Grace in small things - birthday love; edition nine

This Grace in small things is dedicated to birthdays and the things I love.

1. Free things - emails, coupons and singing that only come once a year
  • Starbucks - a free coffee
  • IHOP - free breakfast
  • Red Robin - free burger
  • Baskin Robbins - free scoop

2. Coffee - waking up slowly, making a cup of coffee and then going back to bed even just for 10 more minutes

3. Movies - I love going to a good movie and AMC Theaters is awesome with their $5 movies before noon; I will be viewing the Expendables this birthday

4. Not being bogged down by gifts, but rather enjoying sentimental moments and the people I love

5. All the incredibly, wonderful calls I will invariably receive with loud, obnoxious singing, but filled with love. Also accompanied by the cards that are sent in the mail.

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what birthday things do you love?

WHO do they think they are?

I have completely dismantled the couch.

I am sitting here with one pillow behind me and all others on the floor, including the big fluffy pillows that I lean on when sitting on the couch.

All day, my kitties have been trying to sit on me.

I guess they missed me a bit this past weekend.

But alas, I am such an ass. I am on the computer (big surprise, huh?) and therefore, they know there is not enough room for me, the computer and a cat. Which means, they REALLY want to sit on my lap.

Kinda like when I read a book. They want all the attention and will practically fling the book out of my hands, just to distract me. Or when I am watching tv, they want to do yoga on the coffee table - directly in my eye line. Or when I go to eat, they begin to vomit up something, anything to get attention so I will put my food down so the other may sample what I have made.

I try to encourage them to sit next to me.

F*ck no!
They refuse.

Instead they stalk off, only to come back ten minutes later and try again.

Maybe, just maybe, I have changed my mind.

I cuddle with them. I pet them. I pull them in. I kiss and talk to them. But seriously, what do they want?

Oh yeah, to sit exactly where the computer is. And I am not allowed to move. If I move, they will either bite me (Izabel) or get up and stalk off (Tuesday). I don't have the patience for that. Just too tired today.

So as the day has progressed, I have one at a time, taken a pillow off the couch and tossed it on the floor. I then spend five minutes making loving noises and patting the couch next to me. Coaxing them to reside next to me. Wherein both the cats glare at me and cuss inside. Then stand up, pivot around and stalk off, giving me a nice picture of their ass. What they think of me - I am sure.

They are relentless.

I would be annoyed except they slept suctioned next to me all night long. A sign of affection. In a really messed up way.


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Dairy Queen, you let me down

It's my birthday in a week and I have been a loyal email customer of Dairy Queen for a year now simply to get the one free blizzard on my birthday.

Okay if I was totally honest, I signed up for the free blizzard to begin with. They swayed me with the "get a free blizzard with email sign-up" and then switch a roo'd me with a BUY 1 first AFTER I signed up.

I mean really, do they not understand some people live alone and just want ONE blizzard? Sometimes I DON'T want to bring a friend to DQ! Sometimes I just want to run by and use a coupon for a free blizzard!!


They have to throw in the BUY 1 crap first.

I have bought many ONE blizzards - PB Cup, Oreos, Snickers, Cookie Dough . . .

And I mean, blizzards are not cheap at almost $5 each. It is nice to have a blizzard that will last me all week and have little spoonfuls here and there, but it's just not cheap.

I didn't even get the one free with my email sign-up, but I figured it's okay I will get a free one on my birthday.

NOPE!! Buy 1 first.



A girl can't even get a free blizzard on her birthday.

Sigh, I gotta say Dairy Queen you let me down. BIG TIME.

That's okay, I guess I'll just hit Baskin Robbins up for their $1 scoop night on the Tuesday before my birthday. It's not a BLIZZARD, but it will do.

I guess.

This just in - a coupon from baskin robbins for a free ice cream! HELLO!!! I am officially boycotting Dairy Queen.

A free burger from Red Robin and a free breakfast from IHOP.

Starbucks even sent me a free drink for my birthday!

What's up DQ?


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