It’s my birthday

When we first started hearing about COVID in February, I would have laughed at you if you’d said that we’d still be dealing with this come my birthday.

I remember trying to plan a birthday parade for my niece at the height of restrictions in Western Canada. ‘We can do this’, I thought to myself. People were going to buy into staying home. People were going to buy into wearing masks and we could contain COVID.

I was so naive.

There was 114 active cases in the province when I helped to plan the birthday parade for my niece. Today there are nearly 4,000 in the city that I live, nearly 8,000 in the province.

It’s my birthday. There’s a snowstorm outside and a deadly disease sweeping the city, province, country and world. There will be no parties, no going for drinks, no visiting with friends. I’m just hanging out here, being antisocial. Nobody’s going to get sick on my watch.

My family and friends have come through in droves to send me presents and cards, text messages and phone calls. I’ve received more cake than I could ever eat. (see below)

A beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered this morning. I also got a pair of Vessi shoes for my birthday. My brother even sent me some slippers from Denmark.

Another year.

What a year it has been.

Who I was last year and who I am this year is two completely different people. I’m thankful for how far I’ve come and I can truly say I’m hopeful for what the future holds.

Here’s to another year and the adventures it has the possibility to bring. Hopefully it won’t all be spent in quarantine hiding from the world.

160 thoughts on “It’s my birthday

  1. Happy birthday!!
    I recognise that this year has been a difficult one for many people for lots of different reasons but I still believe that we have a great deal to be thankful for.
    Our family and friends will be with us throughout our lives and many more celebrations will be had and relationships will be strengthened.
    Wishing you many happy returns of the day. πŸŽ‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ€—

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I completely agree, it’s better to stay safe and healthy and enjoy the solace of a birthday on our own. I’ve definitely been enjoying it.

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  2. “People were going to buy into staying home. People were going to buy into wearing masks and we could contain COVID”

    πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

    Seriously though, there’s very positive news starting to come out of vaccine trials. The main wait is overβ€” the initial startup time before vaccines start to enter trials and approval. These teams of scientists began way back in December/January.

    “The vaccine has been developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech and is one of 11 vaccines that are currently in the final stages of testing.”

    “Prof Sir John Bell, an Oxford immunologist who is a member of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, has been talking to BBC Breakfast, explaining more about his reasons for optimism the day after he set hopes racing by saying “with some confidence” life could return to normal by spring.

    He said he had been “stunned by the efficacy numbers”.

    What’s more, this Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine demonstrates a technique which isn’t being used yet in any human vaccine, and the fact that this technique has been show to work is very good news for us. So plenty of reasons to be hopeful :).

    Happy Birthday!

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  3. Beat wishes! Cake freezes and you only have to put them on your doorstep! Here it’s been 25 C and that’s not good this time of year. Confuses things, but these days that’s normal, I guess. When the thing is gone you can make up for all the lost moments.

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    1. Cake does freeze, that’s a good point. I can probably cut it into pieces and store it that way, because if not I will definitely not make it through it!

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  4. I messaged you on IG 2 about these adorable cakes my dear😍😍 you are so loved!! An adventure in epic portions for sure 2020 has been for us all. My birthday is right around the corner too. I’m grateful for all the growth both of us have made both personally and professionally. Love to you V and HBDπŸŽ‰πŸ˜˜πŸ‘

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  5. Happy birthday, V! It really is a weird time to be celebrating milestones, given the craziness of this year. My birthday had been back in March, just barely a week after LA announced lockdown (and a week before I was laid off from my previous job– how wonderful!). But there’s still a lot to be happy about, despite it all, and it helps to have loved ones around you support and help you out. Here’s to another fruitful year…hopefully sans COVID-19!

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! A Fan Monica

    On Tue, Nov 10, 2020, 4:59 PM #MILLENNIALLIFECRISIS wrote:

    > V posted: ” When we first started hearing about COVID in February, I would > have laughed at you if you’d said that we’d still be dealing with this come > my birthday. I remember trying to plan a birthday parade for my niece at > the height of restrictions in Western ” >

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    1. Thank you. It feels like I’m leading a different life these days – which is a great feeling. Hopefully the pandemic can be under control sooner, rather than later. I want to start enjoying the fruits of this past year!

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    1. Am I the type of person who’d invite 30 people to meet me at a bar or restaurant (or even 10 for that matter) to make everything about me, me, me for a night? Definitely not. Am I the type of person who would invite two, maybe three people in particular to find a cool pub to play pool and drink beer and listen to horrendous music as we laugh about life and times and how drunk we are? Totally. Maybe even put on a low cut shirt too, just to see if I can get some free drinks. lol

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  7. It’s bittersweet when there’s positivity (birthday, yay! And feeling better about where you are now compared to last year, yay!) vs a pandemic that’s crushing the world. It all feels so wrong, doesn’t it? I hope you can enjoy your day though – better yet, make it a birthday week because the cake will last a while. Both of those look amaaaaazing. Celebrate, be proud for how far you’ve come, and be hopeful that at least by your birthday next year you should be able to celebrate outside!

    πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, V! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    Caz xx

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    1. The Cookie Monster cake was definitely better than the Unicorn cake. That being said, I didn’t make it all the way through. I agree with you, though… it’s hard to feel excited for what’s to come when the pandemic is dictating what is. Thank you for the happy birthday wishes. I’m determined to make the next year amazing.

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