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January 19, 2011
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Love these polka dot birthday candles! Photo courtesy of Jessica Diamond

Today is my birthday. I tell you that because I want birthday wishes in the comments. Okay, I’m half kidding here, but have you ever thought about how much our birthdays have improved since the advent of Facebook? Just think of how many more birthday wishes you get these days! I, personally, love the hell out of it. There’s nothing like hearing a good old Happy Birthday from that smelly girl who sat behind me in 8th grade science class (who I haven’t spoken with since). The one who had the worst case of nasal drip, year-round, and was always sniffing, but never blew her damn nose. Sniff. Sniff. Sniff. It was very distracting during standardized tests, is all I’m saying. But you know what it tells me when that girl wishes me a happy birthday on Facebook? My birthday matters.

I think birthdays are a big deal. I always have. It’s the one day of the year that it’s all about you. As a self-proclaimed attention whore, I can tell you that having everything be all about you is good fun. On your birthday, you are entitled to the following things:

  • Eat cake and not worry about the calories.
  • Be picky in your cake choices, i.e., I don’t just want a cake, but I want an ice cream cake. With yellow cake, cookies & cream ice cream and white frosting. Oh, and I want to eat cake on my birthday AND at my official celebration. Remember, the calories don’t matter.
  • Blow out a candle or multiple candles. It doesn’t matter how many there are, as long as you get the opportunity to make a wish.
  • Have tons of people call, text, e-mail, carrier pigeon or Facebook you to wish you a good day. Some will even say it in person. Those people are a rare and special breed.
  • Be a brat, if you want. However, be warned that this becomes far less cute the older you get.
  • Throw yourself a party.
  • Ask your friend to throw you a party.
  • Ask your friend to throw you a surprise party (a little trickier, but doable if you ask early enough out in order to give yourself time to forget you asked and be surprised).
  • Take the day off work.  
  • Sleep in. And by sleep in, of course I mean have sex. If you are in a relationship in which you are having sex (umm, a married relationship, since my mom is reading. We’ll just pretend she didn’t read AND comment on Sex After the Ex a while back), you are entitled to sex on your birthday – but only if you want it.
  • Not take the trash out or do the dishes. I’m sorry, but it’s a damn travesty if you have to take the trash out or do the dishes on your birthday.
  • Turn your birthday into a birthweek. This one is a little tougher to pull off, and you are really only entitled to do this every couple of years. Generally, you just have to be happy with your birthday. But on the years that your birthday falls on an inconvenient day, like mine this year (Wednesday), you are entitled to extend the celebration. So, I’m going out for dinner tonight, and also throwing myself a party on Saturday. Basically, celebrating my birthday twice. Not bad, eh?
  • Buy yourself a present. This could be an awesome new pair of boots or a Caramello bar from 7-11. You must recognize and appreciate your own birth by giving yourself a thoughtful (not necessarily expensive) gift.   
  • Take advantage of any and all birthday freebies in the month of your birthday and not look cheap. A free serving of Cold Stone ice cream in the month of January? Sounds good. Local Mexican restaurant singing me ¡Feliz cumpleaños! with a free chocolate taco? I don’t mind if I do.
  • Enjoy your birthday doing what you want, where you want, with who you want. Want to stay home and watch reality TV? Go for it. Want a night out on the town with the girls? Get out the tiara. It’s your birthday, celebrate it as you please.

This birthday feels different to me. Usually, I’ve marked my passing of age with parties and dinners, but no real contemplation. It seems the changes I’ve faced in the past year make me contemplate everything so much more. I’m 26 years old today, and this is the first year that I can see the age on my face. I can see wrinkles start to form. I can feel my body change in ever-so-minor ways: the way my bones crack sometimes when I move suddenly, the way my skin gets dryer in the winter than ever before, the way that foods I used to eat with reckless abandon now leave me reaching for Pepto-Bismol and Tums (and if I don’t have any on hand, I often forgo eating the food in the first place, which is just downright sad). I’m not, by any means, claiming to be old, but I feel age now where I didn’t really feel it before.

This birthday also feels so different because it’s the first – another in the long line of firsts – the first birthday after the breakup with ex fiancée. I haven’t spent a birthday without him since I was 18. Part of me wonders if he’ll call, text, anything – but then I doubt it, considering we didn’t speak on New Years and I (drunkenly) initiated our texting on Christmas. What feels good about this “first since the breakup” is that I’m running out of firsts. Soon, it will be April, and I will have gone a full year without him. I will have survived – even thrived – a full year without him. That’s pretty exciting.

This birthday is scary too, because I’m not sure where I’m going. Last time this year, I was in full on wedding planning mode. Around this time, I had just picked out my wedding dress on one of the most fun days of my entire life. I can hardly remember what I did for my actual birthday, because I was so excited about the wedding. Instead of a pending wedding, this year feels marked by my rekindled love for writing, this blog and building friendships, old and new. But, the uncertainty of the future is somewhat daunting. I always felt like I was ahead of the game for my age – I was getting married and having children soon. I felt so damned young. By the age of 26, I’d hoped I’d be pregnant. Now I don’t know how far away that is for me, and although my clock’s ticking isn’t keeping me up at night quite yet, it’s still there … tick, tick, tick. Last year you were getting married and living happily ever after. Now you live in a one-bedroom apartment, with no serious relationship and are contemplating getting a fish, a dog, a hamster, friggin’ anything since you killed your breakup gardenia plant. Tick. Tick. Tick.

So, here’s what I’m doing for my birthday. I have taken the day off of work. I have to take my car to the shop, as I have a tire that keeps going flat and I’m tired of looking ridiculous pumping it with an air compressor in the parking lot. I am going to go shopping and buy myself a birthday gift. I am going out for dinner, with none other than Chef. I have some updates for you guys since last time that I haven’t gotten around to writing – because frankly, I haven’t been able to define what’s going on. Chef and I have been spending some time together, with no labels attached. We see each other less frequently than before, which has given me lots of time by myself the past month or so. I’m not sure where it’s going, hell, I’m not sure even what it is (or how healthy it is). But it’s making me happy. And it’s my birthday, so I get whatever I want, right?

birthday cake

Photo courtesy of freakgirl (Debbie R)

Saturday, I’m throwing myself a party. Going to be in Richmond? Let me know, and you’re invited. At said party will be a yummy birthday cake, purchased with part of my wedding cake deposit (remember voting on it?). It’s a Malibu cake, which is yellow cake, apricot filling and buttercream frosting with a drizzle of Malibu coconut rum on top. I’m getting fondant, because I like the way it looks with a luster finish, and purple swiss dots. Okay, for those of you who have never picked out a wedding cake or watched Ace of Cakes, I’m sure all of that was Greek to you. Just know that it’s going to be yummy and beautiful. I’ll take a picture to share with you all.

What do you think – are birthdays a big deal? What makes a good birthday for you?

87 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    January 19, 2011 8:50 am

    I know I have said this once already but Happy Birthday to an amazingly strong woman, enjoy your day, eat all the cake and ice cream you can.

  2. Danielle's Dish permalink
    January 19, 2011 8:53 am

    Happy Birthday! May this year be your best ever. 🙂

    p.s. Please take pictures of your birthday cake, I wanna see it.

    • January 20, 2011 1:05 pm

      Thanks, Danielle! I hope it is the best year ever 🙂
      And definitely, will take pics of the cake!! Can’t wait!

  3. January 19, 2011 9:03 am

    Happy Birthday! Excellent choice on the cake! Buy yourself some great boots or ugly shoes because they will make you smile 😉

    • January 20, 2011 1:05 pm

      Thanks Edmonton! haha on the ugly shoes. I did buy some brown boots. Cute ones! )

  4. January 19, 2011 9:07 am

    Yes!! Bdays ARE a big deal and I wish to hell that I could be there for you to see you at your party! And know that you are on your way, to wherever it is that you’re going right now. Life takes us down roads we didn’t plan on traveling, but making the most out of the trip is what takes you to where you need to be.

    Have an awesome birthday WEEK!!

    • January 20, 2011 1:07 pm

      Thank you SimplyStacia! I wish you could come too! It’s going to really fun, I think! “Life takes us down roads we didn’t plan on traveling, but making the most out of the trip is what takes you to where you need to be.” That was so inspirational – just what I needed. Thanks!!

  5. January 19, 2011 9:31 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great birthday! I’m glad that Chef is taking you out to dinner, and I can’t wait to hear some updates on that.

    Birthdays are a huge deal for me. Especially this year since I’ll turn the big 3-0.

    • January 20, 2011 1:07 pm

      Thank you for the birthday wishes. I can’t wait to hear about your 30th birthday plans! And definitely on the updates… I’m just trying to figure out what to say about it all, lol… Not entirely sure what’s going on myself. hs!

  6. Chad permalink
    January 19, 2011 9:33 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I’m not much on cake, but that cake looks and sounds really good.

  7. January 19, 2011 10:00 am

    Happy birthday, Catherine!! Last year people sang me ¡Feliz cumpleaños! in a bar in Costa Rica. Not sure it gets better than that.

    I hope you have a FANTASTIC day, but I will say (because it’s funny and fitting), in the words of Miranda from Sex and the City, “You get a DAY. Not a week – a DAY.” Enjoy it, chica. And hell – enjoy the entire week. 😉

    • January 20, 2011 1:12 pm

      Thank you! That sounds amazing. Color me jealous!

      LOL – I LOVE that line from Sex and the City. I am totally a weeklong birthday girl :). This time I did a Wed-Saturday celebration, so that’s just half a week. Improvement? 🙂

  8. January 19, 2011 10:55 am

    Happy birthday Catherine! Great post. Enjoy your day and your week and your cake!

  9. 2blu2btru permalink
    January 19, 2011 12:02 pm

    I’m singing happy birthday to you! I’m really good, too; I sound like Whitney Houston in her prime (OK, I don’t, really, but since you can’t actually HEAR me, pretend I do)!

    One of my favorite things about birthdays is the Happy Birthday song by Stevie Wonder; It’s over five minutes of happy birthday to me–never mind it’s about Martin Luther King Day; he doesn’t mind if I borrow it for a while, right?

    I love your list of things we’re allowed to do on our birthday, and facebook is the best for allowing people I no longer want to know to wish me happy birthday. It really doesn’t matter who says it as much as who doesn’t, anyway; any “happy birthday” is welcome.

    Happy, Happy Birthday!

    • January 20, 2011 1:11 pm

      LOL. Thanks for such a beautiful song!! You should go on American Idol 🙂
      Appreciate the birthday wishes and comment!

  10. nayabash permalink
    January 19, 2011 12:30 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    loved your blog… very entertaining! 🙂

    • January 20, 2011 1:09 pm

      Thank you Naya, I appreciate your well wishes and compliments on the blog! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  11. January 19, 2011 12:49 pm

    Happy Birtday, Catherine! And congratulations on being exactly when you are supposed to be 😉

  12. Just Saying permalink
    January 19, 2011 1:12 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  13. January 19, 2011 1:33 pm

    “Sleeping in” makes a good birthday for me!

    Happy birthday to you! Your Spice Girls Greatest Hits CD is in the mail. 🙂

    And, you know…yes, a year ago you were planning a wedding and thought your whole life was in order…but it wasn’t. Don’t forget that. It’s fortunate that what happened, happened before you guys ever took that walk down the aisle. Try to think of it that way.

    • January 20, 2011 12:59 pm

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! Definitely… “sleeping in” is one of the best parts of your birthday. Oh, you are also entitled to “sleeping in” on Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. Just not Easter. Don’t ask me why, I don’t make the rules.
      Haha 🙂
      Thanks for your words about the wedding. I know you are right, and I remind myself of that all the time. Sometimes it’s just kind of weird how different my life is now than I expected it to be. But I know you can empathize on that!

  14. January 19, 2011 2:18 pm

    lalalala….Happy Birthday….okay I will not scare you with our family rendition of the birthday song (very loud, very off key…mostly keys never even heard of before).

    As a middle-child, I can tell you nothing is better then a day devoted to you! Birthday’s are the best and I hope you have a most fantastic day!

    • January 20, 2011 12:57 pm

      The Mommy,
      Thanks for the song 🙂 Love the middle-child reference. I’m the youngest, and I think my parents were just bored with children by the time I came along. 🙂 It was a great day and I’m looking forward to celebrating more this weekend!

  15. January 19, 2011 2:36 pm

    Happy Birthday Catherine – I hope that you’re having a good day and that Saturday will be great too!

    I haven’t tended to do much to mark my birthday – in fact last year I went to the dentist! I was going to keep quiet about it but the assistant noticed my birth date on my form and laughed at me for being a masochist!

    • January 20, 2011 12:56 pm

      Thank you! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE celebrate your bithday. Especially this year. You’ve been through so much, with your health and your break up, that you deserve to celebrate yourself. I’m counting on you to make this one great!

  16. January 19, 2011 3:04 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I love the birthweek idea. Last year my birthday was on Monday and I had a party the Saturday after. Because I was 30….I celebrated everyday! 🙂

    • January 20, 2011 12:55 pm

      Thanks! Yep, the birthweek idea works especially well for big birthdays like 18, 21, 30 and 50. Or if you’ve had a rough year, like me, and I’m just like, guys, I’m celebrating. Please join! 🙂

  17. January 19, 2011 3:39 pm

    Happy Birthday! I had a birthday last week and I love your list! Your blog is so great! Sometimes you say exactly what I am feeling! It is tough to be in a place in your life where you don’t know what the plan is, especially if you are a planner. I think it is great that you are having a party and if it were me .. I wouldn’t share the cake!!

    Have the best birthday ever!

    • January 20, 2011 12:54 pm

      Thanks, Cortney! Happy belated birthday to you – I hope that you had a good day! I’m glad that my blog resonates with you, thanks for saying that … it’s good to know other people are feeling the same way I do, sometimes. And you are right on about it being hard to not know what the plan is when you are a planner… I am a TOTAL planner! I’m trying to let go of it a little, though!
      Not going to lie, hoping there is lots of cake leftover… I’ll freeze it and enjoy it year-round 🙂

  18. julia permalink
    January 19, 2011 4:14 pm

    a very happy birthday to you! i hope you get your cake and eat it to!



  19. Lost in France permalink
    January 19, 2011 5:21 pm

    sadly not in
    richmond, but have a great party anyway.

    and happy birthday

    • January 20, 2011 12:51 pm

      Lost, thank you! What, you mean you can’t make the quick trip? I mean, it is my BIRTHDAY. haha 🙂

  20. mom permalink
    January 19, 2011 5:38 pm

    Mom & kev loved your birthday post!!! Have a great dinner and we`ll see you on Saturday can’t wait…if not sooner love ya!!!

    • January 20, 2011 12:51 pm

      Thanks, Mom! Loved my gravy separator – and need to cook something I can use it for really soon! Love you guys 🙂

  21. Megan permalink
    January 19, 2011 6:04 pm


    I always, always, always celebrate birthday week! My favorite week of the year (except maybe the week between Christmas and New Years). Each day I meet up with different friends for different activities and spend some quality time with people I love. Sometimes they don’t even know it’s birthday week, so it isn’t a celebration about me, but rather our friendship.

    So happy birthday, girl! If I find that my Saturday night is unplanned, I may just make a trip to Richmond to wish you happy birthday in person and to see this cake…and hopefully hear about the rest of birthday week!

    Have fun!

    • January 20, 2011 12:50 pm

      I love that you always celebrate the whole week. Way to take charge and get some serious mileage out of your birthday. 🙂 I also like that you focus on using the week to reconnect/spend more time with friends. That’s partially what my party this Saturday is about. I don’t really need presents or anything (but anyone can feel free to buy me a driink!!) but I just want to get everybody together and celebrate our friendship.
      Definitely consider coming out! I’d love to have you! It’s gonna be a blast 🙂 Just email if you decide to –

  22. January 19, 2011 6:14 pm

    Happy birthday! I agree, birthdays are amazing. And your present to yourself this year should definitely, DEFINITELY be a dog.

    • January 20, 2011 12:47 pm

      Thanks!! I ended up getting myself boots. But the dog is weighing heavily on my mind – gotta research a bit more and get my mind right for a pet, but I am now considering it!

  23. January 19, 2011 7:57 pm

    Happy Birthday!! I love this post, and love everything you do to celebrate your day. I need to take a page out of your book, because often, I find birthdays to be hard. This needs to change. Enjoy the rest of your day!

    • January 20, 2011 12:47 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy your birthday this year – treat yourself well, you deserve it!

  24. January 19, 2011 8:49 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! What, you can get free Cold Stone on your birthday! I need to get in on that…. Your cake sounds absolutely awesome, but it’s kinda mean describing it to a pregnant woman who lives in another country and therefore can’t eat any of it. Cake….. CAKE!!! Oh gosh, I need some cake.

    • January 20, 2011 12:46 pm

      Thank you, Sheri! Yep, join the Cold Stone birthday club and they send you a coupon for free ice cream for your birthday. It’s money. Qdoba also does the same thing. 🙂
      You should totally go get you some cake! You are pregnant, so in my mind you can eat whatever in the world you please :). Get some cake, and we’ll celebrate my bday from afar.

  25. January 19, 2011 10:37 pm

    Thanks all for your birthday wishes! It was a great day!

  26. January 19, 2011 11:06 pm

    A.) I vote for a dog. Something cute like a Shi-poo or a Yorkie. A purse pooch. They are easy to train, pretty happy in Apartments and great cuddle company.

    B.) I hope your Birthday was amazing and I hope you learned some great things about life andyourself this year — maybe even this day.

    C.) I want to know what you bought yourself for yur birthday!


    • January 20, 2011 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Crystal!
      As far as a purse pooch – great idea, but I have always said I will never get a dog unless I could go running with it (so probably a German Shephard, black lab size). Funny thing is, I hate running. Detest it. And never do it. I just have this image of myself going for a jog with a dog by my side. Oh, and a dog that will make me feel safe and ward off intruders :). But, those types of dogs are not good for my apartment, so we’ll see… might have to change my mind on this one. My friend has a small dog in her apartment and it is litter trained! Crazy.

      My birthday was pretty good! I’ve been sick this week, but other than that, no complaints here. I got myself a pair of brown boots (they are so cute – I’ve been stalking them at Macy’s waiting for the price to go down) and a new shirt for my party Saturday. Can’t wait!!

      • January 20, 2011 2:24 pm

        If you get a big dog I feel like I should warn you away from a German Shepherd. They are good attack and guard dogs, but they aren’t great company. They are also utility dogs. Which means they were bred for a job. With that type of breed if you don’t give them a job they will find one and you won’t like what it is. It will be something like shredding the couch or pooping in each of your shoes. (And dogs always know which shoes are your favorite BTW.) Plus German Shepherds aren’t good family dogs. They usually attach really intensely to one trainer and then they are mean — even violent — toward everyone else.

        Labs are an okay alternative, but they are waterdogs so their skin and fur need a lot of maintenance. For big dogs I am a CRAZY golden Retriever fan. They have the BEST personalities. They are great with families and they love visitors. They are retrievers so it is best to be able to run or play catch with them daily because otherwise they have health problems — cause they love to eat so they need the exercise. They also often have liver or other internal organ issues if they are overbred.

        Yeah…my dad is a dog nerd.


        • January 20, 2011 7:44 pm

          LOL, thanks so much for the information! I know NOTHING about dogs. Except we always had German Shephards growing up. I had one just after I was born until I was like 14. Her name was Sheba and she was the best dog of all time. After she died, my dad proceeded to another German Shephard and named her Sheba. Weirdness. After that one died, he got another German Shephard and named it Janice (thank God he didn’t name her Sheba). So, I’m just so used to having German Shephards…but, now that you’ve said something, the only good one was the original Sheba. She was an amazing dog. The other two have been a little hit or miss 🙂
          Appreciate the advice!!! I’ll let you know once I narrow it down a bit more — I’m talking months for this decision. I don’t make any decisions lightly. 🙂

  27. January 19, 2011 11:08 pm

    Amen girl! I completely agree. Happy Birthday and enjoy your cake, sounds amazing! I want it.

    • January 20, 2011 12:41 pm

      Thank you! I am so hyped up about this cake, it’s kind of ridiculous… 🙂

  28. January 20, 2011 3:00 am

    Aw, damn. I totally forgot to wish Martin Luther King Jr. happy birthday this week.

    Damn damn damn.

    Oh well, at least it was only one person whose birthday I forgot.

    • January 20, 2011 12:40 pm

      Haha, Dennis. It is fun to share the week with MLK :). Oh, I also share a birthday with Paula Dean! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  29. joeandharryabroad permalink
    January 20, 2011 3:02 am

    Wayhey, happy birthday 🙂 they ARE a lot better since facebook came along. Cake sounds amazing and it’s making me crave some moist sugary goodness!

    I hope you have a good time with Chef and a great time at your party, you deserve it 🙂 x

    • January 20, 2011 12:40 pm

      Thanks JoeandHarryAbroad! Had fun last night and can’t wait for this weekend. Now go get yourself some cake and celebrate with me from afar!

  30. January 20, 2011 9:32 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, girl!!!!

    I hate my birthday with a passion, and always try to ignore it. However, I enjoy celebrating other people’s big days!!!

    Hope your party is a blast…and that cake sounds amazing!!


    • January 20, 2011 12:39 pm

      Lucky –
      Thanks!! How come you hate your birthday? It’s the best day of the year!! Maybe you should try and own it this year 🙂
      Yeah, I totally can’t wait for the cake. And I’ll update ya’ll on the party next week – it’s gonna be a blast!

  31. January 20, 2011 9:36 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday! Thank you for your post! ( I turn the big 2-6 next week and feel like you just wrote everything I have been thinking lately).

    Enjoy all that this day and this year has to offer you. I know it will be a good one.

    • January 20, 2011 12:38 pm

      Thank you, KD! Happy early birthday to you too! Man, for some reason 2-6 was rough for me. It means I’m in my latter part of my 20s…and I don’t know why, but that just bugs me! 🙂 Hope you have a great day as well.

  32. January 20, 2011 12:50 pm

    Happy (day late) Birthday to you Catherine. I just found your blog a couple days ago and trying to find the time to catch up on things (because apparently there is a lot to catch up on).

    I remember my 26th birthday very vividly because it turned out to be a pinnacle day and year in my life (a lot of excitement and changes); so I hope your 26th year is the same.

  33. January 20, 2011 1:51 pm

    Happy Belated Catherine!!

    You already know how I feel about birthdays, so I’m happy that you are able to look so positively at yours given it being the first since the ex. Birthday’s really are a special day because that is the day you were brought into the world, and everyone should celebrate it!!!
    Can’t wait to hear about what’s going on with you and Chef 🙂

    • January 20, 2011 7:45 pm

      Thanks! I do know how you feel about birthdays. We gotta shake that up! It’s a good day!! I’m glad yours improved this year, and maybe they’ll only get better.
      Thanks for your comment!

  34. January 20, 2011 5:49 pm

    Happy Birthday! 26 is the age I would totally go back to if I could go back to any age. For me my older 20’s were better than my younger 20’s. I had more confidence. I had more money. I was still young. It is the BEST age! Enjoy it. You are still so young. Worry when you hit 30.

    And by the way, when you do turn 30 make sure you turn your birthday into a birthday MONTH and be sure to celebrate in multiple places (or countries as the case was for me). And make up ridiculous rules for yourself like you will only drink champagne. I did this and it was a blast!

    I like your birthday rules though. Totally agree with all of them!

    Have a good one!

    • January 20, 2011 7:47 pm

      Thank you International! I appreciate your insight. I know you are right; I shouldn’t complain. I really am young. These are the good years. I’m already anxious about 30 though, haha! But, a birthday MONTH…that sounds AMAZING 🙂 When I get closer to 30, I’m totally going to reach out to you for tips – sounds like you celebrated in style!

  35. BeneathTheSpinLight permalink
    January 20, 2011 6:16 pm

    Happy birthday Catherine! ❤
    And enjoy your cake, it sounds delicious! 🙂

  36. January 20, 2011 9:59 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I am so happy for you today. Ever since my kids turned into teenagers, I have declared a birthday week for myself.

    I do remember the voting about the cake and the dots. Enjoy the boots and every minute of your party. I am proud of you too.

    You have a greet life. Appreciate it.

    • January 21, 2011 3:32 pm

      Workingtechmom: Thank you!! I’m glad you do the birthday week as well. There really isn’t anything better 🙂
      I love your comments – they are always so upbeat and inspirational. THANK YOU!

  37. January 21, 2011 11:55 am

    I am completely with you on wanting to mega-celebrate birthdays. Well, all holidays, really. Am a new reader to your blog (found you from twitter, after you just started following me-shoppher), and am sorry to hear about the end of your engagement. I know firsts are REALLY hard, and it’s great to hear you have a good attitude about the change.

    Can’t wait to read more of your blog. Ooh and, I’m in Richmond, and love a party, did you really mean we were all invited? I don’t have plans for Saturday yet. 🙂

    • January 21, 2011 3:27 pm

      H to the Izzo:
      Thanks for reading and commenting! I really appreciate it and am glad you found me through Twitter. I just sent you a message on Twitter, but I am absolutely serious! You are more than welcome to join us! Send me an email or contact me on Twitter for all the details. The email is

  38. January 21, 2011 5:06 pm

    Happy, happy birthday to you, Catherine! I’m with you on Facebook birthdays greetings. On Freshly Pressed once, some guy wrote an absolute RANT about people who had remembered to send their wishes only after the Facebook reminder. He announced that he only wanted to hear from people who cared enough to know his birth date by heart.

    I thought that was strange. How can you not appreciate someone taking the time out of their day to wish you well?

    I’m so glad you celebrated this birthday with such panache. I hope it was every bit as special as you deserved it to be.

    • January 21, 2011 5:17 pm

      Thank you, Maura! I read that Freshly Pressed post too… I agree with you, if they are taking a quick moment out of their day to wish me a happy birthday, I appreciate it! Granted, I only hear from these people once a year, but it’s still cool to see 80 or so people wish me a good day on my wall! Appreciate your well wishes and comment 🙂

  39. January 21, 2011 5:36 pm

    Hey Hilarious girl, we added you to our blog roll because we love you.

    Thank you for cheering us up on a semi-daily basis.

    The Girls

    • January 22, 2011 11:13 am

      Thanks! I appreciate that. I’ll add you to my blogroll too in the next couple of days! Love your blog 🙂

  40. Grey Goose, Dirty permalink
    January 21, 2011 11:03 pm

    Happy Belated! Have a great time at your party!

  41. January 22, 2011 10:45 am

    Belated Happy Birthday! 🙂

  42. January 22, 2011 6:36 pm

    Hope you celebrated well.

    He will be with me for my birthday ..coming up by end of this month.

    No I didn’t quite expect life will throw the curveballs. I accepted a job (after a long job search of many months) in a totally different province but he and I are committed to make our relationship work (18 yrs. long). Yes, he is featured in some blog photos. In the midst of this, my sister died.

    We’re going to Banff, Alberta by the Rockies for my birthday. Hopefully there will be enough snow in mountains to do snowshoeing.

    I ask not anything more. I have my health also which counts alot (will turn 52). I just returned from cycling among melting ice and snow with groceries. No, I don’t want to turn back the clock. I embrace life now as it is.

    • January 24, 2011 2:55 pm

      I did, thanks. It was a wonderful night.
      I’m sorry about your sister, and hope you are doing well. Your birthday plans sound wonderful – I really hope you enjoy it. I know you’ve been under some stress. I agree, having your health is a big deal – at really any age. It’s definitely something for which to be thankful. “No, I don’t want to turn back the clock. I embrace life now as it is.” This is a wonderful sentiment. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  43. February 5, 2011 2:03 pm

    happy belated birthday 😦 hopefully you don’t mind getting belated wishes either…

    but i too tell others when my birthday is to receive wishes 🙂 i love bugging my friends to plan something to do on that day!

    i hope it was an amazing day 🙂

    • February 8, 2011 11:00 am

      Thank you Melanie! It was great, and I appreciate the belated wishes 🙂


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