-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Friday, September 7, 2012

I think that was my last birthday...

Hey friends.

Yesterday's birthday was a great one. I heard/read greetings from family and friends via my blog, my husband's FB page (long story), Twitter, texting, voice mails and visits. I don't like to make a big deal out of the day, but it truly was nice.

So why would I say it was my LAST birthday? Easy. My birthday gifts. First, let me say right away how much I loved my ALL of my birthday gifts. I know how hard it is for people to go out of their way to find something special and personal . My family absolutely did that.

Second, my gifts ALWAYS reflect how ironic my life is. Plus, if you've been keeping up with the blog, you already know I have to make fun of myself AND my family. Come on, now!!

All day, the older two teased each other about spending "enough" time with me.  They kept saying, "Be nice to mom, because... well, you never know!" That's unconditional love right there....for someone. I think.

And so my friends, here are a few ways I may go into that dark night....

#1 Cause of not making it to age 43: Exercise-induced asthma attack, suffered after 32 continuous hours of Yoga.
Reason: Gift from the man: Yoga pants, Size Xtra-Small. XS. Hahahahahahahahahaha. Bless his heart.

I'm going to challenge that 4-way stretch thing..


#2 Cause of not making it to 43: Silicone overdose.
Reason: I would have to be sporting some brand new double Ds to fit in the fabulously large Detroit Lion's shirt also given to me by the man. Long term plan for him? Hmmm. Triple-sized breast enhancement surgery and half of a hip removed so I can fit in those yoga pants....Perfect.

#3 / #4  Cause of not making it to age 43: Choking on my own teeth and high blood pressure.
Reason: These were given to me all individually wrapped. Cavities? Sodium overload? Best hour and a half of my life while I find out???? My family knows me too well.

When I imagine my last meal,  (it may be sooner than I thought) It looks a lot like this. Except more circus....Hey!! Where ARE the circus peanuts?? 
*update 8:00pm. I just had the most adorable friend deliver to my doorstep a bag of Circus peanuts. She rocks. Thanks to her and to the power of blogging! Woo Hoo!

#5 Cause: Bleeding out
Reason: I knew the shapes of at least three of those wrapped sweets up there. They were sitting on the table all day long while the kids were at school and the man was at work. I contemplated more than once opening them, nibbling a bit and re-wrapping them. Who would miss a can of cherry coke? A block of chocolate? 7/8 of a Snickers bar? Baby, please!!!  Still, I would completely get my share of paper cuts after trying to put all of it back together....

#6 Cause: Incidence to age.
Reason: I really didn't think this birthday marked any difference in age or feeling. It felt like just another day. You're probably saying to yourself that I was being a little paranoid by thinking AGE 42 was as good as it was going to get. I might have thought that at one time too...But finally, I received this card from the youngest:

"Dear Mom. Happy Birthday. You are the best mom ever. I love you and 42 is a big number.        1970-2012
And there it is. 42 years, exactly.



Happy "make-the-most-of-the-next-364-days", friends!!


46 comments:

  1. If I have to go, I'd like it to be digging into all those treats you got! Not sure they correlate well to the XS pants, though! Hope you had a great one, and BTW, wish I could remember 42!

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    1. Karen, I wish I could remember what I had for lunch..... It was a great day. As for the XS yoga pants? I may have to see if my 7 year old is interested... :)

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  2. I hope you will accept this belated birthday wish for an amazing year (or 363 days now). I am glad the day provided you something to laugh about.

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    1. Thank you, Ann. 363 days? They are going to fly by!! It's always a good day when you can laugh at yourself :)

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  3. OMG... I have tears in my eyes and my belly hurts from laughing so hard! The yoga pants, wrapped candy, Jo's card...you have made my gut cramp up. Now, you know I pray this isn't your last Birthday but if it is, your kids set up the best "last Supper", I can think of. My glucose levels went up just salivating over that picture. I am so glad you had a great day. This post has, no doubt, made my night. I love you!

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    1. Glucose is not even in my vocabulary when I'm on the floor, surounded by chocolate wrappers. It must be genetic! Glad to make you smile. I love you too! Good luck with the cookies tomorrow...

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  4. Hi! I'm a new follower from the blog hop! Come visit me whenever you get a chance! :)

    ♥ Shar
    http://sharmartinez.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for following Shar. I hope you find something you like on the blog :)

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  5. Happy birthday! You know your husband loves you when he buys XS yoga pants. ;)

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    1. My husband loves me when my friends come over with treats. Seriously. I had to fight the boys off! Thanks for your genuine thoughtfulness.

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  6. 1st: Happy (belated) Birthday from a "new" friend. 2nd: it looks as if the "fam" took good care of you, although I searched high & low for peanut M&M's and did not see them in the pic. love the card. hope your day was absolutely special. take care, slu

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    1. Peanut M&Ms...Man. They sound good. The M&Ms never last in this house. Thanks for the sweet comments. It was a wonderful day.

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  7. Oh, my goodness! What fun! It looks like you had a wonderful, flu"filling," silly kind of day. And that's what birthdays are supposed to be if you ask me. I hope you will also settle for another belated birthday wish. I do think of you a great deal (although, not enough yesterday, obviously!:) and I'm always glad to hear that things in your life are going well. Sending love your way!!!

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    1. It was a fulfilling-kind of day. You know me. Always a sucker for the snacks. Any day of the year. Thanks for the well wishes. Sending them right back at you :)

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  8. Sorry, Shel. Not "flu." Ful-filling. Ugh. Embarrassing.

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  9. OMG! That was hilarious! I didn't know it was your B-day. Happy belated birthday to you! It looks like it was a lot of fun!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Vicki. It was a really fun day.

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  10. Michele that is a brilliant post I am laughing as I type :-). We get snickers here in the UK and I confess to liking them a lot.I put my chocolate in the fridge though. I didn't recognise the names of the other sweets well except the hershey bar but instead I have to say Galaxy and Cadbury chocolate all the way. Okay now I need to go eat some chocolate. All I can say is I hope the next 364 days are the best ever for you, lol. I reach the big 40 in December-shhh don't tell anyone. So I am not far behind you. Still laughing....

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    1. Snickers are one of my favorite chocolates. My grandmother always put them in the freezer and then slammed them on the counter into pieces. A delicious way to share...I don't know what a Galaxy is, but Cadburys are a fancy treat here at Easter. Thanks for the birthday wish for the next 11.5 months...Turning 40 is exciting. You will love it :)

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  11. Families are just the best arent they!! What a great collection of pressies! Happy belated Birthday Michelle..hope it was a real, real good one!! X

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    1. My family is a huge mix of laughing and sarcasm... I wouldn't want it any other way. I love the word "pressies"! Thanks so much for commenting, Claire. One of my great gifts this year has been meeting so many wonderful bloggy friends :)

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  12. Hi there! I found you on the Blog Hop, I'm now a new follower. I'd love a follow back at sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com and Pinterest! I follow back all of my Pinterest followers :)

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    1. Hello and welcome! I'll be over and have a look. Thanks for visiting.

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  13. Hi I am a new follower from Http://craftyhousemom.blogspot.com and I would love it if you would come visit ;-)

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    1. Hi Elisia! Glad to meet you. I'm on my way over. Thanks for following :)

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  14. I loved this post. I can relate to the man in your life not understanding women's clothing sizes. It sure is nice to think that they believe an XS could fit over your thighs though. I hope you had a lovely birthday!

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    1. I had a great birthday, thanks. Cheers to any good man who might see "XS" when in reality....well, let's just leave it at that. Ha! Thanks for commenting!

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  15. Oh Michele, I gotta say your family has a dark side that I'm really drawn to!! lol. I love the little ones card, it made me giggle. Hope you had an amazing birthday, despite the many references to your age, which FYI is only a number ;-) x

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    1. Thanks Helen,
      My family does have a dark side; it's what makes life so fun around here. I'm glad you like it!! My age doesn't bother me at all. ...After 40, I figure it's all good :) I just keep thinking I'm 29...with lots of experience ;) So glad you came by!!

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  16. Hi there - wow what a great post. You are a fabulous writer. Sounds like my kind of birthday - I am the same age and I believe once you pass 40 - numbers really don't matter. thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me such a nice message and for following me - I am here to return the favor. Have a great week.

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    tina
    one crafty mess

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    1. Hi Tina! So glad to have you here. A fellow over-forty blogger! Yay!. There is an amazing community of bloggers out there. I'm loving meeting so many of you. One Crafty Mess. The name alone sent me over. Hahaha. Have an amazing day and thanks for following!

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  17. What can you say? 42 might be big (by a seven-year-old's standards) but so is all that you've accomplished in those years. To celebrate what we are sure will be another impressive year, we have already started our list for your next birthday and you are in for some big (and I'm not just talking XLL clothing)surprises (hey, 43 is an even BIGGER number!). Plus, you wouldn't want to miss out on seeing what size clothing your boys pick out for you next time. Regardless of their size, you were rocking those XS yoga plants and that medium men's Lions shirt. I notice that lucky Lions lanyard is missing from your pic but I'm sure that is only because it was around your neck when you were taking the picture. Anyways, happy birthday a week later. How much of that chocolate, chips and cherry coke is left now, anyways? If you are low it might be time for another birthday this weekend...

    Love ya!

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    1. You're married to me, right? The eldest and I devoured that pile of chocolate, the boys ate the chips and as for the cherry cole, my partner in crime helped me through that! I'm sure the lanyard is with my football...awaiting the Sunday night game! Woo Hoo! It's ALWAYS time for another celebration... Happy Weekend, man!

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  18. Happy belated birthday! I found you via Blog Hop Till You Drop. I'm your newest follower, and I'd love a follow back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com! :)

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    1. Hi Cassie. Your blog is beautiful! I followed back I love the colors, and I'd love to blog hop again soon :)

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  19. I followed you and I like to invite you for my blog hop!

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    1. Hi Apple Pie. I will get over there today. Thanks for following!

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  20. Happy Birthday! Your haul of pressies looks impressive. I would love some Cherry Coke and a Three Musketeers right now--haven't had any in years.

    We are the same age. You don't know how good that makes me feel. I've read so many blog posts about what people are going to do for their 40th birthdays...in 3 years time.

    Anyway, glad to hear you had a great day!

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    1. Two 42 year-old Shellys? The blogging world is in for it now!! You are so nice to comment. That means a lot! Have the loveliest of weekends,woman!

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  21. Thanks for making me laugh tonight!!! New follower!

    http://lovingwhenithurts.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-ugly-truth-part-3.html

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    1. Welcome Jamie! So glad to meet you. Thanks for following :)

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  22. Awww 42 is nothing!! I'm 52 and still going strong--you're gonna rock this! Just wanted to let you know I added your link to my side bar blog roll because I LOVE your blog site and want to share it with my readers---hope you don't mind!

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    1. I'm beyond honored to be taking up space on your sidebar!! Thanks so much. Now, I need to get blogging some more :) I love that you stopped by...and notice that you too, are on my sidebar!! Happy Blogging, woman!

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  23. Great blog! I'm excited to follow (I am your newest follower):).
    I would love for you to follow this UTAH mom too!
    I am a mom that loves to DREAM. Come check it out.
    www.wifemotherwannabe.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Heidi! I'd love to check it out! Thanks for following. It's so fun to meet new bloggers, especially local ones! I'm on my way :)

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