Thursday, December 7, 2006

My Happy Birthday

My birthday is usually a good day for me. This year I had what might have been the best birthday I can remember.

I started my day all punchy and sleep-deprived, and made my way to work. I had some time on my hands before things got busy, so I made my rambling birthday post, which so many of you read and commented on (for which I thank you).

Next, I did some effective logistical management, meaning I inventoried my ammo storage vault (dude, I have enough ammo to supply an Infantry battalion!).

I fielded several telephone calls from well-wishers with birthday greetings, and was even the subject of a blog post from the wonderful Zanne who was nice enough to send some of her readers here to wish me well. Thank you, Zanne, you are a treasure.

I had lunch with my dad (he drove from Baltimore), who took me to Phillips Flagship seafood restaurant, which is his favorite place to eat in DC. We had a great lunch and a great conversation. How great is it to have an adult conversation with one of your parents?! A conversation between two adults with mutual respect for each other. I haven't always had the best relationship with either of my parents, but I have repaired my rift with my dad in the past 8 or 10 years, and it has been one of the best things I could ever have done for myself.

I got a few more things done at work and went home. When I got to the house, I discovered that the parts for a rosary I am going to make had arrived, as had the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship book/hymnal that I had ordered! How cool is that?

Shortly after I got home, Susan and Olivia arrived, and it was time for presents!

I confess, I LOVE getting presents. I really do. I am one of those people that, when asked, what do you want for your birthday? I'll shrug and say: "I dunno", but not this year. This year I wanted (and received) the second season DVD set of Boston Legal! I was so pleased. In addition, I was gifted with a copy of the second "Pirates of The Caribbean" movie, which just added to my excitement. You all know of My Disney Addiction, but did you know that Pirates of The Caribbean is one of my favorite Disney attractions? Well, it is... so getting this DVD was a real treat for me.

Oivia gave me a very sweet card, but, the card Susan gave me really made my day. I'll spare you the details, but it was a wonderful card (Thanks, baby!)

Olivia made sure to sing Happy Birthday, to me again, but you know something? The lyrics have changed since I was eight. Apparently the song goes like this, now:

Happy Birthday to you, CHA CHA CHA!,

Happy Birthday to you, CHA CHA CHA!,

Happy Birthday, dear daddy!,

Happy Birthday to you!

CHA CHA CHA!, Kumbaya!, Pepperoni Pizza!, Pikachu! I love You! Yaaaaaaay!

Terribly cute.

Olivia had choir practice and Susan was teaching Confirmation, so I was on my own for an hour or so... so I went to Border's and bought myself a CD, and a new book. While I was at Border's, I got a birthday call from my mother (with whom I share a birthday).

I got home shortly after S & O, and we had some time together before Olivia went to bed. S & I talked until 10, at which time S went to bed and I went to work on the rosary that I am making for a co-worker's son.

Sound uneventful? Perhaps for some, but it was my kind of day.


Zanne said...

I am so glad that you had such a wonderful day! :D
And you are most welcome for the post; it was truly my pleasure!

Tasha said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your day! Sometimes the seemingly uneventful days are the best ones. Lunch with your dad sounds like it was great, and it's so nice that your wife and Olivia were able to make your day :-)

Oh, and by the way...I was a forward on the rugby team

Lawyer Mama said...

Sounds like a fabulous birthday! And I love that your daughter came up with her own version of Happy Birthday just for you.

Syd said...

I think it sounds beautiful. Happy Birthday, belated.

Janet M. Kincaid said...

Sounds like you had the best kind of birthday. And I loved Olivia's rendition of Happy Birthday! Isn't it nice that there's at least one day a year that's all about you and only you?

Deborah said...

Uneventful-hah! You had a wonderfully day, full of events!

Sounds positively precious.

Happy Happy to you!

Janet said...

I am glad you had such a good birthday. I take it that, like me, your favourite parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are the bits when they actually show part of the ride. I always get a big thrill at those scenes because I love the ride so much.

Grimm said...

Man, you do more after work on your freaking birthday than I do on my day off!

I feel so lazy now.

Again, happy birthday man.

vasilisa said...

Happy Birthday! (Sorry on belated part...) Sounds like such a fun day :-)