April 13, 2012

Birthday list

One morning, my son was carrying around a piece of paper before school, and he kept talking about how he had to get the stuff done on his list. When I was cleaning out the car later, I found this. 


Inspired by this awesome list and because my birthday is coming up, I decided to make a super serious list of birthday celebration must-dos. If I didn't have my list, I might be lost for the rest of the month, and no one wants to be lost on their birthday. But actually, getting lost sounds kind of fun. I might add that to the list.

1. Redeem every birthday coupon ever issued to me. My favorites are Red Mango ($5 credit!!!), Moe's (free entree -- hint: get the most expensive one), Schlotzsky's (free sandwich or pizza), Ruby Tuesdays (free burger), Baskin Robbins (free scoop), and TCBY (free yogurt). I especially love the ones with a drive through so I don't have to unstrap all of the little people to get my free stuff. That's like a present too.

2. Birthday massage. Check. I am redeeming a massage Groupon tomorrow. When I booked the appointment, his first available date was my b-day, so that was convenient. And I'm more than ready to work out some running kinks, especially in my legs and feet.

3. Race. Ever since this whole running biz started, I want to run a race or get a race entry as a present for every major holiday. Although I raced last weekend and will again next weekend, I'm feeling the need to last minute find a 5K to join on Saturday.

4. Wear pink socks most days.


4. Find a restaurant that will loudly and obnoxiously sing a birthday song to you. If they make you stand on a chair and wear a sombrero, even better. Looks like someone's not getting enough attention at home.

5. Go on a hot date. If I can combine this with the sombrero wearing, a perfect night would be in the works. Throw in a trip to a sports store to stare at running gear, and, bam, birthday heaven.

6. Spend that renegade Canadian penny. Where did I get it? And who will get it after me? Should I mail it back to Canada, or was it hoping to immigrate?


6. Feel like the happiest person on the planet that Yo Husband gave me my birthday present last month. Remember the Garmin 210. That was a present for all past, future, and present holidays, including the day of birth. Basically, I told him that any money he was going to spend on crappy presents, like fuzzy bears and underwears folded into a rose, he should instead spend on a Garmin. He's really good with subtle hints.

7. This one is a test to see if Yo Husband reads my blog. Last year I totaled my car in an accident about two miles from our house. A car hit us (me and the twins) going full speed, and I still have panic attacks going through that intersection, which I have to drive through at least four times a day. The older kids thought it was weird that sometimes I had to do deep breaths at the red light, but now deep breaths is the norm. All of that to say that when my car was totaled my mix tape (it will always be a mix tape even if it's on a CD -- that's how I'm going to hang on to the 90s) of love songs that Amory gave me as a present five years ago was in the CD player, and they took the car to the junk yard before I remembered to get it out. So if you read this, dude, I want a new mix tape of love.

8. Respond to every single birthday Facebook post. Every year I try, and every year I fail. But not this year. Because it's on The List.

17 comments:

  1. Great list! Hope your hubs sees his mission...sorry about the car accident. I was just kicking myself the other day for not asking for race entries for my birthday, which was March 31st. I did take myself to the Hollywood Half Marathon though...and before that our family went to Disneyland. So I won't complain. I got early/late bday presents this year! :)

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    1. Half marathon AND Disneyland! I would be in heaven!

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  2. I'm braving being exposed as a blog stalker to tell you about the 5k I just read about in the Gadsden Messenger (great read, btw). If your bday is tomorrow (as in 4/14, not 4/13 - which is funny, because tomorrow - 4/14 - is Brian's bday!), you must know about the 'Smoke Your Buns' 5k that Gadsden is throwing in conjunction with the 'Smoke on the Falls' BBQ festival. I'm already pretty jealous of what that shirt's going to look like. So I hope you at least consider it an option. Love the list, and happy birthday!

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    1. That is a GREAT idea! I'm googling it now. Mine is today, but I will still be celebrating tomorrow. Are you guys running tomorrow?

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  3. You have a lot of eating to do with those coupons! Good thing you have a crew of kids to help you with that.
    Do they have a Texas Roadhouse restaurant near you? They do a loud Happy Birthday song and dance. It'd be perfect!

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  4. Happy Birthday!!! I especially love the "underwears folded into a rose"...because...duuuude...who hasn't seen that! Instant mental image. :)
    Happy birthday, and here's to checking off each thing on your great list!

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    1. Why does the drug store always sell them? I assume that all drug store gifts are trash. Unless it's good shampoo!

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  5. Happy Birthday! I like the standing on a chair with a sombrero idea. I haven't experienced that myself, but we have a family joke about it now - ever since celebrating my mom's birthday at a Mexican restaurant when my husband got our daughter to announce it was grandma's birthday. She was a good sport about it, though. Have a great one!

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  6. Brecfisst is the most important meal of the day- smart kid!

    Happy birthday!!!! Hope it is fabulous and full of all the free food, pink socks and mix tapes you could imagine!

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    1. Thanks! You could be a translator for first graders!

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  7. You should probably get the Canadian Penny framed..they are officially extinct up here as of a few weeks ago :( The government killed the penny. You could mail it to a charity up here :P I'll be fundraising in a few weeks time for Team in Training and doing a penny drive to help people clean out their drawers.

    and happy birthday, girl! Hope you get everything on your list done!

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    1. That's crazy, but pennies do seem kind of worthless. Unless they team up. Kind of like aliens.

      That's a great charity idea!

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  8. Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your massage. I just had one on Tuesday. I swear by them! So important for us crazy distance types. I only wish I could afford one weekly!

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  9. I love that birthday list!! Especially the birthday coupon redeeming!!

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  10. Great list! Hope your birthday was wonderful. I love the birthday coupon idea. I always seem to forget about those!

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