You Say It’s Your Birthday…

9 Apr

I find it awkward to mention or point out my birthday.  Yes, I blog about myself on the regular and have been known to take a selfie or twelve.  I teeter between ignoring my birthday and just blasting it to the masses.  I don’t know which is more weird.

So, I am 33 years old today.  That number bothers me a little more than any of the other ages have.  I have never been someone who is obsessed with clinging to my youth or worried about getting older…until I started getting older.  The age 33 seems so much older to me than 32 did.  With 32 it still felt like I am in my early thirties.  I was just a twenty something not that long ago.  Where as 33 feels like, oh I am in my thirties and I have been here a while. 

Tim did nothing to try to put my old lady feelings at ease when he smugly announced to me this morning, “you are almost closer to 40 now than you are 35.”  …   …   …

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Speaking of the one with whom I sleep, please direct your gaze below for how he gave me my birthday gift:


In case you missed the proposal story, basically I told him not to spend a fortune on a ring for me and he responded with, “I didn’t.  I already have that one ring set in layaway.”  …   …   …

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I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  He remembered my birthday, and made an effort.  He is a great husband to me and an awesome father to Harper every single day.  His inability to present a gift in normal way can be overlooked..but not before having a good laugh at it.

I love my gift.  I have been wanting this t-shirt for forever!


What are some of your funny significant other gift giving stories?  Don’t call Tim a d-bag…he was really worried about that when I asked his permission to share his gift giving skills on the blog today.

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40 Responses to “You Say It’s Your Birthday…”

  1. I'm not telling April 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    This past Christmas after my husband and I verbally agreed not to exchange gifts we both went ahead and did it anyway. I bought him a really nice dutch oven that he’d been admiring in Boscovs. He bought me a vibrator. Not sure what that says about us!

    • Maria @ The Good Life April 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      LOL… this made me laugh. Hmmm… maybe he is thinking you need more fun? 😀

  2. Nika April 9, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    After dating for about 2yrs I transferred to another state for work. I was stressed and lonely. After a phone fight with my boyfiend where he asked what I wanted for my birthday and I said “nothing, don’t even worry about it” and that fool did not get me anything for my birthday! He and the dog flew to VA to see me and he was empty handed. I was beyond pissed. I have never uttered those words again. My now husband thinks it is the funniest story of all time.

  3. Jasmine April 9, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    hahahahaha!!! Real marriage is about putting your spouse’s needs before your own…it’s not always about the delivery:) So, cheers to Tim for knowing you and getting you something you’ll love!! Happy Birthday and hope you have a great one!!!!

  4. Maria @ The Good Life April 9, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Girlie, welcome to my world! I love my fiance but super romantic he is not. But when he tried to be it comes out as awkward…lol. But he tried. I think his funnies present was our first Christmas when we were dating and he mailed me food: wild rice, venison sausage and a B&N giftcard. But hey I told him I loved food and books, so I cannot blame him. The women in his family were furious and worried I would dump him…lol

  5. Whitney April 9, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    For our 1 year anniversary, my Honey came in the bathroom (I was getting ready for our date) and said “so, bad news, I bought a present for you but I’m sending it back.” I said, huh? He proceeds to show me diamond earrings that he bought but decided were too small and he was returning for bigger (win) BUT you can’t tell a girl hey here’s your present now I’m taking it back! lol

    Happy Birthday!!

  6. Karrie April 9, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    My husband gave me a toothbrush and mouth wash for our first Valentine’s day together. At some point, I must have said I liked “practical gifts” (and I do, but…) When I asked what he was trying to say with those gifts, he just pointed out that I was almost out of mouth wash. Thanks Honey! I married him anyway! And now I (mostly) pick out my own gifts :)

  7. Mercedes April 9, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    So … this one time, my husband gave me a whole sheet cake and a NOW Cd. The sheet cake was totes a gift to me – considering he and I were the only ones home that day. WTF? Or that one time on a Friday night he decided to bake an amazing cake – but buys my cakes from a grocery store on-the-way to my birthday dinner!

    Marriage rocks and birthdays always provide good laughs! Three cheers to you today, rocking 33, the best is yet to come!

  8. Des @ Finding the Skinny Geek Within April 9, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Happy birthday! I usually have to point blank tell my hubby what I want. Otherwise it’s a crap shoot! But, he usually gets an A for effort at least and I’m always happy with whatever I get!

  9. MONICA @ THE HOT MESS EXPRESS April 9, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I feel you! I turned 33 last month and def had one or two posts on feeling a little down. But whatevs! Age ain’t nothing but a number! Enjoy your special day!

  10. Brooke April 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    LOL!! Happy Birthday!!! You are 33 years young!!!

  11. Leslie Alcala April 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Hey Jen, I’m in the process of reading your blog from beginning to now…so I’m not “hip to the lingo” (your lingo) yet. I can only assume and hope Rex is either a reference to empire records or Napoleon dynamite. I’m hoping he’s Rex Kwando! Lol
    Btw I love what I’m reading so far and enjoy following you, Tim and insert pop culture reference on IG!
    And embrace the 30’s I’m about to be 35 and each year gets better!

  12. Christi April 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I don’t announce my birthday I was taught it is rude. But then when it is my birthday and no one knows or says happy birthday to me I get sad so I am with you… what do you really do?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Don’t feel bad about your age… I am 34 :-(

    My Tim presents his presents the normal way, wrapped, card and such. He is just never around to give them to me. For instance two birthdays ago, it landed on a Saturday. I was excited to spend it with my husband and since I was pregnant I was wanting to go to Lambert’s or some place fun. Well it ended up he had to work, my family and friends were busy so I was alone. He laid my present at the bottom of the steps with a sticky note that said “HAPPY BIRTHDAY I hope you have a perfect day”. I was already depressed because I had no one to spend my birthday with and then he gives me my present to open… by myself, alone.

  13. MelissaC April 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

    Even if I left huge hints (read: pointed out things in magazines, ads, etc. that I like), I still do not get the item I want. Example: this past Christmas. I needed a new nightgown (cotton, simple, short sleeve, knee length $9.98 type thing from WalMart, size M-L). What did I get? A 4x Duck Dynasty t-shirt with Uncle Si on it…WTF? I have taken back pretty much EVERY present he has given me and then bought something for me. Oh well. He is handy on fixing lots of stuff around the house without having to always buy new things, so there is that.

  14. MamaB April 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    I give him credit for remembering and for actually acknowledging it! I’m going to be 31 next week and I”m still feeling ok with it.

  15. Angie April 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I’ve been reading for a while now and have only commented once or twice but I love your blog. Happy Birthday! I can’t find the study now but statistically 33 is the best year of your life. We made a big deal about it last year when I turned 33. You’re old enough to not be so naive but not old enough that you have lost the desire to have fun. Go with it!

  16. Jayne (Jaynie's Gotta Run) April 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Happy Birthday! It’s so funny that you put that about turning 33! I’m turning 33 this year as well and I had the same thoughts about it seeming a lot older than 32 for some reason, like I’m securely in my 30s…

    Joe’s (my DHs) biggest gift-giving problem is that he CANNOT keep secrets so he is terrible about always telling me what he got me before my birthday or Christmas because he gets too excited. While it can be cute, it’s also pretty annoying sometimes! But when they’re amazing husbands and partners, you can overlook those little things 😉

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      Yes. Very much established in our 30’s. Tim claims that is his problem. He is just so excited to give me the gift he can’t keep his trap shut!

  17. Ashley April 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    My husband is no romantic, however he does ok with the gift giving thing. I “hooked” him early on by telling him that I didn’t care about celebrating Valentines Day. We’ve been together for 9 years this summer… This past V-Day was the first one that he’s bought me flowers. I didn’t expect anything at all… I had walked across the house early that morning in the dark to shower (master tub was out of order) and never saw the flowers, card, and chocolates he’d left on the counter before he left for work. I didn’t see them until I flipped the kitchen light on to gather my lunch on the way out the door…. I passed them twice and never saw the HUGE bouquet!

  18. Kala April 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    My fiance got me a sander for my birthday a couple months ago. I needed it, and it will come in handy since I refinish furniture…but it’s a birthday. Buy me the sander for any old Monday, get me something fun for my birthday! Come on!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      HA! A Sander! That is classic!

  19. Leslie McKeand April 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    My husband 1st proposed when I was looking at apartments because my roommate was moving & he was moving to another town. After showing him the 2 apartments I had narrowed it down to, he said “So between the 2 of us, we will be paying XXX amount in rent? Why don’t we just get married?” And then proceeded to present me with a twist tie wrapped around my finger as my ring. He later did a real proposal but the 1st proposal is what I always share.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      That sounds super sweet!!!

  20. Hannah-Beth April 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I love you and your husband’s quirky relationship!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Quirky we most definitely are! Thanks Hannah-Beth. Sidenote: my mom may want to adopt you as her granddaughter just based on your name alone. She LOVES the name Hannah Beth! haha…quirky runs in the family.

  21. Suze April 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm #


  22. Carla April 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Tim’s gift giving skills are actually superior to mine so no judgment here. I rarely remember a significant event in order to ever give a gift. Love the t-shirt.

    Happy birthday!

    It was great meeting you at #BBCSTL this weekend.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      It was great meeting you too, Carla! I am pretty forgetful myself, but you know I don’t text them at least. haha!

  23. Jane April 10, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    One year for our anniversary my husband made me a ca. On the cover it said”so I hear you want some romance for your anniversary……” When I opened the card ther e were some “ants” scotch taped around the card….roam ants……yeah

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Oh. My. HAHA! Tim would have been smacked!

  24. Chrissy April 10, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    My husband is the EXACT same way!!!! And I totally feel the same way as you. I’ll be 34 next month and 33 did seem so much worse than 32.

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      What is it about that number?!?!

  25. Heather M April 10, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    I just need to know why the message says from “Rex” =)

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Rex as in Rex Kwan Do from Napoleon Dynamite. lol he used to be into MMA and I nicknamed him that in my phone probably 4 or more years ago!

  26. Jenny Thornton April 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!!! I have been reading your blog for about a year now and I LOVE it! I love your sense of humor. I will be 36 in a couple of weeks and it has been hitting me really hard… I am closer to 40 than 30? WTH????

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Thanks Jenny! I feel like every year from here on out is going to have me saying WTH!!! HA!

  27. Leah D April 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is on the 9th as well!

    • Jennifer April 15, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Happy belated b-day to you too!

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