Copain turns 30 today.  The big 3-0.  We're headed to Toulouse to celebrate with his parentals this weekend - a resto gastronomique is on the agenda, along with presents and lots of champagne (yes!).

He's been a bit stressed about this whole turning 30 thing - especially since it seems as though everyone is planning important 30th birthday events in our circle of friends.  My colleague privatized a restaurant and offered a three course dinner to his group of friends, our other Frenchie friend is inviting a huge group to Marrakech for two nights in a fancy riad with a big birthday party, and another friend privatized a POOL in Paris for a gigantic pool party... the list goes on and on.

Somehow, the idea of planning anything makes me want to heave. So, needless to say, I understand his stress.  While I toyed with the idea of planning a big bash for him, I just couldn't get it together - our friends live all over the world - not just in Paris. Instead, I planned a weekend away to a surprise destination, just the two of us.  Normally I would feel that a weekend away is a great gift, but it's hard to see the silver lining when you compare it to all of these huge birthday events.

What is with the 30th birthday thing? Why didn't I get a memo five years ago that this was going to be a big deal?  


  1. Happy birthday to him!!!
    1/ Tell him that 30 is the new 20 (and 40 is the new 30... that's for me!)
    2/ I'll be honest with you, I don't quite remember my 30th birthday... what did I do, with who? ... Nothing huge and memorable like your friends do, I'm afraid...
    3/ Knowing Copain, the idea of spending millions in a huge birthday party may not be his thing, so I think your idea of a weekend together is just perfect.
    Have fun in Toulouse!

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  3. You've hit the nail on head AT - Copain is just not that kind of guy (in more ways than one;-) I'm trying to coach him through it, but my own planning fears just bubble right back up to the surface - I hope we'll be able to get it together for any future kids we may have:-/ Sheesh!

  4. Ps - thank you so much for the tag!! When I get back from Toulouse I'll jump on the tag game and make a special post too ;-) so fun! Merci encore first blogger friend;-)


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