Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

In Honor of My Birthday

It’s been a few weeks since my birthday (see here) and the whole idea of turning another year older had passed from my brain when Sis called the other day.

Me: “What’s up?”

Sis: “When are we going out for your birthday? How about this weekend?”

Me: “I’ll have to check because I’m not sure when Friend is coming back to finish off the deck project.”

Sis: “OK, let me know.”

We (Hubby actually) finally got a hold of Friend’s wife, who told Hubby they have theater tickets this afternoon, so we’ve decided we’re safe to finally plan my birthday dinner for tonight.

We’ll meet at Sis’s house and I’ll open what will seem like hundreds of birthday cards (even though our family consists of Mom, Sis and her family, and Hubby and me) before opening the gifts. I don’t know how it got started but we can never just give one card. Oh no…we buy every greeting card that has anything to do with the occasion and then, before each card is opened, we have this tradition of announcing “in honor of your birthday.” This explains why we always have to meet well in advance of our dinner reservation…it takes forever to get through the whole gift-giving part of the evening.

The birthday girl (or boy) always gets to choose the restaurant and I’ve chosen the one we always go to. It’s Italian; it’s close to Sis’s house; the food is good; and we always have leftovers…what more can you ask for? And when the last bite is eaten and the leftovers packed away, we will finally be done with my birthday for yet another year.


Rhea said...

Happy birthday, belatedly!

Susie said...

Sounds like a wonderful celebration!
Being with one's family is obviously the best part of celebrating!

Patti said...

Happy birthday again Joan.

And bon appetit!

patches said...

Sounds like a great way to celebrate! The Missus sometimes buys more than one card, because she never can find the right words in just one.

Pam said...

Happy Birthday!

robertswayze said...

Well Happy Belated Birthday....and to enjoy some birthday fun and laughter do drop by my blog on Birthday Wishes sometime and enjoy all the fun and laughter it's filled up with!!!

Renee said...

Sounds wonderful to me. Hope you had a great time.

Midlife Mom said...

Happy belated birthday! What a fun way to celebrate with all of those cards! They have such cute ones now, I love perusing the card isle and just picking some up to have on hand cause they are so funny.

Sally Forth said...

Just came to your blog from Clawless and will stop by again. Happy Belated Birthday from another erstwhile librarian. (love the blog name!)

Iamthebookworm said...

Hope you had fun! Happy birthday!

Joan said...

Rhea: Thanks for the birthday wishes and welcome to my blog.

Patti: Merci beaucoup!

Patches: The greeting card companies will never go broke.

Pam: Thanks!

Robertswayze: Thanks for visiting and the belated birthday wishes.

Renee: I had a great time.

Midlife mom: I too keep a supply of greeting cards on just never know.

Sally forth: Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the birthday wishes. Also it's nice to meet another erstwhile librarian!

Iamthebookworm: It was a blast!