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My favorite birthday memory (so far)

This time of the year is especially exciting for me because I have a December birthday. This year I celebrated in August with a cookout and I’m glad I did since it ended up snowing on my birthday. Fred sent me flowers at work, which was a nice surprise. My favorite birthday memory, though, was my 19th birthday, years ago.

I was in my freshman year at college, just home for Christmas break. My parents’ present was an autographed Christmas CD by my favorite local artist, Andrew Driscoll, and tickets to his show. My best friends were also going with us so it was doubly exciting.

Before the show started, my friends went backstage. I didn’t think anything of it because they’d worked with the local theater company before. I figured they were just popping back to say hello to everyone.

Little did I know they were plotting my surprise.

Near the end of the show, Andrew Driscoll (yes, I have to use his full name every time) paused between songs to talk to the audience. “We have a special young lady in the audience today who is celebrating her birthday.” As he spoke, someone from backstage handed him a bouquet of flowers. He walked down the stage steps and headed in my direction. “Her name is Liz and this next song is for her.” He handed me the flowers and started singing Sarah McClachlan’s “I Will Remember You.”  I could have died a happy woman right then.

Shortly afterwards, when the concert was over, Andrew Driscoll came back out and I got to personally thank him and get my picture taken with him. Unfortunately, my eyes are closed in the picture (this was pre-digital cameras) but it doesn’t matter.  I will always remember that birthday.

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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in About me

 

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My long weekend: Day One

My birthday is in December and this year I’ll be turning the big 3-0.  I wanted to do something special but with my birthday being so close to the holidays, it’s hard to plan anything big.  Understandably, most people are too busy between shopping and office parties to add one more item to their “To Do” list.  Not to mention that money is strapped that time of the year for a lot of folks, myself included.  Take all that plus the fact that I never got to do anything outside for my birthday and you’ll understand why I decided to celebrate turning 30 early.

Of course, I had to have an 80s theme for the party.  Judy and Fred took care of the cake.  Judy had asked me for some suggestions earlier in the summer and my response was, “Just make it 80s themed.”  But then my mind started turning and I threw out some more specific suggestions.  “You could do Pac-Man.  He’s also 30.  Oh!  Or you could do Pizza the Hut from Spaceballs!  No!  Wait!  You could do Pac-Man eating Pizza the Hut!”  Judy stopped me after that.  The day of the party, Judy arrived with cake in hand and she did not disappoint:

The day was hot but there was shelter and plenty of cold drinks for everyone.  We grilled out because I never got to do that for my birthday before.  Fred’s mom was tending to the grill at one point and remarked, “It’s nice and cool over here!”  We also played a lot of games, including 80s Trivial Pursuit that Fred found at Goodwill on his way to the party.  However, there were some pieces missing from the game (which is probably why it was only $3).  The only die had colors on it and it was for a supplemental 90s Trivial Pursuit Travel Pack.  The wedge pieces were also missing.  So, we improvised.  We used the color die and assigned numbers to each color.  However, the die had brown on it and no purple.  The board had a purple space but no brown.  So brown became purple on the die.  It was a bit confusing but we made it work.  My favorite quote of the party was: “Brown is purple which is one which is blue which is headlines.”

I wasn’t expecting it, but people brought gifts.  Yes, I know it was a birthday party, but that wasn’t my intent with throwing a party.  I just wanted my friends and family to be all together and have a damn good time.  But still cards and gifts were given and it was all very thoughtful.  Lynn, one of my best friends from high school, had made a 3 hour trip to come to the party.  Her card quoted my blog on preferring cash for my birthday.  As soon as I read that, I got a pit in my stomach.  Growing up, whenever a friend had a birthday, Lynn would take some money and hide it in everyday objects and the birthday girl had dig it out.  It was funny – when it was someone else, of course.  She’s hidden money in jars of peanut butter and rolls of duct tape.  So, when I opened her gift, I was a bit relieved to see that I got a roll of toilet paper and not something sticky.

Later, when we cut into the cake, we found one more surprise:

I had a great time and I think everyone else did, too.  It was great to see my friends and my family (Jess flew in from the east and my cousins, aunt, uncle, and Grandpa K. drove a couple of hours to make it).  When I turn 40, I’ll definitely be doing something early and outside again.  However, I’ll make sure that I plan something for fall and not for one of the hottest days of summer.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2010 in About me

 

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