8/30/09

Black is the New Blue


I am going to be 50 in one week.


Yeah, I said it. FIFTY.


Now, I don’t really care if 50 is the new 40, or if 40 is the new 20, or if black is the new white and pink is the new orange. Frankly, I’m too tired to care.


A number is a number is a number. How do I feel inside? Great. I. feel. Great.


Am I worried? Am I nervous? Am I pissed? NO!


I am so damn thankful to still be on this planet, I am thinking of celebrating for a WEEK!!!!!


Or an hour. I will be 50, you know.



I was thinking of posting last year’s birthday post- but will link it instead.

102 comments:

Michele said...

I turn 50 in less than a month, also. I actually have no problem with it. It is just that much sooner that I become an empty-nester.

buffalodick said...

In my life that simply makes you a younger, more desirable woman than ever... can you still do the splits like that in the photo? Just kidding around again.. you're getting better, not older! The beauty inside, is timeless- remember that, dear..

only a movie said...

What a celebration you should have!! :-)

Madge said...

Happy Birthday! I think you should celebrate the heck out of your birthday.

darsden said...

wooooohooooo happy early birthday to you and you look marvelous..my big day is tomorrow wooooooohoooooo

That one girl said...

Seriously, I LOVE getting older!

You goin' to par-tay like it's yo Birthday...

*Lissa* said...

It's all about how you feel! Happy Birthday week!

*Akilah Sakai* said...

How sweet it is!

You feeling great is what's key.

50 hugs to you, Vodka Mom, plus ...

50 bottles of Grey Goose, or Ketel One, or Absolut. Take your pick!

Lee Ryan said...

Yeah - but 50 is really only 32 if you're counting in hex.

boots said...

50 is soo hard but 51 well it gets better and better. You own up to your instinct and well you just learn to love it cause you cant go backwards (damN)

blueviolet said...

I hope I head into 50 with the same spirit!

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Only 8 years difference. I thought it more. 50 is great! You will feel more of a freedom to be yourself. Can't wait for that drink we are going to have together! Did I say drink? I meant DRINKS!

Malisa

Annie said...

Welcome to the club! I've been 50 since November. Figures, I'm older than everyone. Anyway, I just wanted to say that (although I wouldn't have believed it had you told me even a week before) this is turning out to be probably the most wonderful year of my life. No kidding.

Sandee said...

I'll be 58 in September. You youngster you. Bwahahahahahaha.

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear Vodka Mom,
Happy Birthday to you. :)

Sprite's Keeper said...

A fellow Virgo. I knew there was I reason I loved you at first sight!
Happy birthday, Vodka!
xoxo

Pop and Ice said...

I've been 50 and fabulous since May. It doesn't faze me a bit! Have a grand birthday celebration for your 1/2 century achievement!

The Mind of a Mom said...

I say don't do it!! Stay at 49 don't go into territory that you are not sure of. You know the 40's are good so why leave a good thing behind?? :o) hehehe

Mrs. E said...

I celebrated my 50th BIG TIME!!! I had a stroke the week before my 49th--damn straight I was celebrating. I was celebrating just being healthy and alive! And I'm celebrating every day, every year from now on! George Burns said it best, "We can't help getting older, but we don't have to get old." VM, you are never going to be old with your sense of humor! Happy Birthday--and many, many more!!

Eternal Lizdom said...

Hahahahaha!! I turned 35 last week and was proudly announcing that I'm a common speed limit now!

Margarita said...

Happy Early Birthday!

Mrs. D said...

Happy Birthday!!!

And to annoy your kids, try to sound hip and tell them you are "fitty".

the mama bird diaries said...

you have the right attitude girl. may you have a wonderful birthday.

AirmanMom said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy what you remember, enjoy what you don't remember...enjoy it all!!!!!
~AM

Mango Girl said...

I simply say:

A) Happy Birthday!

B) What took you so long

C) WOO FU**ING HOO!!!

CONGRATS!!!

SkylersDad said...

It's just a number, I am 52 now. No big deal, deep cleansing breaths...

Heatherface said...

I'll tell you the same thing I told my own mom, she just turned 51 on the 25th. You're already a year older, your birthday's simply the end of the year in terms of your age. You're mostly-50 at this point, so just get over it and enjoy the fact that you're obviously an awesome 50-year old. ;)

Pastor Sharon said...

Well I am thinking we need to celebrate this week and spotlight you for this event!

Happy Early Birthday!

Anna See said...

Happy bday. You are going to ROCK 50!

Tammy Howard said...

I'll be 47 in two days. Here's to us: Cheers!

smalltowngirl09 said...

A friend of mine turned 40 back in November. She refused to let anyone say the word forty. So she came up with "The big 20-20". So when her birthday finally came around everything had Happy 20-20 Birthday" on it instead of "40".

I think you should celebrate being the big 25-25!

Maggie May said...

what a carefree attitude about aging, i love it, i am so not there, but i admire it! happy early birthday, vodka :)

@eloh said...

Have a very Happy Birthday. And 50 is the new 40.

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Pink is the new blister. Brown is the new frown. Broke is the new joke.

Sorry, Vodka Mom, but I just can groove yet to all the new aphorisms I'm hearing all the time.

Sue said...

I just turned 58, so I'm looking at an even worse number in a couple of years!! I have to share though. When I turned 50, I was in the middle of an ugly divorce after 22 plus years of marriage. My kids were a mess from it, but through it all, I've been the most comfortable being in my 50's! Life hasn't always been easy, but the older we can get, we can always use the line that I use, "I'm old, so I don't give a shit"!! An early happy birthday to you my friend!

Maman Tattoo said...

Happy Birthday!

my mom's mom died from a generalised cancer at 47 yr old (she had cancer for 15 years...) And I remember the day my mom turned 47 she cried all day, just like you.

I wish you an awesome year!

The Good Cook said...

You need to celebrate ALL year! Do something special 12 X's...

That's what I did last year when it was my turn to face the big 50...

It's been all good.

20's - figuring out who we are
30's - apologizing for who we are
40's - getting comfortable with who we are
50's - knowing damn well who we are and proud of it!!

Happy Birthday!!

Joanie M said...

You know what I got for my 50th birthday? Single!

b luis grey said...

Blue is the new Grey! :)

flutter said...

Happy Birthday, bitch! (oh, you didn't know? bitch is the new sweethearr ;p)

Desert Songbird said...

My soul feels 20; unfortunately, my body feels 80.

phd in yogurtry said...

Thanks for the early warning. Now all 1054 of us followers can show up on your front porch bearing martini's!

Happy 50, Vodka Mom!

Cassie said...

Cheers to you! I read you link and am sorry to hear your story. I'm sure, though, you'll celebrate the socks off your birthday! Have a great 50th year!

Frau said...

Rock that 50! Happy early birthday let the celebrating begin!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

You look like your only 25. Honestly. Well, maybe 30 but not a day over.

Captain Dumbass said...

Happy almost birthday, beautiful.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Hopefully this will be an iconic birthday for you.

9uy said...

Congratulations and Mazal tov!

Just enjoy every day of it.

Paige Lacey said...

Congrats on the B-day! Hope it's your best year yet.

xxoo

P.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday to you!

My husband's birthday is today. He is 56 - but if you ask him, he'll say 54 because he has decided to start counting down.

Alan Burnett said...

Congratulations. 50 isn't a big problem. You don't automatically start going downhill after fifty. Well, at least I don't think that you do. Truth is I can't quite remember.

Brian Miller said...

i have found you are as old as you want o be or think you are. i hope you have great birthday, with many more to come!

The Stiletto Mom said...

Happy almost birthday friend, mine was this weekend and I am still recovering. This aging thing is not for the faint of heart! xoxoxox

mo.stoneskin said...

From what I've heard 50 is the new 21. But hey, you don't care so that'll be like water off a duck's back...

just making my way said...

Birthday week celebrations are a must! One day is not nearly enough time to mark such a great occasion!

Ladybird World Mother said...

I once said to my son, about my mother...
'Be careful of Nanny. She is Quite Old.'
Son said, aged 3, 'She's not old, she's New.'
Guess you're pretty New Too! xx

LadyFi said...

I'm going to be 50 in December... let's have a party and celebrate!

Happy Birthday in advance - for next week!

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday...a little early!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Happy early Birthday! You'll wear 50 well...I hope I hit 50 with the same panache as you! :)

Gaston Studio said...

Great attitude!

I'll be 68 in December and am looking forward to it. Don't put anything in my way!

Gaston Studio said...

And a great happy birthday to ya!!

Christy said...

I hope you celebrate ALL week! This calls for a whole week of champagne!!!

IB said...

I turn 49 in September. I feel GREAT! And why shouldn't I? It's not like I'm 50.

Seriously? Happy birthday!

WeaselMomma said...

I think 50 sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!

Real Live Lesbian said...

Happy Birthday, Hotstuff! ;)

Vodka Logic said...

I turn 51 in October and I am finally over 50 although I still don't believe it.

49 to 50 was really hard for me but it stirred up the hidden poet and blogger so all is good.

Have a great birthday
xx

Alix said...

Nuthin wrong with 50 honey. I highly endorse it!

Happy Birthday wishes in advance. You WILL let us know when the clock strikes twelve, won't you?

CSY said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VODKA MOM!!!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday to you! I'm turning 30 next month and for a while I dreaded it, but now I'm just excited and happy to finally be out of my 20s.

Cowguy said...

Happy Birthday!

I just turned 51. At 51 they let you in the club where you just sit around sacrificing goats and dipping granola bars in chicken blood.

Enjoy 50~

:-)
J

Steven Anthony said...

I am so damn thankful to still be on this planet, I am thinking of celebrating for a WEEK!!!!!

GREAT ATTITUDE! WE SHOULD ALL FEEL THANKFUL, life is truly short..enjoy it....HAPPY BIRTHDAY:)

Ekanthapadhikan said...

I feel so good to see people with such great attitude. Three cheers to you.

Many happy Returns of the Day in advance!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

We should throw, like a blog block party!!

I'm going to be 52 in a couple of months. I've sniffed it out on this side of the 50 fence for you. It's just like you said, grateful to still be on the planet.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

When you play with kids all day, they help keep you young. Or very, very old. Depending on the day?

Beginning a new decade is a good excuse for a celebration, in any case. For my 30th, I bought a bunch of unfashionable prom dresses from goodwill and made my friends dress up with me.

Cora said...

Enjoy the hell out of it. Numbers are a good thing. Take that from someone who nearly died at 32 ~ numbers are a damn good thing. :-)

confused homemaker said...

Happy early Birthday!!! Woot for 50! Enjoy every dang moment of it.

Deb Thaxton said...

-->Having a birthday is much better than the alternative.

Happy birthday!
www.WebSavyMom.com

TexasRed said...

Happy (Early) Birthday! You're right age is 90% attitude -- just ask my 102-year-old great aunt who still goes dancing!

Dr Zibbs said...

I've got a few more to go.

Fer*Cambe said...

Woooohoooo! 50 years drinkin those vodkas! Congratz!

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Happy Birthday! Been there. Done that. It's not too bad if you live in denial like I do.

Sue said...

I have that same attitude about birthdays! Bring it on and have lots of fun! 50 may actually have to be a 2 week celebration.

Square Peg Guy said...

Awesome! I'm only 46, but I like older women! ;)

Michel said...

Happy Birthday! I also do not care if I am getting older. Frankly, these days I just see it as one year closer to when I can quit and start being rude to others and dress funny.

I can't WAIT! I'm already rude. That came at 30...

Elenka said...

Hey, I'm turning 50, too....10 years ago!!
Still teaching.....see what you have to look forward to!
Still feel great, I just avoid mirrors whenever possible.

The Peach Tart said...

I turned 55 this year and still kicking ass and taking names all while wearing stilettos.

Stereos and Souffles said...

I agree that age is only a number. HOWEVER, we were at dinner with some new friends over the weekend and the woman guessed that I was 42.
42, not a bad number you say? Except I'm 34.

S3XinthePantry said...

I read your post from last year too... what a major milestone 49 was for you!

I hope you celebrate BIG!

XO
-Lynn

Pam said...

I completely agree with you. I never dread birthdays because it means I'm still here! I lost my Mom 4 years ago and miss her more than I can say. I love your blog and the way you look at life! Thanks for sharing.

Comedy Goddess said...

My ex is going to be 63 tomorrow. Now that's fucking old!

Rick Daley said...

At 25, your insurance rates drop. At 50, your boobs sag. Where's the justice in that?

DustieBottoms said...

happy early birthday. My great grandmother (who passed away at 99!) used to say "you are only as old as you feel". I hope your 50 feels like the actual 20.

Maggie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY, Well I hope you have a great birthday! What will you be doing the whole weel??

Crazy Charm said...

Happy early birthday! I hope you're having a great time back at school :)

♥ Braja said...

I always liked getting older...seriously...

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I partied for the next three years after I turned 50. Just stopped last week.

Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

Joanie said...

happy birthday!

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

Welcome to the club!
50 isn't so bad. Consider the alternative.

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

One more thing, when I turned 50 I refered to it as Birthday-rama.....it went on for weeks.
Have fun.

midlife slices said...

50 isn't so bad when you consider it could be worse.....you could be 16 again! Oh the horrors!

GypsyFox The Glamorous Betty Crocker said...

I'm almost 30...30 is the new 20, therefore 50 is the new 40.. teheheh =)

San said...

I'm late ... but hope your 50th birthday was a BLAST! :D (however long the celebrations started... haha!)

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