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Happy Birthday to Me

I am aware that I don’t necessarily look old. It helps that I am smaller than the average ten-year-old and still have long hair. Still, I don’t fool the carnies at the guess-your-age booth. I’m now 34.

34 is such a loaded age for a woman. It’s the first year of your mid-thirties, the last year before the sharp fertility decline. On one hand, when you have already passed into a sharp fertility decline at 27, it doesn’t quite phase you the same way to think about the fertility nose-dive you’ll be taking in a year. On the other hand, it is impossible to be a woman and not see “35” in red, flashing numbers. Ad la*–life has to keep happening.

If you were looking for a reason to eat a large chunk of cake this afternoon, you can always say that you’re doing it in honour of my birthday. And it was simply an obligation that you had to fulfill in order to be polite. And since I am a birthday month rather than just a birthday day sort of person, feel free to use this excuse for the entire month of June. I know I will.

I still have more people to add to Show and Tell, but Blogger is being wonky for a moment so it may need to wait for an hour or two–it took a long time to get it up and running this morning. And feel free to keep coming up in front of the class and showing your item. I am deeply in love with Show and Tell. Even when I post something new after the Show and Tell post, it’s still open though Tuesday-ish or beyond. It’s just that once it gets to Tuesday, you may want to hold over your post for the Show and Tell the next weekend.

* “Oh well” in Hebrew


1 bleu { 06.02.08 at 8:11 am }

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Dear Dear Mel
Happy Birthday to You!!!!!!

2 hopeful #1 { 06.02.08 at 8:14 am }

Happy Birthday!!!

3 seriously? { 06.02.08 at 8:16 am }

Happy Birthday! Thank you for everything you do!

4 Samantha { 06.02.08 at 8:17 am }

Happy birthday!

I will try to eat some cake later this month in your honor.

5 Jen { 06.02.08 at 8:20 am }

Happy birthday, birthday buddy! I shall eat three times the cake tonight, for you, me, and Meghan. Should your piece be chocolate or vanilla?

6 Pamela Jeanne { 06.02.08 at 8:20 am }

Hey cool! Now I know what you look like…will be much easier to find you in San Francisco. And 34, ah, yes, to be 34 again. Might feel old to you, but you have yet to read my next post…

A big ole: Happy Birthday (cha, cha, cha — as my niece would gleefully add).

7 JJ { 06.02.08 at 8:23 am }

Happy birthday toooooo yoooooou! I love singing happy birthday off key, so there is my special gift to you!

Celebrating the day of your birth, down here in NC–what a gift you are to all who know you.

8 Lauren { 06.02.08 at 8:25 am }

Happy Birthday! thanks for the cake excuse… I plan to celebrate your birthday asap!

9 andrea_jennine { 06.02.08 at 8:29 am }

Happy birthday!

10 annacyclopedia { 06.02.08 at 8:31 am }

May this year bring you joy, adventure, and peace beyond measure. Happy birthday!

11 Sam { 06.02.08 at 8:31 am }

Happy Birthday to you!! Good excuse for some cake!!

I should also give thanks that I came across your blog – thanks for NaComLeavMo and for Show and Tell!!

12 Baby Steps to Baby Shoes { 06.02.08 at 8:36 am }

Happy, Happy Birthday to you! (and thanks for the excuse to eat cake) May this next year bring you and your family much joy and blessing!

13 luna { 06.02.08 at 8:43 am }

one more time (you can never wish a happy birthday too many times)! HBAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!

hooray for you! and many thanks for all you do. you are indeed a treasured gift in this world. be sure to thank your mom for birthing you today (from us), and your dad too, cause I know he did his part.

since you’ve already hit one of the hardest things about your mid-30s, this ought to be a pieve of cake. speaking of which, what’s your favorite kind? and yes, you get all month to celebrate!

14 alison { 06.02.08 at 8:43 am }

Happy Birthday! Have a most magical day!

15 april { 06.02.08 at 8:55 am }

Happy Happy Birthday!!

16 Shelli { 06.02.08 at 8:57 am }

Happy Birthday you young thing! lol.

17 Meghan { 06.02.08 at 8:58 am }

I thought I was cool getting to share a birthday with Jen…but with you and Jen. Wow…that ups my cool quotient quite a bit! Hope you have a great birthday. And I am a birthday month type of person too…we’ll have to have a little party for ourselves on the 30th also 😉

18 Phoebe { 06.02.08 at 9:00 am }

34 old? Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaa!! I almost split a gut on that one! You are a spring chick compared to me! Enjoy your birthday! You deserve it!

19 chicklet { 06.02.08 at 9:01 am }

Happy birthday my friend. I hope you have an absolutely fabulous one!

20 Trace { 06.02.08 at 9:08 am }

Happy birthday!

21 Caro { 06.02.08 at 9:09 am }

Happy Birthday and welcome to 34. (I’m still getting used to it – it’s been a week and a half).

22 Io { 06.02.08 at 9:09 am }

Happy Birthday Month!

23 nutsinmay { 06.02.08 at 9:12 am }

Happy happy birthday – gosh, your hair is pretty, by the way.

I have solemnly eaten a bowl of chocolate ice-cream in your honour.

24 Stephanie { 06.02.08 at 9:22 am }

Happy Birthday Mel!!!

25 Jen { 06.02.08 at 9:23 am }

Happy Birthday!

26 loribeth { 06.02.08 at 9:30 am }

Happy birthday!! And yes, you are still a spring chicken!

27 littleangelkisses { 06.02.08 at 9:38 am }

Mel, Happy Birthday!!!

Oh I know how the passing of time is. 35 wasn’t so bad, but 36 was pretty hard for me.

28 STE { 06.02.08 at 9:44 am }

Happy Birthday! The world is certainly a brighter place because you are in it.

[And that whole “birthday month” thing? right there with you. I wouldn’t want to offend you by not having cake or ice cream as often as possible. Just for you. 😉 ]

29 CLC { 06.02.08 at 9:46 am }

Happy Birthday!
I’d be glad to indulge in some cake in your honor!

30 Jess { 06.02.08 at 9:47 am }

Oooh, Mel, look FAB! Seriously!!

If I had cake, I’d eat it. If I had milk, even, I’d MAKE it and eat it. Stupid vacation leaving my fridge bare!!

I, too, am TOTALLY a birthday month person! Enjoy it!!


31 Fertilized { 06.02.08 at 10:00 am }

HappyBirthday to you , Happy birthday to you, Happybirthday , happy birthday , happy birthday to you!

32 oh2btigger { 06.02.08 at 10:08 am }

Happy Birthday and you do look pretty young! I wouldn’t have guessed 34!

33 SarahSews { 06.02.08 at 10:08 am }

Happy Birthday MEL! Thirty four looks good on you! I’m 34 too and I must say, having this baby before 35 hits feels like a major accomplishment given how long it took us to get here. I hope you have a fabulous day and an even better year.

34 Piccinigirl { 06.02.08 at 10:09 am }


you look amazing!!! enjoy 34 and your birthday month( a girl after my own heart, I celebrate for the whole month too!!)

I would proud/lucky/happy to eat cake for you all month! Thanks for the reason to enjoy it!

35 Bean { 06.02.08 at 10:10 am }

Happy Happy Birthday to You!!! Oh you are sooo 34 years YOUNG. Trust me in just 4 1/2 short years when you reach the age I’m at now, 34 will seem absolutely teenish! And thanks for giving me a good excuse to eat some cake! Have a great day!!!!!

36 Waiting Amy { 06.02.08 at 10:12 am }

Hap, Hap, Happy Day to YOU!

Both sides of 35 feel a bit weird. I crossed over to the other side this past year. It’s an unusual journey.

Hope you enjoy LOTS of yummy cake! I will definitely have some in your honor!

37 Manda { 06.02.08 at 10:13 am }

Happy birthday, Mel! You are an amazing woman and I’m sure you’ll only get better with age. And my I just say… you’re freakin’ gorgeous!

38 Denise { 06.02.08 at 10:13 am }

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…(singing you a little song).

39 niobe { 06.02.08 at 10:14 am }

Happy Birthday!

I’ve also found the being-smaller-than-the-average-ten-year-old thing to be a huge advantage.

40 Kathy V { 06.02.08 at 10:17 am }

Happy Happy Happy Birthday.

I am not really feeling cake but I will have some ice cream for you.

41 Deb { 06.02.08 at 10:26 am }

Happy Birthday!!!

42 Ellen K. { 06.02.08 at 11:19 am }

Happy birthday, Mel!

43 Jendeis { 06.02.08 at 11:22 am }

Happy birthday, dahlink! May you live to be 120! No points available for cake, but I will eat my fat-free, sugar-free pudding in honor of you!

44 katedaphne { 06.02.08 at 11:29 am }

Happy, happy birthday!

I don’t think of birthdays as a sign of getting older. To me, they are the anniversary of the day you came to the planet. Of all the anniversaries we celebrate, I think this one is the best. Hope you have a great one.

45 admin { 06.02.08 at 11:37 am }

Happy Birthday!!! And by the way – you rock!

46 Liza { 06.02.08 at 11:40 am }

Happy birthday! What a cute picture!!!

47 D. { 06.02.08 at 11:47 am }

Happy Birthday!

48 Sully { 06.02.08 at 11:50 am }

Happy Birthday Mel! Thanks for all you do. Here’s to a fabulous Birthday Month!

49 K @ ourboxofrain { 06.02.08 at 11:53 am }

Happy birthday!!! Now I have to figure out where I can find some cake…

50 Jill { 06.02.08 at 12:27 pm }

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hmmmm I wonder how many Weight watchers points a huge chunk of cake is…..

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