Thanks, everyone, for my birthday wishes over on "the facebook!" Yay!
Having a birthday the day after Christmas garners a lot of questions.... so I'll answer them just for kicks.
1. Does it suck? Kinda. Mostly only because everyone is partied out. No one wants to go out to dinner and after eating all that Christmas food, no one wants cake. I also never got my birthday acknowledged in school. I think they had a "December Birthday" day or something but that was never the same as the kid who brought cupcakes in the middle of April.
2. Did my parents combine Christmas and birthday presents? Nope. Never and I'm pretty sure if someone tried that my mom would have given them the business. There was always a separate event and I really appreciated how my mom went out of her way to make sure it stayed that way.
My most fun memory was when I turned into a teenager and didn't want presents anymore - I always just wanted cash. So my mom would put my birthday money on the Christmas tree - all in $1 bills. It was a great way to handle it and to this day it is my best family memory.
3. What was my best birthday? Party in Vegas. Back in the day I could throw a lot of money around so I took some folks and we had a big time. A lavish dinner and good seats at Cirque du Soleil's O. And since I'm not a gambler when I actually put $1 is that big Price is Right slot machine - and won - well I was very excited. Very, very excited. I won a whole $40. The people who all came running up were very disappointed that I didn't hit the jackpot - but I was thrilled.
4. Worst birthday? Someone I really cared about drove past my house - on my birthday - on their way home to another state. I didn't even know they were here.
What's happening today? Nothing really - my hubby has to work and chores need to be done so mostly it's just a regular day. However, we are going to pick up a Coldstone cake before he leaves. Me alone in a house with 5 pounds of ice cream and cake? Challenge accepted!
What I'm really excited about happens tomorrow - my friend L is taking me out. She is so good to me - she laughs at my stupid jokes and always buys me lunch. I always feel lucky when I'm around her. So that will be my big day.
I actually really like birthdays. But everyone my age hides them and avoids it so I'm the odd man out. What? Am I selfish and only want attention and presents? Nope. No way. I just like cake and being with my friends. To tell the truth, I never really got presents as an adult. I just loved having big birthday dinners - it was my chance to take everyone that I loved out for a big deal and that was fun for me.
Today if I was going to plan a big event I'd love to have a big dog party with all my friends and their dogs. I'd invite Otto, Cowboy, Toby, Marv, Webster, a trio of herders, Clara, Big Sully, May, and even little Jacki - we'd have a huge meat cake with lots of bones for them. All the dogs would 'dog around' and all us humans would have a big BBQ, chocolate cake, and tequila. We'd sit around and watch the dog party go wild. Of course, I don't think it would work out very well because Kai hates other lady dogs and my #1 would try to be the boss of everyone - but I like to think about a big dog party and how fun it would be.
Happy my Birthday, everyone! Are you partied out or could you stand one more event? How about a big dog party?