Her Bad Mother

Sunday, May 20, 2007

It's a Wonderful Life


It's been a rough week.

I've been sick and Her Bad Father has been off somewhere in the arctic or the rainforest or over the rainbow or wherever and the hot water pipes just bust and the clothes dryer is broken and one of the cats threw up on the duvet and tomorrow (today? what time is it?) is my birthday and I'm pretty sure that the day is going to be announced, sometime before 6am, by a lot of high-pitched shouting and very probably a wee pink rubber boot tossed at my head. If I'm lucky, I'll also get to have a cold shower, and maybe some pre-licked Cheerios for breakfast.

So you'd think I'd be cranky. And I am, kinda. But mostly, I'm feeling grateful. Because tomorrow (oh, no, wait, yep, it's after midnight - today) I'll celebrate my birthday with my very bestest, most lovedest girl in the world, and we'll...



eat ice cream...


and blow bubbles...


...and laugh. A lot.


Love, and ice cream, and giggles, and the sweetest, sweetest smile. I couldn't ask for anything more.

(Except for maybe a hot shower and some really strong sinus medication, or maybe just a really dry double martini or three. You got any of that?)

82 Comments:

Blogger Lara said...

ooh, first to say it: happy birthday! much love to you all. :)

12:20 AM  
Blogger mo-wo said...

Oh Baby. Happy Birthday to You! Those effing cats should real be sent to bartending school. I'll try to put together tuition.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

Happy birthday!!

1:27 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have an awesome day with absolutely NO cat barf!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Davis said...

Happy Birthday!

1:54 AM  
Anonymous Shiri said...

*delurking to say*: Happy Birthday HBM!

May your cats be barf-free and your drier always working.

1:54 AM  
Anonymous mel said...

Happy Birthday! Any day is made better with ice cream. And with a companion as cute as that to share it with, you are one luck Birthday Girl.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you're feeling better soon.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Ice cream and bubbles and laughing with that adorable face sounds good ... much better than cat barf, sickness and broken pipes.

Happy Birthday HBM. See you soon!

6:19 AM  
Blogger slouching mom said...

Aww, I'm sorry about all of the stresses -- why does it have to pour when it could rain? Or be cloudy?

Happy Birthday. And, men have fought to the death over faces like WonderBaby's. Just saying.

6:40 AM  
Blogger MotherBumper said...

Bubbles and ice cream are the key to world peace and happy birthdays. Happy Birthday HBM :)

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Mir said...

Happy birthday, my friend! Here's to the day improving greatly! :)

8:06 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Happy Birthday Catherine! You and that sweet girl have yourselves a great day.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Happy birthday to you.

And yes, I've got all three here (not sure about the martini but there is something similar - wait, how a bout a caipirinha?). I'll just scan it into the computer and send it to you.

Ice cream, bubbles and giggles does sound lovely.

8:26 AM  
Blogger CM said...

Happy birthday! May your ice cream not melt and drip on your shirt, and may the bubbles float in the air for what seems like forever.

8:36 AM  
Blogger kgirl said...

Happiest of birthdays, sickness and cold water not withstanding!

Her Bad Husband better have something pretty darn special for you upon his return, but it looks like you do have something pretty darn special to tide you over.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Happy Birthday!

8:52 AM  
Blogger the-new-girl said...

No one should have to take a cold shower on her birthday.

But have fun blowing bubbles, laughing and eating ice cream.

Happy day!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Catherine!
Wishing you many happy returns of the day- except the cat barf/absent husband/headcold/burst pipes/broken dryer part. So many happy returns of Wonderbaby and icecream filled days!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Happy birthday, Catherine!! That last photo of WonderBaby is just priceless!

9:19 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

Happy Birthday you bad lady!! I hope you get those martinis and more!!

May WB make you laugh and giggle all day long!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Mama Luxe said...

Just popped over to say "Happy Birthday!" to you and WonderBaby.

Things always go kablooie when the man leaves the house.

There's a rule.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

Happy Birthday! I'll raise a gin & tonic to you tonight, and curse both of our husband's 'cause mine's away too.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Happy birthday!

Ice cream and bubble wishes and vodka dreams for you.

10:10 AM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

Happy birthday, my friend. There ain't nothin' better in this world than love, ice cream, and giggles.

But if you can squeeze in a road trip to Denver, I'll make you a martini - stat.

(That last picture of WB slays me.)

10:10 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Have a great Birthday! If that isn't back soon, check into a lovely hotel and have a wonderful room service picnic with WonderBaby!

Best wishes.

10:11 AM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

I'm sure it will all come together tomorrow because you deserve it.

Happy Birthday!

10:55 AM  
Blogger gingajoy said...

Happy Birthday! And to WB too:) How did I not know that it was a dual-affair???

Loveyameanit
Joy
xxxx

1:03 PM  
Blogger Rock the Cradle said...

Nix on the martinis here too. Ice cream, on the other hand...

Have a wonderful, Happy Birthday! (pre-licked cheerios and all)

1:08 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Happy, happy birthday to you! May you and your little one enjoy the day!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Veronica Mitchell said...

Happy birthday. I hope you get a shower.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

I was planning on making some margaritas later when my husband comes home, but I could make them now if you wanted to drive over. I'm only six hours away!
Happy birthday to you tomorrow.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous dana said...

I've got no martinis, but J. Bavet in my liquor cabinet. It's great with Coke. The soda, not the narcotic. But I imagine both might knock that sinus prob right outta ya....

Happy Birthday, darling!!

1:55 PM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

Sounds like a perfect b-day celebration, minus the sinus thing, of course.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

As remarkable as it would be, dear Joy, it is only MY birthday today - there was a glitch in the Maya's Mom datebook that caused it to send out an announcement that it is WB's birthday, too. Which it is not. Although wouldn't that be cool?

2:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

No meds or martini makings here, sadly, but I think staring at the adorable wee on in those photos would have a similar happy-feelings effect.

Too adorable. And I love her expressions.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Phoenix said...

Happy birthday! I hope you get some relief, or at the very least that you can taste the ice cream, because it would just be sad if you can't.

Man, WB is getting big. She's so freaking cute.

3:00 PM  
Blogger flutter said...

happy birthday to you, sweetheart. Gobble up that WonderBaby love

3:09 PM  
Blogger Reluctant Housewife said...

Happy Birthday!

3:14 PM  
Blogger meno said...

Happy Birthday to you.

I am useless with out a warm shower in the morning, so i admire your spirit.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Major Bedhead said...

Happy birthday! I hope you got your giggles and bubbles and ice cream. I hope the cat doesn't puke today and the drier miraculously repairs itself and that you at least can get a cute plumber to come fix the hot water heater.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Those pictures cheered me up; I can only imagine how well the 'real thing' works! Happy Birthday!!!!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous dorothy said...

Happy birthday!

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Gurukarm said...

Happiest of birthdays, girl! Hope you get lots and lots of great ice creamy hugs from that cute puss!

:-)

6:05 PM  
Blogger SciFi Dad said...

Happy Birthday HBM. Hope you enjoyed your day with your girl.

(A Taurus/Gemini cusp kid... things are starting to come together about you... )

6:24 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I just want you to know that I saved my Weight Watchers points JUST FOR YOU, as I intend to have your really dry double martini or three--just in case you find yourself unable to indulge.
Happy birthday to you, HBM. And to you, WB. Happy happy love!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Happy birthday! Pour yourself some non-licked Cheerios and add some Bailey's to your coffee and enjoy your day.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Pgoodness said...

happy birthday! spending it with wonderbaby sounds perfect!!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

A face like that is the best present ever!

Happy Birthday!

9:49 PM  
Blogger Bon said...

happy birthday, Bad. you do get a pretty good smile as a present, agreed. and i hear that over the rainbow has, like, the very best dutyfree...so happily HBF will come back bearing presents soon. :)

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh happy birthday HBM.aww those pics are so cute of wonderbaby.she sure doesn;'t look like a baby anymore.does she.shes moving into toddlerhood.LAVENDULA

11:14 PM  
Blogger Moppet's Mom said...

Happy Birthday!

11:47 PM  
Blogger jen said...

happy, happy birthday. we are so blessed. we are.

happiest to you.

12:32 AM  
Blogger urban-urchin said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

1:00 AM  
Blogger theotherbear said...

Happy Birthday. Love that last photo in this post!

1:27 AM  
Anonymous albamaria30 said...

Birthdays, like everything else, change when you have kids. As you know. Enjoy the love (and those Cheerios sound great) and Happy Birthday!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Mamma said...

Pre-licked cheerios?! De-lish!

Have a wonderful day! Or as we say in my house...HFB!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

Ooh! Happy belated birthday! Hope it was a great one.

9:46 AM  
Blogger BOSSY said...

Birthday wishes. Can Bossy have some of that ice cream?

10:12 AM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Happy belated birthday! Your weekend sounds a lot like mine - only it was my anniversary, not my birthday. Hope you recover soon!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Mad Hatter said...

Happy belated birthday. Does this mean that you got to be Queen Victoria for a day? I hope the ice cream and bubbles were fun. I also hope there was some dancing. Everyone should dance on their birthday.

11:08 AM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Ah, Happy Birthday to you. It was so amazing to see how much she's growing and changing these days.

11:25 AM  
Blogger canape said...

Happy happy happy birthday!

1:33 PM  
Blogger kristina said...

Happy happy birthday to you! It sounds like a beautiful way to celebrate, madness and all.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It said...

Cute pics!
Happy Birthday!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Fidget said...

Habby Birfday to you
Habby Birfday to you
Habby Birfday Her Bad Mudder
Habby Birfday too yoooooouuuuuuu

(i hab a little sinus issue too, I hope you can still enjoy your day)

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

happy (belated) birthday! hope you enjoyed your ice cream, bubbles & giggles :)

4:28 PM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

Happy birthday! Definitely treat yourself to a hot shower. And hey, maybe instead of olives you can put pre-licked Cheerios in those martinis.

5:16 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Happy Birthday HBM. May the year bring you great joy.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Happy happy birthday to you. May your meds be effective and your ice cream delicious.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Happy Birthday!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

I know how you feel. Birthday's just ain't what they used to be but would you trade it for anything?
It was midafternoon before I realised it was my birthday this weekend.

10:39 PM  
Blogger m said...

Oh my, happy belated birthday! I hope it was all you wanted and more (like the showers and martinis)!

1:48 AM  
Blogger Jaelithe said...

Ah, this is quite belated, but Happy Birthday! Am wishing you fully functioning plumbing and appliances, and low pollen counts, for the rest of the year.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Jen Magnuson said...

Happy (belated) birthday! Hope you had a good one. Beautiful pics of your little girl:)

10:33 AM  
Blogger Bloor West Mama said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Have a wonderful day with Wonderbaby (maybe now she is more Wondergirl)

10:58 AM  
Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

Ohh, Happy belated Birthday!!

You got to spend it with the most important person in the world!

Hope the rest of this week has been going better for you. Pre-licked Cheerios ... now that's a thing.

-Blue

11:18 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm recently discovering that the shower you get after three days without one is the best shower ever! Hope you got a nice long one for your birthday :o)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

I hope you had a great (fair? okay? eh?) birthday with lots of ice cream and bubbles!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Happy Birthday-- enjoy it as much as you can!

2:01 PM  
Anonymous mayberry said...

Hey, happy belated! Let the bloglines pile up a few days and see what you miss... hope it was happy.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Cynthia Samuels said...

I sent you a Plaxo BD card - did you get it? Mine is the same day albeit a few years earlier... Happy Niagra Falls, too. I found the Canada side far less commercial so I'm disappointed that it's gotten just as bad... sigh.

10:14 AM  

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