Posted by Sari
There are pros and cons in having one of the big national holidays as your birthday. On the pro-side, my birthday is a national holiday. I remember being terribly shocked as a child when I realised that other kids had to go to school on their birthday, and the adults, they had to go to work! Also First of May being a student carneval and spring carneval meant that there has always been lots of champagne, pick-nicking, balloons, streamers, male choir singing and general celebratory spirit on my birthday. Also marching and political speaches.
On the minus side, as people have started celebrating the previous evening, people tend to be really hung-over and tired on my birthday. There are also the friends who like to do academic Wappu with herring and singing and white caps on Ullanlinnanmäki and the friends who were rather dead than seen anywhere near that bastion of traditional mayday celebration. All of which means a birthday party is an idea which is not really going to fly.
So big, big THANK YOU to Jukka and Mekku who were industrious and clever and arranged a party for me on the previous evening. Company was excellent, food was great and I am head-over-heels in love with my present. So bucketfull of thanks also to all of you who contributed. I have totally forgotten to freak out aobout "OMG almost forty and not grown up" -thing :-)
And in other news, I got my mobile back! Actually I got it back already last week. Apparently it fell out of my pocket while I was travelling with My on a bus before easter. Some time back I got a mysterious letter from lost and found office saying they had my property, and when I got there they handed me the phone. The embarassing thing is I had not really noticed I had misplaced it.. So public apologies here for anyone who has tried to contact me in vain.