So, um, today is my birthday. I think I’m having a midlife crisis, except that instead of running out to buy a sports car I cried all over Otto a couple of nights ago about how it’s just SO STUPID to be upset over all of these little things which I am really quite upset over. The cry was good; I sort of got it out of my system, and in then the next day I scrubbed some bathtubs and did five loads of laundry and everything seemed better.

So far today my Facebook friends gave me lots of lovely wall comments.

My parents sent me funny cards.

Kira mailed me gluten-free blondies that are out of this world (and no, I AM NOT SHARING) in addition to a lovely purple tiara which I have maybe been wearing since 6:00 this morning when I opened the box.

Monkey serenaded me.

Otto gave me a big smooch and promises to come home earlyish.

And Chickadee came down with swine flu.

Okay, TECHNICALLY I don’t know if it’s swine flu. I’ve spent the day saying, “Well, if she gets worse, I’ll take her to the doctor.” And then she rallies a little and I figure she’s fine and then five minutes later I find her snoring and drooling on the sofa.

This is probably garden-variety back-to-school yuck, right? The “two confirmed cases of H1N1” at her school are probably just imaginary, I’m certain.

In the meantime, I’m working and tending to her and trying to ignore the fact that my throat is sore. Because it’s NOT. Because it’s my birthday, dammit, and I am old and therefore swine flu would probably not just ruin my day, but also kill me in my aged, weakened state. And I still have things I need to do! Like catch that stupid dog, who the neighbors are apparently feeding on a regular basis and therefore will never go into the trap we have set for him, because why risk getting caught for some bones when down the street they’re tossing hamburgers into the yard?

I think maybe I need to go lay down.


  1. Megan

    Oh, best of luck with all of the above! My best friend caught swine flu when we went to Cancun a few weeks ago, and to say I had a nervous breakdown over this would be A GRAND UNDERSTATEMENT. I. lost. my. shit. Of course he recovered beautifully and it’s not even on anyone’s radar now, but that is endlessly scary, so I feel you. If he’s any indication, swine flu is nothing an Edible Arrangement cannot fix!

    Also, happy birthday! :)

  2. Leandra

    Well, it sounds like your neighbors have found THEMSELVES a dog.

    Truly, I think Swine flu is not as terrible as they make it out to be, if that’s what it turns out to be. Seriously, everybody I know that has had it (or even the regular flu) have gotten over it in a matter of days. And just think, now you’ll be immune!! (Leandra: spotting the silver linings since 1972!)

  3. carrie

    If it helps any, the flu swept our house in June — most likely porcine, but they don’t test for different strands here. If our experience is any gauge, it was the mildest flu I’ve ever seen. No biggie. Hope Chickie feels better soon.

  4. kat

    Happy Birthday!

  5. Anna Marie

    Happy Birthday Mir!! I hope Chickie feels better soon.

  6. Stacia

    My husband’s ship broke out with the swine flu, but he never got it. It’s not really that bad, given all the hype in the media. But still, I hope you and Chickadee don’t have it. And I hope you have a very happy birthday.

  7. Melissa

    Happy birthday!

  8. Megumi

    Happy Birthday Mir! I hope Chickadee rallies and that you stay healthy. Most of all, I hope you have fantabulous Birthday!

  9. Chris

    Hippo Birdie Two Ewes,
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewes,
    Hippo Birdie, Deer Mir,
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewes!

  10. Lisa

    Happiest of Birthdays!

  11. Sharon

    Happy Birthday!

  12. Damsel

    Poor Chickie!!!

    My birthday was Friday, and it was SO INCREDIBLY SUCKTASTIC that I had a do-over on Saturday. I assure you, as the penultimate authority over such things, that you will be allowed to do the same, should your throat not cooperate and feel better immediately.

  13. Beachgal

    Happy Birthday! Mine is tomorrow. I feel old, so I know what you mean. Hope the rest of your day gets better.

  14. RuthWells

    Aw, poo on the swine flu. Happy birthday and treat yourself to a nap! We oldsters need our rest, you know.

  15. hokgardner

    Happy birthday!

  16. Jennifer Joyner

    Happy, Happy Birthday Mir! I hope both you and Chickie feel better!!!

  17. el-e-e

    Oh, dear. I wish my 18-month old could go over and pat you on the back. She did that to her crying brother the other day, and I can assure you a pat from her could adorably CURE THE WORLD’S ILLS.

    Sounds like the purple tiara is helping, though. :) Hope you have a happy birthday evening!

  18. Jamie

    Happy birthday to you, Mir! Hope Chickie doesn’t have the plague or whatever else and she’s feeling better quickly. Have a cocktail or glass of wine to celebrate tonight!

  19. Randi

    Happy Birthday Mir! Mine was 2 days before yours – but I celebrated the dreaded 3-0, so I’m sure it was much worse than yours is :). I hope chickie feels better soon!!

  20. Mary

    Happy Birthday to you! But geez, is there EVER a dull moment over there?!?!?!

  21. Neil

    Happy Birthday. To another year of excitement!

  22. A..

    Happy Birthday Mir!

  23. Angela

    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Mir!

  24. Laura

    Happy Birthday to you! I will be 51 tomorrow and I am going to have cake! I’ve been using that as my mantra to get past the 51 part.

  25. Groovecatmom

    I am glad you like the blondies! She didn’t even give me one. She must love you lots. :) Happy Birthday!

  26. Ann from Minnesota

    Many happy returns! And here’s the tip of the day – have a nice big margarita. That ought to kill off any flu germs you might be harboring!

  27. Amelia

    awww…happy birthday. i’m glad you were born.

  28. Mit

    Adding my wishes to the long, long line!

    I think you need a wand (that makes margaritas appear at will) to complete the purple tiara.

  29. angela

    Happy happy birthday to the prettiest lady in the world!

  30. meghann

    Happy Birthday!

    Oh, and the swine flu stuff is all just the media needing to scare us about something. Don’t sweat it. If I remember correctly, the death rate is even lower than with regular flu. So maybe you should actually hope for swine flu?

  31. Rachel

    Happy Birthday! I hope your day gets better soon (and Chickie too)!

  32. Heather

    Happy birthday! And a “get well soon” to Chickie.

  33. Erin

    Happy happy happy birthday to you!!!

  34. Crisanne

    Happy Birthday, Mir! And get well hugs to Chickie. I hope you can all stay well.

  35. bad penguin

    Happy Birthday, Mir! I hope you stay healthy and Chickadee gets better quickly.

  36. annette

    Sending you a virtual birthday margarita made with the really good tequila! Wish we lived closer so I could take you out for a real one….mmmmm salt and tequila!

  37. sassymonkey

    Happy, happy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Alcohol kills germs, therefore I think you should treat yourself to a drink or two (and after a couple you probably won’t care about the dog either).

  38. ben

    Happy Birthday! And get well, Chicky. It’s probably not swine flu. At least, not the bad kind.

  39. Katie in MA

    As my youngest would yell, “HAPPY to YOU!!!!!” (I love that she forgets the “birthday” so much that I never correct her. I wonder how long the cuteness will last?)

    (P.S. – Drink the germies away. I promise it will work.)

  40. Lisa

    Happy Birthday Mir! You are very pretty…today and every day!

  41. Velma

    Happy Birthday, Mir! And I hope you don’t get sick, and that your dog comes back, and that Chickie wakes up tomorrow cured of both flu AND rash! (Or at least one of those things would be nice, right?)

  42. Cheryl

    Cure for the swine flu: bacon, the more the better.

  43. Cheryl

    Oh, and I meant to say Happy Birthday, Mir!

  44. Tracy

    Happy Birthday, Mir! I hope the rest of your day gets better. I hate to say but a week ago I had the crude…it started with a sore throat. Take plenty of Vitiam C. It works, promise.

  45. Jodi

    Happy Birthday!

  46. elizabeth

    Happy Birthday!!
    I hope Chickie feels better soon.

  47. Monique

    Feliz Cumpeanos! Or Happy Brithday! I feel you should celebrate your birthday like my culture does, with a pinata. Because nothing makes you feel better like hitting something repeatedly, and then it bursts with yummy goodies. You get rid of your aggression and then get further soothed by chocolate, which (as we all know) has no calories on your birthday, right? (I love being Mexican!) Anyway, lots of love to you and Chickadee.

  48. Marvo

    Happy Birthday, Mir! BRING ON THE CAKE!

  49. Mom2Trplts

    Happy Birthday Mir!

  50. Karen

    Happy Bday Mir.

  51. Kailani

    Happy, happy birthday!!
    Use your tiara’s full effect. Have yourself a cocktail and let Monkey and Otto rub your feet and feed you bacon. But not after rubbing your feet cuz that might be ew!
    Hope Chickie is feeling better soon and Super comes to his senses.
    Stay healthy!

  52. Summer

    Happy birthday, Mir!

    So what do your new birthday shoes look like?

  53. Karen

    OH, hey look… I see something shiney over there!… Cheer up, Mir.. it could be so much worse. Don’t you hate when people say that.

  54. Pat

    This is the first time I have visited your blog and it lifted my day!! So funny. Thanks for the pick me up and have a Happy, happy Birthday.

  55. KATHY

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you had a great day.

  56. kath

    Happy Birthday – my doc thinks I had it back in May, they didn’t do the blood test because I wasn’t “that sick”. Watch your little girl though, apparently it hits the kids worse because they have never been exposed to any H1 viruses before ….

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  58. J from Ireland

    Have a very happy Birthday from over here.

  59. ccr in MA

    Happy, happy birthday!

  60. carolyn

    Happy birthday!!

    My daughter and several kids on her church mission trip came down with flu like symptoms and ended up at the hospital ER in the small town where they were working. One kid tested positive for flu, 6 others tested negative. Turns out the one positive WAS h1n1. Did my daughter have flu? Who knows. Test says “no” but my feeling is maybe, even with the negative test. And she was 1600 miles away from me. Scary and frustrating, and thankfully, over now. Hope yours is over too.

  61. Katherine

    Hope you don’t come down with whichever flu it is. One year my older son and I traded sicknesses on our birthdays – I got sick first on his birthday and then he got sick the next day on my birthday. Needless to say we had cake a different day.

    Hope your day got better and even if it didn’t – you can always celebrate again when everyone is well.

  62. Heidi

    [Mi mi mi…] Happybirthdaytoyouhappybirthdaytoyouhappy

  63. coolteamblt

    Happy happy birthday!

  64. Dave

    Happy anniversary of existence! Today is Nate’s birthday, and we are all fighting the same sore-throat-and-fever nasties here. This too shall pass.

  65. Michele D

    Happy Birthday Pretty Mir. Another year of goodness.
    Have some fresh from the garden veggies, that will make everything better.

  66. Headless Mom

    Happy birthday Mir! I wish you all things sparkly!

  67. Traci

    Happy Birthday :)

  68. mama speak

    Well, I’m pretty sure we told you not to let the kids lick any pigs! What did you expect? ;-)

    Happy B-day (even tho I think I’m an hour late your time, it’s the thought, right?)

    I think you should declare this your b-day week (that’s what I always do) and by Saturday (when Chickie is obviously better) you can have a full day of pampering, bacon & Otto time. (Otto! You listening?? Get the kids a sitter or nights at friends or what not!) :-) Mir, you’re purdy and have nice shoes!

  69. Jackie

    Happy birthday!

    And for Pete’s sake, go have a chat with the dog-feeding neighbors about how they need to participate in the capture of Super, not the enabling.

    And if they don’t comply, you could always threaten to leave Chickadee at their house for a few hours. They sound like they could use a few germs. (Okay, maybe that’s an evil thought.)

  70. Crista

    Happy Birthday Mir! You look ever so pretty in your purple tiara :)

  71. She-Ra

    Happy Birthday! I saw an article in the paper yesterday about chocolate bacon cupcakes at a local bakery and I thought of you! Here’s a link to a blog that did a review of it plus one other one.

    So I’ll send you a virtual Chocolate Bacon Cupcake as a gift. Enjoy!

  72. Karen

    A belated Happy Birthday, Mir. Thanks for sharing another year with us.

  73. Nicki

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Now let’s focus on the good stuff. Tell us all about your cake. Cake makes everything better.

  74. Jan in Norman, OK

    Happy Birthday!

    For sore throat–take 1 1/2 ounces of scotch, bourbon, or brandy (must be one of these). Gargle with it. Swallow it. Go to bed.

  75. Stephanie O'Dea

    oh Happy Birthday!

    xoxo steph

  76. Aimee

    Oh… happy belated birthday! You’re so pretty! I barely made it onto Facebook yesterday, so I didn’t see your birthday notice on there. I hope that the blondies and other stuff balanced out the NOT swine flu, and that you had a fabulous day.

  77. Debbi

    Happy Birthday!!!! :-) Hope Chickadee is feeling better!!

  78. Kemi

    Happy (late) Birthday, Mir!

    Unless, of course, you decided to have a do-over, in which case, Happy (on time) Birthday, Mir! :D

    I hope Chickie is feeling better, and that she didn’t pass her bug on to you. Sickness a horrible birthday gift.

  79. Lady M

    Happy Birthday to you!

  80. Lucinda

    Happy birthday a day late. The swine flu is not nearly as serious as the news makes it out to be. Our schools closed for a week last May with at least 16 confirmed cases (I think it ended up being much more) and all the cases in our county were children. No one died. In fact no one got that sick at all. But after one confirmed case, EVERYONE who was sick got tested making it look much worse than it probably was. Hope she feels better soon and you don’t get sick.

  81. Dawn

    Happy Birthday!

    Hope you dodged the flu, porcine or other.

  82. Chookooloonks

    Happy belated birthday! hope you had a good one, and that you’re still healthy!

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