Thursday, 20 August 2009

Nothing like a birthday to banish the blues

One of the reasons I have been so miserable of late is that I have a really big freelance project for a well-known publication due shortly, and I have been unable to get started on it. I need to interview 20-odd people, most of whom I have been unable to reach (thanks to incorrect contact details being supplied). This is enormously stressful, because if I screw up with this publication, my name is mud in the industry as a whole.


So that's one of the reasons for my unhappy face. Another reason was that I thought my birthday would be a total non-event and that nobody would remember or care. My family couldn't fit me in today (although they do have very valid reasons) and TSC (who is also super stressed at the moment) mistakenly gave the impression that he might not be able to make time for me today either*, so I was feeling a bit unloved and pathetic about it all. Birthdays are a big deal to me.


BUT... I have been thoroughly blessed today and it's only 11am. TSC woke me up at 6.00 (no, that's not the blessing bit. That sucked) to give me my present and card before he had to leave for varsity. He also made a pot of coffee so I could grab some on my way out. I knew what he would giving me - a drum players' starter box (with a pair of sticks, cymbal cleaning cloths, backing-track CDs and exercise books) - so I didn't expect to be excited by the gift.


See, I played drums years back but have not unpacked my kit since we moved to Joburg. Seeing I can't afford lessons at the moment (in terms of money or time), but I really want to play again, I asked him to get me some practising basics. I have sticks, brushes and the drum kit itself, and now I have some direction.


Opening that box this morning, I remembered how much I love playing. And although I had been worried I'd forgotten absolutely everything, when I flipped through the book, I could remember how to read the music and how to do a basic rock beat, which was really encouraging.


TSC had also written such a lovely message in the card (which I always appreciate from my man of few words) and had included some money for me to get this handmade photo-holder wall decoration thing I fell in love with at the Irene Village Market. So sweet that he actually remembered how much it cost!


Then my grandparents phoned to wish me well, and to tell me they've left a present with my folks for me. And I have had messages from the most unexpected people - my best friend's younger brother, a friend's girlfriend who's currently in Cambridge... even my insurance company phoned personally to wish me well (damn straight - with the amount I pay them every month, flowers would have been more appropriate).


I had a card from my mom's best friend, text messages from Phillygirl, my darling uncle in Kuwait (who NEVER remembers my birthday), and various other friends and random service providers (thanks Vodacom. How about some free airtime?). I even have a free facial this afternoon from Dischem (how's that for a customer loyalty reward?).


When I came to work, Roo and Boss spoilt me with candles, chocolate (Lindt mint intense - my fave), a cosmetic bag and mirror, make-up and a beautiful jewellery stand. And then, the cherry on top - I opened my inbox to find birthday messages from blog friends, well wishes in my comments section, greetings from work associates and a beautiful message with a book/CD voucher from Angel, Glug and Damien, which had me in tears.


*Happy sigh*. Thanks, everyone. You have made my day wonderful. My heart is overflowing. If I could I'd send you all some of the yummy mallow-topped cupcakes I baked for the office...






*All sorted out now. We were just having a this-proves-the-difference-in-the-way-men-and-women-think moment of miscommunication.

13 comments:

Louisa said...

I'm glad you're having a good birthday. You deserve it! I didn't know you were a drummer, that's fantastic.

Ps! Listen, I don't even have a sweet tooth but the photo of those cupcakes are making me droooool...Tamara, please feed me and my squishy some of either your yummy salad or these equally yummy looking cupcakes soon(ish)? Pretty pleease? *insert puppy dog eyes*

Charmskool said...

Happy, happy birthday little drummer girl - see I even came out of hiding to wish you. I hope the year ahead is simply the best ever. And that all the ones that follow that are even better. By the way those mallow-topped cupcakes look wonderful!!! mmmm yummy please publish the topping recipe on your blog....pleeeeze...

Ches said...

Happy Birthday Tam...hope you have an awesome day!

Laura said...

Happy happy birthday :) Glad its been good!

po said...

Yay, I am glad you are having a good day! I hope you have lots of fun with our drumkit, and entertain the neighbours.

Spear said...

Glad your day is perking up!

Being Brazen said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY *hugs*

Pa - those cupcakes look fabulous!!

Helen said...

Oh my, a drum kit AND marshmallow cupcakes... you're lucky I don't know where you live...

I'm so glad you've had a good day, non-event birthdaays can really suck, particularly when you've been working so hard!

Enjoy the rest of it!

Damaria Senne said...

and this is where i chime into the beautiful song that is your life and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY. And I'm so glad you're blessed with family and friends who honoured this very important day. I hope the rest of the year brings you many more blessings.

momcat said...

Hope your birth-night is better than your birth-day. Happy Happy!

Jeanette said...

Glad you got spoilt :) Happy birthday!

henno said...

A quarter of a century! Woohoo! (or is that the wrong thing to say to girls?!) Congrats :)

angel said...

It sounds like it was a wonderful day!