Monday, March 31, 2014

7 Random Memories of Birthdays Past

Happy Birthday to…Me!

Tomorrow is the big 3-7! Yes, I was born on April Fool’s Day. And, no, I’m not joking.

I toyed with the idea of writing a warm, touchy-feely post; you know, one of those letters to my younger self. But when I tried, I realized that while I am a bit wiser than I was in my elementary school years (thank God), there are still a lot of things I’m trying to figure out.

So, I bring you this list instead…
  1. I was born on a Friday. (Granted, this is more of a vague recollection than a memory since it happened so long ago.)
  2. I spent my 9th birthday on holiday with my mom and dad in Jamaica. The trip was awesome…save for the jerk waiter at our hotel who practically interrogated my parents after he realized that the birthday cake he brought to our table was for little ‘ol me: “How could you do that to her?! Courtney is a name for a BOY.” I have since learned that, yes, Courtney is in Jamaica what Michael is here in the US. But, back then, his words hurt my feelings. What an ass, that guy.
  3. For my 16th birthday, my parents rented out the largest room of our city’s Parks & Recreation building, which played host to the best party a girl could ask for. No, it wasn’t on the level of MTV’s My Sweet Sixteen; there were no flame throwers or caged animals, and I didn’t have a white Bentley adorned with a huge red bow waiting for me at the end of the night. But I did have one kick-ass DJ, two dress changes, and the company of my closest family and friends. (A week later, I got a used Ford Mustang, which I thought was the bee’s knees.)
  4. On the day I turned 32, I came home from work to find a masseuse, whom Scott had hired to give me a 1-hour Swedish massage. Later that evening, Scott surprised me yet again with a bottle of wine he had created – complete with a customized label and everything – at Vintner’s Canton Winery. I still have the bottle on display in our nook.
  5. On my 27th birthday, I auditioned for the role of a party-goer in a television commercial for Detroit’s Greektown Casino. I know it sounds all hocus-pocus, but I felt lucky that day…and I did get the part.
  6. While riding my bike to a nearby park on the morning of my 12thbirthday, I happened upon a brown paper bag on a lone stretch of sidewalk. The fact that I stopped and opened said bag and didn’t automatically think it was a bomb or something and begin peddling in the opposite direction is a huge sign of the times. Come to find, the bag contained $17 in rolled pennies. I thought I was rich. This, too, is yet another sign of the times.
  7. Since last year’s birthday fell on the day after Easter, my family and I actually celebrated my birthday on Easter – right after brunch. Believe me when I say that this was the absolute best scenario an always-hungry pregnant lady could ask for: Right after I stuffed myself like a glutton on French toast with whipped butter, applewood smoked bacon, and a made-to-order omelet with fresh asparagus, I dove into a gourmet yellow cake – you know, the good kind with sugar flowers and buttercream icing.


Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but all I know is that cake had better be involved.
                                                                                  
What is your fondest birthday memory?

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32 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Courtney! have a great day and I wish you all the best!

    hhmm, I have 2 favorite B'day memories. The first was also my Sweet 16 and like you, it wasn't nearly as lavish as those featured on MTV but it was great b/c my parents transformed our basement into a "dance floor", had a DJ, my family & friends and it was awesome!!

    The 2nd is my 29th birthday where my then boyfriend (now husband) coordinated a surprise Bday party for me. The very first surprise party I ever had (and I really was surprised!).

    Happy Birthday again!
    - Monisha

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    1. Thank you so much, Monisha! Dang it! That reminds me: Scot actually threw a surprised party for me on my 35th two years ago, and I regret not putting that on the list now...Oooops.

      (Your 16th sounds awesome, by the way!)

      Thank you for commenting, and I'll be swinging by your blog if not tonight, then tomorrow. (K is getting her to bottom teeth in at the moment, which will most definitely make for an unpredictable night. :-/

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  2. I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous day! I had a great surprise 18th birthday party. There were flyers being passed all around school about the party and I just thought it was another party I wasn't invited too! Surprise, surprise!!

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    1. Hi, Ida! Now THAT is awesome. Flyers? Damn, you guys did it up big. I bet you have some awesome memories from that night...

      Thank you for posting! (You're on my blog list this week, so I'll be popping by for a visit!)

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  3. Happy Birthday Courtney! I'm not a big time celebrator when it comes to my birthday but I just enjoy spending time with my family at a restaurant to celebrate.

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    1. Hi, Louida! And thank you for your kind words! I'm on the opposite side of the birthday celebration coin: I think EVERY birthday should be celebrated in a huge way!!! Not huge as in fireworks and stuff (but, then, if you can, why not? lol) But I mean huge as in EVERY person should feel like king or queen for a day, which is how I aim to make it around here with Scott, Scotty, and Kennedy. I'm equal opportunity: EVERY birthday of every person is special...including yours! When is it by the way?

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  4. I used to looooove rolling pennies when I was little! I'd have stacks of them (or maybe just five rolls which felt like a ton) and feel like I could buy anything I ever wanted, ha! Happy early birthday, Courtney! I hope this one turns out to be the best yet xo

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    1. Thank you, Sara, for your words! I love your comment. Here I am, about to turn 37, and I still get excited about my birthday. I already feel like this year is off to a fantastic start, so I'm feeling pretty confident that this just may turn out to be the best year yet...

      We are kindred spirits when it comes to thse rolled pennies. I'm telling you, Sara, you would have thought I had won the lottery the way I whopped it up on my bike all the way home!

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  5. Happy Birthday! I'm about drooling after I read number seven. It's making the salad I'm eating just a tad lack luster.

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    1. Don't, Paige, just...don't. Do NOT mention a salad. That is what I *should* be eating. But I've already given myself permission to go buck wild in the calorie department. Tonight's dinner -- in celebration of my "almost" birthday: turkey sliders with swiss cheese, and homemade steakhouse fries with ranch aoli dipping sauce, and roasted corn on the cob.

      Paige, the wheels have fallen all the way off.

      Thank you for commenting. (As I sit here, still licking my fingers like a cow.)

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    1. Hey, there! Thank you!! (You are *also* on y bloggy list this week, so I'll be in your neck of the woods real soon. ;-)

      Thank you, again, for commenting.

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  7. Happy Birthday, Courtney!! The birthday that stands out to me the most would be my 35th. I am so not a big birthday celebrator. I went to dinner with two of my girlfriends and when we got there I realized I was being surprised by a group of friends. I walked up to the table very happy to see them all but told them no one is to sing happy birthday to me. They of course didn't listen!

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    1. If I were there, I would have been singing the loudest of all!! But my loud, off-key voice would have meant well. ;-/

      As I included in my reply to Monisha's comments above, Scott actually threw me a surprise party here at our home (still scratching my head as to how he managed to pull that off under my nose!) for my 35th, and I am kicking myself that I didn't include that on the list!

      I am so glad you took the time to share your comments! Thank you, again.:-)

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  8. Happy Birthday! It sounds like you have been incredibly blessed over the years. I'll be 37 in August myself, so I'm not too far behind you. :)

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    1. Hi, Meredith!!! Yes, no complaints, here. I realize I have been truly blessed. Nowadays, the perfect birthday simply includes being with my family...oh, and good cake.

      We mustn't forget the cake.

      Thank you so much for commenting...and when is yours in August? 1977 babies unite! lol

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  9. Love the share :) enjoy your special day !!!

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    1. Hi, Mari! I'm itching to get over to your site to read your latest post, by eh way, which, fingers crossed, I can do after this, if K stays asleep. First two bottom teeth coming in = Mama Never Sleeps.;-/

      Thank you for visiting. :-)

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  10. Happy Birthday Courtney! You have a great recollection of the past. I hope this year tops them all!

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    1. Hi, April! Thank you! And truth be told, I don't remember too many more birthdays, save for my 35th...and it's because my mind has stored all of this valuable info that I can never remember all the items I need to fetch from the grocery store or to take the clothes out of the washer and put them into the dryer. :-/

      Thank you, again, for not only visiting, but commenting.

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  11. Happy Birthday Courtney! I hope your day is filled with awesomeness! I've never heard of Courtney being a man's name. Jamaica is weird. :/

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    1. Thank you, Lexa. Let's plan a vacay to return to Jamaica, go back and find that jerk, and tell him to shove it! I'm joking. (Sort of. ;-)

      Thank you so, so much for your birthday wishes. I'm feeling pretty excited. Scott is pretty proud of the cake he had made for this year. (Details to come.)

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  12. I love this post! What a cool idea. I don't recall many of my birthday's - sad! My mom always had a party and always made the cake to whatever theme we wanted. I had a pool party at our swim club once, which was cool and my boyfriend in high school threw me a surprise party, which was really fun -- 17th I think. For a minute I thought I was the same age as you and then I realized I am 38 -- I had to do math to confirm this.

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    1. 'eh, 37, 38. We're still hot young things any way you slice it. (Please note the heavy use of sarcasm in the aforementioned sentence.)

      But, no, seriously, we do have it going on. I mean, we have all of our hair and teeth and we're not shuffling around the house in a mumu. I mean, doesn't that count for something?

      Thank you for visiting (and commenting, of course!) I appreciate it.

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  13. Here's hoping you have an awesome birthday today.

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    1. Thanks so, so much! I really appreciate it.

      I'm really glad our bloggy paths have crossed, and I'm looking forward to reading more from you! (p.s. did you polish off all of those donut holes yet? I'm about to put a serious hurtin' on my cake later!)

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  14. Happy Birthday!!!! I wish for a magical day and lots of memories!

    Maria @
    www.musicteachingandparenting.com

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    1. Thank you so very much, Maria! Did you ever see the follow-up comment I left under your breakfast cookies post? I made them, and they were a hit! (And I'll be making more soon!)

      Thank you, again!

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  15. Well Happy Birthday young lady. I hope you have an amazing day that I can't wait to hear about. I am going to specifically mention this blog post to my fiancé, the part where Scott had a masseuse waiting for you. LOL. Anyway, my friend, have an awesome, awesome day.

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    1. Thank you so much, Angela!!! Today was pretty much a blur: Breakfast at Ihop, which I had been craving for FOREVER, some alone time while the kids napped, and then Scott made an awesome dinner -- pasta with vodka sauce -- and an awesome cake by my favorite baker...oh! And Scott got me a 70-minute deep tissue massage...but this time at a spa, so that I could leave him, the kids, and the house behind for my own little special getaway. lol

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes; I appreciate it. :-)

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  16. Happy belated birthday! I want to see this commercial!!!!

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  17. Thanks, Dina!! OKay, I promise that when we do meet, I will show it to you -- that is, if the VHS tape that it's on hasn't shriveled up or melted or something in the nearly 10 years it has been stored in the basement...I've combed YouTube up and down, but I can't find it.

    Frankly, you're not missing anything. The make-up artist on set swore that I looked good in bright pink lipstick, which made me look like a clown hooker, but, then, 'eh, maybe that was the look they were going for. I looked hideous.

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