Family Get-Together

This is my mom. Isn’t she pretty?

See how happy she is? That’s because we were having her birthday celebration at my house today. All she had to do was show up. Tada! Supper was prepared, dessert was hidden away for the big Happy Birthday interlude, and piles of pink tissue and ribbon adorned the counter awaiting the moment of “Oh, you shouldn’t have!”
On my birthday, the party is always at MY house. What does this mean? Well, it means that it’s not really my birthday party. Just another family dinner where I cook, clean up, and serve dessert. Except at the end of it, I get a $75 gift card to Lulu Lemon.
On my 40th, I knew I wasn’t going to have a surprise party. Call it a gut instinct. But as the big day approached, I also knew that if I didn’t start planning something, I was getting nothing. Finally I told family members to come to my house for Chinese food. Which I ordered. And paid for. I shouldn’t be so hard on the fam: in their defence, they were telling me to save my money, “There are chicken balls and spring rolls in the freezer downstairs. We can throw them in the oven. All  you’d have to make is fried rice.” At one point I had to ask Wayne, le husband, if I should make myself a cake or could we count on Safeway for that.
There’s no particular reason why I’m sharing this, except that I’m a total bitch. I get bitter when I’m PMSing. And when I’m not.
But here’s the thing: I have a 38 year old single brother. No wife. No kids. On his birthday, there’s this urgency to please him, take him to his favourite steak house, supply him with household items, because, why should he have to go out and buy his own sheets and cutlery. He’s a bachelor. He doesn’t understand about thread count.
On my birthday, let’s break out the frozen chicken balls. Yup. I’m bitchy.
And I don’t have to worry that my family members will read this. Jamie Jenson over at wrote in one of her blog posts recently, that it took her a year before she told her mother about her blog. Rebecca over at Learning Curve, told me that her mother reads her blog every day.
Well, I told my mommy about my blog the first week I started it.
Mom: A blog? What’s that?
Me: It’s kind of like an online journal. You should go read it. I even put up pictures some times.
Mom: No, I wouldn’t know how to do that.
Me: There’s nothing to do. Just log in. Here’s the address.
Mom: You need an address? Oh, no, I definitely wouldn’t know what to do.
Me: Mom, there’s nothing to do. Just type in absolutelynarcissism…
Mom: Absolutely what? That’s too long. I’ll never remember that.
Me: There’s nothing to remember. Just write it down.
Mom: I don’t have a pen
Me: Thanks for your support. Makes no wonder I’m a neurotic mess who seeks validation from total strangers on the world wide web.
…..ok, last part was improvised. I’d never say that to her. She’s my mom. She’d kick my ass.
Happy birthday mom! You look fabulous. And you have great triceps!
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5 Responses to Family Get-Together
  1. Lilac City Momma
    June 28, 2010 | 12:55 am

    Thanks for stoping by my blog!

    This had me cracking up! Im the same way with my birthday's…and the only thing my mom said about my blog was becareful there is crazies out there!

    Hope to keep in touch!
    Hanan {Lilac City Momma}

  2. Poppy
    June 28, 2010 | 12:18 pm

    I wish my mom didn't read mine because I would have a TON more material.

    Gotta love equal opportunity bitchiness and a woman not afraid to admit it. Maybe you should go over the top this year and plan yourself a blowout party including strippers and circus animas. Maybe next year, Wayne will thaw out the chicken balls himself.

  3. Sandra
    June 28, 2010 | 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the support ladies, thank goodness I'm getting it somewhere! Poppy, I'm off to troll your blog, and Hanan, we're definitely keeping in touch! Ta for now ladies!

  4. Amanda
    June 28, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    lol my mom is just now figuring out LinkedIn and Facebook, she doesn't know about my blog!

    I also think a nap sounds like a great idea :)

    I know what you mean about the birthday stuff, we had a cookout for mine since it fell on Memorial Day this year and I had to do everything, but people did bring food to share and I didn't have to make a cake!

  5. Rebecca
    June 28, 2010 | 7:25 pm

    Sounds like some favoritism going on with baby brother… or maybe the fam thinks entertaining him on his bday will take his mind off his sad and lonely unencumbered status! Now that I think about it, sounds like hubby is slacking on the job when it comes to your birthday… ps thanks for the link!

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