Tuesday Tangents: Hey, my birthday really IS today!

My Twitter/Facebook update last Thursday morning, March 24:

My birthday is STILL 3/29, even if my office thinks it’s 3/24 and my insurance company thinks it’s 3/17. It’s been 3/29 all my life.

Seriously. One of my co-workers wished me “Happy Birthday” on Thursday, and I told her she was a little early, since it wasn’t till Tuesday. The birthday list posted in the copy room had it wrong.

Just days before my shoulder surgery in January, I learned that a couple of my health-care providers were having trouble getting my information verified with my insurance company. The birthday information wasn’t matching up; according to Blue Cross, I was born on March 17.

I have had the same health insurance for four years; it’s through my husband’s employer, and since we have just re-enrolled for the same plan for at least the last two years, he hasn’t even had to update anyone’s personal information, so we’re not sure how I was aged an extra 12 days this year. I’ve been at the same job for nearly eight years, and this is the first time they’ve ever gotten my birthday wrong.

Nope, my birthday is today, March 29. For the forty-seventh time.

fortyish candles by Mike F. on Flickephoto via Mike’s Flickr photostream, as previously seen on Everything Under the Sun. Used by permission (even though he said I didn’t have to ask first)

I’d say you could ask my mom, but she passed on in the fall of 1999; however, March 29 was her birthday too. My dad – who just celebrated his birthday last Wednesday, March 23 – could confirm it for you, though.

I have a long-standing tradition of taking the day off from work on my birthday; since it’s a Tuesday this year, I took yesterday off too. It’s been a while since I’ve been out of the office on a day that wasn’t a sick day or a work-from-home day, but I can’t say I’ve done all that much with the time; some housecleaning, some reading, some writing, some clothes shopping. Some people really know how to party! Obviously, I am not one of them.

Today I’ll be having a birthday lunch with my sister and her sons (they get out of school at 1:00 on Tuesdays); my nephews want to take me to Five Guys for Burgers and Fries (although I think Joey will have a grilled-cheese sandwich). If Tall Paul and and the kids have anything planned for tonight, they haven’t let me in on it yet…and since our Tuesday evenings are typically crazy as it is, I don’t think we’ll be doing much, although I may get to pick out dinner and tonight’s TV shows. I’m also hoping my Season 4 Mad Men DVDs, which have been on pre-order for months, will be delivered today – it’s the official release day, and that would be a lovely gift!

Enjoy your Tuesday – I’m going to make sure I enjoy mine!


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