Tag: birthdays

“You Live The Life You’re Given With The Storms Outside”

I know, I’m blogging, it’s weird. Not least because there have been So Many times that I thought about blogging in the past year, but didn’t. And God knows there’s been stuff worth blogging about (more on that later). But I just couldn’t bring myself to find my password, log in to WordPress, and blog. But today I did.

So, here’s the thing, today is June 1. And, even more importantly (to me), it’s exactly three weeks before my 35th birthday. And I am Really freaking out about turning 35, guys. I remember freaking out about 30, but in a kind of joking way; there is no joking about this 35 freak out. And it’s been building for a while. And now my birthday is a mere three weeks away and it is pouring (and occasionally thunderstorming) and my brain is about to explode.

I have so many thoughts bouncing around inside my head, but I just realized that it’s 11:30 and I have to get up for work in the morning (more on that later) and I need to go to bed. At least I haven’t lost my poor timing 😉

Until tomorrow. I think. (Is that how I used to end my posts? I should have done more any research before I decided to post again.)

Oh yeah, the quotation is from one of my favorite Something Corporate songs called “Watch The Sky.”

Happy Birthday To Me

So today didn’t completely suck, which was unexpected. (Perhaps I should expect the worst on my birthday every year.) I mean, my head wasn’t the best place to be, but nothing really terrible happened.

Hell, something fucking awesome happened. Yay Kevin Frandsen walk-off home run! That was not unlike Jim Thome’s walk-off on my cousin’s birthday (tomorrow) last year. I didn’t see it live because we were in the midst of what was, technically, my birthday party and it felt rude to watch baseball on my iPad. I happened to check Gameday just as the Mets tied it up (I couldn’t completely ignore a baseball game in progress), but the next time I looked the game was over. Yay!!

Plus and also, Much Ado About Nothing was phenomenal. I’d never read or seen the play before but I was able to follow the story. And it was wonderful to see so many beloved Whedonverse actors in one film. The scenes with Nathan Fillion and Tom Lenk, for example, felt like a police procedural starring Captain Hammer and Andrew and that’s not a bad thing. I knew going in that Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof were playing an eventual couple, but I had not anticipated that the scenes with Beatrice and Benedick would make me feel feelings. I realized that it had more to do with Fred and Wesley than Beatrice and Benedick. Still, it made me cry (in a good way).

Until tomorrow.

Friday List: Almost My Birthday Edition

It is currently an hour from my birthday. I’m not really looking forward to it, though, for a variety of reasons. Although I am going to see Much Ado About Nothing, which I’m excited about. Since my birthday fills me with angst (and this year it’s looking to be extra angst-y) today’s list is things that made me smile for some reason.

And now back to my third-life crisis. But also to reading and waiting for midnight so I can post on my birthday twin’s Facebook wall. If one person is going to immediately think of her birthday at the stroke of twelve it would be me, right?

Until tomorrow.

Yeah, So

So it’s 9/11 (at least, it is as I’m starting this) and I made a commitment to blog every day and people always want to talk about 9/11 on 9/11, right? Well, I don’t. Although I will pass along this link to Harry Kalas’ speech before the first game the Phillies played after 9/11 because it’s HK and I miss him and it made me cry.

If I don’t want to talk about 9/11 then I have nothing to blog about, right? Well, no. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but today also happens to be my brother’s birthday. Hell, for the first 19 years of his life today was just my brother’s birthday; it had no other meaning. And today is a big one since it’s his 30th birthday.

Me and my brother baby circa December 1982

I’ve always loved that picture. And looking at it now only strengthens my belief that my oldest little cousin (my cousin’s daughter) looks a hell of a lot like me.

As you may be able to tell from that picture, we were always pretty close growing up. I don’t ever remember us having huge fights the way some of our cousins did (they were three sisters and the fights were not fun to watch – I think I have always hated conflict). It’s a really good thing that we got along, actually, since we were often each other’s only option for a playmate. Oddly enough, living in the middle of 14 acres of trees is not conducive to having many neighbors.

Yeah, so, happy birthday to my favorite little brother! Love ya, kid!

Until tomorrow.


That was awesome!

The Phillies are playing the Rays this weekend. In Philly. (It figures that they’re playing my local team during my birthday weekend, but in Philly.) Unfortunately, I am now at the mercy of the crappy MLB blackouts (since the Rays are playing and they are my local team), which means I have to watch the Rays broadcasts.

I’ve said before that as annoying as the Phillies’ TV broadcasters are, I’d still rather hear them than the other team’s broadcasters. (This is, in fact, why I pay for MLB.tv Premium.) So I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to watch the game. But then Juan Pierre hit his first home run as a Phillie (the 17th of his career), giving the team the lead in the process. That made it easier to watch the Rays broadcast.

Things got a little hairy in the eighth inning and I realized that I actually preferred the Rays broadcast to the Phillies at that moment. Wheels’ negativity is so annoying that I would rather listen to the Rays’ broadcasters being hopeful. Plus, the Phils managed to get out of the inning pretty much unscathed, so that helped.

The ninth inning was a different story. At first, I was still glad that I was watching the Rays broadcast and didn’t have to listen to Wheels. But when Papelbon blew the save the Rays’ announcers became a different kind of annoying. So rather than subject myself to what I assumed was inevitable torture, I decided to just stop watching.

I flipped over to Oxygen because they were showing Pride & Prejudice and I love that movie 🙂 But I hadn’t realized how late it was and was disappointed that Lady Catherine de Bourgh was already at the Bennets’ house. I had hoped to have a lot of Jane Austen goodness in which to drown my sorrows.

During the first commercial break I decided to check Facebook, just to see if there were any updates on the game. And were there ever. Not only had the Phillies won, but Jim Thome walked it off!!!!!

That is just so damn pretty. I’m bummed that I missed seeing it live (on TV), but still. And TMac got legitimately excited on that call, so good for him. Honestly, I’m not even mad that Papelbon blew the save since it gave us that moment. That was the 609th homer of Thome’s career (tying him with Sammy Sosa for 7th place on the home run list). It was his 101st with the Phillies. His fifth of the season. And the 13th walk-off homer of his career (giving him the most in MLB history). Not too shabby for his first pinch hit of the season.

Yep, my cousin got a pretty awesome birthday present from the Phillies. I, on the other hand, got a rained out game for my birthday (to be made up in a day-night doubleheader tomorrow). But that’s okay, because I got pretty awesome birthday presents from people I actually know.

Coolest socks I have ever owned? Yes.

As if all that wasn’t awesome enough, I saw Seeking a Friend for the End of the World this afternoon and it was phenomenal. It made me laugh. It made me cry. Plus I liked seeing Keira Knightley in a movie that wasn’t a period piece. And she and Steve Carell were fantastic.

Now I will end this great day by watching the end of Pretty Woman.

Until tomorrow.

Happy Birthday, Have Some Free Stuff

I celebrated my birthday by visiting three different retail establishments. The reason for visiting each was that they wanted to give me free stuff. And I am all about free stuff, so it worked out.

My first stop was Starbucks on the way to work.

Venti Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

If Starbucks offers me any drink on the menu for free just ’cause it’s my birthday, you can make damn sure that I’ll be going for some venti deliciousness 🙂

After work I went to the Brandon Mall to hit up the other two retailers.

Free gift at Sephora
Free gift at Panera (and my default birthday cake)

So why did Starbucks, Sephora, and Panera offer me free stuff for my birthday? Because I’m a member of each’s rewards program. And since each rewards program is free, I’d say I made out pretty well.

All in all, this birthday hasn’t been so bad. I even got emails from Old Navy and the Phillies.com Shop (among others) offering me special deals for my birthday. But no free stuff, though.

Come to think of it, I don’t remember ever telling the Phillies.com Shop when my birthday is. And yet they know. Yeah, that’s not creepy at all. Whatever, I’m not gonna think about that.

Happy Birthday to Me 🙂

Until tomorrow.

Thing #5: Flickr

Today’s (final) thing is Flickr. Not being a big photography buff, I had never used Flickr before. I was impressed with how easy it was to set up an account and start uploading photos. I also appreciated that Flickr didn’t require me to create a brand new user name and password, I could simply log in using my Google account information.

I had taken pictures of my two birthday cakes with my iPhone and decided to upload those pictures to Flickr, mostly so I could write a blog post about the crazy Neapolitan cake I made myself and include a picture. I ran into trouble when I tried to embed the picture from Flickr. I couldn’t seem to find a URL that the WordPress image uploader was happy with. This may have had something to do with the fact that it was almost 1:00 in the morning. I had no trouble uploading the image directly to WordPress from my hard drive, though, so I did that so I could finish the post and go to bed. About 30 minutes ago I tried the blogging feature in Flickr, and that was fairly easy as well. I was able to blog a picture of the ice cream cake I had with my parents and aunt on Sunday. Neither one of these experiences is exactly what I am looking for, however. I’m sure that, as I gain more blogging experience, I’ll become a pro at including pictures.