It Finally Happened

Well, it happened. It was inevitable, eventually, but I never expected it to get here so fast. When I got up this morning I was SIXTY years old. I suppose I should be happy, not everyone gets this chance, but I’m kind of lukewarm to the idea.

I feel like I was supposed to accomplish a lot more by this point in life. Does everyone feel that way? Maybe it’s just me. (Not about me, about yourselves.)

My new iPad and keyboard arrived yesterday, so there is a gift involved. I spent the afternoon setting it all up and making sure all my storyboards, Pages documents, and blogs worked. This is the big iPad Pro again, but it’s smaller than the old one. They cut the button off and eliminated all that black space around the edges. The screen is the same size, only clearer and it’s all faster. Jury is still out about the size. This one is a bit more “wobbly” and feels overbalanced when I attach the keyboard. I think it’s just a learning curve, but don’t expect to have any issues with it.

Mom sent me a box of dipped strawberries. These things are awesome, and some disappeared before I took the photo. They came with a reusable blue ice thing, so I froze it for my daughter to use. She regularly trucks supplies back with her when she visits.

In a normal world, we’d go to Old Chicago or someplace so I could sample some new beers and have pizza. We’ll probably do takeout instead. Feels like a letdown for an epic year of my life, but without Covid-19, I might make it to 61.

I’m going to dedicate a big portion of the day to reading. I’m always behind on that, so with Old What’s Her Face at work it’s a good time for it. Normally, I’d thrill to have a quality writing day. I haven’t been writing for months. If you’ve been paying attention, and probably if you haven’t, I’ve been promoting one book or another since August. I’m really enjoying the interactions in the tour, but am suffering a bit of blog tour fatigue.

This brings me to writing once more. Every tour post is unique. From Grinders, through HMS Lanternfish, and now Mrs. Molony, there has been a lot of writing. It just isn’t new fiction. I’m undecided about when to take up the keyboard again. I have projects ready to go, but might not start again until December. Not for a few more weeks in either case.

Does anyone know any good cocktail recipes for my Geritol? Feels like some kind of rum concoction to me. Might need a slug of something while I fill out my AARP application. Maybe I should start making some notes about the “Good Old Days,” so I can annoy my children with tales.

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  1. Enjoy your Happy Birthday! and here’s to MANY more

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  2. Happy birthday! Think of all you’ve accomplished.

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  3. Happiest Birthday, Craig. Wishing nothing but the most wonderful things for you.

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  4. Happy birthday. This year really isn’t fun for milestone birthdays. Think I’m going make 41 the big thing next year if I can. Then again, low key and mild might not be a bad thing. Enjoy the weekend.

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  5. Happy birthday! And don’t let 60 bother you. (Actually turning 30 bothered me but that’s another story.)

    Do they even make Geritol anymore? 🙂

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  6. Happy birthday! I don’t know a useful cocktail there but hope you find it.

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  7. Happy Birthday – and yes, you should start writing all the things about the “Good Old Days” – and honestly that might extend back as recently to 2019 – when we didn’t panic because we went out with a mask! It sounds like you have a nice peaceful day planned for yourself!. And don’t worry about turning 60, I hear it is the new “40”.

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  8. Happy birthday, Craig!!! If it makes you feel better, my husband just turned 64 and isn’t thrilled about, either. You’re still a pup at 60. Age is a state of mind (although, yes, joints do creak more).

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  9. Congratulations on your birthday, Craig. I crossed that line 20 years ago and can tell you the best is yet to come. 🍺

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  10. Gwen M. Plano

    Happy Birthday, Craig. It’s surprising how we humans create age milestones. I remember thinking my mother was ancient at 40. Now my kids are that age! You’re a youngster at heart, no matter the years that pass by. ☺

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    Happy birthday, Craig:) Putting your work out there is an accomplishment most don’t achieve! Enjoy your day.

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  12. Happy Birthday, Craig! As far as I’m concerned, your 60s are awesome! Somewhere in there, you get to retire. Your kids are grown, and you have more freedom. Enjoy!

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  13. Happy Belated Birthday! And welcome to the club! Although I’ve aged out a good while back… remember, sixty is the new forty.

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  14. I’m 64 and have yet to succumb to Geritol’s pull. Metamucil, though, is my new best friend.

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  15. And happy birthday, young man!

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  16. Happy birthday!

    If it helps any, I’m several years younger than you, and despite having published more than 50 books, I still feel that way about my upcoming birthday. “Shouldn’t I have done more by this point?” “Is this all I have to show for all these years I’ve lived so far?” I don’t know if it’s normal, but it seems to be for me. Like I said, if it helps any to know that…

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  17. Happy birthday, Craig! I know I’m a day late, but I hope your birthday was great. COVID has definitely put a crimp into how we celebrate milestones…and holidays…and gatherings…and just about everything else. UGH!

    The new iPad Pro sounds like a fun new toy for any writer, especially an Apple guy like you. Hope you got time to do some reading, enjoyed a few craft beers and some more of those yummy looking confections.

    I still have a bit to go til 60, but I’m already an AARP member! 🙂

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    • It was pretty calm. Papa Murphy’s and an alcoholic concoction my brother brewed himself. It’s kind of like an apple cider. The iPad is wonderful, but I’m going to have to buy the new pencil. The old one will not pair with the new iPad. The strawberries are gone, but they were awesome.

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  18. Happy birthday, Craig! Hope you celebrated with some good pumpkin beer.

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  19. Awwww, Craig, I was out of down and cut off from my computer, so missed getting to wish you Happy Birthday! So, Happy Belated Birthday! Sixty isn’t bad. 🙂 The dipped strawberries look yummy! Best wishes for many more great years ahead!!

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  20. Happy Birth Day!!! : D
    Turning 60 for me was just another day of the week ending in ‘y’. : )

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  21. Hey!! Happy (late) birthday, Craig! You’re only a whippersnapper (talk to me when you’re in your eighties, like my residents) 🙂
    Birthdays don’t mean much to me either, but you have to let the ones you love spoil you. It’s all part of the deal 🙂

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  22. Happy belated birthday, Craig! You still have a mom who is sending you chocolates, lucky you! My mother used to send me treats, I do the same, and I know my daughter will do the same thing when the girls leave home. It is love.
    Started reading the Lanternfish last night. Delighted to be in the same good company again.

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