Birthday celebrations

6 May

Michael celebrates his birthday today.  Well, we celebrate his birthday today and he kind of endures it.  Or something like that.  I always love to have a big party on my birthday, just because I like parties.  But Michael likes to have things quiet, to be at home, eating some good food.

This year he told me I didn’t have to make him anything special if I didn’t want to, which, of course, is one sure way to get me to do it.  Nothing is more compelling than someone being completely undemanding.  In years past, he as always requested a fruit pizza rather than a cake, so that was the first thing I decided to arrange.  It’s not hard to make, it’s just a bit fiddly, and since his birthday falls inconsiderately in the middle of the workweek, I had to get it done yesterday.  Fruit PizzaIsn’t it lovely?  Please, help yourselves to a virtual slice.  Michael won’t share the real one (one of the reasons he doesn’t want a party?), but there’s lots to go around on the blog.

Tim asked me yesterday morning if we were doing anything for Michael’s birthday.  I mentioned the fruit pizza, but then remembered that Tim doesn’t like it (he doesn’t go for the cream cheese filling) and so I thought, well, I ought to make shepherd’s pie, too.  I think that’s what Tim always asked for on his birthday and it’s also one of Michael’s favourites.  But it takes quite a bit of time to put together.  So I made that yesterday, too.

Then I decided we needed to have more than pickled beets (an absolute must-have accompaniment to shepherd’s pie in the Pealow household) to represent vegetables so I went ahead and made Caesar salad dressing, too.

And then, since we were going out for the evening for Michael’s All-City Band wind-up concert (in which he played a fabulous tuba feature, by the way) and Tim was coming over to babysit, I had to whip something up for supper.  It ended up being me in the kitchen from 2:00 until 6:00.  But that’s how I say I love you.  (And all he wanted was a head-scratch.)

I’d probably spend the same kind of time in the kitchen for my own birthday, but I haven’t had a real birthday party since before Jade was born.  The year before she turned one it was just more work than I could handle, and this past one we were travelling home from Mexico on the day of my birthday.  Now I’ve got baby #2 due pretty much on my birthday, so I guess I’ll have to either forfeit another party this year, or else decide to celebrate really early in November.  I think I just may have to do that, because it will be the big 3-0 for me, and how could I let that one pass without a big hullaballoo?

But, anyway, that’s a whole six months away, so I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.  For today, I’ll just stay focussed on the person in the family whose birthday it is.  Happy birthday, Michael!



6 Responses to “Birthday celebrations”

  1. Jeylan May 6, 2008 at 6:31 am #

    Happy Birthday , Michael!

  2. Tine May 6, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Best wishes from Germany, too 🙂 !!

    (By the way, the fruit pizza looks really delicious, Fawn …)

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  3. Peaeater May 6, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    I would like a virtual slice of the pickled beets, pls.

  4. shannon May 6, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    where’s the pizza recipe? and the shepherd’s pie recipe? 😉

    ah yes, PLEASE celebrate your 30th! alas maggie was 6 days old when i turned 30 and someone brought me flowers and i was so messed up i was *insulted* (try to make sense of that one)! we had just brought maggie home the hospital the day before and i was still scared and worried and tired and in lots of pain and nobody around me seemed to realize that i was basically having a nervous breakdown, despite LOTS of crying!!! anyway, i sure wish i had celebrated it earlier!!! but how was i to know there’d be so many problems!!!

    anyway, i wish michael wasn’t so seemingly DOWN on celebrating birthdays… its like one of those days where ‘being positive’ (which i know we aim to do every day and often find hard to do) is super easy!!! 😀

  5. jorees May 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Michael and congratulations on the new baby!

  6. e May 7, 2008 at 3:08 am #

    somehow i landed here from the other side of the world .. we’re already on may 7 but no probs, michael happy birthday!

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