The Challenge: For no reason at all treat yourself to something out of the ordinary.
My treat involved Jason’s face. Yes, the surprised look on his face when he walked through the door into his 30th (surprise!) birthday party. There is nothing more thrilling than the 30 seconds before the guest of honor comes into the surprise party and the 30 seconds after he/she has arrived. The biggest treat of all, though, was when I asked him if he knew about it, hoping he hadn’t been pretending for my sake, and he honestly assured that he didn’t know. Woo Hoo!
My version of an out-of-the-ordinary treat was completely overshadowed about fifteen minutes after I finished the challenge. I had lunch today with my brother Doug, and afterwards I had to run to the grocery store to pick up some mushrooms for Kim. I decided to splurge and pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (Cherry Garcia). Definitely a treat in our household. The fact that it was on sale made me think it was my lucky day…
Then Doug and I made our way back to my place. I opened the door and was overwhelmed by a living room filled with friends and family all yelling “surprise!” My wife, with the help of some busy beavers, had successfully pulled off a surprise 30th birthday party for me. I was blown away. I didn’t suspect a thing. It was really, really cool. I got a chance to spend time with my best friends, and reconnect with others that I hadn’t seen in a while. (By the way, if you’re wondering what kind of gifts a 30-year-old cartoonist with a specialty in escaping adulthood get for his birthday, let’s just say I got more toys than an average nine-year-old. My three-year-old niece was perched by my side, completely jealous.)
And to top it all off, near the end of the evening, I got a call from my other brother Dan informing me that his wife had just delivered a 9-pound baby boy. So I guess that makes me an uncle. This definitely ranks right up there on the list of my all-time out-of-the-ordinary days!
So, who was most creative with today’s challenge? Who went beyond the comfort zone and put the biggest hammer on Adultitis? Who did a better job of capturing the spirit of childhood, Kim or Jason? Cast Your Vote!
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Audio Sneak Peek