Thursday, September 03, 2009

HB2ME

Yesterday was my birthday. While it's not all that exciting to turn 62, it sure beats not turning 62, so I celebrated. I don't think I have ever planned my own birthday to the extent that I did this year if at all, so let me tell you all about it. Oh stop rolling your eyes and humour a poor, old sod.

Since we awoke fairly early, I did our first non-standard thing by zipping out to Tim's for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. I wouldn't have done this if we had slept in a bit because I knew we were going to McDonalds for lunch. You see, I wanted to do something with Nikki Dee that she would like. Although everybody was welcome to join us, only Cuppa managed it because it was Zach's nap time.

On the way to the restaurant, Cuppa did what she frequently does: turn around and take a picture of Nikki Dee. Although she must have taken hundreds from this position by now, I think this one is pretty doggone special. Have I ever mentioned that I love this kid?



Here we are at McDonalds. She liked the fries but left the chicken. I enjoyed both my Big Mac and fries. Somehow, it seems right to share a meal with the kids at Mickey Dee's.



Better still, here's one without Buppa spoiling to photo.



The only McDonalds in our town is in Wal-Mart, so we sauntered around the store afterward. We bought her a bag of play food (for my birthday) which she ported heroically. In the photo, I am examining a little slide scanner that I glimpsed in passing. Earlier this year, I tried to scan slides using my flatbed scanner, but the results weren't good, and I wondered how well a dedicated scanner would work. It's not terribly expensive and may be worth trying as I have boxes of old slides that should be converted. I'll have to think on it.



With that little event out of the way, Cuppa and I made our way into the city to take in Julie and Julia. The movie was my choice, and I and two other guys say in a theatre filled with women and watched a good film. As usual Meryl Streep was awesome. Although I don't particularly know Julia Childs, except very dimly, Streep seemed to have her down pat. In case you don't know, the movie has a blogging connection as Julie blogged about her year of working her way through Julia's cookbook. They even showed her setting up her account on Blogspot, our very favourite blogging vehicle, presumably before Google took it over.

From there it was to the kids' place for Chinese and birthday cake. Thank goodness there were just 6 + 2 candles and not 62. We wouldn't want to burn the place down after all. Nikki Dee got right into the spirit and was a big help in blowing them out while Zach looked on in fascination.



Zach was a happy contributor to the festivities in his own right.



All in all, it was a low key but satisfying way to spend a birthday: sharing simple pleasures with those whom I love.

16 comments:

jinksy said...

And many, many happy returns of the day, blogpal! My No.1 son has walked away with my stash of slide films, so I've not had the chance to try scanning any of them on my equipment. Good luck with yours, if you succumb to temptaion and buy yourself a late birthday treat. :)

Bernie said...

Happy Belated Birthday A/C. Now don't go knocking being 62, right now it's my favorite age....
It seems you had the kind of day that you thoroughly enjoyed and why not with those 2 beautiful grandchildren and a loving wife. You are blessed my friend and may you celebrate many more birthdays to enjoy your blessings.... Have another wonderful day....:-)

Mara said...

Happy happy belated birthday! Glad you had a great day...

Queenmothermamaw said...

Happy belated birthday. You do look pretty contented there. No wonder with all the beautiful people. Nikki Dee and Zack are both so precious looking. I pine for the days when our grands were little. All grown up now. 10 more years like us and yours will be too. Enjoy to the max.
QMM

Donna said...

You DO NOT want me to sing so just imagine Whitney Houston belting this out...just for You!

Happy Birthday TO YOU!!
Happy Birthday TO YOU!!
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday...TO YOU!!

Wasn't she Wonderful???Hahaaa
Glad the day was a Happy one Ac!!

KGMom said...

Only 62? Why, you're just a young 'un! ;-)
(Says she who will turn 65 next time around).

And two grandbabies to add spice to life. You lucky guy.

Oh my, does the little guy ever look like you, at least in that photo. Dark eyes and all.

Diana said...

Sounds like a wonderful birthday to me! Happy belated birthday! My husband also wants to see Julie and Julia. You can't go wrong with Meryl Streep! Those grandbabies are sweet!
Love Di

Linda said...

Hope your birthday was as happy as it looked. Your grandchildren are gorgeous! Julie and Julia was a wonderful movie. More than 11 men were in the theatre when Barry and I went.

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday! Life is worth celebrating. Get the slide scanner...it is worth it and you can use the same scanner for regular scans too.
...I have to go see that movie too, but I doubt my husband would go. The last movie I dragged him to was Hairspray :-)

Judy said...

Oh! What a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday Sixty Two You!

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday! (((Hugs)))

karla said...

My heart has been warmed. Your day sounds perfect! I wish you much joy and love and happiness AC. xo

Ginnie said...

What great pictures, AC and all the best wishes for your big day. It's such a pleasure to see such a happy family !

Heather Plett said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a lovely day to me. :-) And why am I not surprised that the granddaughter got more spoiling than you did? ;-)

ChrisB said...

Sorry to be late for the party but belated birthday wishes. Sounds like you had a good time.

simplycol said...

Happy Happy Belated birthday.
I can think of no better way to have spent it. :-)