I'll Never Tire Of You

I turned 32 on Wednesday and it was charmingly low-key. I worked from home to mark the occasion—well, it was coincidence, really; my new company has a fairly benevolent policy towards Work From Home Wednesdays, and I figured, given the choice, that it would be more fun to wear my slippers on the day of my birth than not wear my slippers—and man, I do not know how I did that for six months. It was lovely and quiet and I was highly productive, of course, but I was also dying to talk to someone by about hour three. As much of an antisocial homebody as I proclaim myself to be, I also have to admit that I really do like me some idle office gossip about why the big conference room has been booked for three days solid, you know? I like the camaraderie of having co-workers, and the hustle and bustle of being somewhere other than my living room. Plus, my new company has a cafeteria with amazing food, and on the day I worked from home, I made the mistake of looking at the menu. Red velvet pancakes, people. I missed the red velvet pancakes on my birthday.

It feels peculiar to be 32, because I don't think I've ever imagined myself being this old. It's not old old, I know—not the existentialist freak out of OH MY GOD I'M THIRTY AND NOW I'LL NEVER BE A TWENTYSOMETHING NOVELIST (PS: MY EGGS ARE WITHERING), nor the slightly more subdued ehhhhh, thirty-one is just a little extra thirty, and that turned out fine—but it feels pretty surreal all the same. Thirty-two? Don't people who are thirty-two have, like, toddlers and stock portfolios and a wholesome discipline around moisturizing every evening? I didn't even manage to buy the right kind of milk last week because the label was confusing!

Still, show me a person who doesn't still feel about fifteen in their own head and I'll show you a person I probably wouldn't want to have a beer with, and that's fine, really, because guess what? If you're still having birthdays, you're still alive, and that's a pretty good bargain, if you ask me, particularly since you also get some cake thrown in. Actually, when you put it like that, it sounds amazing. So let me get this straight: I get to stay another a year in a world where chocolate-covered potato chips are actually a thing you can buy in a store, plus I get a whole day where people sing to me and give me presents and write nice things on my Facebook wall? LET ME LIVE UNTIL A HUNDRED, THIS IS A SWEET DEAL.

When Sean came home from work in the evening of my birthday, I was on the phone to my mother, and I didn't understand why he was ringing the doorbell. Perhaps he forgot his keys, I thought, and so I opened the door to find a pile of presents wrapped in shiny gold paper just sitting on the doormat, a giggling husband—manly giggling, he would want me to clarify—hiding around the corner. We brought the presents upstairs and I unwrapped the first two—truffle salt from Dean & Deluca, and a FitBit so I can track my steps and sleep; both things I'd wanted for a while—until I got to the last one, which looked curiously like a tire.

"This looks curiously like a tire," I said to him. "Did you wrap up a tire?"

I unwrapped it to discover that he had, in fact, wrapped up a tire.

"Ah," I said. "You wrapped up a tire. That's....uh....thank you?"

"Yes!" he said. "You said you always wanted a---"

"A tire swing!" I exclaimed, suddenly understanding. "I get it! I always wanted a tire swing!"

"Exactly," he beamed. "I'm going to make you a tire swing. I've already researched how you do it, and I know how to make it the really swingy kind."

And all that time I'd spent as a teenager, wondering what kind of man I'd want to marry when I was older, came sharply into focus: the kind of man who'd build me a tire swing in the back yard for my 32nd birthday. You don't know it then, of course, or at least you aren't really able to explain it. But that's the one you want, I'm telling you. That's the one. 

Feb 10, 2012

Oh my god that's so bloody sweet!!! Happy birthday Holly. I came to your blog a yr ago when I researched about Seattle and I have been reading eversince.

Now the rest of us can go glare at our husbands. :)

Feb 10, 2012

Happy birthday! While I was reading your post, nodding my head, completely understanding, I had to stop and think for a moment. I had my birthday near the end of January and for a moment I couldn't remember my age! I had to do the math (I'm 36) and I have to say, that kind of surprised me. At the time, I didn't anything of it, but I'm now closer to 40. 40! Anyway, I've sidetracked. The other thing I wanted to tell you was that Sean's tire swing? So sweet!

Feb 10, 2012

Turned 50 in December. Still waiting on a tire swing. I DID get a grandbaby though. I bet someday Papa will build him that tire swing. I'm okay with that.

Isn't love grand!

Feb 10, 2012

Well, sweet valley high! He totally wins the award for best husband ever! I am supremely jealous of your tire swing. And maybe even slightly more jealous of all your coworkers who got red velvet pancakes for lunch! I will be glaring at my boss all day long today for not providing me with such deliciousness each afternoon...

Feb 10, 2012

if you have a spare husband squirreled away somewhere, please let me know. or if he has a brother...or cousin. seriously, send him my way. thanks.

Feb 10, 2012

Oh my god. That husband of yours... It gives me hope that not all guys are asshats. Happy Birthday!

Feb 10, 2012


Feb 10, 2012

This is adorable - had me smiling from ear to ear before the sun came up :)

Feb 10, 2012

This brought me to tears this morning! You guys have something special, and I love that you share it with us. Happy Birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

Okay. First let me state that I love my husband. Like 20 years and four kids love him. Like he's The One and he's the one I was thinking of when I was a teenager and dreaming of my future husband. But never in a million years would he think Tire Swing Thoughts. And that makes me want to fist pump for you and Sean with his tire swing ideas but it also makes me want to punch my teenager self in the throat for not imagining that in my future husband. But only just a little.
Seriously awesome. Happy birthday!

One Third Acre Woods
Feb 10, 2012

Perhaps Sean could conduct a webinar or podcast on the proper way to give a gift. You know, using thought? I love my husband, but for the last several years, he got me a card. I have given him two children, the least he could give me is the truffle salt.

Feb 10, 2012

Happy birthday! Definitely post pictures after the Tire Swing goes up!

Feb 10, 2012

MANLY giggling hahahahahaha

Feb 10, 2012

I'm not sure what's sweeter...the fact that your darling husband thought to "get" you a tire swing for your birthday or that at 32 you're still excited to get one. Either way, you both sound like wonderful people and I wish you all the best!

Feb 10, 2012

Your blog makes me grin from ear to ear every time I read it, but this morning I actually laughed out loud (and I might have cried a little too). Thanks for sharing, and I'll make sure to share with my husband of 8 years how yours just raised the gift-giving bar!

Feb 10, 2012

Happy birthday Holly! A tire swing sounds just delightful, and please do post pictures when it's up.

Alison Presley
Feb 10, 2012

Perfection. I adore this.

So glad you had a happy birthday, pal.

Feb 10, 2012

Okay, how much of a pussy am I for crying at the end of this post? GAH! It was the damn manly giggling, I just know it.

P.S. Happy birthday! Between slippers and pancakes, you chose wisely. Slippers are reusable, and won't make your ass fat. 8-)

Feb 10, 2012

Tears, TEARS I tell you.

After the warm fizzles faded, I started to wonder if my boy would do the same. Little does he k ow that next birthday is The Test.

(Kidding of course...mainly)

Happy Belated Birthday!

Feb 10, 2012


Love this!


So wonderful. Now THAT is a present. (Also: truffle salt.)

Happy birthday!!!

Feb 10, 2012

That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard! It brought me to tears. That's love, right there. : )

jive turkey
Feb 10, 2012

Well, dammit, this made me cry. Happy birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

Firstly, Happy Birthday Holly! Second, you have a very thoughtful husband, and I'm so glad you two are so happily married!

Feb 10, 2012

Kudos to Shawn! How incredibly sweet! Happy birthday Hollie... I'm 32 as well and I still feel like highschool graduation was just a moment ago.

We don't have any kids either...although we thing about it...we talk about it...we don't not want kids...but oh my, we love to sleep and go to dinner at 830 pm if we want to. But the eggs, they're dying! I feel you!

Feb 10, 2012


A belated Happy Birthday! I'm one of those who is still 21 in her head (had to go older than 15 because of the beer thing). It doesn't change, no matter how many birthdays go by.

Feb 10, 2012

How sweet! And happy, happy birthday to you!

Feb 10, 2012

Oh my... Happy Birthday you lucky person I don't know and whose blog I LOVE! :)
Many swings and more blessings!

Feb 10, 2012

i want a tire swing. first i need a tree, but my husband is definitely the kind to remember something like that. happy birthday and good job selecting sean!

as for working from home vs. working from an office, i love working from home full-time. i don't miss the office at all...but then again, my office never had red velvet pancakes.

Feb 10, 2012

I never knew it until this moment, but now I want a tire swing!

Happy Belated Birthday to you!

Feb 10, 2012

Are you kidding me?! That's just the sweetest, most adorable thing ever! And happy belated birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

How sweet.

Now, when do we hear the MASCARA results???

Feb 10, 2012

That was so incredibly thoughtful of Sean! Happy Birthday, Holly!

Feb 10, 2012

You should probably know that your Fit Bit data is going to consume your life for a few days. You'll hate your partner for waking you up in the night (14 times! what?) and you'll struggle to figure out how that epic day didn't add up to 10,000 steps. But it's awesome.

Feb 10, 2012

How much do we all love Sean? (Lots).

Feb 10, 2012

Yay, happy birthday! When I got to the tire swing part I got weepy. In a good way.

When I asked my BFF's 80YO father if the 15YO-in-your-head thing ever goes away, he said "NEVER." Good to know.

Pickles & Dimes
Feb 10, 2012

Manly giggling is the best kind of giggling.

I am so happily jealous of your future tire swing.

Happy belated birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

That is adorable! What a good guy!

And I understand about the whole "How did I get to be THIS age?" thing. I turned 34 a few weeks ago and like you, I still sort of feel 15 in my head (this may have something to do with the fact that I am currently listening to the Besatie Boys on Pandora and nothing takes me back to junior high like a little House of Pain). But it's a good life, isn't it?

Happy Birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

Happy freakin' birthday! You and Shawn are the Smile-Makin' Queen and King of the Universe. No idea now how I happened upon your blog, but pretty sure it was a link to one of your fab and frugal DIY projects. Little did I know what a happy stumble it was. Now I come read you for everything, mostly smiles. You're the queen. Happy birthday! Ask for a crown to wear while you ride that tire swing!

Feb 10, 2012

I heaved a big ol' sigh at the end of this. Happy birthday, Holly.

Feb 10, 2012

Oh this post. I'm tear-y. And now wanting a tire swing myself.
"I've already researched how you do it, and I know how to make it the really swingy kind."

Happy birthday, Holly!

Kelly L.
Feb 10, 2012

This is amazing and made my day suddenly full of happy.

Feb 10, 2012

That is seriously the most romantic thing I have ever heard, and I am so happy for you that you married that man. (I married him too. Well, not Sean, but my own...oh, you know what I mean.)

Happy Birthday, Holly! Go forth and eat some cheese!

Feb 10, 2012

Sean got you a tire swing. Oh, I love this. Also, I can be there in six hours. FOR ALL THE TIRE SWINGING.

Chrissy (The New Me)
Feb 10, 2012

Happy birthday and thanks for making me cry into my lunch. Sounds like 32 is going to be pretty awesome for you. :)

Feb 10, 2012

So, there I go, crying on your birthday. What a great man you married!

Happy Birthday, Holly!

Feb 10, 2012

All I can say is that is real Love.
You are both so lucky to have found it.
Enjoy your swing. :)

Feb 10, 2012

Happy belated BDay, Holly! BTW -- you still look like a 20-something. What a sweet, sweet present, the tire swing! I confess I've always wanted one myself and I'm uh...just a tad senior to you! Young at heart, that's the key!

Feb 10, 2012

I love the bit about not wanting to have a drink with someone who doesn't feel they're 15 in their head, because I find it so comforting that I'm not the only person who still feels that way.

Also, that Sean sounds awfully sweet. I love that.

Feb 10, 2012

You are one lucky girl! This is better than Scott & Charlene! They were my idea of a perfect couple when I was 15! Happy birthday to you.

Feb 10, 2012

Happy Birthday! And what's this about chocolate covered potato chips? *off to search*

Feb 10, 2012

that's just perfect

Feb 10, 2012

love this. well done sean, well done!

Feb 10, 2012

Aaaaah, best birthday present ever!! You have an awesome husband. :)

Happy 32! I quite liked 32 (I'm 34 now). It seemed like I finally had the whole 'adult' thing figured out. Even though most days my brain thinks I'm still 19....

Feb 10, 2012

As soon as I read "Still, show me a person who doesn't still feel about fifteen in their own head..." and my mind immediately flashed back to a conversation I had when I turned 27.

My friend and I had talked about how we didn't feel any different at 27 than we did at 17. For my 27th birthday, she gave me a mix tape. It included this song, by Sponge. Listen to the lyrics.


I haven't thought about that birthday in ages, and I'm glad I had a chance to find that song. Your 90s playlists need it. (Another Sponge song, Molly (Sixteen Candles) is equally awesome.)

Looking for that song put me in a 90s music spiral, which explains my why I feel compelled to dig up my old Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, flannel shirts, brick-colored lipstick, and black velvet chokers to wear all weekend.

From one 90s music lover to another,

p.s. Happy birthday!

p.p.s. Maybe ignore the part of the song where they sing about being 32, okay?

Feb 10, 2012

I totally lost my shit when I read "truffle salt"


Then you hit me with the tire swing. Now I have tears in my eyes.


Feb 10, 2012

I love this post for several reasons, not the least of which is that today is MY 32nd Birthday and I feel the same as you. It's peculiar being 32. 29 and 30 were freak out birthdays. 31 was definitely "just a little extra 30" Today I am thinking more about age being just a number and enjoying each year I am blessed with. Although, I have to admit, I am counting the new gray hairs and I'm pretty sure I can hear my ovaries screaming at me to "Get on with it already. We can hold on forever!" (I'm trying to quiet them down. There's so much more I want to do!)

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

Feb 10, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

Has no one commented on the genius title of this post?!

Feb 10, 2012

Aw, you made me cry. So happy for you! Isn't it the best, knowing you married exactly the right person? : ) Congrats and happy birthday!

Feb 10, 2012

You made me cry, too. Life is good. <3

Feb 10, 2012


I'll get that TPS report to you asap. Just got a little something *sniff* in my eye.

Feb 10, 2012

OK so I have a bit of a number thing. Not numerology just a geeky love of numbers. (One year we didn't have enough candles so we did my dad's bday candles in binary - some lit some not, it was awesome!) Anyway, 32 is AWESOME. When you are 1 you are 1 to the fifth power. When you are 32 you are 2 to the fifth power. 3 to the fifth power is 243 so you are NOT going to get there. This is your awesome year of living as a fifth power. You're still young but you've got some wisdom.
Thanks for sharing that sweet sweet post,
Almost 42 year old who still feels 18 (15-17 were not my best)

Dana @ Bungalow'56
Feb 10, 2012

This was so worth reading to the end. Happy Birthday to a youngun from this withering old forty somethin somethin. Of course I still feel 15, and have the awkwardness in social situations to prove it : )

Feb 10, 2012

Happy Birthday! I got a Fitbit for Christmas (LOVE, by the way), but now I know what to ask for on my own birthday.... a tire swing of course :)

Feb 11, 2012

I love the story, but it's really the pun in the title that makes me grin. Happy birthday!

Feb 11, 2012

Love it! Awesome bday, awesome husband. *happy*

Feb 11, 2012

I'm so glad that the person who commented the phrase "When you are 1 you are 1 to the fifth power" did so anonymously, because I would have to find them and kick their ass otherwise. Now I will never get to sleep, trying to figure out what the f(*&k they are talking about.

I'm no mathematician, but the number one isn't 1 to the ANYTHINGth power... it's just one! You can take 1 to any power you want, and it's still just ONE...



Feb 11, 2012

Happy Birthday! You are definitely still a youngin.

Also, I got a little weepy at the end.

Feb 11, 2012

That is surely the sweetest thing. :) Happy belated bday!

Feb 11, 2012

sigh. i'm all teary-eyed to know that there is at least one couple out there that is still in love like that. i'm glad that it's you. :) happy birthday, thanks for sharing so we can live vicariously through you :) and, you always have brilliant titles!

Feb 12, 2012

Well done, Sean!

Feb 12, 2012

Hi Holly...happy birthday... I came to your blogs through an American friend living in Mexico and love them. I love the sense of humour and the fact that you are a fellow Brit helps....oh and you probably already realise that 32 is not old... Believe me....

Feb 12, 2012

Hi Holly...happy birthday... I came to your blogs through an American friend living in Mexico and love them. I love the sense of humour and the fact that you are a fellow Brit helps....oh and you probably already realise that 32 is not old... Believe me....

Feb 12, 2012

ohhhh that's the best! i got a little teary eyed, even. congrats for finding a perfect husband and also on the birthday. a good life you have!

Feb 12, 2012

I want you to know that you and my adorable six year old share the same birthday. I think you and Sean are so sweet and I just love reading your blog just to see what you guys are up to ;)

Feb 13, 2012

I know I'm the gazillionth person to say so, but how romantic! And I will now use this blog post to subtley hint to my husband that a tire swing would indeed be a good birthday present

Feb 13, 2012

Happy belated birthday Holly!
That's the right way to celebrate into a new year.
And, chapeau Sean! Well done. He is a keeper your husband but you already knew that...!

Feb 13, 2012

So I've read your blog for the longest time and never had the guts to comment. But this post made me realize this had to be my first one. First off, Happy Belated Birthday! And secondly, Sean is just the sweetest! You found yourself a keeper, that's for sure ;) Take a picture when your tire swing is complete so all of us hopeless romantics can swoon over your thoughtful hubby's birthday gift! <3

Feb 13, 2012

I was all smiley and nodding in agreement that yes, 32 is awesome and Sean is amazing and then you mention the tire swing and I break down crying. What a sweet, romantic gift! Sean, you win for best birthday present ever!


sensibly sassy
Feb 13, 2012

oh goodness, that is just too darn precious for words.
I'm glad you had a nice birthday :)
I personally still feel 17...even though that was a whole decade ago. Oh boy.

Feb 14, 2012

Oh wow. That's beautiful. Seriously lump in my throat. Happy birthday. :)

Feb 14, 2012

I absolutely love this. And happy belated birthday!

Feb 14, 2012

Happy belated birthday! This gave me goosebumps. I have already turned 32 (and was not happy about it), but you make some excellent points for continuing to have birthdays! May you ahve all the tire swings you could ever want in the years to come. :)

Feb 14, 2012

i'm 33. I have no toddlers or stock portfolios. I do, however, have a wholesome discipline around moisturizing every evening. Happy belated!

Feb 15, 2012

I am going to glare at my husband right now.

Feb 15, 2012

Ever since I read this entry, I just can't stop thinking about how Sean's sweet gift to you. So much so, that when in line at the grocery the other day, I even told the story to the checkout lady. Who, in turn, said, "That is the best thing I have heard all week. What a man.", and then teared up thinking about how much she missed her husband who passed away a few years ago.

Alicia C.
Feb 17, 2012

WOW. So sweet. I love that Sean did that for you! Happy belated birthday!

2 Punk Dogs
Feb 22, 2012

I just found your blog through a link from the Rescued Insanity blog, which is why this is so belated.

Your husband rocks! Not only did he put thought into the gifts, he wrapped them too. Extra bonus points, mine hates to wrap gifts.

Last year the Mr. actually gave me a wrapped gift. It was a Belgian waffle maker, so he could make me waffles!
The diner we go to started making pecan waffles, which equal death with my nut allergy. I ordered plain waffles once & the top one had a nut in it, so they were out of the question. Every time we went there I looked longingly at the waffles & ordered something else. The fact that he remembered, and actually makes the waffles, is why he's my one.

Happy Belated Birthday & congrats on finding your one!

Mar 07, 2012

I just discovered this blog and am reading older entries, and this one left me with a huge smile on my face. I'm 32 also, agree completely with the slight freak-out on that particular birthday and wish you many happy afternoons swinging on that tire. And your husband is a keeper!

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