Happy Birthday to Me!

Birthday Cake

I love my birthday. I always have. It’s not about the presents. It’s not (really) about the cake.

When I think of birthday gifts, I think of the people. Spending time with my husband while the kidlet is in school. Sweet Facebook messages. Hanging with the More Cowbell Posse here at the blog. Those are the things I like, so those are the things I do on my birthday.

Plus I worked more than 80 hours last week to get all my biggest deadlines met before today.

So, that’s the part that is tangible. What about the situations I have less control over, or the things I’m grateful for?

  • The good health my family and I are enjoying.
  • The cooler weather we are finally getting here in Southern California.
  • Being alive and blood clot free these last 10 years since my blood clot extravaganza.
  • Having a happy child.
  • Being employed.
  • Doing NaNoWriMo with my pals. I’m 10K off the pace and I don’t care (much) because I’m having a grand time.

My Girl
My gardenThere’s a massage booked at 10:30 am (thanks, Honey!), lunch with the Hubs, and my girlie has dance tonight, which I love to watch. I’ll putter in my garden, and check in with my pals. I’ll sit and read a book with a steaming cup of coffee at my side.

I have many little moments to appreciate, which equals big plans for the day. Big plans. :-)

What do you do on your birthday, that you might not do the rest of the year? Do you give yourself a gift like I do? Enquiring minds love to know these things here at More Cowbell!

~ Jenny

About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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53 Responses to Happy Birthday to Me!

  1. Gene Lempp says:

    Happy birthday, Wonder Twin! Your plan sounds like a beautifully relaxing one. Peace is always the greatest gift. Enjoy the massage, sounds like you could use it after the last week. Enjoy a happy More Cowbell kinda day.😉

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  2. A very happy birthday to you, Jenny!

    I’very been very bad about celebrating my birthday, since my youngest son was born the day before. However, I’m getting better, and I plan to give myself a great birthday next April!

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  3. K.B. Owen says:

    Happy Birthday, Jenny! So glad you are taking a well-deserved break. Enjoy! Hugs. xoxo

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  4. Jane Sadek says:

    Happy birthday dear friend. I’m so grateful for the gift of the internet. Life gets busy and I drift away into the latest crises, but when the clouds part and I come back, here you are, ringing the cowbell and keeping us up with the latest in the world of undies. I hope today is absolutely wonderful!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I adore the internet! Would I know half the cool people I know? No, I would not. Thanks for ringing that cowbell with me – it wouldn’t be half as fun without you.🙂

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  5. Happy, happy birthday!!🙂

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  6. Jim Hansen says:

    Happy Birthday- for me every day is a Terrific Day including my birthday.

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  7. Happy hatch-day, chick! I went to a convention and pitched small publishers for my BD. To be continued . . .

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  8. It sounds like you have a perfect birthday planned. Well deserved, lady! Wishing your a glorious start to your best year yet.

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  9. Diana Beebe says:

    Happy birthday! You’re a treasure, you know that? Have a wonderful day and a fantabulous year!

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  10. Happy Birthday, Jenny! That’s a great way to celebrate.

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  11. Relaxing way to finish up your current trip around the Sun, and wishing you Bon Voyage on the next one! Remember (for when your reach the shores of much older age) the wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.😉

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  12. Happy birthday, Jen! I’m so thrilled you are happy, healthy with a wonderful family!! You’ve always been a bright & fun-filled friend with an infectious joy of life! Bless you!

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  13. Chris Langel says:

    Happy Birthday tooo yooou! (You should be glad you can’t hear me sing!)

    I like to call them UN-birthdays. You don’t get any older, but you can still eat cake and get prezzies.

    Enjoy your day.

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  14. Kelly Byrne says:

    Happy happy birthday, birthday girl! What a lovely way to spend the day of your birth. Relax, you most definitely deserve it, woman! You are such a brilliant shining light in real life and online and I wish you more of the same happiness, love, and joy you’re feeling today. All good things to you, Jenny!

    Okay, I’m not gonna lie, my birthdays usually revolve around cake. Lots and lots of cake.😉

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I might need to make a chocolate cake today!! My girl was totally on board with that, and was quite put out that I did not make a cake yesterday.

      And thank y ou so much for these VERY sweet birthday wishes. You have a pal further down the comments (Sue) who likes your style. She’s a major cake fan too.🙂

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  15. Happy Birthday sexy lady!

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  16. Jeffrey says:

    A yabba dabba dooo of a Happy Birthday to you!

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  17. Tim Gatewood says:

    Happy Birthday, Jenny Hansen !!

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  18. yvettecarol says:

    A girl after my own heart. I love celebrating birthdays too! *celebrate!!* Many happy returns, Jenny!

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  19. The Guat says:

    Duuuuuuuuuude rake in that cowbell and play it like Will Ferrell baby! Happy Birthday! So glad you’re finding rainbows everywhere🙂 glad you’re finding gratitude in the big and little things, sending you good vibes on your birthday and hope it’s awesome🙂 I had a big one this year … Joined the 4-0 Club and had all this worry/anxiety but turned out pretty great (went skydiving for the 1st time) it was a good day from sunrise to sunset and I was grateful for that … to have one day where I was happy alllllll day. Wishing you some all-day happiness too.

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  20. Sue says:

    Happy birthday, Jenny! Sounds like a perfect day, except maybe it needed a little more cake.🙂 (for some of us it IS all about the cake…mmmmm …..cake).

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  21. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Aw, Happy Happy Birthday, Jenny! Glad your deadlines are behind you and you got to relax and enjoy your special day! I don’t make a big deal on my birthday. I like to have a relaxing, kicked back day at home. My next birthday will be a special one, though. Hitting the big 6-0 and looking forward to it because I’ll be starting my new career as a health and wellness coach. I would really like to celebrate by doing a cartwheel, but my knee is injured and I’m thinking my body will act as young as I feel. Silly girl! I hope you’re feeling younger than ever and I lift my glass to celebrate your ten years of being blood clot free! Baby Girl gets cuter and cuter!

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  22. davidprosser says:

    Penblwydd Hapus i chwi Jenny even if it is a little belated now. I hope the whole day went as you wanted and you enjoyed every minute of it.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  23. Sorry I’m late to the party, but his way the special day gets extended right? I hope you have a marvelous day. It sounds heavenly to me.

    Happy birthday!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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  24. Scorpios RULE! Mine’s tomorrow

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  25. I’m a bit late to the party, Jenny, but the good wishes don’t have a shelf date! Sounds like you had a perfect day planned. Here’s a toast *clink* to you and another fabulous year of bringing sunshine and more cowbell to all of us. We love you!

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  26. Happy Belated Birthday! I was on a retreat in the mountains with no Internet so I’m late. Love this post and I believe in celebrating your life and appreciating your accomplishments.

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