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Turning 30, a surprise party and a sprocket rocket

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Richard turned 30 earlier this month. I was excited for him to join the club since I had turned 30 in June. As expected, he was moody right up to the day of his birthday. I’m going to call it the ‘notwantingtoletgoofmytwenties’ syndrome.

I remembered suffering from that and it drove me crazy! I was so moody and shitty about turning 30 that all my friends and family, and Richard included couldn’t stop teasing me about it. I think it wasn’t just the fear of turning another year older, the fear was more about me; whether I had accomplished enough in my 20s and what was waiting for me in my 30s. Then there was also the fear of adjusting to reality, that I am now a 30 year old and do not belong in the 19 – 29 age group and that there are YOUNGER, COOLER and more BEAUTIFUL people out there than me. So yes…those were the fears that plagued me when I turned the big 3-0.

So coming back to Richard’s birthday, I could see him going through the same turmoil that I experienced and when I asked him if he would like to do anything for his birthday, he grumpily said no. I couldn’t let that happen so I organised an early surprise party for him by sneaking in a few phone calls to his mates. How I managed to get him out of the house without him being suspicious that night was all thanks to this new toy.

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I bought him a Sprocket Rocket which shoots on a super-wide panoramic lens. I passed him the camera in the late afternoon and used it as an excuse to get him out of the house to take photos with it.

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We caught the train to the city, walked around and snapped photos with it. Then I took him to the local Korean restaurant where all his friends were waiting to surprise him. Oh how I wished I had taken a picture of my husband’s expression, it was priceless! He was shocked, stoked and overjoyed! I think my heart filled when I saw how happy he was!

In all the excitement, it felt like it was my surprise party too:) We were surrounded by good food, good friends and a huge cake. It was such a great night.

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On his actual birthday, I cooked us a proper dinner at home. I made a German pasta dish called Spaetzle. I’ll share pictures of the dish and the recipe in my next post!

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5 Responses to “Turning 30, a surprise party and a sprocket rocket”

  1. Jacquie Says:

    what a cool camera – the pics are great!

    We love spaetzle here too – My husband likes to make it with his groovy German gadget. Lately we’ve been having “shrek spaetzle” which is actually spinach spaeztle with cheese sauce. Yummm.

  2. littlemo Says:

    Yeah my mum bought me a Spaetzle maker and it’s so awesome, I made Spaetzle and meatballs! Next time I will cook with spinach and cheese! You have to show me pics of your recent trip btw:)

  3. Another Emma Says:

    Yum, Spaetzle is delicious! I love it.

    I turn 30 in a month – I have been feeling a bit like this too. Glad I’m not the only one!

  4. littlemo Says:

    It is most delicious! Oh Emma, I have realised that they are just petty thoughts and that I can’t change the fact that I grow older every year! But I’ve got to say turning 30 has brought a lot of new perspective on things!

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