and also talking to Mom sometime around 9:30 this evening, which is what I like to do because we both remember. Both of these things will occur no matter what state I'm in, I'm sure of it. So there's not a shred of self-pity. A day is a day is a day. Some days life happens. Some days milestones are acknowledged. And some days you're sick in bed.

I am a square again. Not so bad. I was theorizing over dinner that life stages might be better charted using the square years as milestones, not decades. Birth to year one involves development that's quite different from two to four, f'rinstance. Five to nine are the elementary school years. Ten to sixteen is puberty more or less, seventeen to twenty-five is typically when one starts making those Big Life Decisions for oneself, and twenty-six to thirty-six involves the outcome. I hear marriage and kids are sometimes involved in those last two stages, but not always. Then there are the rest of the squares, which you may be able to fill in yourself. But a birthday is a good day as any for self-absorption, so I have only been concerned about the stages which I have completed so far.

Sure, not everybody's life path fits neatly into those compartments, and I am sure there are already replies of "nuh uh, I was like this and then I was like that before I reached the next square, MYTH BUSTED" a-brewing, but I don't think I'm Being Wrong On The Internet. I just think it's an interesting idea. At least, it's more interesting than "your twenties" or "your thirties", which have always felt so nebulous and subject to change anyway what with recent words of sagacity such as "the thirties are the new twenties" and all.

I should like to point out that no cough syrup has been involved in this theorizing. However, I'm probably going to bite the bullet and take some soon so I can sleep or at least not care for a bit. Thank you for your kind words and wishes, Facebook Friendsandfamily and LJ pals alike, and I will be sure to read all of them when next I am conscious. Enjoy your Friday.

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From:cynicalgal
Date:January 21st, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)

Happy Square Day

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Here's hoping the dinner doesn't interfere overmuch with your ability to enjoy the anniversary of your arrival on the planet. Happy Square Day, Spatch!
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From:bkdelong
Date:January 21st, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Well get better, relax, chill out as today is a good day to be in bed or wrapped in a blanket and watch TV. Heal well and Happy Birthday!
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From:ruthling
Date:January 21st, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, in whatever form that takes (this is a lousy time of year to have a birthday in general)

Hope you feel better soon.
From:zhym
Date:January 21st, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)

Squares

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I like the squares theory. If nothing else, it adds something to "When I'm Sixty-Four"
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From:bedfull_o_books
Date:January 21st, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday.

If I still lived closer I'd bring you some soup....
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From:greenlily
Date:January 21st, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I am sure there are already replies of "nuh uh, I was like this and then I was like that before I reached the next square, MYTH BUSTED"

Ooo, did it involve Exploding Things?

(Seriously, the Mythbusters folks--especially Adam--are excellent proof that the adolescent mindset of "Blowing stuff up is awesome!!!1!!" can be retained well into the later life squares.)
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From:lillibet
Date:January 21st, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
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While I'm sorry that you're sick, I think that Taking Care of Yourself is a fine omen for the year to come. Hope there are at least some good laughs (gently!) on your birthday and that this square is full of Good Life Things.
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From:chanaleh
Date:January 21st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I do like the notion of squares as meaningful milestones. It is a tidy mathematical way of expressing the sense that real, perceptible changes happen on a wider and wider timescale as our lives progress.

Happy birthday!
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From:zyrya
Date:January 21st, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!
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From:sovay
Date:January 21st, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, nonetheless. The Blues Brothers is a good thing for a cold.
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From:coconuthead
Date:January 21st, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday to you, or penblwydd hapus, as we say in Welsh.

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