Friday, January 20, 2012

The Best (Worst) Birthday Post Ever & Roll Call

I had a deeply important and terribly serious mom question all ready for you today, but then I remembered that today is my BIRTHDAY, cha cha cha, and thus not the time to get serious here. You'll just have to wait for Monday, poor dears. Thank you for your patience.

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The beauty of birthdays - yes, it's my BIRTHDAY, haven't you heard? - beyond age thirty isn't in the decaying image staring back at me in the mirror. As soon as the Baby Factory portion of my life concludes - NO, I AM NOT CURRENTLY WITH CHILD, THANK YOU FOR ASKING - you know I'll be matriculating at the Demi Moore School of Scorched Earth Dermatology a.s.a.p.

No, the wonder of birthdays now is in the simplicity. Alas, the world - or my world, at least - no longer ceases spinning on its axis each January 20th. Elaborate parties and fancy get-ups aren't really part of the equation anymore. The little things I've always wanted, though, that regular, picket fenced life with my best boys, is:




A morning at toddler story time with friends and an evening at the movies with my other, best boys (the Anonymous Husband *and* Colin Firth, forever and ever, amen!) is all I want out of this day, and always.

Well, almost all I want . . . since it is my BIRTHDAY and all, and therefore my day to make ridiculous demands, I'd love to do a roll call here today. For lurker readers - you there, the ones hiding who've never left a comment - I'd love to hear who you are and where you're from and, if you blog, something about your site so I can come investigate. For you regulars, please leave me a love note or dirty joke, your choice; I promise to clutch my pearls accordingly in case of the latter.

I'm off to catch up on my blog reading, which for once is not code for "cocktails". Not 'til tonight, at least.

Ready? ROLL CALL! Exclamation point! (I mean it) (For serious) (Parentheses)

61 comments:

Maggie said...

Happiest of birthdays to you!!

Jen said...

(Meekly raises hand....) Okay, I'll be one of the first to comment / delurk. I've been reading your blog for quite awhile, and have no idea how I even found it to begin with! Alas, I'm a fellow boy mom and love all things pretty and proper, and thus, I obviously love your blog.

Thoroughly enjoyed your wine country recap as I got engaged out there a few years ago. We did Gott's and Bouchon as well!

Happy birthday!

Belle on Heels said...

He manages to look both cherubic and up-to-no-good at the same time. Amazing. I've been trying to perfect that same look for 26 years with no luck whatsoever. WHAT IS YOUR SECRET, MASTER P?!

Whitericebryce said...

Happy Birthday!

I will choose Dirty Joke (not really so much dirty, I have much much dirtier...but probably not as dirty as those in the AH's repetoire)

Use the word urinate in a sentence....

Urinate, but if you had bigger boobs you'd be a ten.

ms. mindless said...

Happy day to you! Master P is such a little charmer :)

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Natalie said...

Happy birthday! I am a lurker and aven't commented yet, though I am not sure why?

I'm a new mom to a 4 month old, live in Texas, and like pretty things. I don't really have a blog niche, I just blog about what I feel like that day!

Meredith said...

Lurker in Dallas. I only blog business (and not frequently at that). I enjoy your posts and hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Will raise a glass to your best year yet :-)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Happy Birthday!

I'm Sarah, a college student living in New York 8 months out of the year, and southern California the other 4. It's the weirdest culture shock every time I switch cities/states/coasts and I'm trying to negotiate where I fit best.

I've been reading your blog for a while now, and it has quickly become my favorite. I never skip over one of your posts; you are hilarious and I truly hope my writing can flow like yours someday!

I'm currently attempting to blog every single day this year, which is ridiculous and probably highly annoying for anyone who actually reads it, but I find it's already pushing me and letting me get more in touch with myself and my thoughts. And so my blog, like you recently talked about in a post, has no niche.

OK, I think that's enough of me! Keep doing what you're doing, and have a great birthday!

Colleen said...

Happy birthday!!! Hope your day is full of cocktails with a side of blog reading.

Jill said...

I am a lurker! I usually don't comment on the blogs that I read but since you asked so nicely, I will! My name is Jill and I am the mother to 4 (!) children -2 boys and 2 girls. I live in Florida and I am back in school, majoring in Elementary Education.
Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

AEOT said...

Happy, happy, happy birthday from B, SYT, and I (and baby to be!). Hope tonight's date is fabulous and that a very pretty bauble accompanies the date!!

P is adorbs in those pics btw!

Lilly said...

Happy birthday! From a fellow smug married slowly on her way to smug mommy. Slow meaning snail's pace.

Lilly
pancakesandbeetjuice.blogspot.com

AshleySP said...

I'm Ashley and I'm a lurker. I have been reading for a while and never commented until now. I don't have a blog so maybe that's why...not sure my life is interesting enough for one! Anyway, I live in far far north Dallas and enjoy reading because you always crack me up with your brand of humor. Happy Birthday!

Sassy said...

Bon Anniversaire to the sassiest, wittiest, most fashionable-est mama out there! Hope you got some sparkly goodness of some sort for your birthday.

xoxo
Sarah

Jessica said...

Happy birthday, from your Alabama lurker! I stumbled upon your blog sometime last year and have enjoyed keeping up with you and your family since.

I'm a mom to a very active and independent 3-year-old (a fact that has me not looking MILF-y at all, btw). We live in a town on the Eastern Shore of Alabama across the bay from Mobile.

I hope you have a great day!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday! I'm a lurker too, which, after typing, kind of makes me feel like a creeper. I'm a tory-lovin, soon to be mom in Atlanta. And I blog, sometimes, but mostly I just read them (and love your blog because lets face it, you're funny).

LPC said...

Happy Birthday! Not a lurker, but a fan. And, you have the same birthday as my beautiful little sister, so there you go!

Rachel said...

Hi - I found you through Pinterest and I can't even remember what post :). I am a working mother of three spoiled children and lover of all pretty things. I follow you on twitter as well :) @rachelcbrown5, my blog is footballsandcrowns.blogspot.com
Nice to meet you!
Rachel

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Happy Birthday again, friend! Good for you for calling out the lurkers...though I don't know who could read your posts and not want to tell you how awesome you are ;-)
Master P definitely inherited the charming gene, didn't he? Precious. Give my best to Mr. Firth.

Allison said...

Well, since you asked nicely and it is your birthday...
Allison, mom to one, married to a lawyer too and wish I was a full-time mommy like you.
Hope Colin and the AH treat you right!

JenniferLev said...

Happy Birthday!

Also a lurker; I believe you were a google reader recommended item. I like to find solidarity with other lovers of plaid and pearls.

Rachael said...

Happy Birthday! Hope your boys spoil you the rest of the day! I am a lurker from Oregon and a new mom to a sweet little man. I came across your blog during one of my middle of the night pumps and have read and chuckled through many of your posts!

The English Preppy said...

Happy Birthday Mrs P! The dirty joke - why do giraffe have smelly feet? Because they have stinky feet. Have a wonderful day! (It is from Caspar to you and your little one)

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

Happy Birthday!

A joke my 6 year old told me (not dirty): What do you call a broken boomerang?
A stick.

Ashleigh said...

Happy Birthday! I'm Ashleigh from The Mommy Stop blog (www.themommystop.com) I'm a new reader and have just been following you for a few weeks but I love what you have to say :) My blog is a blog about all things MOM - the good, the bad, the funny, the obnoxious :) Stop on by and check it out!

Adrienne said...

Happy Birthday! With love from NC!

Megan said...

Wishing you a wonderful birthday! Love reading your blog. Live in Houston but love all things Austin. Just visited in December for a girls shopping weekend.

hrcktheherald said...

Delurking! Happy Birthday! I love your blog and I think you write so well.


I blog about all the best blogs over at http://hrcktheherald.wordpress.com/ if you care to check it out!

mandaA said...

Hi from SC! Delurking to say happy birthday and thanks for the fun and funny read! I changed careers to become a lawyer but now have 3 kiddos, 8, 5, and 1 so just in it part time to pay for the occasional pretty. Hope this Is a great year for you!!

Anonymous said...

As a fellow January birthday girl I've been looking (found you through a mommy blog twice removed), 30, mom to a 6 month old. I'm also an attorney who left my 80 hour week litigation job while pregnant. Now I have a non traditional way to use your jd 9 to 5 gig to get much more focus on being a mom! Love your blog:)

Melissa said...

Happy birthday to the lovely lady whose blog I started reading because we have the first name! And now I know we're both Q1 babies. Can't go wrong in life with that combo ;)

Jessica said...

Happy birthday! I've commented a little before but the rundown is: former BigLaw lawyer, now SAHM to a 15-month-old daughter with another one coming in three months. Love reading from someone who's honest about law being a poor fit and who is happier staying at home. Makes me feel a bit less guilty about my decision too. And I'm not-so-secretly pretty jealous of all the adorable boy clothing I see on this site.

undomestic chica said...

Happy Birthday!

Alex said...

Happy Birthday! I've been reading your blog for a while now and absolutely love it! Multiple friends referred me to it saying it was a "future" me, and sure enough, as I read about your adventures in the Pretty and Proper world, it sounds identical to the life I desire in about 10 years! I'm in law school in Texas, and while I do love studying law, I much prefer to impart my knowledge of good graces, class and how to set a table for company to all my friends. I spend my evenings and weekends dreaming up lavish dinner parties in my head and plotting and scheming how to land my future politician husband! Keep up the blogging, as it is a great break from my studies!

The Little Crane said...

Happy Birthday!! I'm a new reader and I found your blog earlier this week! Love it! My blog is new. thelittlecrane.blogspot.com . It's a collaboration of my best cousin and best friend and me telling our "mom" stories and trying to promote our new business, The Little Crane Smocked Shoppe on facebook. Thanks for visiting us today! Every new comment is the most fun!

Stiletto Jungle said...

Happy Birthday, Mel!

Do I count as a lurker if you know exactly who I am (and have even had the pleasure of watching me suffer at the hands of evil, Socratic method-wielding law professors), but I've never actually commented? Let's just call me a quasi-lurker. Your blog is one of my favorite daily reads... I'd be so sad if you ever stopped.

Elz said...

Happy Birthday!

I wish it was my birthday because that's when the purse I've been waiting for forever will be in-Pippa Modalu. Months to go.

Enjoy your day!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a fabulous day!

Kwana said...

Happy Birthday to you! Oh I wish I could think of a dirty joke but the mind is a little blank this morning. I am reading a quite spicy series of books so I'll give you that rec.
Fifty Shades of Grey sure to be a birthday pick me up on a cold night. LOL.

Enjoy and all the best!
Kwana
www.kwana.com

Muffy said...

LOVE NOTE! Happy birthday!

Muffy

KateC said...

I'll delurk! I'm a newlywed biglaw attorney - I've read your blog for years and really enjoy it. Hope you have the happiest of birthdays!

Emily said...

I'm late to the party! How embarassing. I hope you had the loveliest of birthdays. Master P is as dashing as ever!

Summer is a Verb said...

Can't wait to see ya around the ole campus! ;)

Lauren @ Adventures of a Southern Newlywed said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day!

Tess said...

Happy Birthday!

I'm a long time lurker without a blog...I'm all the way in Oregon, where I am a med student. I love reading about your fun life!

emcr1229 said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day!!

Wendy said...

Happy birthday to you!!! Amazing how our lives change when children come into the picture!! (For the better!) Hope you are blessed beyond everything you imagined my sweet bloggie friend!

Sarah @ Bend it Like Becker said...

HI! I'm a recent de-lurker (although in my defense I found you not long ago) so hopefully I'm covered! : )

I think you are totally hilarious and I hope you have an awesome birthday!

I live in Virginia, have a raging case of Baby Fever, and chronicle my awkward existence on my blog.

PS, I totally followed your prompt and showed my writing space this week!

I'll shut up now... Happy birthday again!

Emily said...

Lurker from Alabama here! I'm an attorney/stay-at-home mom to a sweet little 14-month-old girl.

I found your blog about two years ago. LOVE IT!

The Shabby Princess said...

Non lurker. Fellow Princess Shinylocks and Colin Firth lover. Misplaced Californian. --Sounds kinda like a dating ad, doesn't it? Haha.

Speaking of that getting older thing, I had a freak out a few weeks ago when I noticed so.much.gray. Totally ordered the Cindy Crawford skincare line off TV. I have no shame.

You're welcome.

Hope you had a fantastic birthday!

xoxo

Beach Bum & Baby said...

Annnnd commenting on this because you are "making me" and bc Master P is just so damn adorable in those pictures!!

Make these kids stop growing PLEASE!

Cowgirl in the City said...

Happy Birthday! (A few days late!) I am a lurker, and never post (sorry). But anyway, I'm Amy, the Cowgirl in the City, trying to balance full time job, law school, and 13 month old baby boy. Craziness!

Love your blog, and would love it if you checked mine out, although I'm horrible at posting as consistently as you.

www.thecowgirlinthecity.com

Kortney said...

So I am lurker and apparently a slacker as well. Hope your birthday was all you imagined and more! Love your witty sense of humor.

Brittney said...

Happy Birthday!

Whitney said...

Oh NO, I missed the roll call! Okay, so I'm embarrassed that I don't know any dirty jokes? Anyway, Happy Belated Birthday!! Hope it was FAB!

Meg said...

Love your blog. Often my only opportunity to read it is while my kids (boys!) hav konked out in the car...thus reading from phone and not comment/ typing friendly.
Real love your MILF posts and Master P's smocked rompers.

asj said...

happy birthday! I'm a lurker. I love your blog and all the hilarity you share with us... I'm an almost thirty-something currently living in Atlanta 'with child' - due in May [first child anxiety setting in... NOW].

Lauren at Fried Okra and Champagne said...

Happy birthday! I love your blog and read along often, but embarrassingly, I'm not sure if I'm commented much. I'm an ex-blogger that's just started blogging again and I'm hoping to not be so much of a lurker ;)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

i am the worst internet friend ever :( hope you had the happiest of birthdays!! xoxo

Shannon Sentences said...

First off, Happy Belated Birthday!

I've commented a few times on here but never with regularity. I've just started blogging myself as a way of "coping" with going back to work, and you can read that here: http://sentencestomyson.blogspot.com/

My birthday was yesterday, my first as a mommy, and simplicity is definitely the name of the game - all I cared about was getting out the door on time to see that little babe and his gummy smile!

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