On Getting Another Year Older

Tomorrow will mark my 32nd birthday.

If you would’ve told me at, say, age 24, that I’d still be excited for birthdays at number 32, I’d probably have thought you were crazy.

But here we are, and I am!

As a very wise man (who is celebrating birthday number 80-something on Sunday) told me:

Never count your years;
count your blessings.

Indeed. And it’s hard not to be excited when you have so many blessings.

Thank you all for being a part of my life, tanti auguri to Frank,
and buon weekend a tutti!

68 Beans of Wisdom to “On Getting Another Year Older”
  1. 10.17.2008

    Happy Birthday, hope you have a super day πŸ™‚

    A very wise man indeed….I count my blessings most days…
    I hope he has a wonderful birthday as well.

    anne’s last blog post..Pont-l’Γ‰vΓͺque

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes Anne πŸ™‚

  2. sorry if this posts twice. something funky was going when I hit submit.

    Allora, buon compleanno!!

    He is a very wise man.

    Have a great birthday weekend.

    Sorry for the funky-ness; only came through once! Thanks for the birthday wishes; hope you have a great weekend as well πŸ™‚

  3. Happy Birthday bella.

    Hope you have a great weekend. Make sure you have lots of cake!

    amanda@A Tuscan View…’s last blog post..Wine heaven

    I haven’t had real, fabulous homemade cake in far too long. I plan to indulge, indeed πŸ™‚ Thanks for the wishes!

  4. 10.17.2008

    It’s true that if we count our blessings, it will more than treble our years. Makes me feel better!

    Have a great birthday and many more to come!

    Scintilla’s last blog post..The Gardener

    Thank you, and yes, let’s keep counting!

  5. 10.17.2008

    In honour of your birthday I’ve decided to begin my Italian lessons!!

    Haha! Well– just kidding, but yes I am learning Italian!

    And yes I do wish you the most marvelous day!

    HappyHappy Birthday!

    Kim H’s last blog post..The Wedding Costume

    Awesome! In bocca al lupo! And thank you πŸ™‚

  6. awedree

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Have a wonderful weekend (well-deserved!!) Thanks for bringing your loveliness into our lives πŸ™‚

    Aw, thank you cara πŸ™‚

  7. 10.17.2008

    32 spanks seem like quite a lot, but since you are happy for it, so am I.

    Happy Birthday, Tanti Auguri!

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..Made in America: Texas style chicken n’ rice (pollo con riso)

    I’ll leave the spanking alone and simply thank you for the good wishes πŸ˜‰

  8. 10.17.2008

    Auguri Michelle! Have a great weekend celebration!

    Beatriz’s last blog post..Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

    Thanks Beatriz!

  9. Auguri …

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..La Buona Cucina Americana: Texas-Style Chicken and Rice

    Grazie πŸ™‚

  10. 10.17.2008

    Auguroni Michelle!! I’ve been enjoying my 30s (even more than my 20s) and I still love celebrating my birthday. Besides, 30 is the new 40! Have a great day!!!

    Milanese Masala’s last blog post..What’s going on?

    Woohoo! Thanks πŸ™‚

  11. 10.17.2008

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday weekend — many blessings!

    anno’s last blog post..Autumn Day, 5:30 a.m.

    Much appreciated πŸ™‚

  12. 10.17.2008

    Hippy, Hoppy, Happy Birthday.

    casalba’s last blog post..Woodland Treasures

    Hee hee, thanks!

  13. 10.17.2008

    Happy birthday and have a wonderful day tomorrow

    Happy Cook’s last blog post..Celebration Bread

    Thank you! I shall do my best πŸ™‚

  14. 10.17.2008

    Happy birthday!

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..What I didn’t blog about this week

    Thanks Diane!

  15. Carla

    Tanti Auguri!

    Grazie πŸ™‚

  16. 10.17.2008

    Buon Compleanno mia amica πŸ™‚

    Have a great one πŸ™‚

    My MΓ©lange’s last blog post..Brunello di Montalcino

    Thanks Robin!

  17. 10.17.2008

    What a great time to be 32. And what a great place to be it. Buon compleanno!

    Justin’s last blog post..A review: The Independent, Raleigh, NC

    Thanks Justin πŸ™‚

  18. Frank

    May You enjoy your life to the vey best and a big toast to your happiness!To me,you are very precious indeed and I shall never forget you.
    Buon Compleanno B&B and many,many,many more to follow
    Live it up, Beautiful!!!!!!!Frank:)))

    Un bacione Franco πŸ™‚

  19. 10.17.2008

    Tanti auguri per il tuo compleanno!

    The wise man is right – count your blessings because it only gets better from here!


    Rosa’s last blog post..Maple Butter Tarts (with homemade Flaky Butter Crust)

    Grazie mille Rosa! So happy we’ve found each other πŸ™‚

  20. Carole in KC

    Buon Compleanno Michelle and many more. Doesn’t time fly? I remember your last birthday as if it was yesterday. It really gets better, so keep on counting your blessings.

    Buon weekend

    Time *does* fly! Thanks for the good wishes Carole πŸ™‚

  21. Tina

    Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

    Tina’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday – Pappa al Pomodoro

    Thanks Tina!

  22. Hi lovley,
    wishing you a very happy birthday. Have a wonderful weekend


    Erika of SWEET PEA Blog’s last blog post..HOMEMADE WHOLEWHEAT BREAD

    Grazie bella πŸ™‚

  23. Kristin

    Oh my goodness, you’re a baby! Only 32 … the best is yet to come. You have a wonderful life, a sweet and loving partner, and a bloosoming career. Any 41 year old would be jealous (and I am). Lots of love from your home state!!!

    Aw now, your life is pretty enviable…look at those babies who are *so* not babies! Thanks for the wishes πŸ™‚

  24. 10.17.2008

    Have a wonderful birthday! Counting your blessings is a great way to count the years! Hope you have a great weekend.

    Kacey’s last blog post..The Love Nest

    Thanks Kacey!

  25. 10.17.2008

    Have a wonderful birthday! It really doesn’t matter what age you are, but how you live your life and you seem to be doing a great job!

    Thank you, Janie; that is very kind of you πŸ™‚

  26. 10.17.2008

    Happy birthday! You’re still younger than I am, anyway. πŸ™‚

    Stefanie’s last blog post..If I could just get a paid endorsement from NBC for this post, maybe I could afford even MORE shoes!

    Thank you! And it’s funny how those age differences keep staying the same πŸ˜‰

  27. 10.17.2008

    Happy birthday.

    running42k’s last blog post..Vacation day 2

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  28. 10.17.2008

    Happy Birthday, Michelle!

    softdrink’s last blog post..Today’s assignment

    Thanks bella!

  29. 10.17.2008

    AUGURI!!! Have a wonderful day. XX

    Thanks Megan!

  30. 10.17.2008

    Have a wonderful birthday, sweetheart!! xo

    bella’s last blog post..self portrait ~ mirrors

    Thanks Bella πŸ™‚

  31. 10.17.2008

    Happy birthday, Michelle! Wishing you a fabulously decadent day filled with little (and big) splurges here and there. πŸ™‚ I hope this year brings even more wonderful memories and all of your heart’s desires.


    Christina Arbini’s last blog post..Um, Excuse Me…Your Roots Are Showing

    Thanks so much Christina! I’ve already splurged on a big ole piece of cake…what’s next? Hmm….

  32. 10.17.2008

    32 is the new 31, you know.

    Happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful year!

    flurrious’s last blog post..Who Wants Some of this Pizza That I Found on the Bus?

    Woohoo! I’m ready for 31 2.0 then (I do have some experience with it) πŸ˜‰

  33. 10.17.2008

    The Thirtys are tremendously terrific!
    Happy Birthday!

    jmisgro’s last blog post..Friday Fun For Kids

    Thanks Litlequeen πŸ™‚

  34. 10.17.2008

    Happy Birthday Michelle,

    hope you have a great day tomorrow and a wonderful year! I agree, the 30’s are a good age! That is…if I remember correctly… πŸ˜‰

    saretta’s last blog post..Behind Doors of Other Colors

    Hah, well I’m certainly enjoying them so far, Saretta…thanks πŸ™‚

  35. Harley

    Happy B-day tomorrow – which is also my B-day. I wish you many, many more.

    I love reading your blog everyday – I count it as one of my many blessings. We Libras must stick together!

    Thanks for all your wonderful posts.

    Happy birthday to you as well Harley, and thanks so much for reading πŸ™‚

  36. 10.17.2008

    Happy birthday and many, many more. Have a great birthday weekend.

    Maria’s last blog post..Kounoupidokeftedes (Cauliflower Fritters) with a Caper Cream Sauce

    Thanks so much Maria πŸ™‚

  37. augurissimi seventy-sixer!

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Cluesday communiquΓ©: the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and voter fraud

    I’m just *so* PA, aren’t I? Grazie πŸ™‚

  38. 10.17.2008

    Have a great day!!!!! Happy birthday!!!!

    Delina’s last blog post..It’s a miracle again!

    Thanks Delina!

  39. 10.17.2008

    Haha! If you told me when I was 32 that I’d be excited about my 50th coming (next year) I’d have gone into shock, but here we are. πŸ™‚

    Many happy birthday wishes coming your way. Have a great weekend,


    shiborigirl’s last blog post..Back To The Drawing Board

    Hee hee…all birthdays are wonderful in my book! Thanks for the good wishes Kate πŸ™‚

  40. Gil

    Hope that you have a very Happy Birthday! If I were my 32nd my own little girl would still be in Mommy’s Tummy.

    Thanks Gil…is this another baby hint? πŸ˜‰

  41. 10.18.2008

    Tanti Auguri Michelle!
    Have a terrific weekend…

    My thirties were terrific- enjoy yours-
    they go by far too quickly!
    You are one terrific lady and I’m so happy to be able to call you my friend!

    Susan’s last blog post..Cheesecake Brownies

    Aw thank you Susan; you’re pretty great yourself πŸ™‚

  42. 10.18.2008

    Just stopped by to tell you how much I loved the idea of your baked pasta with eggplants. Happy birthday! 32 is great, 33 better, and it just improves from there πŸ™‚

    Dee’s last blog post..Guilt – 1, Greed – 1

    Glad you like it Dee! And thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚

  43. 10.18.2008

    I love that quote! Happy Birthday and may you have many more blessings!

    bonggamom’s last blog post..Family

    Thanks Bonggamom, and may you have plenty more blessings as well πŸ™‚

  44. 10.18.2008

    Happy Birthday! I still look forward to my birthday and I’ll be 43 this year. Yikes!!

    Mary’s last blog post..Made in America – Texas style Chicken and Rice

    Woohoo! Here’s to celebrating each and every birthday!

  45. 10.18.2008

    Michelle, you look like you are only in your 20’s! Seriously!

    I wish you good food, good music, good books, good movies, good company, and lots and lots of luuurve for the new year in your life. Happy birthday! I’m glad I discovered your blog. :o)

    And whoa, the other day was World Food Day? How did I miss that?! Ah yes, I was cramming a paper for grad school. Tsk….

    Tarie’s last blog post..Finalists for the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

    Aw thanks Tarie; I’m so happy to have “met” you as well πŸ™‚

  46. Happy Birthday!

    I’ll be turning 32 in a month too, Michelle and I always think that age is just a number. πŸ™‚

    Grace @ Sandier Pastures’s last blog post..Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt – Family

    Agreed Grace! Thanks πŸ™‚

  47. 10.18.2008

    Sorry I’m late…hope your day was WONDERFUL in every way. You are still YOUNG lady…of course you need to be excited. Have a fantastic year ahead; wish you loads of hapiness always…

    Deeba’s last blog post..A CRUST OF BREAD & A CORNER TO BLOG IN…LIFE IS!

    You’re not late Deeba! I still have a good nine hours left of my bday πŸ™‚ Thanks for the wonderful wishes!

  48. 10.18.2008

    Happy Happy!!
    Happy Birthday!!
    I hope you had a fabulous day!
    Wishing you a wonderful year of being 32!!

    Thank you, thank you!

  49. 10.18.2008

    Happy Birthday!!! 32 is a good year!

    AmiExpat’s last blog post..Noodle courts?

    Thanks Christina!

  50. I hope you have a splendid birthday! My 30th is in January and I never thought I would be excited about it, but I am πŸ™‚

    have a glass of bubble and cake for us all πŸ™‚
    amanda xx

    Woohoo for birthdays! Believe me, I’ve definitely had enough cake for everyone…and I’m not finished yet πŸ˜‰

  51. 10.18.2008

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Michelle,
    Happy Birthday to YOU! πŸ˜›

    Dory’s last blog post..Hey…. you wanna join me?

    Thanks Dory!

  52. Gil

    No baby hint. But, now I’m wondering! My birthday is in February and our daughter will be 32 in April. Was thinking about how I was supposed to fix her doorbell while I was typing the other night. I did fix it Saturday afternoon.

    Just teasing πŸ˜‰ You’re such a good doorbell-fixing daddy πŸ™‚

  53. 10.19.2008

    happy, happy birthday michelle!

    haven’t been commenting lately, but just want you to know that your blog is one of my daily reads and i’m genuinely happy that you are happy and you’re able to share your happiness with us. thanks and many, many more birthdays to come!

    Thanks so much Odessa; I’m trying to keep up with all the blogs I read too, and sometimes that means fewer comments for everyone. It’s always nice to see you here and at your place πŸ™‚

  54. 10.19.2008

    Belated Happy Birthday Michelle! I hope it was a good one! ; )

    Anali’s last blog post..Possible Blog Interruption

    Thanks Anali!

  55. hello michelle!!
    (aka sognatrice)
    i had forgotten that you were from Calabria–remember i told you my sister in law was born there?
    (when i first met you through Seamus, that is)

    belated happy birthday to you.

    chesca (exskindiver)’s last blog post..How owning a dog helps fight the blues

    Hey there! Yes I remember, and I’m so happy we “met” via Seamus πŸ™‚

  56. 10.20.2008

    Happy early birthday! Keep the great posts coming. They always make my stomach grumble (well, the ones with the fab food photography, that is). May the year ahead bring great things to you.

    Thanks LJ!

  57. 10.20.2008

    buon compleanno, bella!!!!!!

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..Bee~ing there!

    Grazie mille πŸ™‚

  58. 10.20.2008

    Have a good one! I would kill to be 32 again. :0)

    thotlady’s last blog post..I know it’s early, but I couldn’t resist!

    Thanks! I’m sure you’re 32 or thereabouts inside πŸ™‚

  59. 10.20.2008

    Happy Birthday! Tanti auguri! A few days late, but that’s what you get for having a birthday on a weekend. πŸ˜‰

    I loved being 32- it was one of my best years so far! I wish the same for you!

    KC’s last blog post..Persimmon Cake

    Thanks KC! Now excuse me, I see a persimmon cake I’m going to have to check out….

  60. 10.20.2008

    Happy birthday, fellow Libra, a little late! Hope it was wonderful.

    nonizamboni’s last blog post..‘it turns with the sun’**

    Thanks! Libras rock πŸ™‚

  61. 10.20.2008

    I hope it was as beautiful a b’day as you are. πŸ˜‰

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..A Great Reminder

    Aw thanks Jen πŸ™‚

  62. 10.20.2008

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!! (Now belated – but well wishes for a wonderful year full of blessings!!!)


    Butterfly Mama’s last blog post..Embrace

    Thanks Heidi πŸ™‚ Very much appreciated!

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    Happy Birthday… little late but just came back online

    online secured loans’s last blog post..Find the best Online Secured Loans

    Why thank you!

  64. 10.22.2008

    Hope that you had a wonderful birthday!!! SO sorry I wasn’t here for it, but I wish you much happiness and many wonderful memories to come in this new year of yours!
    Much love to you sweet friend, (dolce amica?)


    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..Fall Fashion In Santa Fe

    Thanks for the wishes! Hope you had a lovely weekend as well πŸ™‚

  65. 10.22.2008

    Hi there! I love your blog and have been admiring your photographs. Belated Happy Birthday wishes!!

    Jeanne’s last blog post..Bird Dog Pups

    Thanks Jeanne πŸ™‚

  66. 10.23.2008

    Happy belated birthday! Sage advice.

    Thanks Nate, and agreed πŸ™‚

  67. 10.25.2008

    Are you kidding?!! I am going to get excited about birthdays until I croak. And why shouldn’t you get just excited now. Happy belated bday, chica! Hope it was completely kickass as you deserve. Boldog szulinapot!

    NewWrldYankee’s last blog post..How to Not Lose Money in Getting the Local Currency

    Thanks…I think πŸ˜‰

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