Happy Birthday M!

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Maybe birthdays just bring out my reflective side. It’s not often that you look back to exactly one year ago, even though if you blog you can do so fairly often. Last year for M’s birthday, we made a trip up from Portland, documented in this post and this post. It was such a fun trip and I remember on the drive home wanting  so badly to move up to Seattle and not knowing when or if that was gong to happen. Now, one year later there have been huge adjustments in everyone’s lives. New jobs, new locations and the usual shifts those bring, but also far larger ones – M lost her dad this past fall and Ms. Cyclone is now expecting a baby.

Because odd numbers don’t generate the hoopla that even ones do, M’s birthday celebration was a little quieter this year: an evening at our place with RockBand and Indian Food. She and I warmed up with a shopping trip to Target, sans the boys (allowing us time to peruse the store in peace, without the inevitable references to “is that on the list?” and “do we really need to look at every aisle in the store?”) I did a quick run between shopping trip and the evenings festivities and then it was time to get down to business. But first, a little birthday gift-action:

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I was particularly proud of the card which read “Happy Birthday, see you in Hell” and then on the inside “You heard me.” It made me laugh out loud in the card store, which is always a good sign, and then made Todd laugh out loud when I called him on my phone and read it aloud to him – another good sign. The actual gift was a t-shirt from a local shop in our neighborhood with a really cute monster on it.

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Isn’t that adorable? I had to buy myself one as well, in blue with a different monster. The proprietress of the shop told me the artist had a print with those two particular monsters on it, called “Reunited” and thought it was nice that I was buying one for me and one for a friend. So, now M & I are “t-shirt buddies” or something. George got the honor of being decorated with the ribbon from M’s gift and entertaining us for a while:

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Naturally, Wally had to get involved…

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The rest of the evening was very low-key and enjoyable. Here’s hoping that all of the changes between now and next year are good ones!

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