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You (All) Say It’s Your Birthday

Posted Mar 08 2011 10:11am

Last night I went to the grocery store and picked up two pounds of powdered sugar.

Plus flour, regular sugar, sprinkles, cupcake liners, and a shit-ton of other ingredients.

Somebody has a birthday coming up!

Here’s the thing: when I say “somebody,” I sort of mean “everybody.” I’ve been in celebration mode for three weeks and it’s not letting up any time soon!

Julia and Jordan had birthdays in late February, as did my other good friend from college, Erica. Last weekend, it was my former intern/good friend Aaron, while my other former intern /good friend Nikki has a birthday on the 20th. And things get really crazy this week: one of my best friends, Lauren, turns 25 tomorrow, and Leah and Eric have their birthdays on Friday!

(Have I ever told you guys that Leah and Eric have the same birthday? That’s sort of how they met on Tumblr. Eric had come across her blog and then saw that it was her birthday, so he de-lurked and e-mailed her to say, Hey, we’re birthday twins! and they just became buddies from there. So…thanks, March 11th!)

I wasn’t sure why most of the people I’m closest to are Pisces, so I turned to Susan Miller of my favorite horoscope site Astrology Zone.

The roaring Lion and the gentle Fish — sounds like an unlikely pairing. But in an odd way, this relationship works many times, even though astrologically it is not a classic pairing. Your Pisces lover is sentimental, emotional, and deeply romantic. They will adore your outgoing ways, your warm-hearted generosity, and your penchant for parties.

It goes on and on, and the whole explanation on Leos and Pisces in love could not be more true for Eric and me. But I think a lot of the same things that work in love are the things that work with my closest friends.

Leo is a highly creative sign and so is Pisces, so don’t underestimate how dynamic this match can be. Pisces likes Leos’ generosity, strength and moxie, and Leo adore Pisces’ gentle sensitivity and vision. Together, these signs can make an amazing contribution to the world, especially in terms of the arts and literature. Leos can inspire the courage that Pisces need to develop within themselves. In return, Pisces give Leos a lesson in subtlety — something the Lion often misses.

(Speaking of astrological bonds…last year, in late November/early December, after I’d seen the birthday of yet another guy I’d dated/banged/loved/lost show up on Facebook, I also did a little search on what it says about Leo and Sagittarius. Unsurprisingly, it said we had the best chemistry and were a great match…perhaps the problem was the fact that, according to Susan Miller, “Sagittarius don’t want to be fenced in, so give them lots of room to roam.” Yup.)

Anyway, all of my February- and March-born friends are compassionate and open-minded (“Pisces rules the feet, so they walk easily in the shoes of others”) and very emotional. And when I say “emotional,” I don’t mean they burst into tears at the drop of a hat — I just mean they have a lot of emotions. They think about things. They care about things. They really feel things. They are like the girl in “Mean Girls” who says “I just have a lot of feelings.” And what I love is that they like to talk about the things they are feeling.

I’m attracted to people who emote. God knows, I emote everywhere, all the time, and love to talk about it, so I bond easily with people who emote. These are the people in my life I can talk to for hours. They are the people I can (and do!) talk to nearly every day and not get bored.

And now it’s time to celebrate their new years!

I’m not really a birthday person when it comes to my birthday. Of course, I like celebrating my birthday, but any kid who has a birthday over the summer learns quickly that their birthday is just not important. And the first week of August is apparently when most people take their last summer trip before school starts, so not only did I not get to bring in treats to school — pretty much everyone was out of town when I tried to have parties. (This is still the case.) I got over my birthday a long time ago.

On the other hand, I’m totally a birthday person when it comes to my friends. I like celebrating birthdays for the same reason I like celebrating Christmas and Valentine’s Day: it’s an excuse to gift ! And to gift with food and presents and surprises and fun experiences! What can I say? I love everything that goes into making birthdays special.

Last night, when I was out picking up all the sweets and supplies for Eric’s birthday this weekend (sorry to Lauren and Leah, but these treats won’t travel well!), I found myself getting so excited for his birthday. So excited, in fact, that I wanted to tell him all about the things I was going to cook for him. And tell him about all the presents I’d gotten for him. And see if maybe he wants to open one present a day early, just because! I think usually the birthday person is requesting this, and not the other way around, but I can’t help myself. What’s better than an excuse to celebrate someone you love? And in that sense, a birthday is better than Valentine’s Day or Christmas because that person gets to feel all the love. And baked goods.

Unless, of course, their birthdays are all around the same time, or even on the same day. The way I’m shopping for cards and gifts and sugar, it’s pretty much just like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. ‘Tis the birthday season!

Are you a birthday person? Do you like to celebrate your birthday or others’ birthdays more?

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