- two separate offers to throw me a party ... very nice, but not really what I wanted
- maybe I should try jumping out of an airplane ... this is SO NOT ME!!!
- taking a trip ... great fun, but the timing isn't quite right with some other things happening in my life. Plus, I usually do at least a day trip for my birthday - mostly to avoid dealing with it - so, I would feel like I was playing ostrich yet again.
- invite friends over to hang out for the day ... ummm, I really don't want to include house-cleaning in the birthday plans and many of my friends would need to be at work since it's a weekday.
- perhaps I should wait and someone would throw me a surprise party ... or maybe they wouldn't and then I'd be scrambling for something special to do. And, I've already had a surprise birthday party thrown for me (when I was 18).
Then, a few days ago on my morning walk, a glorious idea popped into my head - a LARP event! (To all of you who don't know that term, it stands for Live Action Role Playing). I've done murder mystery dinners before (with a fabulous time had by all), and I've always wanted to write one of my own on a large scale. This is the perfect opportunity for me to plot and plan - two things I enjoy - and then share the fun with friends. I've already decided that I can play the role of a bartender (and not so coincidentally work on my goal #34). I'm hoping that many of my invitees will be able to attend despite the midweek date - the guest list has already hit 100 - so I can work in lots of subplots. I was thrilled that my niece immediately agreed to take on a key role despite the 6 hour drive; she will be justly rewarded with the leftovers from the cheesecake dessert buffet. In short, it's the perfect idea for me, and I look forward to reporting later how it all turns out.