Sunday, August 3, 2008

Jeramy's 30th Birthday

Jeramy's 30th birthday was Friday, and we celebrated Saturday night with a big bash. Apparently he thinks that he has hit a mid-life crisis. After all, he tells me, Pipefitters only live to be about 60 anyhow so thirty marks the mid-point. Plus within the course of 2 months he is turning thirty, celebrating his tenth wedding anniversary and becoming a dad. That last milestone, at least, will be life changing. He claims that this whole mid-life crisis can easily be overcome with the purchase of a welded-aluminum fishing boat. And when this argument gets him nowhere he tells me how the baby would be much safer on board such a vessel than what we currently own.

It was great to have our friends over last night for a BBQ. For some reason we have never had a big bash during the summertime before, so this was the first time that we took advantage of the backyard rather than cramming into the house. Jeramy was able to drown his mid-life crisis sorrows in a little alcohol, while I, in my pregnancy-enforced sobriety, tried to keep things moving smoothly and gave nursery tours. Cujo walked around wondering why so many strangers were delaying his bedtime and suckered guests into giving him pats and tummy rubs.

Jeramy's sis snapped this pic of him and I with our 30th birthday goblets. I used my "sexy bitch" cup last January for my 30th, while his brother's girlfriend presented Jeramy with the "pimp" goblet. I had offered to let him use the "sexy bitch" cup, but for some strange reason he declined.
On a different subject, isn't it funny how we turn into our parents despite our best intentions otherwise? Growing up, our house was a mess. My mom's mantra was that you should never own a house with a kitchen you could see from the front door. She was very good at keeping one room of the house (usually the living room) presentable, but if you should venture beyond its borders watch out. I, of course, vowed that my housekeeping would be much better. And while I never quite attained my Martha Stewart aspirations, my house was generally a degree or two cleaner than it had been growing up. There have been times when my house has been especially filthy with the last quarter of grad school and pregnancy topping the list.

More and more it has been difficult to muster up the energy to clean. So what is a 7-month pregnant girl to do? Well taking a cue from my parents, I threw a party. There is nothing more motivating than the fear of your friends realizing that you live like a pig to get you moving in the cleaning department. This was definitely a tactic used by my parents when we were kids. In fact, when my sister and I were teenagers, I think they almost hoped we'd throw a party when they left town because they knew we'd clean the house. For me, this tactic does work. Yesterday we spent the entire day cleaning with Jeramy in charge of the outdoors and me in charge of the indoors. It's amazing how much tougher cleaning is when your pregnant...the squatting, the bending, the standing on your feet for hours. But it was worth it, because now I can go into maintenance mode until Jillian is born.

Since I knew nursery tours would be in order, I managed (with Jeramy's help) to get the quilt hung above Jillian's bed. I really love how her room is coming together.

11 comments:

Nicky said...

For my husband's 30th, I invited all our friends to a local beer garden with great food and a huge beer selection. 26 people at the party came down with food poisoning. Not my best party.

As for the "cleaning while 7 months pregnant" part, I have 3 words for you: professional cleaning service. :)

jenn said...

Happy Birthday to Jeremy- the hub had a bit of a mid-life thing at 30 too. It probably didn't help that I teased him relentlessy for a year beforehand...
Kudos to getting motivated- I'm 5 minutes pregnant & I can't seem to do it!

And I love how the nursery is turning out too! The chocolate with just the hints of pink- very nice!

Cece said...

Hey there, Sexy Bitch! Love the quilt! Things are looking great!

Cece said...

Hey there, Sexy Bitch! Love the quilt! Things are looking great!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Jeramy!!! I love Jillian's room:) It's so pretty! The quilt looks great on the chocolate wall.

Jennifer said...

Happy 30th Jeremy!

Love the nursery quilt...looks perfect in there above the crib!

JamieD said...

I LOVE the nursery quilt - it is beautiful!!

Where can I get a "Sexy Bitch" goblet?!?!

Jen said...

The nursery looks great! And a pimp cup? Hee... I think you should actually be drinking form it!

Kathy V said...

I know what you mean about cleaning. There is so much dust in my house right now I think the end tables seem "furry". I just can't manage to get psyched up and motivated to clean. Not that I want to live like a pig but dusting and stuff just doesn't seem appealing right now. I know what you mean about the cleaning habits learned as a youth too. My mother always cleaned up better when people were coming. So I guess I have to throw a party inorder to get myself motivated to dust.

s.e. said...

I turn 30 next month and may need to buy something also. But I am not so sure it will be a boat!

I love, love, love the nursery picture. I have that soft brown in my bedroom and it really gives a soft cozy feel. Did you make the quilt too? I am impressed either way!

Barb said...

That helps me too! When I don't have to work so much, the house benefits. But in the Summer especially, I have quite a difficult time staying motivated.

LOOOOOOOVe the quilt and crib photo.