Another Year Older

I had a fabulous birthday in which I was definitely intoxicated enough to forget how old I’ve become.


Seriously, how did this picture even happen? I’m very excited about that shot in my hand. Am I in the wind? Did I whip my hair back and forth?


That gif makes me laugh a lot.

Hubs and I drove out to Cocoa Beach and stayed at one of the hotels out there for a quick little birthday getaway. Over 10 of my favorite people came out to help me celebrate, so it was a good time. We spent the day at the pool.

Yeah, the beach was right there but the pool had a bar and bars win. At night, we hung out at a few pubs and enjoyed drinks paired with general laziness.

The whole Rhonda thing doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.


My friends made sure the band sang Happy Birthday Rhonda to me as well. And of course all of my Facebook friends made sure to get in on the action.





We got a lot of comedians out there.

By the end of the night, I was answering to Rhonda on instinct. Also, I was told that I was offered donuts and declined them. I’m not even sure if that’s true or not. Paula would never do that but maybe Rhonda would. I’m not liking this Rhonda chick so much anymore. Forty-seven more days I can be my donut-accepting self again.

The next morning, we all went to IHOP, which I think is just what you do after a night of drinking. I mowed down a lot of pancakes. So, so many pancakes. That made up for the lack of donuts the night before.

Ken decided the syrup looked like Wolverine, so he asked the server for toothpicks and scotch tape, which she provided without question. What exactly are other people asking for that she didn’t question the toothpicks and scotch tape?


I hope the next people at our table enjoyed their syrup.


Besides all the IHOPing and beaching bar’ing, Hubs and I saw The Fault in Our Stars on Friday night. I can’t even with that movie. I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest and stomped on for the last 30 minutes.


The dude that played Augustus was just about the most adorable thing ever and he was perfect for that role. So the movie was really good (and hubs even liked it) but I’m just not emotionally equipped to handle that crap in public.

On Sunday, we saw Edge of Tomorrow, which I liked a lot. It was fun and I dig a good Tom Cruise action flick. Oh, and I didn’t cry during it. That was a nice change. Overall a really good weekend but I’m sad it’s over because that means my movie picking privileges have gone from 100% back to 50%.

A last note for anyone who’s local: Michelle and I will be at the Mellow Mushroom on Wednesday from 5:00-9:00pm. Well, maybe not the entire time, but we will be there for a lot of it. If you come in during that time and say you’re with spirit night, 10% of your bill will be donated to the charities we’re supporting for the Chicago Marathon. So come on out and have a beer with us. 🙂


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15 responses to “Another Year Older

  1. Glad we were able to help you celebrate! Somehow you were Covergirling it for that picture. 🙂 Heh…best about-to-drink-a-shot picture ever (or at least seen in a while)! 🙂 It’s all kinds of awesome!

  2. Are people singing “Help Me Rhonda” to you yet? If we had cubicles near one another, I think that would be playing from my computer for you… (yes, I too am an a-hole). 🙂

    Sounds like a great time!

    And great, now I want IHOP. Thanks a lot.

    • Paula

      The song has been posted to my FB wall more than I’d care to admit. But no in-person singers yet. Maybe you can be the first?

  3. Aw what a fun birthday. Looks like a dream weekend. And you don’t look a day over 16.
    love how everyone has just jumped all over this Rhonda business.

    I want to see The Fault In Our Stars so bad…but I’m not going to be able to keep it together and crying in public is not my favourite… I suspected this might happen, but thanks for the heads up.

  4. Haha so funny that your friends made those signs! Glad you had a great birthday Rhonda 🙂

  5. Melissa

    You look fab in that first shot. Well, in all of them really. Who are we kidding?

    It will only take me 12 hours and 49 minutes to drive to Mellow Mushroom on Wednesday. If I weren’t starting that new job, I’d be game.

  6. I’m glad you had a great birthday (although, no birthday is complete without donuts…)! I saw The Fault in Our Stars on Friday and had an emotional breakdown. Also, why is the guy that plays Augustus only 19? Better yet, why am I a creepy 25 year old cougar?

  7. Sounds like a fun birthday! And I refuse to watch or read The Fault in Our Stars. I just can’t. I need more humor in my life, not sadness.

  8. Mz. Teri

    Glad you enjoyed your birthday celebration get-away. I enjoyed getting away for a mini-vacay as well.

    I swear, you DID, in fact, turn down the offer of donuts from my MEB – and not just once, but THREE times!!! You also turned down my offer of Breakfast-on-the-go berry and nut mix… but I can totally understand that one. You just wanted your water… and your cup… and your thermos…. that’s all you needed…. (ok, not really a thermos – that’s a reference from a Steve Martin movie). 😀

    And with all the Rhonda-ing going on, I bet it will be one of your most memorable birthday celebrations! So glad I got to be part of it.

  9. Amy

    Looks like a very celebratory birthday! Wahoo!

    I’m so on the fence about seeing TFIOS. I’m a book purists, so I know already that I won’t like the movie as much, yet I feel pulled to see it even with the sub-par looking previews. I also want to see the Tom Cruise movie! I think I might see that when Stephen returns, so I guess TFIOS it is!

  10. I tried to convince my boyfriend to see TFIOS with me. It’s not my birthday so that was a no go. Seems like you had an awesome birthday! I am with you, if the bars at the pool, I am staying at the pool.

  11. Sounds like a fun night! I really want to see “The Fault in our Stars” but I am afraid I would be that woman crying out loud and blowing her nose the entire movie;) Sounds like I wouldn’t be the only one:)

  12. Pool + bar is my idea of a perfect birthday. I could never have pancakes after a night of drinking, just the though of something sweet makes me gag. I need salt and grease. I want to see the Fault in our Stars again, except not, because I can’t handle the sadness. It was so so so good though.

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