Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Birthday Meta-Post

It was a wonderful birthday. I pretty much did exactly as I pleased from the moment I opened my eyes until I went to bed close to midnight. It was my first Facebook birthday, and many dear people posted good wishes on my wall. (How quickly this Facebook thing has come to resemble life!) I got some nice phone calls, cards in the mail from old friends, a stunning flower arrangement from my parents, afternoon cuddle time with Jarrah (this is the child who normally responds to a request for a kiss with "You can have a kiss tomorrow") and--during her nap--Gossip Girl in my pajamas with a cup of General Foods International Coffee French Vanilla. I was treated to lunch at a scrumptious new-to-me place called The Guild by my friend Stephanie, right after I spent two hours being rubbed, creamed and hot-rocked into an invertebrate life form by the wizardly Amber at Indigo Spa.

And then there was you, Dear Readers. Dear, dear Readers, many of whom I've never met before. But isn't that the beauty of the blogosphere, where putting a request out into the universe might make you "Dooce for a Day?" I issued a challenge, feeling vaguely foolish but not foolish enough not to do it (this birthday was all about asking--politely--for exactly what I want.) And you came through. My former comment record was smashed by Tuesday morning, and by today, I'd doubled it.

Special attention must be paid to a pair of lovely ladies who made themselves my wing men. (Wing women?) Laural at Mamasphere, whose blog is understandably popular, posted a birthday blog JUST FOR ME. That's right--a public plea devoted to my quest, from whence an outpouring of support came flooding. I am currently in the process of stopping by to thank all my birthday guests, but I want to go on record here--in case your profile is blocked or (gasp!) you don't have a blog--and thank you from the bottom of my comment ho heart--you must visualize the the wicked grin when I turned on the computer as the first act of my natal day.

I am also indebted to the San Diego Blog Bitches, and particularly Cheri, who also posted in my honor, pimping me (her word) to bitches far and wide. I hope I am able to thank you bitches in person very soon.

And a final big smooch to my dear husband, whose passion for the latest gadgets put him in cahoots with Oprah this week as he gifted me with a Kindle. What's a Kindle, you ask? Well, I'm so glad you did, since every time someone does, it's more evidence of just how cutting edge I truly am. A Kindle is an electronic book, a device the size, shape and weight of a paperback, with a face of "electronic paper," that holds up to 200 novel-length books, content for which can be instantly sampled or purchased from Amazon in the time it takes to press "Buy It Now." As you might imagine, I am more than a little stoked.

If I can get serious on you for a moment, I would like to say that there were so many people dear to my heart who were instrumental in making this a birthday for the ages. The entire week has been a lesson in gratitude. And I'm an excellent student. Thank you all.


Anonymous said...

so glad you had a wonderful birthday!!

erin said...

Thanks for your thanks. And by the way, I am soooo jealous. I want a Kindle with my heart and soul. I go to the library a million times a week and it would be so convienent. You'll have to tell me what you think of it!


Anonymous said...

Sam! We're Kindle buddies!

I got my girl and friends at work to give me Amazon gift certificates for my birthday so I could finally fulfill my Kindle lust. I downloaded four books the day it arrived and have finished all four. It's a lovely, lovely piece of tech. The only "issue" I've had with it is that books with footnotes or typographic features are more difficult to read in the K format, but that's just a nitpick, really.

Hope you love yours as much as I love mine.

Glad you had a wonderful b'day.


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you had such a great birthday it really does sound wonderful and I'm insanely jealous of your Kindle. :P

LunaMoonbeam said...

Glad your birthday was great. ;-) The Kindle sounds great!!!!

Caroline said...

I'm so glad that your day was special. It sounds great! When is my birthday? I could use one of those. ;)

And, wow, Kindle sounds great! I've heard of them, but I didn't really know what they were. Fun! Now if they could just implant an aromatherapy chip to smell like an old bookstore (paper, leather, glue, etc.) it would perfect. My favorite thing about working at Central Library in the '80s was going into the subterranean stacks and smelling that wonderful scent.

Laural Out Loud said...

I can't believe you got a Kindle! That is the ultimate gift. And then with the spa and lunch and everything else, it sounds like you had a totally rocking birthday.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Get OUT! You have a Kindle. How cool is that? COOL!

DrSpouse said...

Happy, happy birthday!

Jenn said...

I want a Kindle too! That is SOOO cool. What a great blog with a fabulous ending. Happy READING!

The Wades said...

And to think I got to lug 50 lb. pumpkins all day followed by a dry chicken sandwich at McDonald's!

I'm sorry your birthday didn't measure up to mine.

Yes, my cutting edge friend, you done learned me somethin' new today. :) Kindle, cool. BTW, adore the word cahoots--always have, always will.