Party like it’s 1978

I’ve  made it, at 31 I’m finally into my 30’s. Whoo  hoo for the thirties, and I must say, best birthday ever. Starting with my dear friend Christi taking my kiddo’s for the entire afternoon (which Jason set up), closely followed by my husband’s surprise lunch date with me (that went totally south thanks to some dead guy), to our evening at the arcade and family party (with the most amazingly decadent chocolate cake EVER, thank you darling Heather), I could not have asked for more.

Now I ask you, what would a birthday be without presents? As Super Queen of the Universe, I’m offering anyone with a keyboard a chance to win something, just because I can.

First up, a DVD set of THE ORIGINAL Beverly Hills, 90210’s – The Complete First Season.


I know, you’re dying right now, aren’t you?

Next up, I’m giving away one of my Stupid Twilight T-shirts, designed last year and currently for sale at The Quilted Bear in Ogden. (If you don’t win and really want one, send me a nice email and a check/paypal and I’ll mail one to you.) This is available in S, M, L, XL, or (I think) XXL. They’re Bella brand T-shirts, great quality.

Teamtwilight live

And lastly, I’m giving away one of my Junk Ties. They’re super cute hair ties and I would post a picture, but my camera is on the fritz. Trust me, you’ll love them. It’s a hair tie that’s to die for.

The rules? Wish me happy birthday in the comment box. Considering I only get about 30 comments on a good day, your chances are kind of awesome that you’ll open the mail box next week and find one of these fabulouso prizes. The contest ends at 11:59 pm, Thursday, October 8th. I’ll randomly choose three winners, so get crackalacking.


  1. Happy birthday from a lurker! May all your dreams come true!

  2. Happy Birthday! You’re giving stuff away for your birthday? You’re awesome.

  3. OHHH Happy happy birthday Annie dear..31 seems so last year to me. If I could wish you anything I would wish for you obedient children, sizzling night with the mister, and a whole lot of Hugh Jackman.

  4. first off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! you are awesome. I love reading your blog and enjoy the little quirky things that you share. so much fun.

  5. Happy Birthday!! Cupcakes for everyone*!


    (I didn’t give stuff away on my birthday…maybe that’s why I had so many problems…or maybe it was because I refused to do laundry for the entire week…)

  7. Well Happy Birthday you old codger you! Thirty one is such a wonderful age.. and is only surpassed by thirty two.

    If you still consider having a guest appearance on your blog (the guest being the fabulous Moi) then I have a possible posting ready for your approval/disproval… whatever seemeth good.

    Even as I write this I am feeling nervous that my post is not up to par. Don’t feel you HAVE to use it because I’m really not in your literary league. I’m not even in your Universe. In fact, DON’T read it, just glance at it with your head turned and one eye closed.

  8. Kalin Armstrong says:

    Joyeux Anniversaire! Just so you know, you have the whole present thing backwards… you’re supposed to get them on your birthday. Atleast that’s what I always expect! Hope it’s a good one!

  9. I already emailed you, but for one of those rockin’ prizes….HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  10. Happy Happy birthday to you! (One year older and wiser too?)

  11. Happy Birthday, Annie. I hope today is nice and relaxing, despite the fact that you have to spend it in the bosom of your family, lol!!

  12. Happy Birthday Anne!!!!
    Are family members excluded from winning? Just kidding, I know I already have hook ups. Just thinking of you today and hope your birthday is a good one. I’m excited to see you and your family soon. Go Cougars! (How does 31 feel?)

  13. 1. Happy Birthday! (I KNEW you were a libra… it’s so obvious 😉
    2. Pick me!
    3. Are junk ties like trash ties?

  14. Happy Birthday! And can I just say that I love that you own 90210! Awesome.

  15. YOU GET 30 COMMENTS ON A GOOD DAY! I am lucky if I get one comment on a good day! This is me entering your contest! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  16. Yeah for birthdays! happy birthday miss annie! I hope it’s wonderful!
    PS-i actually don’t mind laundry either….

  17. Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday Fabulous Annie!
    Happy Birthday to YOOOOOOUUUUU!!!!

    And many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. It’s your birthday shout hoo-rray! I want to sing to you too-day! One year older and wiser too..Happy birthday – to you!

    Have a happy day. May we all learn from your example that it is better to give than to receive!

  19. Sooo I was going to wish you a happy birthday BEFORE I knew there were prizes.
    Hope you have a wonderful day!!! Maybe your husband has another “surprise…” Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
    One of those twilight tee’s would look super hot on me. Just sayin’.

  20. annie, i wanted to desperately to comment on your anniversary post, but you closed it for comments. i wanted to comment because i thought what you said was magnificent and SO much like how i feel about my husband–and we’ve only been married a few months. i can’t wait to feel the way you feel, after three children and a whole lot of life together.

    happy birthday. may the Lord bless you with 31 more amazing years.

    and i hate you a little for being a year younger than me. grr. 🙂

  21. Tammara Sanchez says:

    Happy Birthday to a lady who can always bring a smile to my face and sometimes leaving crying because I have laughed so hard:) Someday we will hopefully get to meet in person. Have a great day you deserve to be Queen of the Universe for a week not just a day:)

  22. You are giving us gifts on your birthday! I heart you.

  23. Happy Birthday Annie! And I’m not just saying that to win stuff. Really.

  24. Happy Birthday Anne Marie – dang …if your 31 what does that make me? Had to throw in Marie…just to make you think of Brother D on your big day – you really are loved by so many. Love ya bunches, Ade

  25. Happy Birthday girl! I am celebrating with you tonight by getting me some Goodberry’s ice cream. YUM!

  26. I’m new to your blog, but I just have to say YOU ARE HYSTERICAL! I love your blog! I always get a great chuckle out of the stories about your kids. I actually found your blog through your Twilight T-Shirt blog. LOVE those shirts. If I don’t win one, I’ll have to buy one for the New Moon premiere!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have an splenderific day!!

  27. Youknowwho says:

    OK, Happy Birthday Miss Annabelle. No, I wouldn’t like a Twilight T-Shirt, wouldn’t fit, and I would definitely look like a complete poofter in it.
    Second, may your birthday be as delightful as those coconut cookies you’ve made for me before.
    So damn good, they ought to be illegal. Yes, I said, DAMN good cookies, best I’ve ever had.
    And seriously, Happy Birthday, Knucklehaid.
    I’ve ordered a special present for you as well. One you will seriously appreciate. As soon as it gets here we’ll bring it on ovah.

  28. Happy Birthday! I love when people give out gifts on their birthday!

  29. Happy Birthday!!! Hope your having a super day! FYI I love 90201

  30. Believe it or not, I remembered before this post. Happy Birthday!! I still have those pictures from when we (you know, a bunch of girls from the dorm) went to the Olive Garden for the occasion! Have a great one!!

  31. annie valentine says:

    I love you all!!! These birthday wishes have seriously made my previously fabulous day even better! I wish I could afford to send crap to the whole lot of you.

  32. Happy Birthday, Annie! If I was there, I would gladly entertain your kids while you sort, clean, dry, fold, and put away your lights. 🙂

  33. Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a great one.

    And maybe for my birthday, you could come over and do my laundry?

  34. girlsmama says:

    Happy birthday! I just celebrated the same one in August. And I like you, love my loads. Except when they are in the little darling’s diapers…those I could do without.

  35. Happy Birthday new friend! I wish I could bring you some cookies or something…I mean if I was a better new friend I would have hopped on that plane…and then that other plane…and brought you a treat! Hope it’s FABULOUS!

  36. Ok, so I was a few days early… Happy Birthday young lady! Hope it’s fantastic!

  37. Happy, Happy Birthday, Annie Dear, Happy days will come to you all year, and if I had a wish then it would be, a Happy, Happy Birthday to you from me! Yes, I am a stalker- but happy birthday anyway!

  38. May your birthday be tide-y and great!

  39. I don’t hate laundry either. Now the dishes…

    Happy Birthday!

  40. Annie,
    I just love your blog. I can seriously hear your voice when I read these. I loved your blog about Glee and telling girls to wait, I’ve thought about it often. I too love my life, and prefer chillin’ with my girls and hangin’ with hubby over just about anything.

    If I had One Wish, then it would be a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you from me!!!

    Your Friend Kiran

  41. Happy Birthday Annie Pie! I am hoping to win the super fabulous Twilight shirt, which I already have two of, but not the one up for grabs!! Now go get with your bad self, and be grateful it is 31 not 41!

  42. Um, where have I been? Okay, happy day (night) and you know ILY. Be good to you today, and why not? Also tomorrow. And eat some salami. Why not?

  43. To the wife of the boy I used to babysit…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Welcome to 31yrs!!! (BTW, it’s still hard for me to think that Jason is a husband, and father, who works as a spy. Not that he wouldn’t be great at all those things, he is just still 11 years old in my mind. 🙂

  44. Well shooooooot, girl, happy birthday. What kind of pseudo sister am I that I didn’t send you anything? It might have to be remedied.

    Also, I didn’t get the laundry gene.

  45. Happy, Happy Birthday! I wish you lots of chocolate. And other good stuff.

  46. Happy Birthday Anne! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing day! People around me made such a fuss when I turned 30 telling me I should start saying i was 29 forever and on and on. Its refreshing to see someone not scared of their age LOL! I know I sure don’t feel to different on my birthday. Now my daughter on the other hand she was quite certain that she grew a few inches and arms were much longer!

  47. Happy Happy Birthday, Annie Dear. I hope Happy Days will come to you all Year. If I had a wish then it would be, A very Happy Birthday to you from Me!!!

    I know… I must have been in primary too long !!! 🙂

    It’s wonderful that you are happy to be at home with your kids and do laundry on your birthday… it means you are truly content and happy.

  48. Happy Birthday wishes Annie all the way from England. 31 is good, I married and baby that year (she was a honeymoon baby), busy year.


  50. Happy birthday! I found your blog via Mormon Mommy a few months ago and have been reading it ever since. Have a wonderful day!

  51. Hope your birthday is WONDERFUL :>


    I’m all over this giveaway like Brenda is Dillon! Count me in babycakes! Count me in!

  53. Man! Of course the one day I don’t visit blogland is your birthday!!! Sorry, I’m so late, but truly HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  54. Happiest of Birthday’s from a friendly blog-stalker! May all your wishes come true this year!

  55. Well now I feel like I am only wishing you Happy Birthday because of the loot you are giving away.

    But it isn’t true.! I would wish you happy birthday even without the loot!

  56. Annie, I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday. I have to admit, I’ve secretly been stalking your blog, ever since I happened upon it somewhat by accident several months ago. I’m glad all is going well for you. You crack me up. I think you’re even funnier now than you were in college – and you were a spunky handful back then! Remember when I caught you drinking my milk from the container? Your response: “I didn’t think you’d catch me.” Funny! Take care girl!

  57. 0<] : – D H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y-!-!-!

  58. Happy 31! Such a cliff hanger on the dead guy thing. Or are you just setting us up for the cliff hangers in the 90210?

  59. It’s a classic:

    “This. Is. Your. Birthdaysong, itisn’tverlylong.” *jazz hands*

    The End.

    So glad it was a fantastic day!

  60. Happy Belated birthday!! Sounds like a pretty good day (except for the dead guy part)

  61. I figure I trusted your judgment about Chili’s Chicken Enchilada soup so I can trust you about these being seriously awesome prizes. Happy Birthday, Annie!

  62. Yeah, I think I win last entry. Typical of my procrastination skills. I must say very happy birthday and I hope you spend some time flipping of Dave Ramsey and bought yourself a little sometin’ on the side! happy day.

  63. That was flip off, as in chuck out the budget for the day….


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