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04 May 2010 @ 12:03 am
Today is my birthday! I am 30.

I was kind of freaked out about it a few weeks ago, but now I'm good.

Want to see some pictures?

You may notice a certain theme. 



For awhile I was embarrassed to love pink. It's so...girly. Cute, you know?

See, I have this voice. It's very high-pitched. I smile a lot, and I'm bouncy, endlessly enthusiastic about things, and I look younger than I am. I have this crazy curly hair and I'm short and curvy and...cute. I get called cute a lot. I used to think it went right along with being the girl who was just a friend, never a girlfriend. I got sick of it, especially when guys said it in this condescending way. I started to think cute was stupid. Being cute was a detriment. It went hand in hand with being patronized and underestimated. 

But I love pink. Just like I love floaty dresses and cupcakes and mascara and Gossip Girl and Taylor Swift. Not one of those things preclude being smart or talented. 

And damn if my pink hair isn't cute.
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seeyouupside on May 4th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)


Happy birthday, Jess!!!! <33333

I just wanted to say that I had pink cupcakes this weekend too. My friends made them for me (I wasn't supposed to help but somehow I ended up doing stuff ha). And I had a pink cosmo for my birthday drink (first one ever! well legally anyway).

Your new iphone is great, love the shoes and STILL AM IN LOVE WITH THE PINK STREAK.

Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Rachel! It sounds like you had a pretty fabulous birthday too. Hooray for cupcakes & cosmos!
Sarah J. Maas: Sarah Sunglassessjmaas on May 4th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!

And I LOVE the pink streak in your hair! SOOO cool! I've been pondering getting a pink streak in my hair for a while, and this totally just convinced me to do it (after my wedding, though)!

AND--I love pink, too. In fact, my mom likes to tell me that in pre-school, they called me The Pink Police, because I demanded that every kid in my class wear pink...OR ELSE. Concerned parents actually phoned MY parents to complain about it.
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sarah! Ha, I love the idea of the Pink Police. I love my pink streaks. They're underneath so they're pretty peekabo--I think next time I'd get more! I say definitely go for it after the wedding!
Stephanie Burgis: cupcake!stephanieburgis on May 4th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!! And I LOVE the pink streaks! :)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Stephanie! Hope you're having a fabulous day. Also, it turns out my mom already has the Bride Quartet books, but she's going to loan me the first when she comes to visit on Sunday!
Stephanie Burgisstephanieburgis on May 4th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it! Now I'm feeling a yen to re-read it...MUST finish unpacking all our boxes of books!
Devadeva_fagan on May 4th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Love the pink sneakers and pink streak especially!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Deva! I'm so pleased that the shoes are pink and cute AND comfortable. In fact, I am wearing them this week to walk around NYC.
outforteaoutfortea on May 4th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! Seems like you are well on your way to making your 30s PINKTASTIC! Haha, I couldn't help myself. :)

You are so right, I also used to feel ashamed of liking pink, like it made me seem like a silly little girl. But now I have a pink phone (nice iphone case btw), and Gossip Girl and Taylor Swift make me love being a girl! Pink is fun, pink is frivolous, pink says, I have fun and I don't care if you judge me! YAY!
Happy birthday again!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I completely agree-there's nothing wrong with being fun and frivolous! And I am working on not caring what people think. I hear it gets easier in your 30s. ;)
amybre_whiteamybre_white on May 4th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy, Jessica! Hope you have wonderful cupcakes and here's some more pink for you!

Hugs, Amy
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Amy! The cupcakes were delish: some homemade by friends, some from Georgetown Cupcake and Red Velvet Cupcakery and CakeLove. It was like a DC Cupcake Contest right in my living room!
Karen B. Schwartzkarenbschwartz on May 4th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Enjoy that iphone!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Karen! I am in love with my iPhone. It's a little ridiculous. We're on our way to NYC for a few days and I'm so glad to have it with me!
Karen B. Schwartzkarenbschwartz on May 4th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
the iphone has its own GPS and can help you navigate the city and find restaurants!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 7th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Haha, that GPS totally came in handy! I'm so used to DC--it was strange being in a city where I didn't know how to navigate my way around!
Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teens: Cupcakeslisa_schroeder on May 4th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
So cute - all of it!!! Especially your hair!

Happy birthday!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lisa!
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Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lisa! We had at least 30 cupcakes at the party: s'mores, salted caramel, strawberry, lemon, birthday cake, mint cookie, chocolate-chocolate, etc. I think the fairies would have definitely approved.
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Going through the motionsrowanda380 on May 4th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Pink is a wonderful color, and it suits you, happy birthday!!!!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 4th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
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Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 5th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm lucky to have so many friends to celebrate with!
robinellenrobinellen on May 4th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I *LOVE* the pink in your hair :) (I look younger than I am too...it's nice as I get older.)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 5th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you, Robin! Now we're in NYC & tomorrow I'm going to the Strand. I need pink books. :)
Kathleen Foucart: Heartskathleenfoucart on May 4th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I love all the pink! :)

(& I'm thinking of getting pink or light blue Chucks... Haven't decided yet.... Might have to go for the pink, since yours are so cute!)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 5th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love Chucks--cute & so comfortable! I have lost patience with strappy ouchy fm heels!
tinachristophertinachristopher on May 5th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

Hey, why worry about what other people think and say? You know your friends and family see you as you are, so if you like pink go dor it! LOVE the pink in your hair, looks great! I think in a few years time you'll be very happy to look younger than you are;).
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 5th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
So true! I'm working on caring less what others think. If I get published, I imagine that'd be helpful! Thanks for the good wishes!
kellyrfineman: cupcakekellyrfineman on May 5th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Here is a pink cupcake just for you. LOVE the pink in your hair!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 7th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Re: Happy birthday!
Thank you, Kelly!
ortugatay on May 6th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Item #1: your hair is SUPER fabulous.

Item # 2: I also love pink and was afraid to for years because of the very same stigma about the word cute. We poor short girls have a tough time!

Item # 3: I am a dumb bunny and just now checked my WAC email after, like, four months of forgetting that I still have one, so I apologize for missing the invite and not RSVPing and all. I'll try to check it more in the future (or you can use my gmail...I can send it to you if you don't already have it).

Item # 4: One day, maybe we could get together in real life for real this time. :-)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 7th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! And congrats on finishing your first semester of grad school!

Hee, no problem re: the party. But we for serious ought to hang out. Are you going to be at reunion next weekend?
ortugatay on May 7th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
We will be! B and I are staying in one of the dorms Friday and Saturday night, so we'll be around for the whole shebang. :-)
ex_kaz_maho on May 6th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I secretly love pink, too!! Your pink sneakers are AWESOME. :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Sorry I'm late with bday wishes, but they are 200% sincere.

Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 7th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Thank you, Kaz! I'm really enjoying your Blog Every Day May feature!
ext_222513 on May 11th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Pink is the awesome. And so are you!

Welcome to the 30s!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 12th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sarah! And boo re: having to work Sat. I hope you can make it at some point! Steve is writing one of the 10 minute plays for the 24 hour festival. I think his show We, Tiresias is being rescheduled for next season.
ex_triciasu on May 12th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Jessica! Thanks for the friend add--looking forward to reading your journal, too.

(don't be freaked--my 30s are behind me now but it is a great decade! enjoy!)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on May 12th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Tricia! :)