Revelations: Bring on old age
I'm another year older this week, and man, it was a great one.
Not only did I spend time with three of the most beloved people in my life, I spent the entire week being reminded that getting older doesn't suck.
I can still use that word at 32, right?
Instead of celebrating on my birthday, Greg - the boonamis (boo-nah-mus) - arranged for us to spend a weekend in Houston and Kemah.
(Boonamis is a nickname I dubbed Greg after meeting a much-intoxicated gent at Greeks 205 last summer, wherein he described his girlfriend as his greaterthan-just-a-"boo" - "boonamis." I laughed - hard - then told the man I was going to steal it.)
Greg booked our favorite Houston hotel, the Royal Sonesta, and my sister, Alex, and her husband, Ben, flew in from New York.
Spending time with my family would have been more than enough to make the birthday special, but we managed to pack the weekend with activities, like carnival games on the Kemah Boardwalk, riding speedboats, dining on the oceanfront, sailboat shopping and gambling at the Sam Houston race track while white tablecloth dining in the Winner Circle restaurant.
I won three times at the horse track, by the way, a whopping $9.80. That's pretty good for a first-timer, I think.
Imagine if I had actually put some real money down on those races. Good thing I'm not a big gambler.
The weekend was so perfect, it was hard to say goodbye to Ben and Alex when we dropped them off at the airport.
But it was nice to reflect with Greg on the two-hour drive back home, rattling off humorous moments from the weekend and talking about future trips with family.
We also decided after our weekend at the Kemah marina that sailing and spending more time on the water was definitely something we'd be doing in the near future.
It didn't really feel like a birthday weekend, although everyone continued to wish me a happy birthday.
Instead, it felt like a few sweet days of adventure and non-reality - with people I love.
If getting older feels this good, bring on next year. I'm ready.
Jennifer Preyss is the faith editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss