Saturday, July 08, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!


All together now: Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthd... Hey, it's my blog, my birthday, I can lead the Birthday Sing-a-long if I like.

Ooh, I love birthdays. Love them. Not in the - "What did you get me for my birthday?" sense, ach terrible. Although, if you need an idea, well this caught my eye:

I just love the whole celebration of your very own day. Whatever I do on this day, I do so with an extra spring in my step. Call me an opportunist, but you'd be a fool not to parlay it into some comp items along the way - say letting the cat out of the bag before you pay for that latte at your favorite caffeine drinking establishment. Hey, it worked last year. Go ahead, be shy if you like and see where that gets you (reaching into above purse and five bucks the poorer).

Of course, this unabashed celebration of things birthday may have some small weak root attached to my childhood. I know, doesn't everything? In this case, four of my siblings and I shared the birth month of July - one four days ahead on, yeah that's right - the 4th! Now I just had a flashback to one of said siblings (my Irish twin) and I having a little party in our kitchen thrown by my mom and our little core group of neighborhood girls over. Our cake? A tier cake comprised of mini-donuts stacked up! That was inventive last minutes thinking, Ma. No matter, point is - we celebrated!

So, since it is my birthday, I'll not blather on - I need to rest up before I head out on my Birthday Mission! The art is to act casual, but always, always drop that little birthday nugget right in. A few friends that will join in on the celebration:



Hold onto that cake there fella, I need to look the part when I go out celebrating!

Now, the only rule I have is simple: if you stop by here today (and you family members know who you are), you must leave a birthday wish. Simply said, simple rules. If you can't abide by them, just scoot on now. But just see how that works out for you at our next family gathering. I'm sorry, did that sound menacing? Ah, you know me, you'll never see it coming.

Pass the cake around and join in...Happy Birthday to....

32 comments:

cj said...

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Gina! Happy Birthday to you.

Oh the things to wish.... I wish... I wish that this birthday brings you a year of happiness, healthiness, and more fun than you can imagine. :) Have a happy birthday Gina - party your heart out!

Tali said...

Happy happy birthday, from all of us to you, we wish that you were still alive so you could party too!

HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G said...

I raise them sentimental.

Thank you cj - don't mind if I do

neva said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINA!! hope my NBFF has the best day EVER! (what am i, 12?)

enjoy your day... and that, by the end of the day, you're not too sick of hearing:

IT'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY TIME! (check out the link at the park, you'll see what i mean!!)

xoxox

Pavel said...

(following g's guidelines)

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you..."

Have a great one!

pia said...

Have a wonderful birhday--Cancer's are the best

Would sing you happy birthday but nobody wants me to do that--even virtually

Patrick the Elder said...

G:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ONE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED JULY SIBLINGS. I DON'T REMEMBER A LOT ABOUT BIRTHDAYS IN OUR HOUSE, WHEN WE WERE KIDS (IRONIC, HUH?) BUT I DO REMEMBER YOUR BIRTHDAY GET-TOGETHER WITH RONNIE, KATHY, JENNIFER, BARBARA AND TINA - WHO KNEW HOW SHORT LIFE WAS AND HOW QUICK IT WOULD ALL GO BY BACK THEN - IT SEEMED LIKE AN UN-ENDING SUMMER OF WIFFLE BALL, CHASING THE MOSQUITO - SPRAYING TRUCK ON OUR BIKES, AND WONDERING HOW TO BREAK INTO THAT SECRET SOCIETY OF YOU SIX GIRLS DOWN THE BLOCK - WE NEVER DID MAKE IT INTO THAT CLUB, THO WE KNEW ONE THING - YOU WERE CELEBRATIG LIFE EACH AND EVERYDAY, NOT ONLY ON YOUR B'DAY. ANYWAY, I WISH YOU NOW, AS ALWAYS, THE HAPPIEST OF HAPPY BIRTHDAYS AND MUCH HEALTH AND CONTENTMENT IN THE COMING YEAR - PAT

ariel said...

Happy Birthday, G! I did want to buy that bag for you but I knew I'd want to keep it if I bought it, so I brought you Cuban cigars instead.

my birthday wish is, may you bake the birthday cakes for your grand-grandchildren, and still dance when they already passed out!

Jenna Howard said...

Happy birthday to you!

Hm...a birthday wish? I wish for a hot hunky man to show up at my door wearing jeans that fit just right, a smile and not much else and he's carrying a cannister of whipped cream with a carton of chocolate ice cream.

Oooooh. For yoooou. Hunh.

Joel said...

Happy Birthday...hoping you have as many more as you desire and each and every one is even more special than the previous!

...maybe you'll get an iPod?

Miz BoheMia said...

Happy Birthday!

Tavalodet Mobarak!

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Glaedelig Fodselsdag!

Feliz CumpleaƱos!

For one who is actually excited about her birthday I though it fitting to wish it to you in five languages!

May you have a beautiful, beautiful day full of little freebies here and there as well as many good goodies too! May your year be a beautiful one filled with nothing but the best for you dear G! You deserve it! Big bohemian kisses coming your way!

G said...

Thank you all, just got back from square dancing in Manhattan (where else?).

Neva - Thank you NBFF - I'll get back to you on the link :)

Pavel - Thanks (note to self: follows instructions well).

Pia - I too am partial to Cancers. Oh go ahead, I have it muted.

Patrick - For the mosquito spray truck alone, I wonder how we are still walking around. Your comment brought me right back to those days - almost halcyon when viewed through the looking glass. Thanks for your wishes oh wise elder, it makes me almost want to forgive you for stealing the firewoks, almost.

Ariel: A woman after my own heart! Thank you - I'll share the cigars with my friend and thanks for such a special birthday wish.

Jenna - hope it's the right size, so annoying to have to return a birthday present.

Joel: Apparently still no ipod! Thanks for the wishes though.

MizB: Thank you back ten times for your sweet wishes which are so far working out just fine.

Kyahgirl said...

Hope you have an awesome celebration.

Doug said...

Happy Birthday, Gina!

Hey, good job, Tali!

mireille said...

iiiiiiii Happy Birthday, G!iiiiiii (um, those are supposed to be candles.) ♥ xoxo

O Ceallaigh said...

And then of course there's the TGIFriday's version ...

I don't know but I've been told
Someone here is getting old


:)

And then there's some of us (about half, actually) who, if they let slip it was their birthday, would still be dipping into their cash storage. And hoping it's a small crowd ...

Enjoy!

:)

G said...

Thanks all for your birthday wishes - don't you just love birthdays?

Thanks Kyah! Are you going camping? Have fun if so.

Doug - Thanks - she's a natural, huh?

Mireille - now that's a nifty trick - thank you.

OC: You need to adapt my mentality - my day, you pay :) Nice story today - you should have been a duke at the very least :)

Good night all and thanks for being part of my birthday fun!

**These are little hearts across the bottom>>>>

karma said...

Saal Mubarak!

have a wonderful birthday and a wonderful day. have wonderful days after the wonderful day.

shine on, birthful one.
tip: if you take that lampshade offa your head, you could shine more ;))

~ good girl ~ said...

Happy Birthday, G!! That donut cake actually sounds super yummy :-) Gosh, that was clever!

Since it's past ur bday, here's hoping everyone gave in to your no-holds-barred birthday pluggin and you got heaps of free coffee and whatever else had tickled your fancy.

GG

G said...

Thank you Karma, I like that - birthful one, but you always do choose your words oh so perfectly.

GG: A discount here, a freebie there, but best of all time spent with family and friends. Thank you.

ps> Everyone remebers that cake to this very day.

Minka said...

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Til hamingju med daginn and go nuts :)
We cancers do rock our birthdays.
The 17th will see me plus extended family in an amusement park where I will takes the fastest and highest rides.
Can't wait.
birthday wish...that you will always look forward to the next and never regret one past!

G said...

Minka - vielen danke. Yes we do enjoy the art of appreciating birthdays, don't we. Ooh, now that sounds like fun! And that birthday wish has been recorded for me to plagarize :)

Sounds like you're enjoying your time away and mazel tov on yesterday's win. A little consolation for you, I know.

First Nations said...

late as usual...still, happity birthday!
heres wishing you the kind of old age that scandalizes young women and tantalizes young men!

yeah. beat that, y'all!

G said...

I don't think they can, honey. Well, and now I've got a new goal for the coming year :) Thanks.

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday, Aunt G! A little late, I know, but well, this helps stretch the celebrating out a little. I think of you often and can't wait to see you again soon in NYC!

G said...

Thank you my sweet niece! Hope you read the previous post (?) where I gave you some ink. Hope you are feeling well and enjoying your stay. Pick you up on the 12th? Love you and will be better about e-mails (see upcoming post :)

brian said...

Happy Birthday. I wish you health and happiness in the coming year.

G said...

Thanks for your good wishes Brian.

SquareGirl said...

goshdarnit, I'm late! Or is that "belated"? From one cancerian crab to another, have a wonderful belated birthday!!! Heck, make it last all month long if you feel like it!

G said...

Oh thanks Squaregirl, but this is even better as you know how we crabbies love the whole celebration! Thank you.

weirsdo said...

Hope you had a good birthday, G. For me it's a time to ditch the kids and head out to a really good restaurant--unless I have rehearsal. It sounds as if you did things you love, too.

G said...

Thanks Weirsdo. Truth is the square dancing (with the kids) is another thing to cross off the "Good Ideas Gone Bad" list. All in all a good day.