Daily Archives: December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me and I Need A Little Help From My Friends

Go, me! It’s my birthday! And surely it will snow somewhere (not here) in honor of this glorious day. That was a little joke my grandmother and I had. Remember, I moved south of the Mason Dixon line 25 years ago. And on my birthday it would often snow where I used to live. My grandmother would always call, wish me a happy birthday and give me the weather report.

I love snow. Looking at it. From inside a cozy room with a fire lit in the fireplace with plenty of snacks and good books nearby. Living in it? Nope. Not so much. I left snow all those years ago and have never looked back. Don’t get me wrong. It’s gorgeous. But I lived in Michigan. It could snow as early as October and as late as April. There’s a joke that Michigan has two seasons, Winter and Construction. A newspaper columnist, Bob Talbert, once said, “You know you’re from Michigan when one of your kid’s Little League games has been snowed out.” Mine was! Ahh, the good ‘ole days. Bundled in your snowsuit underneath your Halloween costume. Pouring salt on your windshield. Sloshing through slush. The dirty, yucky, filthy snow that lingers well beyond that first virgin snow. The long winter days and days and days and days without a glimpse of the sun. No thank you. Not for me.

But it’s my birthday! Happy thoughts! I’m going to savor every moment. Eat cake. AND ice cream. Open a couple presents. Hug my kids. Kiss my husband. Relax. And enjoy.

But first….I need your help. A little birthday gift to me, you might say. My 100th post is coming up this Monday – that is, if I stay on my self-imposed schedule of 6 posts per week, taking Sundays off. And I have NO CLUE how to commemorate the momentous occasion. So I’m snagging an idea from Steven (thanks, Steven!) and asking for suggestions from my blog friends. I’m telling you right now that the “100 Things About Me” idea is out. I am much too boring for such a post. Trust me, your eyes will glaze over by item #14. Suggest a topic, suggest a question you want me to answer – any and all suggestions will be considered!

Thanks, all! And have a little cake today – it’s my birthday!

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