And If James Dean Were Still Alive, He'd Be 82

I'm turning 33 tomorrow—although since you are most likely reading this on Friday the 8th, I'm actually turning 33 today, right as we speak—and I have planned the waking hours of my birthday as though they were a military operation. They would be a pretty cushy military operation, I have to say—doubtful that Operation Valiant Eagle would include any spa time, for example—but I do nevertheless have a pretty meticulous plan in place for my first day as a 33-year-old, and it begins with not going to work. 

Have you ever taken the day off on your birthday? I was in two minds about whether I wanted to or not—one of my minds was campaigning pretty heavily for going into the office, because this was the mind that knew there would be cake—but I decided in the end to take the vacation day and turn it into a bit of a Treat Yo'Self instead.

So first I'm having lunch with Sean at my favorite sandwich place downtown, then I'm using a Groupon I bought last year to have a massage and a facial at a fancy hotel spa. (A massage and a facial! What? I have never before had the two any closer than a year apart, let alone on the same day.) After that, I'm going to do a little bit of shopping—mostly of the window variety, I suspect, although I shall certainly be calling into Sephora for my free birthday gift—and then I'm meeting Sean at a wine bar on the water where you can order a wheel of Cowgirl Creamery cheese and a loaf of Acme bread along with your drinks and nobody looks at you quizically and says "bread and cheese for dinner?" 

(Yes, bread and cheese for dinner! Food of the gods. Keep your pan-roasted quail!) 

I did have a brief moment of panic when I realized I had nothing planned between the hours of waking up and going downtown for lunch (apart from my customary Trader Joe's chocolate croissant), but then I got an email about an estate sale in my neighborhood—which is a lame neighborhood for hot bars, by the way, but a great neighborhood for estate sales, because there are lots of old people out here and then they die—and I thought well, what do you know, TURNS OUT THE UNIVERSE IS LISTENING. This particular estate sale, according to the email, is rumored to have "tons of 1950s and 60s curios" and since I usually have to make do with turning up on Saturday or Sunday when all the good stuff is already gone, I'm pretty convinced this means I'm going to find the most spectacular birthday treasure. And if not, well, hey, it's fun to root around in someone else's old kitchen junk drawer for a while. 

So that right there sounds like a pretty perfect day to me—carbohydrates, shopping, having a perfect stranger pummel my skin while I lie supine on a table in a darkened room—and I'm excited to go to bed tonight so I can wake up in the morning and kick it all off. 32 has been a great year—a wonderful year, in fact—but do you know, I'm thinking 33 might shape up to be an even better one. 

1
Ashley
Feb 07, 2013

Happiest of birthdays to you!! It sounds like it is going to be fabulous.

2
Jane
Feb 07, 2013

Happy birthday Holly! The best birthdays are the ones where you don't have to go work. Enjoy!

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Begonia
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday Holly! I hope you have a wonderful one. Enjoy for day off and keep us informed about the treasures!!

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Begonia
Feb 08, 2013

your**

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Rebecca
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Happy Birthday! It sounds like it will be a great day!

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SAJ
Feb 08, 2013

That sounds like the perfect way to spend a birthday to me!

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Lori
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday, Holly! What a perfect day you have planned!

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Bailie
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday and I love your sentiment regarding living by oldies!

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Danielle
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday!

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leandra
Feb 08, 2013

Bread and cheese for dinner sounds wonderful to me. Add some cava and it would be perfect! Happy birthday!

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Happy girl, sweet girl. May this be your best year yet.

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april
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday! Today is my son's fifth birthday - great ones were born today!

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Blanche
Feb 08, 2013

Happiest of happies today!

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Tracie
Feb 08, 2013

Happy happy birthday!

I hope you have a wonderful day off, and find something really special.

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Kate (Not Katy)
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you have a pretty perfect day planned.

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Anna Louisa
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday! Can't wait to see your estate sale finds :)

www.anna-bird.com

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Jennifer
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your fun day =)

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Amanda
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday! I am a huge fan of your plans!

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D
Feb 08, 2013

Your birthday plans sound fabulous...I hope they turn out even better than described. Happy Birthday!

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Crystal
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday Holly!

21

In honor of your birthday, my trio will be playing at the Ferry Building tonight. Maybe we'll see you! Happy happy happy birthday, Holly!!!

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jen
Feb 08, 2013

That sounds so lovely. Happy Birthday! I have taken the day off on my birthday before, but once I started working from home, it felt like a waste. I'm already home in my pj's, I can eat cake all day long anyway...why use a vacation day. I do however love the idea of booking a massage and a facial on the same day. True luxury. I might have to remind myself to do that for my 32nd in August.

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Shelly
Feb 08, 2013

And to think I was not going to check in to see if you had written today! Happy Birthday! Enjoy your three day weekend! You've got me thinking about what I should do for my birthday in April, which also happens to be on a Friday. I think I deserve the long weekend. Though I could convince myself that any old time.

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Home Sweet Sarah
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday! I have a pre-birthday weekend planned (mine's on Tuesday), but sadly no spa treatments. A gross oversight on my part, but there will be dinner in Sonoma tomorrow, so all is okay.

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Slava
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday to my favorite blogger! С Днем Рождения!

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Amy
Feb 08, 2013

That estate sale sounds like it was meant for you! Happiest of birthdays, Holly!

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Kristen
Feb 08, 2013

I hope you have the most wonderful day!

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Sonja
Feb 08, 2013

Bread, cheese, and wine for dinner?! Sounds perfect to me.
Happy birthday! I've been 33 for a bit, and I have no complaints yet.

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Danae
Feb 08, 2013

Yummmm.... Cowgirl Creamery Cheese and Acme Bread is much better than birthday cake! Happy Birthday!

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Julie / Bound
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday, Holly! Your day sounds fabulous. I'm coming up to San Francisco this weekend for the first time in a while, and am also extremely excited about making a Cowgirl Creamery stop :)

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Margie K
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday!

My 33rd is a bit of a blur, as I had a 6 month old baby girl (as well as sons aged 6 and 3), so I don't remember what I did to celebrate.

I love what you have planned today. Massages are wonderful, and I'm long overdue for one (I usually have several a year, as a reward for exercising). I've only had one facial in my life, and wasn't that impressed, yet I'm glad I tried it.

And you can't go wrong with wine, or with both lunch and dinner with your handsome husband.

My birthday will be on a Friday next month. Time to start planning! I'm not sure if it will be a work-at-home day or not (Fridays usually are), but long overdue time with girlfriends is going on my list.

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Megan @ Pink O'Clock
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday, Holly! Hope you are having a fantastic day.

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Marguerite
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday, Holly! 33 is a Schnapszahl, in Germany (same double digits) and is supposed to be super lucky!!

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Kristy
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday! I use a personal day to take off on my anniversary every year. Treat yo'self girl!

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Alison Presley
Feb 08, 2013

May your day be filled with delicious French foodstuffs, curious off the set of Mad Men, and therapeutic shopping.

33! YOUR JESUS YEAR!

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Gesci
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday!! And an estate sale FOR your birthday?? Jackpot!

I'm drooling a bit over that cheese wheel. Time to go ransack my cheese drawer, I think!

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kat
Feb 08, 2013

happiest of birthdays! i always take my birthday off - granted it's december 30th so it's holiday-centric but i totally subscribe to the treat yo'self movement. spa, dinner, fancy eats. yes and yes!

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Kate
Feb 08, 2013

Happy birthday holly, hope you have a great one:)

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ChrisB
Feb 08, 2013

Sounds like my kind of day and night! Including the dinner menu option!!! Happy Birthday!

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jill
Feb 08, 2013

Well that sounds like an absolutely fabulous day! Happy birthday! May it exceed your expectations!

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Heather
Feb 08, 2013

33 was pretty great to me - I mean, I MET EVAN DANDO! - so I hope yours is as glorious. Happy birthday!

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Sandy
Feb 08, 2013

Happy Birthday Holly! Sounds like a fabulous way to spend a birthday. Also, is it pathetic that I'm disappointed that there was no Christmas blog post? No? Okay.

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Heather
Feb 08, 2013

Happy happy birthday - I hope you scored some great finds today at the estate sale. I think this is going to be a wonderful year for you!

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Ayesha
Feb 09, 2013

Happy, happy birthday, Holly!

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Barbara
Feb 09, 2013

Happy birthday, Holly! I hope it was wonderful!

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Marcheline
Feb 09, 2013

HAPPY B-DAY HOLLY!

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Jo
Feb 09, 2013

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a fabulous day (plans sound perfect). Look forward to hearing about the estate sale gems :)

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Daisy
Feb 10, 2013

Happy birthday! I always take my birthday off from work (the theory being that my darling coworkers can always have cake for me the day after my birthday).

Can't wait to hear what you found at the estate sale.

P.S. Whenever it's your birthday, I remember the year you went to anthropologie and tucked your dress into your tights. I swear, every time I go to anthropologie now, I do a full 360 in the mirror before I leave the dressing room thanks to you!

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Camels & Chocolate
Feb 10, 2013

I always treat myself to a day off and a massage on my birthday (usually courtesy of Groupon!). Happy belated, Burnsy!

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lori
Feb 10, 2013

Happy birthday! I ALWAYS take the day off for my bday, and plan as many self-treats as possible. One day out of 365, just for me, sounds pretty reasonable. Enjoy :)

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Happy happy belated birthday!! I hope you found something incredible at the estate sale. :)

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KyCat
Feb 10, 2013

Happy Birthday! I have always said that should I become president, my platform would be only be good to each other AND everyone gets their birthday off. It's your day of all days after all. ENJOY.

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Bellie
Feb 11, 2013

Happy Belated Holly! Hope you had a lovely day x

PS: Probably a stupid question- but being from Australia, we very rarely have estate sales- Im intrigued, how do you get emails to alert you to them? Or was it just a friend who emailed you to let you know?

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sparkling74
Feb 11, 2013

I have never taken my birthday off. I'm too afraid the universe will come back and bite me!!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Feb 11, 2013

Bellie: There are often signs in my neighborhood the day of the sale, pointing the way. I think I followed one once, went to the sale, and signed up for their email list -- so now I get alerted every time this company is holding another one. Sorry that's not more helpful!

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Sandra
Feb 12, 2013

HB2U... I sent happy belated thoughts in your general direction last night, as I found myself having bleu cheese, Triscuits, and a glass of cabernet for dinner...

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Pretzel Thief
Feb 12, 2013

Happy belated birthday, Holly! All the very, veeeery best to you, with oodles of health, love and joy, now and beyond!

Your day plan sounds freakin' perfect.

Perfect, I tells ya!

It was my 28th birthday on 10th Feb (celebrated it on Great Ocean Road here in Victoria and the gorgeous coastal town of Lorne), my mama's was on the 11th and my dad would've been 56 today, 13 Feb.

(I know, RIGHT?! How crazy-connected are we?)

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Sheila
Feb 14, 2013

I hope your birthday was grand and that you found some treasures. Still looking forward to the Surprise Trip Recap. Happy 33rd year!

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