Today is hubby’s 36th birthday. Yes, he’s a youngin’ and I’m a borderline cradle robber (3 ½ year difference between the two us – go me!)
This is the 14th birthday celebration we’ve had together as a couple, and the 4th celebration we’ve had, of hubby’s birthday, as a multigenerational family.
I have to give major kudos and motherly props to my mother-in-law as well. Why? Well, oh so many years ago, she gave birth to twins – my hubby and his brother. They were eight pounds each. No, I’m not exaggerating, and yes, my mother-in-law has an amazing uterus.
Thank you, mother-in-law!
When my mother-in-law turned 65 earlier this year, I asked her to come up with her “top 65” list. Tonight, it was hubby’s turn and my mother-in-law was ready to contribute her comical humor – just as my hubby had done to her.
Dinner was a bit raucous tonight.
Here’s hubby’s “top 36 list”:
1. Enjoy the last days of summer – and look forward to autumn.
2. Make popcorn on the stovetop – share with your family.
3. Take a day off work – and go to the movies in the middle of the afternoon.
4. Walk to the grocery store – but buy just what you can carry home.
5. Ride your bike to work – but take a shower when you get there if you stink.
6. Take a walk around your neighborhood at dusk – just to see what is going on.
7. Admire your neighbor’s landscaping – and compliment them the next time you see them.
8. Go to your local public lecture – and read about the topic before going.
9. Plan an annual family “fun” calendar so that you can juggle all the things you want to do.
10. Use your DVR/TiVo so that you can stay up late to watch trash TV – such an activity will make you feel really smart.
11. Learn a good joke and tell it to the person you sit next the next time you fly on a plane or ride on a bus.
12. Discuss the trash TV that you watched with your colleagues at work – this will make them re-evaluate assumptions they have made about you.
13. Read a book just for fun – one that hasn’t been turned into a movie.
14. Volunteer at a community event – others will notice and do the same thing.
15. Take an adult education course – share your thoughts and listen to those of others.
16. Make a nice sack lunch for everyone in your family – who cares that it is Saturday.
17. Go to a baseball game – and get the cheapest tickets that you can.
18. Commit to a staycation and pretend you are a tourist.
19. Make your holiday plans early – including plans for your New Year celebration.
20. Learn a new song – and get all the words right.
21. Invite all your neighbors over for a barbeque in your backyard.
22. Contact a local politician and thank them for their dedication and time they spend trying to make our world better.
23. Get a magazine subscription related to one of your hobbies.
24. Go to bed early – to have a fabulous day tomorrow.
25. Shop local and introduce yourself to people working at the store.
26. Wish people a Happy Birthday.
27. Smile – it’s contagious.
28. Floss – it’s more important than brushing – at least that is what they say.
29. Buy flowers for your spouse – especially if they really appreciate it.
30. Visit a blog – and leave a comment.
31. Talk to yourself – especially if it helps you make better decisions.
32. Buy yourself new socks and underwear – especially when the elastic starts to wear out.
33. For your spouse’s birthday – iron your sheets – but let them know this is not a regular event and not necessarily their birthday – say it is an experiment.
34. Try your best and don’t be too hard on yourself.
35. Do what you love and love what you do.
36. Life is short – so cherish it.