Today is a Special Day That We Are Not Allowed to Talk About here. But I wanted to share some things I love about my wife.

  • She convinced me to try coffee again.
  • She (occasionally) laughs at my bad jokes.
  • She is the bargain queen, letting us live well above our means.
  • She is a tireless advocate for our kids, even when it is physically and mentally exhausting.
  • She is teaching me to be more patient as I struggle with the, uh, idiosyncrasies of having a female teenager in our home.
  • Three words: Beer Cheese Bread.
  • While she’s asked me not to sing in the car anymore, that only applies when she’s in it.
  • She packs a lunch for me every day.
  • Her sense of humor is (almost) as dry as mine.
  • She can keep a secret.
  • The way she makes a skirt flow as she walks across a room is glorious.
  • Her voice when she sings.
  • After a particularly challenging day, her dinner blessings are spot on.
  • She will always say yes when asked to help.
  • She is always looking for ways to help others, even when she doesn’t realize it.
  • No matter how poorly a project goes around the house, she finds a way to make it funny.
  • She buys me circus peanuts when we head out on the road and tries one on every trip, just to remind herself that she despises them.
  • Whenever I’ve had a rough day, she always quietly asks me how I’m doing as we lay in the dark talking.
  • She reminds me that no matter how badly I want to, I can’t fix everything.
  • She understands that my relationships with my family are both simplistic and complex – complex because of a long history but simplistic because I want a sort of normalcy that no family ever has.
  • She brought me the best in-laws you could ask for.
  • Her mad painting and texturing skills gave us the most awesome dining room.
  • Her sarcasm cuts through tension like a laser beam through warm butter.
  • Copious amounts of popcorn are, for her, a great way to end a day.
  • She loves Deadliest Catch as much as I do.
  • She lets me drive.
  • She only occasionally gives me a hard time about the old car in the garage.
  • She’s teaching me to be a better, more involved parent every day.
  • She accepts that when I have a bad day at work, I may just need to go butcher a tree to get out the frustration.
  • If I slack off on the yard work for a week or three, she doesn’t say a thing.
  • She wants to be a better friend to everyone she knows.
  • She helps me understand the small boy in the house, because, some days, I am just baffled.
  • She can still be surprised.
  • She fell in love with Dar Williams, too.
  • Her ability to grow food is really cool.
  • And her homemade garlic and onion tomato sauce can’t be beat.
  • When my colleagues ask her to help in their classes, she always says yes.
  • She never asks me to do laundry. Because she knows I’ll screw hers up.
  • If I need to wander down some dirt roads with my friends, she only asks me to come back when we’re done.
  • She wants me to be happier. But she doesn’t realize the happier you are, the harder it is to be happier. And I’m pretty happy.

Happy Birthday to my best friend, you are my favorite.

132 Responses to “Shhh … it’s SOMEONE’S BIRTHDAY”

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    Diane August 17, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir, and many, many more (since your are only 17, right?)

    Birthday blessings seem to be overkill, as it is obvious you’ve the greatest blessing of all in your husband!

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    emily August 17, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    I loved reading what you wrote, Otto. It just solidifies what is always evident through the words and stories she shares with us – that Mir is truly an amazing, thoughtful, loving person.

    Happy birthday, Mir – I hope it’s a wonderful day!

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    Laura August 17, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    What a great way to start the day, I have tears in my eyes. Happy birthday, now go give Otto a huge hug and kiss for that beautiful present.

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    birchsprite August 17, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday! What a glorious family you all are!

    He’s a keeper.

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    Sara August 17, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Many, many happy returns of the day, Mir! And way to go, Otto!

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    Mom24@4evermom August 17, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Awww. Happy Birthday Mir. Thank you for what you bring to my life. I hope it’s a great year.

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    nae August 17, 2011 at 7:15 am #


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    Christine H August 17, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Happy Birthday! That was one of the sweetest birthday “cards” I’ve ever read.

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    Megan August 17, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Yup, Otto totally brought it! Happy birthday, Mir!

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    Mir August 17, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    You’re my favorite. Thanks for starting off this morning (and every other) by letting me know how loved and lucky I am.

    (Now let’s make out and see if the Internet screams “GET A ROOM!” like the kids do.)

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    Brigid August 17, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir!! (Could you make one of your wishes for the world to get a few more Otto-like folks in it? You get to keep the original, if course.)

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    Navhelowife August 17, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir, and Blessings to you both. What a lovely post on who you are, Mir, who Otto is – as seen by his appreciation of you, and who you are as a ‘team’.

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    cheryl August 17, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Wow. Sounds like you’re already having a happy birthday, but I shall add my greetings anyway … Happy Birthday to an amazing writer! Thanks for blogging for us, Mir, and for being a bright spot in our days.

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    Karate Mom August 17, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Happy birthday, awesome Mir! I can already tell it’s going to be a great one for you!

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    Average Jane August 17, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Happy birthday! What a wonderful present.

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    Jenna August 17, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! What an awesome tribute, Otto. Fabulous!

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    Janet August 17, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    This was, without question, the best thing I’ve read on the internet in weeks. Otto, you Rocko! Mir, SEE YOU SOON!! :)

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    Kelly August 17, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Aww that husband sure is a keeper. So incredibly sweet & wonderful.
    Happy Birthday!!!!!

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    MaryP August 17, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    I heart Otto. What a lovely, thoughtful, beautiful gift. Happy Birthday, Mir!

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    Mary August 17, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir! Now you two, go get a room!

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    Tenessa August 17, 2011 at 8:07 am #


    Happy Birthday!!

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    Leandra August 17, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Awww! Love it! Happy Birthday, pretty lady! May this year be everything you could hope for!

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    aem2 August 17, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Happy birthday! I hope this coming year brings you much joy and just a little bit of drama; you know, for the funny.

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    Christy August 17, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! I shall share the words of a famous author, Sandra Boynton. (What? I have a one year old!). “Here’s to a child who is joyful and clever. Happy Day! Happy year! Happy always and ever!”

    Have a great one.

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    SillyMe August 17, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Happy Birthday!

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    Debbi August 17, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir!! And Otto, you rock!!! :-)

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    Lara August 17, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Happy birthday Mir! Hope you have a great day. Going through some issues here so I haven’t posted for awhile but I’ve been lurking and I wanted to add to your birthday good wishes that I am so glad for you all that you found a school solution for Monkey that you are comfortable with :) Happy, happy birthday!
    P.S. Otto, you rock ;)

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    Lindsey August 17, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! Some of the best people have August birthdays! Otto is obviously an exception. He’s wonderful!

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    Mandy August 17, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Otto’s awesome. He and your dad make me think there ARE some nice guys left in the world. I’m glad you have them in your life.

    Happy Birthday!

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    Karen R. August 17, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Awww. Happy birthday, Mir!

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    Momsy August 17, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Happy birthday to pretty, pretty Mir!

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    Jen August 17, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Happiest of birthdays, Mir! You deserve every lovely little blessing you get. :-)

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    RuthWells August 17, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    So awesome. Happy birthday, dear Mir!

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    Jen August 17, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir, wonder Mom, super Spouse, turner of the even the mundane into the hilarious, in life and in print. You and Otto give me hope that as a (newly) single mom, the possibility for a wonderful relationship actually exists. Hug your kids, make out like crazy with that awesome man of yours, scratch your puppy behind the ears and have a fantastic day. Most of all, don’t ever stop writing.

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    Deirdre August 17, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I heart Otto, too. Definitely a keeper. Have a very Happy Birthday, Mir! (And my daughter will happily point out that it’s Dustin Pedroia’s birthday, too.)

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    ccr in MA August 17, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Otto, that’s awesome. Happy birthday, Mir, you lucky person.

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    Beth August 17, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Otto…that was awesome. Can you email my husband and tell him that wives really like stuff like this? K, thanks.

    Mir, I wish you the happiest of birthdays that includes laughter, love, and happiness — pretty sure you’ve got that covered in spades. :)

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    Suzy August 17, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Happy Birthday! What a great way to start the day and your birthday year.

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    Elizabeth August 17, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Hippo birdie to ewe!!! Hope your day is wonderful!

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    BKC August 17, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! Your writing is always a sunny spot in my day. I hope your birthday and all the rest of the days are sunny too.

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    Katie in MA August 17, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Awwwww! Happy Birthday, Mir! Wishing you a happy, magical, peaceful, and hilarious year. :)

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    Crisanne August 17, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and an even better year ahead!! What’s so awesome about this list?? Even someone like me, who only knows you through the internet, can agree how completely true it is. Thank you for sharing your love for those around you with all of us!

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    Jenny August 17, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Leos roar! Happy birthday!

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    el-e-e August 17, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    happy, happy birthday, Mir! You’re so pretty!

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    Jill W. August 17, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Happy birthday, Mir!

    and great post, Otto!

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    Headless Mom August 17, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Happy Day, Mir.

    Um, Otto? You made me cry. I think that is the sweetest thing I’ve ever read. Ever.

    And Mir? If you’re not putting on a skirt today just for him? I’ll be so disappointed.

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    Amanda August 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    All of them were awesome, but number 11 got me right here……

    Reading these just makes me want to be besties with you Mir.

    Happiest of happys Mir!

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    Lisa August 17, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    “The way she makes a skirt flow as she walks across a room is glorious.”

    You know that’s code for he likes, really likes, your badonkadonk!

    Happy Birthday!

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    Maria August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    These are just the best! I would treasure them for always. Happy Birthday!!

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    Jamie August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am #


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    Angela August 17, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Happy Happy birthday!!!

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    Brenda August 17, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    That was far and away the best post I’ve read in a long time. Happy birthday, Mir!!

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    laura August 17, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Happy birthday! This post made me smile, wear a skirt, and wish I was driving instead of my husband!

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    Chuck August 17, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    What an awesome post! Hope you have an equally awesome birthday celebration.

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    diane August 17, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Thank you for making me cry in my coffee, Otto. (whispers: Happy Birthday Mir!)

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    Chris August 17, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Best wishes for a great birthday! (and kudos to Otto for the wonderful birthday card/present)

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    hollygee August 17, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir!
    Good on you, Otto!

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    Jen August 17, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    My husband HATES Otto. He sets a high, high bar for men everywhere. You are extremely lucky! Happy Birthday, Mir!

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    Dani August 17, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea that we share a birthday, Mir! That makes me like your blog even more! And this Otto post… makes me LOVE it even more! Happy happy birthday… I hope it’s grand!

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    Zilla August 17, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Happy Birthday to you, Mir! Loved reading this post, thanks Otto!! You are a keeper.

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    dad August 17, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I knew I liked that boy!

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    Lori N August 17, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    It’s Love Thursday, right?

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    elz August 17, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I don’t know what to say first- How wonderful Otto is or Happy Birthday. I’ll say both-Happy Birthday, my friend. I am blessed to have you in my life, even if you don’t live anywhere near me. Go have some gluten free cake and a great make-out session!

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    Shelley August 17, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Happy birthday!

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    Lisa August 17, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir!
    Otto made me cry :)

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    Natasha August 17, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Happy birthday Mir!!!

    If you didn’t immediately put on a skirt after reading this, then I’m sorely disappointed ;)

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    Christine August 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Three cheers for Mir! Happy Birthday! Otto paints such a beautiful picture of you, he really put into words everything I think about you when I’m reading your stories. I feel like I am the one getting a gift to “know” you, so I am especially thankful for the day you were born.

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    Jan in Norman, OK August 17, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    This is your birthday song!
    It isn’t very long!

    (To the tune of “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-di-Ay”.)

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    JP August 17, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Happy Birthday, Mir! That boy Otto is a keeper!

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    Beth R August 17, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Happy happy birthday, Mir!

    And thank you for sharing how you see her, Otto – that was really special :)

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    Melissa August 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Happy Birthday – what a sweet present!

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    Katie in CA August 17, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Happy Happy Birthday from the Friday’s crew! Oh, wait, wrong song. Happy Birdthday, anyway! May you get to eat WHATEVER you want today, calorie free. And your hair, especially pretty today.

    Otto, that was just plain awesome!

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    Rachel August 17, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir! Otto’s lucky to have you, and you’re luck to have him. =)

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    Scottsdale Girl August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I am not even gonna read comments today, because I am already tearing up and snuffling at the beautiful sentiments by OTTO.

    Happies Berfdays Mir!

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    Jodie August 17, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Happy birthday, Mir. And thanks Otto – totally got the tears going on my morning commute!

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    Hally August 17, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir – You’re pretty! But Otto gets the BIG pretty points today. Good job snagging such a catch. Enjoy this day, better yet…enjoy your 25th bday again. :)

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    Heidi August 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Circus peanuts? Whoa, now THAT’S love.

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    liz August 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir!

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    Sharon August 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Have an amazing birthday, Mir!

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    Annie August 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    That was so cool. Happy Birthday Mir, and way to go Otto !

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    Andrea August 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Happy Happy Birthday, Mir! Hope you have a wonderful day with your amazing family!

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    Jessica August 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    When my husband says nice things about me, the people I’ve worked with always ask how I got such a “catch.” I’m sure you hear the same things, from reading this list. Instead of calling these guys “catches,” maybe we should just expect this kind of thing from guys. On the other hand, I know how lucky I am to be so in love and to have someone so in love with me as well, and I don’t take it for granted at all. Maybe that’s the key, because I’ll bet you rarely take this kind of thing for grated either.

    (Oh, and c’mon, let him sing even if you’re in the car! Love is hearing your spouse sing terribly and still loving it just because it’s his/her voice. ;) )


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    Jennifer Joyner August 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Happy, happy, happy birthday Mir!!!!

    You are hands down my favorite blogger on the planet….my day isn’t complete until I get to check in on what’s happening with you.

    You’ve been handed more than your share of challenges in the past year, and I, along with your vast audience, am pulling for you and demanding the fates to cut you a break and let the sunshine in.

    And then I read Otto’s post and I am reminded that in the husband department, your life couldn’t be any brighter.

    Hugs and warm wishes for you!!!

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    Aimee August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Awwwttomatic for the people! Otto wins birthdays!

    This is so awesome in every way.

    Happy Birthday, Mir! I hope the day and the year bring you many blessings.

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    jodifur August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir. Thank you for never failing to answer one of my bat shit crazy emails. You are one of my favorite people on the whole wide web.

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    Samantha August 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    How delightful!

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    Leah August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!!

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    Katherine August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Happy Birtday Mir! I hope the rest of your day comes close to being as wonderful as Otto’s list! And tha t you GET A ROOM!

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    Crista August 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir!! I think you have the only present you’ll ever need for the rest of your life, right there in that Otto.

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    Lucinda August 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    We all think you are amazing even though you only show us a small % of your life so it’s not like our judgement can be objective. But Otto sees it all and he clearly thinks you are amazing too. So it just confirms what we already know but in a truly spectacular, tear-inducing kind of way. I only hope those closest to me could say even half as much about me. Happy birthday Mir. Here’s to entering the next amazing decade of life! May you have many, many more happy years.

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    My Kids Mom August 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Congratulations for making it through the first forty. It only gets better! (That really should be the motto for all of life’s difficulties)

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    Sharon August 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!

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    Billie August 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Happy Happy Birthday!!

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    Andrea August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    May the year ahead be as happy as the birthday you’re having today!

    You and Otto make me wish I had a long-lost old male friend from college I could reconnect with and get a love letter like that on my birthday from (OK, that is a really bad sentence structure but I think you get the idea). Of course, I went to an all girls school so I strongly suspect that’s not in the cards for me.

    Happy birthday and many more…

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    Monique August 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Happy birthday!!!! Hope it’s a good one! God bless!

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    Julie in Austin August 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir!! It sounds like you are off to a roaring start! Welcome to the 40s! It’s nice here! =)

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    Stacy August 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir!!!! I hope you have a great year full of love and laughter.

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    Heather Cook August 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm #



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    Fabs August 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir! You are blessed to have such a wonderful family and support group!!!

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    Sheila August 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Otto, you are a gen-u-ine Good Egg.

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    Jean August 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Really, really great post, Otto! Happiest of birthdays, Mir!

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    TC August 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    SOBBING. (Happy birthday, Mir.)

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    Angela August 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir! And thanks to Otto for sharing her with us, and some of yourself, too!

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    Tracy B August 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I ♥ Otto! ♪♫♪Happy Birthday, Mir!!♪♫♪ Oh, I love circus peanuts, too! ☺

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    Katie August 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Awesome list! Happy Birthday Mir!

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    Lynn in Mass August 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading that from Otto. How sweet.

    Happy Birthday, Mir!

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    Jeanie August 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Otto, what a wonderful tribute to your wife. She is lucky to have you. Well, you’re lucky to have each other. Happy Birthday, Mir!

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    abbeyviolet August 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Happy Birthday! What a sweet list!

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    Debbie August 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Nice post, Otto! Happy birthday, Mir!!!

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    Heather August 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Otto, you are a big ol sap. And it’s wonderful :) I liked the one about the glorious skirt swishing heh. One day I hope I can have someone to say lovely things like that about me!

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    PopC August 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Way to go, Otto.

    Happy Birthday Mir.

    And, it isn’t even “Love Thursday”!

    P.S. I love circus peanuts too.

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    traci August 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir!!!

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    Heather August 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Happy birthday to yoooooouuuuuuu!

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    amy August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Awwwww!!! <3

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    Rachael August 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Aw! Too sweet! Happy birthday, I hope that your husband takes you out for a very special day! :)

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    Wendy August 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday Mir, I hope you had a fanastic day for a fantastic lady.

    And I Love this post.

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    karen August 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Mir.

    Can I have Otto now, my turn?

    Seriously… this is real love. The keeping kind. Otto, bravo … what an awesome tribute to the woman you share popcorn and circus peanuts with. Well maybe not those. Yuck.

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    Karin August 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir! You and Otto deserve each other and I mean that in the best possible way.

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    carrie on August 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    I hope your birthday crossword is mind blowingly awesome!

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    Rinatta August 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mir. The world is a brighter, funnier place with you in it! Also, does Otto have a single brother?

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    liv August 18, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    happy birthday, mir! hope you had a fantabulous day. also? i think i love you a little bit more now that i know you and otto like dar. i luuuurve dar!

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    addy August 18, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Happy Birthday Mir!

    bleh on circus peanuts just BLEH!

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    Kristi August 18, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Sweet, sweet, sweet. Happy Birthday, Mir!

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    Kady August 18, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Awesome Mir deserves awesome Otto! Happy Birthday to Mir!

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    Kayt August 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Happy belated birthday!

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    Jenne August 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Happy birthday Mir! And, since I can’t possible improve on it, ditto #83.

    Have a great day :)

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    Leah August 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I hope you had a fantastic birthday with your very thoughtful husband!

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    Nancy R August 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Happy belated birthday, Mir!

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    J from Ireland August 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Happy belated Birthday Mir. That Otto fella is a blessing. I have been busy so I am catching up weeks of your blog. Best wishes xx

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    Athalia August 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Happy belated. The celebration continues!

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    Wondering August 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    You both love Dar?!?! *I* love Dar!! I knew you two were extra special and cool! (Oh, and hippo birdie, Mir!)

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    Sara September 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Happy belated birthday from a very belated commenter! Loved this post. Also loved the one about Licorice and the Interloper–made my evening.

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