It’s a Wonderful Life

May 20, 2007

It’s been a rough week.

I’ve been sick and Her Bad Father has been off somewhere in the arctic or the rainforest or over the rainbow or wherever and the hot water pipes just bust and the clothes dryer is broken and one of the cats threw up on the duvet and tomorrow (today? what time is it?) is my birthday and I’m pretty sure that the day is going to be announced, sometime before 6am, by a lot of high-pitched shouting and very probably a wee pink rubber boot tossed at my head. If I’m lucky, I’ll also get to have a cold shower, and maybe some pre-licked Cheerios for breakfast.

So you’d think I’d be cranky. And I am, kinda. But mostly, I’m feeling grateful. Because tomorrow (oh, no, wait, yep, it’s after midnight – today) I’ll celebrate my birthday with my very bestest, most lovedest girl in the world, and we’ll…

eat ice cream…

and blow bubbles…

…and laugh. A lot.

Love, and ice cream, and giggles, and the sweetest, sweetest smile. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

(Except for maybe a hot shower and some really strong sinus medication, or maybe just a really dry double martini or three. You got any of that?)

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    Lara May 21, 2007 at 12:20 am

    ooh, first to say it: happy birthday! much love to you all. :)

    mo-wo May 21, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Oh Baby. Happy Birthday to You! Those effing cats should real be sent to bartending school. I’ll try to put together tuition.

    Awesome Mom May 21, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Happy birthday!!

    margalit May 21, 2007 at 1:44 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have an awesome day with absolutely NO cat barf!

    Mrs. Davis May 21, 2007 at 1:54 am

    Happy Birthday!

    Shiri May 21, 2007 at 1:54 am

    *delurking to say*: Happy Birthday HBM!

    May your cats be barf-free and your drier always working.

    mel May 21, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Any day is made better with ice cream. And with a companion as cute as that to share it with, you are one luck Birthday Girl.

    Izzy May 21, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Sandra May 21, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Ice cream and bubbles and laughing with that adorable face sounds good … much better than cat barf, sickness and broken pipes.

    Happy Birthday HBM. See you soon!

    slouching mom May 21, 2007 at 6:40 am

    Aww, I’m sorry about all of the stresses — why does it have to pour when it could rain? Or be cloudy?

    Happy Birthday. And, men have fought to the death over faces like WonderBaby’s. Just saying.

    MotherBumper May 21, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Bubbles and ice cream are the key to world peace and happy birthdays. Happy Birthday HBM :)

    Mir May 21, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Happy birthday, my friend! Here’s to the day improving greatly! :)

    metro mama May 21, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday Catherine! You and that sweet girl have yourselves a great day.

    Susanne May 21, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Happy birthday to you.

    And yes, I’ve got all three here (not sure about the martini but there is something similar – wait, how a bout a caipirinha?). I’ll just scan it into the computer and send it to you.

    Ice cream, bubbles and giggles does sound lovely.

    CM May 21, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Happy birthday! May your ice cream not melt and drip on your shirt, and may the bubbles float in the air for what seems like forever.

    kgirl May 21, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Happiest of birthdays, sickness and cold water not withstanding!

    Her Bad Husband better have something pretty darn special for you upon his return, but it looks like you do have something pretty darn special to tide you over.

    Mimi May 21, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Happy Birthday!

    the-new-girl May 21, 2007 at 8:53 am

    No one should have to take a cold shower on her birthday.

    But have fun blowing bubbles, laughing and eating ice cream.

    Happy day!

    Karen May 21, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Wishing you many happy returns of the day- except the cat barf/absent husband/headcold/burst pipes/broken dryer part. So many happy returns of Wonderbaby and icecream filled days!

    Kyla May 21, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Happy birthday, Catherine!! That last photo of WonderBaby is just priceless!

    sam May 21, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Happy Birthday you bad lady!! I hope you get those martinis and more!!

    May WB make you laugh and giggle all day long!

    Mama Luxe May 21, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Just popped over to say “Happy Birthday!” to you and WonderBaby.

    Things always go kablooie when the man leaves the house.

    There’s a rule.

    Magpie May 21, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday! I’ll raise a gin & tonic to you tonight, and curse both of our husband’s ’cause mine’s away too.

    Andrea May 21, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Happy birthday!

    Ice cream and bubble wishes and vodka dreams for you.

    mothergoosemouse May 21, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Happy birthday, my friend. There ain’t nothin’ better in this world than love, ice cream, and giggles.

    But if you can squeeze in a road trip to Denver, I’ll make you a martini – stat.

    (That last picture of WB slays me.)

    Jenifer May 21, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Have a great Birthday! If that isn’t back soon, check into a lovely hotel and have a wonderful room service picnic with WonderBaby!

    Best wishes.

    ewe are here May 21, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I’m sure it will all come together tomorrow because you deserve it.

    Happy Birthday!

    gingajoy May 21, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! And to WB too:) How did I not know that it was a dual-affair???


    Rock the Cradle May 21, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Nix on the martinis here too. Ice cream, on the other hand…

    Have a wonderful, Happy Birthday! (pre-licked cheerios and all)

    Diane May 21, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Happy, happy birthday to you! May you and your little one enjoy the day!

    Veronica Mitchell May 21, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Happy birthday. I hope you get a shower.

    Beck May 21, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    I was planning on making some margaritas later when my husband comes home, but I could make them now if you wanted to drive over. I’m only six hours away!
    Happy birthday to you tomorrow.

    dana May 21, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve got no martinis, but J. Bavet in my liquor cabinet. It’s great with Coke. The soda, not the narcotic. But I imagine both might knock that sinus prob right outta ya….

    Happy Birthday, darling!!

    PunditMom May 21, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Sounds like a perfect b-day celebration, minus the sinus thing, of course.

    Her Bad Mother May 21, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    As remarkable as it would be, dear Joy, it is only MY birthday today – there was a glitch in the Maya’s Mom datebook that caused it to send out an announcement that it is WB’s birthday, too. Which it is not. Although wouldn’t that be cool?

    Cathy May 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    No meds or martini makings here, sadly, but I think staring at the adorable wee on in those photos would have a similar happy-feelings effect.

    Too adorable. And I love her expressions.

    Phoenix May 21, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Happy birthday! I hope you get some relief, or at the very least that you can taste the ice cream, because it would just be sad if you can’t.

    Man, WB is getting big. She’s so freaking cute.

    flutter May 21, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    happy birthday to you, sweetheart. Gobble up that WonderBaby love

    Reluctant Housewife May 21, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    meno May 21, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Happy Birthday to you.

    I am useless with out a warm shower in the morning, so i admire your spirit.

    Major Bedhead May 21, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Happy birthday! I hope you got your giggles and bubbles and ice cream. I hope the cat doesn’t puke today and the drier miraculously repairs itself and that you at least can get a cute plumber to come fix the hot water heater.

    Fairly Odd Mother May 21, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Those pictures cheered me up; I can only imagine how well the ‘real thing’ works! Happy Birthday!!!!

    dorothy May 21, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Gurukarm May 21, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Happiest of birthdays, girl! Hope you get lots and lots of great ice creamy hugs from that cute puss!


    SciFi Dad May 21, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Happy Birthday HBM. Hope you enjoyed your day with your girl.

    (A Taurus/Gemini cusp kid… things are starting to come together about you… )

    Liz May 21, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    I just want you to know that I saved my Weight Watchers points JUST FOR YOU, as I intend to have your really dry double martini or three–just in case you find yourself unable to indulge.
    Happy birthday to you, HBM. And to you, WB. Happy happy love!

    Kris May 21, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Happy birthday! Pour yourself some non-licked Cheerios and add some Bailey’s to your coffee and enjoy your day.

    Pgoodness May 21, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    happy birthday! spending it with wonderbaby sounds perfect!!

    Oh, The Joys May 21, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    A face like that is the best present ever!

    Happy Birthday!

    Bon May 21, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    happy birthday, Bad. you do get a pretty good smile as a present, agreed. and i hear that over the rainbow has, like, the very best dutyfree…so happily HBF will come back bearing presents soon. :)

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