My birthday is on January 20th — this coming Monday — and it’s an interesting time to have a birthday. The hype and excitement of the holiday season has come and gone and we’re left with a month that is grey all around. On top of the blah of January, the fact that I have a birthday only a few weeks after Christmas means that I get presents in a three-week period and then the rest of the year is a barren wasteland.
January is a month that hits many people upside the head with the fact that it is a crappy month. To combat this, I host a girls’ night at my house on the week of my birthday. It’s a potluck affair, with appetizers and desserts and wine. I don’t make it about me, but about having a fun night in a not-so-fun month. We talk and we laugh and we eat. It’s one of the highlights of my entire year.