Friday, October 10, 2008

Birthday Extravaganza! (With Prize Inside)

Yessiree Bob! I'm forty one today! Forty one years ago today the doctor knocked my mother out and yanked me from her nether regions! (I'm sure Mom enjoyed reading THAT statement - you're welcome, Mom!)

I've avoided my birthday like the plague this year. Been broody and su
lking. Ugly attitude building for a couple of days prior. Actually, I spend many birthdays like this. I realized today (as I've realized several years running) that I have birthday expectations that are never met. They're also never vocalized by me. So I can't expect the people around me to throw me a big party and invite everyone on my list if I never say anything and don't give anyone the list of people with whom I want to celebrate, can I? No. I can't. So I hate my birthday.

Anyone else hate their birthday? Today, this first day of the forty first year of life for me, is an attempt to reverse my attitude, ugly as it is. I know I already h
ave Pay It Forward gifts to send, but I'm having a contest today! Let's see ... what should I give on this, the sulkiest of days? Excuse me - the most exciting of days! And how do I determine who will be the recipient? Hmmm. Let me think ...

Aha! The gift to you, the Birthday Extravaganza winner, will be a tote bag from Fred & Bessie's shop! And because I'm in sewing and smocking mode at the moment, it will be one of my favorite sewing bags. Heh. It will be this one:



Isn't that fun? And how to choose a winner ... I guess it will have to be random. You all have until Tuesday the 14th at midnight to leave comments on this post. I'll show great restraint and not post all weekend (alright, it's not restraint - I'll be working anyway). So leave a comment! I'll count each name once, unless you link to this contest on your blog, then I'll count your name three times. What fun!

So Happy Birthday to Me!

Flea

35 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Um, Flea, it's actually the first day of your forty-second year. But who's counting, right? Guess I'm out of the running for the tote now.... Have a wonderful birthday! I have many more on you, and it is fun. I promise;)

dlyn said...

Happy Birthday dear friend! I don't hate my birthdays - whatever happens with them is ok by me.

Marguerite said...

Aww. Mental beat me to it. :P

Anyway, Happy Birthday! I do have a card for you, but as always, it hasn't been put in the mail yet.

Just remember, Lil' Bro (my Big Bro) is going to be 40! I forgot to get him a card that ridicul.. er, I mean congratulates him on this.

Trisha said...

Happy Birthday Flea! Even though you say you hate birthdays, surely you enjoy the cake! Right?

Karen said...

Happy Birthday! And for the record, you are not that much older than I am.

Nobody ever told me that straight pins can hold your sanity together. I have an oversized tub of them and they're doing nothing for me. Is there a trick?

Laura ~Peach~ said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! and YEah to what MPM said ! LOL

Webradio said...

Happy Birthday, anyway...
The life goes on...

asthmagirl said...

Happy Birthday Flea! The forties are the bomb! Fred and Bessie send their best as well! We hope you'll do something fun!

Mike said...

WOW!You are old. Do you have young girls coming to you for advice? Do you know how to cook amazing food now? Do you often think back and talk about the good old days? DO you catch yourself saying I remember when...? Do you tell your children when I was your age...? Do you go into a room and forget why you entered?...Me too (accept for the advice and food). Have a great day! You deserve it! I pray God will give you more than you could ever ask or think. I pray your kids overwhelm you with heartfelt sentiment. I pray your day is enjoyed by feeling a gentle breeze upon your face, the warmth of a little hand in your own and you sense the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Ellyn said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Have a great weekend.

Daryl said...

Join HUSBAND's anti birthday club ... anytime you are gifted its a good day .. take that anyway you want, Flea ...

You can stay 39 like the late Jack Benny or not

Happy UnBirthday to you ...

And many more

:-Daryl

Candace said...

Happy Birthday ! :-D

Kidzmama said...

Flea, you look half your age, your energy is like a toddler, your kindness is a sweet as a baby. Happy Birthday to a wonderful woman who deserves a big birthday bash. Too bad I live so far away.

And really, those straight pins just prick me. I must be doing something wrong.

brneyedgal967 said...

Happy Birthday Flea!! My 41st birthday was on 9/29 and I didn't even mention it on my blog. So yeah, I fall into the I hate my birthday category as well. Hate it. Hate it.

But a very Happy Birthday to you, even if you are a tad younger. (sigh)

faroutmom said...

My oldest daughter's birthday is on Sunday. She will be 7, though. More fun for her. We are going skating for her birthday...you could come! If you want to drive about 5 hours to do it, that is.

Anyway. She loves F&B, as do I, so a tote bag would be awesome for her.

Definitely linking on my blog!!!!

faroutmom said...

oops, just figured out that the bag is a sewing one...I was not paying attention as I was sidetracked by the give away. Apparently I don't care what is being given away, I just have to enter. Don't mind me.

I do love sewing too though, so all is well.

noble pig said...

Happy Birthday! At first I thought you were giving away the straight pin which by the way would have been hysterical!

Overflowing Brain said...

Mental p mama beat me to it too, but hope it's a very good birthday. And the best year yet.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments recently. I sincerely appreciate them.

The Sports Mama said...

Ok... so I'm not really expecting to win, although that would be cool...

I just wanted to tell you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Hehehe... party til your cows come home, ok? :)

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Karen said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLEA!!!!! Can you feel my enthusiasm? I hope this birthday is filled with as much joy and fun that you bring to readers of your blog. You are truly unique and a friend I cherish.

As far as my birthdays go, I haven't had a good birthday since I turned 12. Last years was OK. Nothing to crazy happened and so I'm good with that. I'm shooting for OK for my next one.
Not sure why, but it seems like my Dad always wants to pick a fight or my kids want to flood the house or my husband gets stuck out of town on business travel or something like that on my birthday. Oh, and there was the first year we were married and my husband and his entire family are skiing in Mammoth and the Chargers make the Super Bowl on my birthday. (They are all from San Diego.) There we all are in a cabin in the mountains and my new husband has forgotten my birthday. In his defense....he thought it was the next day or so he says. It's not so much that it's my birthday as it is that the date I was born is just a magnet for something to go wrong. Did I mention the Chargers lost that one? I don't know if they have ever won a Super Bowl.? I just take 'em as they come.

Karen Deborah said...

Oh man can I ever relate. It all started with the little girl princess parties and now I am lucky if anyone remembers. My aunt has always made my birthday nice with some cool package of some sort. Going out to dinner is a pretty nice way to celebrate and having less expectations is smart. At my age it's good to just be in one piece! Enter me in your contest sounds like a great one.

zobabe said...

I would link to you, but my readers almost all come from you anyway, I think. So. Pointless. Get it? Pin? Point? Heh. LOL And yes, I feel the same way about my birthday. My parents didn't celebrate them as a rule, beyond the obligatory cake and gift. Oh, well.

OH!! HAPPY BIRTHDAYYY TO YOUUUUUUU, HAPPY BIRRRRRTHDAY TO YOUUUUU!!!!

**insert party horn noise here** **clapping madly**

Glad to see you had such fun!

Poltzie said...

Happy Birthday Flea!! I used to hate my birthday but now that Chicken and I share one I think they will be easier. Maybe you just need to have another child and make sure it's born on your birthday.
Nah, probably easier to do a contest!!
ps. I WANT that bag, so cute!!

Tanya Brown said...

Happy birthday! Wish I was local - what a great opportunity to celebrate your life and the fact that you were born! I hope that the people around you have made much of you today. How about some more photos of LIttle Flea or of birthdays past?

That said, I also tend to get bummed around my birthday. "Ugly attitude" is a great description.

BTW, I went in a different Tuesday Morning store today. It was night and day compared to the other one I'd been in. Utterly and completely filthy! It was so bad I expected the registers to be manned by giant cockroaches, and just like you'd said, I felt like showering after being there.

~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

Ahhh Flea...I've missed you and now your Big 41!
Happy Belated birthday!
I will be linking your give-away with my own give-away winner announcement!
Hope the weekend does not wear you out ...in your old age and all. ;o)

Susan Cahill said...

When you look back at this birthday in ten years it will seem so insignificant. As one who almost didn't see my birthday this year, it sure beats the alternative. Celebrate every day.
I love the tote, thanks for the chance to win one.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Anonymous said...

Well the alternative to havin birthdays ain't good! I'm not gettin older- I'm getting better!!
Except for those hurtin inherited knees...
Mamacita

Kidzmama said...

You still want MORE comments. Aren't there enough to pick a winner?

Kidzmama said...

Can you tell I really want to win a sewing prize?

Kidzmama said...

Are you still celebrating today? I hope there's still some left over cake.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I'm BELATED!!! Oh bummer ... I LOVE birthdays! I have a blast every year because I MUST CELEBRATE. Memorable ones include toasting with champagne in first-class on my way back from a Hawaiian 2nd honeymoon (that ranked waaaay up their), dining in DisneyWorld, hmmmm ... what else, oh yeah being flat broke, eating dry sandwiches at the beach with a carload of kids in diapers. HEY! IT's all been GOOD. So, I wish you the very best UN-birthday. I challenge you to ENJOY yourself EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR, if you choose to be miserable on the B-day. You may get so used to having fun that it will spill right over onto THE DAY.

Love ya, Miss Flea. ; )

p.s.
How 'bout next year we have a party here at my place in CA and we'll invite your WORLD of readers??!!! (I've got acres, we'll fit.) NOW THAT WOULD BE FUN! I love planning parties ... I'm off to check some recipes. See you next year! (I guarantee your 42nd will find you smiling BIG!)

Flash Stitcher said...

Yepper...Mental P Mama is right...ducking or running from Flea's staight pin!!!

I don't know Flea, I am the same about wanting a party. I give great party.... er mean parties.
NSLO's surprize sweet 16, Mom and Dad 50th Anniv. But somehow my
50th just slipped by....

So, glad that Hunny had a "party" and did right by you on your Day!!!

LaskiGal said...

Happy Birthday, woman!!!

Forty-one is nothin' but FUN!!! Like my rhyme? Lame? Yeah, I know.

Have a great b-day week, month, YEAR!!!

mumple said...

Well, since it was just my birthday, too, I have to comment and say, "Happy Birthday! I hope nothing (and nobody) spontaneously combusts."