Sunday, December 7, 2008

2 Birthdays - And ...

My intention was to post a slightly different version of this last night, but we all know where good intentions lead us – or me anyway.

I had a job interview yesterday which took up way more time than I expected and put me off schedule for files that are due tomorrow morning.

When I got back from the interview I felt so deflated and overwhelmed that I immediately fell asleep.

I woke up at 4 AM and realized it was …

National Cotton Candy Day and …
Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, patron of beekeepers.

oh yeah – and …
I’m another year older
and deeper in debt

53 years ago today– I was born a poor black child – NO WAIT, that’s Oprah – crap, that would have been a cool destiny.

OK – 53 years ago today- on a Wednesday (the day dedicated to being full of woe) - I was born in NY Hospital to Tom and Anne – their first child, my Nana’s first grandchild.

I was to be named Ava, after Nana, but my father refused and a long and heated battle ensued between my father and everyone else on the planet. As was her way my Mother finally threw up her hands in defeat and said – “fine, name her after that hurricane that flooded CT.”

And so it was …

Diane was the costliest hurricane in US history until it was surpassed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and was the sixth costliest U.S. hurricane of the 20th century.

The name Diane was later retired due to this storm, and will never again be used for an Atlantic hurricane.

At the last minute my Mom threw in the extra ‘N’ so that her name was part of my name and to endlessly annoy my Father who told her not to do it. I like that.

If you search historic events on December 7 you’ll be overwhelmed with Pearl Harbor.

The only cool historic fact I could find for December 7 was …

In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

Remember the Constitution? That thing that Bush and Cheney pissed all over. It’s OK, it’ll be back.

1955 wasn’t a big year for events – other than hurricanes.

Eddie Fisher married Debbie Reynolds. That’s pretty cool since I love their daughter Carrie. The marriage was broken up by Elizabeth Taylor. For all you kids out there – think Brad and Jen and Angelina.

When Elizabeth’s husband died Eddie Fisher “ran to comfort her with his penis” – as Carrie says.

Ellen Burstyn was born on December 7 – I’ve always thought Ellen would be a fantastic person to age into. More so even than Helen Mirren who appears to have lost her mind.

Larry Bird was born on December 7. Now me and Larry are 2 very different people. One is a tall, pale Irish person who ran around with a lot of black guys. The other is Larry Bird.

Harry Chapin and Tom Waits were born on the 7th – incredible writers, poetics.

Madame Tussaud was born on the 7th – made a fortune out of wax. All the good careers are taken.

Oh and Jackie Gleason won the Emmy in 1955. I always loved Jackie – he was a working class schmuck with a sweet, sad face. And a very sexy fat man.

This was the cover of The New Yorker the week I was born.

That is the Rockefeller Center I remember.

My son surprised me by leaving little gifts and cards all over the house. He’s working double shifts so I haven’t seen him in days.

My DIL got me a cake.

Funny thing (to everyone except my son) – tomorrow is my DIL’s birthday AND Connie was the horrendous hurricane that preceded my hurricane. Prophetic?

So - lots of hoo-hah in the hood.

On Friday the blog will be 1 year old.

We’ll talk about that later.

And …

I’m going to be a GrandMa!! Yes indeed!

Oh baby – this baby is in for the ride of his/her life …

Granny has all kinds of fun up her sleeve …

And that’s the story …

I’m off to let myself eat cake.


Queen-Size funny bone said...

wow you have a lot to celebrate and what better way to do it than with a big cloud of cotton candy. Happy birthday grandma...

Sylvia K said...

You do indeed have a lot to celebrate! Happy, happy birthday granny-to-be!

Ralph said...

Happy Birthday to you, Dianne! The year 1955 was special for two events that happened...that go without saying! I really enjoyed Ralph Kramden, he always got back up and tried again.

The most wonderful present you could have received is your impending grandchild. You will be a great guide to this child about life, caring and commitment. You will be so important and bigger than life to him/her. And I know that you will be happy, Congrats are in order, and be advised that 53 is not old, but a wise age to be.

Mrs. C said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Woooo-hoooo!!

And *when* are you going to be a Grandma!?? You need one of those ticker things on your sidebar LOL!

PS. I remember that Constitution thing-y, too. I think most everyone would be happy if that would be implemented according to the intentions of the Founding Fathers. :] You betya.

PPS. Do they have names picked out? Is the nursery decorated? OK, I know you always answer everybody... and I have to go... but I will check back tomorrow to see what you say!!!

OOOOOOO... I'm so excited for you!! Please say you won't go *ugh* when they get 'round to having numbers four, five and six, though ok?? Please?



Do you crochet or knit??

OK, shutting up now.


Reb said...

Happy Birthday Dianne. I think you will be a wonderful grandma too. Love the photos you picked to go along with the post.

Kell said...

Happy Happy Birthday! That was a great birthday day post. And Happy Blog Birthday too!

happilyretiredgal said...

Happy Birthday to YOU ;--)
Today would have been my Dad's 105th birthday ... so perhaps you're kindred spirits of some kind.
Hugs and blessings,

Raven said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I was kind of on reading strike today and I almost missed this big news!

And your gonna be a grandma! Eureka! Wow! Way cool!

Funny about the two hurricanes. Maybe that can become a tradition. Strong women named after perilous hurricanes.

Anyway. Happy Birthday!

Hope you get the job (if you want it). If you just need it and don't want it, then I hope something better shows up.

Jay said...

Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy,


Dianne said...

queen size funny bone - that made me laugh - who knew cotton candy had a day! and why would it be in December!?

sylvia - it does seem to be an abundance of blessings, thank you :)

ralph - I think that's what I loved about Ralph Cramden - that endless resilience.
thank you for your very sweet words :)

mrs c - so tell me, are you excited!? lol
thank you for all that enthusiasm
the baby is due July 1 so there is plenty of time.
Mia was a favored girl's name for a long time, before Mia the cat came (she came with the name).
My son has a list of his favorite football players if it's a boy - or WHEN it's a boy as he puts it.
the guest room will become the nursery. I know my DIL has wallpaper and decor magazines forever. I bought her a bunch of books too - she loves to read. twins run in both families so that's also a big conversation point

reb - thanks :)
I think I'll do OK as Grandma except I want a cool name - maybe I'll have a 'come up with a good name for Granny' contest!!

kell- thanks!! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

happy - I love the idea of being a kindred spirit with your Dad. I am sure he was a wonderful soul - just look at his girl :)
thank you

raven - I'm glad you didn't miss the news but I would have e-mailed you. I'm so tired!! Must be my age and 'granniness' LOL
I haven't thought about the job since I left the interview - which did go well - because I'm not sure what I want. But I love your wishes for me - thanks!!

Dianne said...

jay - you were typing all those Happys while I was answering the others!! I thought I felt you there. Thanks - you're the best!!

Farmer*swife said...

Happy Birthday, Gramma! [Just thought I'd throw that out for a sound off; sounds good? Dontcha' think?]

Congratulations! Gosh, you are still young. You gotta' lotta' youth in you! How awesome!

Good luck on the job thingie. And, did I miss the update on the whole one legged struggle you've been going through?

Happy Birthday! Happy Bloggie Day!

ETK said...

(sung at the top of my voice!)
(deep breath!)




Wishing you all the best things that life and grandmotherhood have to bring. Happy Happy Birthday!

Ivanhoe said...

What a wonderful news - you'll be nana soon :o) Congratulations to you!!!!
Happy b-day once again. I will e-mail you my e-mail address. Not for you to thank me ;o) but for you to have it :o)

Betty said...

Happy Birthday to you and your blog.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, happy, happy, happy! You are so delightful and funny!

I'm so jealous about that baby that you're going to be a grandma to. I have a ways to go but I can't wait for my turn.

All my love,

Jay Simser said...

I have been off Jingle Bell Bashing and just now got the news. Happy Birthday Girl! You Rock! And you will be the greatest grandma (next to mine) ever.

So glad I got in under the wire to send you felicitations (or something like that) Bailey and Max send you Woofs ( That is doggie for loves) and Cassie will also when she finds out about it.

Deborah Godin said...

HBDTY!!! Laughed and smiled my way through your rundown of the historical events of the date! And congrats about the coming grandbaby, too, and your blog becoming a toddler! Woo-hoo! Have a mahvelous time, dahlink

Matt-Man said...

Happy Birthday Di!! 53 and still rockin' the house. Oh and if you ever want to know anything about Hurricanes, ask me. I'm a Hurricane geek. I track them and have for years. Yeah, I know. Cheers!!

Kerry said...

Happy birthday! Happy blogoversary! And HOLY COW, congratulations, Grandma!! I've already told you that I think you're going to be a fantastic Grandma someday, but I think it bears repeating. :)
Try to not let them name the baby Katrina...

Jeni said...

WOW! Just plain "WOW" at all those things! First, hope it was a really Happy Day (I'm a little behind on my reading so I'm technically a day late with the greetings there.) Has it really been a whole year already that I've been communicating with you? Holy rip! Where does the time go anyway? And the Grandma thing? Well, trust me on this one, Dianne, but it is the absolute best, most incredible event life has to offer to mothers everywhere! It, like sex, is so great that if the Good Lord invented anything better, He kept it for Himself! When's the anticipated "due" date?
Again -congrats all the way around, for a blog well written, a life full of changes, surprise, sunshine about to get much fuller of all those things!

bobbie said...

You seem to be in good company, what with Ellen and Harry, and that wonderful New Yorker cover.

And congratulations on you blogiversary coming up. You haven't been blogging a whole lot longer than I have! That surprises me.

I hope you had a really great day (ankle and all) because you deserve it.

the walking man said...

So now that you're (temporarily) the same age as I, I can share some secrets of life with you...naaa, you're still too young to want to know.

Happy week kiddo.

Bob-kat said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed your cake.

Congratulations on the impending grand child as well. Much to celebrate in your household despite life's ups and downs and that is cool.

Mrs. C said...

Dianne, I'm not excited... *yawn*


TWINS WOULD BE GREAT! My dad is a twin. Even my mom and aunt could not tell them apart easily, but I always could. My grandma made them dress alike until they were 14 (I kid you not). If one of them got dirty, they BOTH had to change. Even now, they will visit each other from ACROSS THE COUNTRY and find they have once again selected the same shirt from the same catalogue. :]

And look at all these other beautiful comments! Dianne, you are truly blessed.

(Would you mind telling the newly-pregnant couple "CONGRATS" from your internet friends? Tell them everyone's really happy for 'em.)

And I put my vote in for "Nana."

Bear Naked said...

Happy Belated Birthday Dianne.
Sorry I missed it by a day.
And Congratulations to the expectant parents and to you.

Bear((( )))

CG said...

Happy Birthday dear Dianne! I'm so thrilled you're going to be a granny - probably the coolest granny EVER?

At one pont I was going to be called Diane!

Dianne said...

farmer's wife - I like 'Gramma' - my son used to say 'Gamma' - he was terrible with 'Rs' - it's a Brooklyn thing lol
the ankle is better and I can even walk without the cane for short spells. I need PT and I probably need knee surgery but the insurance ... that's why I don't update much, it's such an annoying, depressing story. I love ya for asking!

ETK - you have a wonderful voice :)
and I bet Maddie and her posse sang along
thanks kid

ivanhoe - it will be so lovely to pass on all of the Nana'isms - she had a million of them and they were all so wonderful. thanks again :)

betty - thanks!!

pagan - thanks sweet lady. you will most certainly have your turn - it's funny - I was thinking about SG and her wife and how difficult their road is compared to my kids and that once again renewed my resolve. and made me certain, not that I really doubted, that our quest is a just and loving quest. I want everone's children to have what Jeffrey and Connie take for granted. Love you all :)
you can be 'Aunt Pagan' - I don't want to be the only Pagan in this kid's life ;)

jay - Jingle Bell Bashing? I'm assuming you blogged about that and I will find out when I visit the Salamander sisters. I am so off schedule these days.
I shall be 3rd in Gramma line. Yours, Mine, and then Me :)
much love to you and the furrry ones!

deborah - thanks dahlink!! Oy the stories I tell lol
I was especially proud of the Carrie Fisher quote and the Larry Bird line - I was channeling Craig Ferguson ;)

Matt-Man - I'll be rockin' the house til it's foreclosed LOL
I think storm tracking is hot!! Seriously, hurricanes are an amazing force of nature. My hurricane was one of the few to ever come so far up the east coast. It really messed with New England and caused historic floods in CT and poor PA. that's why it was still in the news in NY when I was born. And I love that my name was retired ;)
I love ya Matty

kerry - funny you should mention telling me that - I was thinking about that - and you - while I was writing. It meant a lot to me since I think you're such a great Mom.

Jeni - I vaguely remember sex LOL but yeah it's pretty cool
the due date is July 1. She wanted to be in her 3rd month before we told anyone. I'm telling you guys before most of my land locked friends since I actually like most of you more LOL
and thanks as always for being so supportive and for being one of my very first - the first? - readers. I have to go back to my first post and check that out
I hope to be half as dedicated a Gramma as you are Jeni

bobbie - it feels longer than a year to me too! and to think I wasn't going to do it, then I wasn't going to continue - I owe most of that original encouragement to my friend Cathy.
I worked all day yesterday but ya know, it didn't bother me since I am so grateful to have projects that will pay January's bills. So many are struggling. that job interview I went on had 3 times as many candidates as they expected and most of us were 'over-qualified'. I was talking to one woman who has been out of a job for so long and her savings are drying up. Makes me take pause.

mark - you share the secrets of life with me in everything you write!

bob-kat - I did enjoy the cake lol
and we're going to have more for my DIL !!!
and yes, regardless of the ups and downs there is much to be happy about

mrs C - I don't know if I want to share 'Nana' with the original 'Nana' - I have to think about that.
Twins - especially a boy and girl - would be the best!! On Thanksgiving when we were all together for the first time since the news the talk became so funny - my DIL kept reminding us that she didn't have any control over 'all the orders you're putting in' :)
I will absolutely tell them about all their blog-land well wishers :)

bear - I almost missed it by a day!! thanks bear :)

CG - I will defintely work on my coolness!! and a bit of mischief thrown in for good measure. How funny that we were almost both Diane :)

Melli said...

I am sO sorry I missed this post yesterday! HAPPY BELATED! And CONGRATULATIONS Granny! Did they TELL you for your birthday? That's when I found out about Luz - on my 50th birthday! BEST present I EVER got! Sounds like you were WELL celebrated!

Cherie said...

Happy Birthday! You should have something in your e-mail from me. (Unless I wrote it wrong, please let me know if you didn't get it.)

And congratulations! I think that you'll be an Auntie Mame (Rosaland Russell not Lucile Ball-lol) kind of grandma. :) I don't know about the parents, but the kid'll sure like it. :)

magnetbabe said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Hurricane Dianne! I'm sure you get that a lot, but I had to laugh out loud when I read it. How a propos. I heard Malcolm Gladwell on CNN say that there were a disproportionate amount of smart, successful people born in 1955. Case in point, right?

A very hearty congratulations on becoming a granny-to-be! You are going to be awesome, that baby is already very lucky. I can't wait to follow you on your latest journey. Cheers!

Dianne said...

melli - I posted so late, don't be sorry :)
I still need to visit your Wordzzle - I'm so out of that loop
they told me right away - so it was early November but then didn't tell anyone else til now.
thank you!!

cherie - Oh thank you! I adore Rosalind Russell and would love to be her.
I have been avoiding my e-mail because clients are upsetting me but I will go look as soon as all the coffee kicks in

magnetbabe - thanks kid
I didn't know that about 1955, cool!! I can use all the props I can get ;)
I am looking forward to sharing it all with all of you
hugs from Mia and Siren

Granny Annie said...

Anyone who does not kick start their week right here, is missing the best! I hurt from laughter. Happy Birthday!

Tammy said...


Frank Baron said...

Hippo Birdie to you and your blog!

You cracked me up with the you/Larry Bird gag. ;)

Mrs. C said...

Do you not know you have Nana's undefeatable spirit? :] It's not sharing; it's what we call in Pentecostal circles "taking the mantle." LOL

I'm so excited I'm gonna bust! Keep coming back to read the happy comments.

Can't wait to see what you're going to do Friday. Save me some cake!

gabrielle said...

Happy bud Day, Diane. (This is what my daughter Emma used to stay, so it has become a tradition.)
May all your buds bloom!!!

Love the allusion to Craig. He cracks me up and pretty much I fall in love with anyone who can make me laugh. Agree about growing old with Ellen Burstyn.

Kudos on the first anniversary of Forks off the Moment! Hard to believe it’s only been a year!!
Congratulations on the great news from Jeffrey and Connie. You are going to rock as a grandma!!! And oh, the lucky wee one!!! I am celebrating with you, but can also sense your fatigue. My very best wishes for the work stuff to lighten for you. (Please ignore my email if it adds to your burden)

Here’s a lullaby for gamma to be. One of my fave’s in the English language (lulu spatch is in Polish)
Hope you can enjoy and get some rest.

Hilary said...

Happy birthday, Dianne! You and I may not share a birth date, but we do share the year, the Woeful Wednesday and your name is my middle name - minus one N.

I hope this year brings nothing but happiness your way. :)

Hilary said...

And how did I miss that last bit? Congrats on your impending Grannyhood! Woohoo! :)

Sleepypete said...

Happy birthday for yesterday !

And great news for the impending grannyhood - I bet part of that "Granny has all kinds of fun up her sleeve" will involve a bigeveilgrin when handing kiddie back to parents :-)

Akelamalu said...

Belated birthday wishes Dianne. I hope you had a wonderful day.

It was our 34th wedding anniversary yesterday too! :)

Anndi said...

I'll say it again:

Happy Happy Happy Day!

You rock!

Anonymous said...

Holy layer cake Batman! Where do I begin? Happy friggin birthday. So you're 53 years young. Congrats!

Thanks for the little back story behind your birthday. I was named after one of the dead Kennedys (the first to be assassinated), so I share the sordid natures behind our names... I think.

And, congrats on becoming a grandma! But for your own sake, stay out of the baby naming process, okay? Heh.

Dianne said...

granny annie - that's what I like to hear!! thanks

tammy - thanks :)

frank - I'm so glad you enjoyed that one lol

mrs c - I know - Nana called it 'passing the torch' - it's just such a one in a million name for me - but we'll see - plenty of time - plus I'd like to see what comes organically

gabrielle - you never add to a burden!! the blog e-mail is a different account from the work one - which is of course full at any given moment so I don't get to blog e-mail til at night or in the morn
I will check out the lullaby - :)
and yes - I am tired - but that's OK :)

hilary - plus we both have a Jeffrey!! that's a lot of connections lady, I like that :)

pete - an evil grin!! Me? but what could you mean.
my son mentioned - only half joking - that he hoped I never told his children half the crap he pulled on me

akelamalu - happy anniversary!! a winter wedding, how lovely!!

anndi - thanks kid,
you rock too

Dianne said...

spartacus - dead hero Presidents, killer hurricanes - there is a certain kinship there :)
and man oh man am I staying out of the baby naming
I plan to be as good a granny as I am a MIL
I don't have a friggin' opinion about anything!!
whatever makes you happy, sounds good to me, OK, and that sounds lovely are among my many endless phrases
of course with the baby when we're alone I'll just tell the kid the real deal - hehehehehehe
just kidding! (kinda)

Sparkling Red said...

I wish you all the best this year. Happy Birthday!

And CONGRATULATIONS on your almost-grandmother status! That is so cool. You must be tickled pink!

Shelly said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday! I'm still on the rampage to get stuff done so I've been absent of late. Hey, I celebrate my birthday for about a month - you should too! Oh, and congrats on the baby...I'm kinda jealous ;) ok...rreaalllyyy jealous!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Daryl said...

Happy Birthday dear Dianne .. you are such a kid ... and you also share the 7th with Husband's daughter Lisa and Catherine ('s son

GrandMA .. I am SO excited for you!


Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Dianne and a very Happy Birthday.

I love Jackie Gleason. I love watching the re-runs of "The Honeymooners". and what about "Smokey and the Bandit". "I'm gonna barbecue your ass you som-a-bitch."

Congratulations on the grandbaby. He or she is going to be the luckiest child in the world having you as his/her grandma. Lisa

Jackie said...

I'm sorry I'm a few days behind - I'm away tomorrow again for a few days but I'm glad I've got the chance, before it's TOO late, to say happy birthday, and congratulations on your impending grannydom! The babe is very lucky having such a cool granny! Both my grandmothers died when I was very young (one when I was a baby, the other when I was 7 or 8) so I feel like I missed out a bit. Unfortunately I'm rather too old to ask for you to be my surrogate grandma - I think I would have loved a gran like you! :)

Linda said...

Sorry I am a day late - and probably several dollars short - I had to work my traditional 16-hour Sunday shift yesterday and we are verboten to use the internet for blogging in any, way, shape, or form so I can't even visit via Google Reader.

At any rate, this is one of the coolest ever birthday posts that I have ever read which must make you one of the coolest ever 53-year olds out there!

Congrats on your birthday, the upcoming blog birthday, and the impending birthday of your first grandchild whenever he/she decides to make an appearance! Have you got a hurricane name picked out for your son to use??

Ralph said...

Almost There told me to come visit. I can't believe you missed National Cotton Candy day. Oh yeah. . .Happy Birthday.

Kim said...

Sorry I'm late wishing you this, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Love your Larry Bird joke...and love Tom for you!

Hope your day was super and another huge CONGRATULATIONS on the grandbaby...that's terrific! That child is so fortunate to have such a cool, hip grandma!

Minnesotablue said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you friend! May you always be young. And congratulations on being a expectant grannie. How lucky is that kid going to be with you as a role model

Linda Reeder said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you, Dianne. I'm just catching up, so I missed your day. Have another piece of cake on me.

tt said...

HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No???? REally???!!!?!?!?!?!
How cool is that?!

All the info...your Birthday...Grammy to be.....upcoming blog factoids....
such intertainment you provide....Congrats on all levels.

And,,, um.....where'd yo get that pic of me eating cake??? :)

Dianne said...

sparkling - I am tickled, and pink is the color my DIL is hoping for lol

shelly - I love the word rampage :)
since Christmas and New Year are this month it is kinda a long celebration

rob - thanks :)

daryl - I don't know about being a kid but I am child like :)

lisa - thanks!!
there was a Honeymooners marathon on Thanksgiving weekend, it waa great

jackie - I would Nana you any time!!

linda - I worked so much this weekend I almost missed my own birthday so don't apologize
I told my son I liked Hurricane Gustav lol
thanks for such kind words :)

ralph - thanks for visiting
I'm still trying to figure out why Cotton Candy Day would be in December instead of the summer - it is really buggin' me ;)

kim - thanks so much!!

minnesotoa - so cool to hear from you! thanks!!
I think of you a lot
hope life is being kind to you

linda r - any reason for more cake!! thanks

tt - 'fun factoids' !!! I love that term
isn't that pic fantastic!! I think it was taken at our local Dennys ;)
love ya

Border Explorer said...

That was a boat load of good news! Your birthday made me happy--and the almost 58 people who preceded me on this comment thread! So glad you were born and that our lives intersected. You're great!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday my dear! I hope it was a great day!

Faye Pekas said...

LOL I love it. Happy Birthday Dianne :)

And congrats on going to be a grammy!

Ron said... I am at comment 62!


applause, applause, applause!! and I are the exact same age!!

Actually, I'm older than you are because I turned 53 in October, but we're still 1955 babies!!!

What GREAT memorabilia on your day! I love the scoop on Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor...that was hysterical!

I hope you had a wonderful day, Dianne!

Wishing you a new year filled with as MUCH love as you always GIVE!


Debo Blue said...

Happy Birthday girlie girl! Don't know when you'll find time to read comment number 63 but here it is.

You're a beautiful person and your granddaughter will be blessed to have you.

Lily Hydrangea said...

great, funny post! & happy birthday too.

Dianne said...

border - I am very glad that our lives intersected as well, thank you so much

lisa - thanks lady :)

faye - so glad you enjoyed!! and thank you :)

ron - you are ageless my love! and wasn't the dish on Eddie and Liz delicious - the young ones think they invented scandal!! Hah!
I adore Carrie Fisher - she is wickedly funny and brilliant.

debo - I always have time to read all my comments and I always answer each one - to me that's the most fun of blogging - virtual conversations
thanks for your kind words

lily - thanks!! glad you laughed, it is the ultimate gift - and so affordable.

Felisol said...

Dear Dianne,
Happy belated birthday December 7th.
Mine was December 8th.
Funny thing is that Pearl Harbor in Norwegian history books happened on December 8th.
Must have something with time difference or date line to do.
Anyway one year not so bad the alternative considered.
I am a firm believer in the fact; the older you become the wiser you get. Dylan, I think.
from Felisol

Bond said...



It is now in my calendar...nope won't forget again.

Cheesy said...

omg LMFAO @ L Bird!!1

Happy birthday you youngster you!

ramblingwoods said...

A very Happy Birthday and Happy blog anniversary

Maithri said...

Happy birthday my friend!!!

May all thats beautiful in life be yours,

Love, deep peace, sweet laughter,

Enjoy the cake, the day, the year!

You are a light in this world,

With love, Maithri

Dianne said...

felisol - Happy Belated Birthday to you too!! My DIL is 12/8 :)
I hope you had a wonderful day

bond - I almost missed it myself - I posted late Sunday after finally getting my work done :)
thanks Vin

cheesy - I LOVE that you appreciated the Larry Bird reference, thanks lol

rambling - thank you :)

maithri - a comment from you is like a long, wonderful hug
thank you

Knight said...

HAPPY BIRFDAY! I'm not at all surprised by all the interesting things that tie into your birthday. That just prove your coolness.

Anyway. Congrats on the grand baby! That is super exciting news. Lucky little kid. Am I jealous? You betcha ;)

SnoopMurph said...

This was a such a great blog and what outstanding events are happening in your life! Happiest of birthdays to you and happy blogaversary too!

You will be the coolest Grandma and I am thrilled for you!

Sending lots of love and hugs your way!!

Travis said...

Happy Birthday! I hope the interview has positive results!

Askew To You said...

Happy belated birthday, Grandma-to-be!!!

I'm sorry about the job interview. They are usually not fun, even if they go well.

Happy Cotton Candy day! and ......patron saint of beekeepers day!? I do love honey. :D Thank you beekeepers.

I enjoyed your birthday post. You are a cool lady.

the walking man said...

I'd comment again but I am gay today.

Micky-T said...

I'm late.....but here's tons of


Dianne said...

knight - you are in the circle and have had 'aunti-ness' bestowed upon you :)

snoop - thank you!! I hope to be as good as Nana as you are a Mom

travis - thanks buddy :)

askew - he just kept alluding to how 'over qualified' I was and to my 'vast amount of experience' - that usually means 'you're too old and we don't want you'
plus there was a 20-something woman - knockout gorgeous in the waiting room and he practically fell over himself holding the door for her - me - well it literally hit me in the ass as I was leaving LOL

mark - I wanted to post about that but don't know if I'll have time - I hope it makes an impact

micky - thanks so much!!

Jeff B said...

Dang, late to the party.

Well, a very Happy Birthday to you my dear. The planet is a much better place with you in it. Wishing you many more years with plenty of joy in them.

fermicat said...

Happy Birthday!

Dianne said...

jeff - all the good stuff happens when it's late ;)

fermicat - thanks

FranIAm said...

Late to this... I am so behind on blogs!

Happy belated and wonderful day - may your sinuses find relief and my your soul find joy.

I loved learning about how you got your name and the second n!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A Belated Happy Birthday My Dear Dianne....! It sounds like it was a GOOD One! And you know what Colette said? "Ahhhhh, to be 52 again....!" I understand that more now than ever! LOL!

I hope this year will be a great one for you and yours.....! And a Grandbaby coming....HOORAY!

maryt/theteach said...

Congrats, Dianne!

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