You Say It’s Your Birthday

Now THAT'S a birthday cake!

I have a large family. Large family means tons of birthdays. Specifically speaking, the fall months are super busy (Valentine’s Day plus nine months.) But the month with tons o’ birthdays? DECEMBER. We’re Irish. Count back nine months. I’ll wait. (It’s March 17th—aka St. Patrick’s Day— for those of you not good at math). So. Birthdays. [...]

MU Teen: Making Smart Decisions about Drinking


As you may or may not know, turning 18 in Australia is a bit of a big thing. Everything becomes legal when you turn 18–including drinking. A few weeks ago, I turned 18. The day before my birthday I was driving my younger stepsister into work. We sat in mutual silence listening to the radio [...]

MU Teen: The Problem with Low Expectations


This past Saturday was my big ole 18th birthday – and with it came my pessimistic attitude about how the day would unfold. First off, I made a trip to visit my boyfriend for the weekend, and as my GPS decided to take me on a completely new route than before – down treacherous hills and [...]

How to Make a Barbie Cake That Will Put the Cake Boss to Shame


Basking in my daughter’s birthday this week, I’m reminded of all of the cakes over the years and none so terrifying to make (or buy) as the Barbie cake she had envisioned for her PJ Bring-Your-Barbie-to-Play Party. Not being a fan of spending tons of cash on a cake–which is essentially the party budget–I decided [...]

8 Ways To Wish Someone Happy Birthday on Facebook


Once upon a time, when a family member, close friend, or loved one celebrated a birthday, you were expected to send them a card. In the MAIL. That you wrote a personal message in. And bought a stamp for. Okay, seriously, stop laughing. Then e-cards absolved us of the oh-shit-grandma’s-birthday-is-TODAY guilt. Plus, phone calls were [...]

Aging and Noticing the Unnoticeable


I turn 30 this year. Which isn’t to say I think 30 is old; I don’t. There are women in their 40’s and 50’s who are more active in a day than I am in a month. But 30 is definitely older than 20, which is the only age I’ve known the past 10 years. [...]

MU Teen: On Turning Sixteen


When I first looked at the schedule we Miss Unlimited Teen Writers were sent for the month of July, I found it quite coincidental that my post was scheduled to be published the day before my sixteenth birthday. Obviously, some divine, mystical force is among us. How else could this have happened? I believe sixteen [...]

I Forgot My Own Birthday (And All I Got Was This Screen Grab of Long Duck Dong)


One of my favorite lines from 16 Candles is near the end where Sam’s parents realize they forgot her birthday. They apologize, and during that scene, her younger brother comes from another room and starts laughing and just says, “Classic.” This year, I forgot my own birthday. Sort of. June 10th was my birthday. (By [...]

How to Celebrate Your Birthday in Style

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It’s my birthday today. Yup. I’m going to be 29 again. I’ve been turning 29 for six years now. Lots of time to get the perfect 29th birthday planned. First, I’m going to read though the journals I kept as a teenager and laugh at my angsty teenage self. This will allow me to feel [...]

December Babies Need Some Extra Loving Right Now. Give Us A Hand. And Some Cake.


Do you want to know what I would also like for my birthday? I want you to go out of your way to remember the other late December babies languishing out there in the post-Christmas/pre-New Year’s malaise.

How to Piss off Your Wife on Her 35th Birthday

Sure, 35 isn’t a super duper milestone, but it ends in a five. We all know that when your age ends in a five or a zero, it’s a big deal, right? Thus, as my thirty-fifth birthday approached, visions of sugar-plums a mani/pedi at the spa or some new bling danced in my head. Unbeknownst to me, [...]

September 2011 Horoscopes for Low Aimers


September is a magnificent month for cosmic mischief, merriment and plain old wicked goodness. For one thing, it’s not August any longer. That alone is reason to celebrate September. Good job kicking August’s ass, September. Sit down, stay for 30 days, as that’s all you hath. Do you know what September’s birthstone is? Sapphire. Because [...]