Eventually, after six hours of coffee, reading, a little work, and watching the news on TV (twice), 7AM arrived and Amy and the kids came downstairs to wish me a happy birthday.
Yeah, yeah. Today was my birthday.
While I'm not really one to get all crazy over my own birthday, Amy likes to make a big deal of it and let me pick and choose how to spend the day. So after homemade cards from the kids, a hearty breakfast of biscuits and gravy doused with hot sauce, and the awesome gift of a much-needed new pair of headphones, I headed out for a few hours on my own, hitting up stores that nobody else likes to go to.
Goodwill? Nothing good.
Used DVD and video game store? Nothing good.
Record store with a ton of $1 records to dig through? Closed for the week.
Salvation Army Thrift Store? Bingo. Two cheap CDs.
Shut your face. You know that if you had a copy of LFO's Summer Girls on a hot day like today, you'd roll your windows down and play it just as loud as I did.
Yes. You would.
I'd forgotten that in that song LFO uses that Beastie Boys line "I'll steal your honey like I stole your bike." I have a shirt that says this and now I'm wondering if all these years people who don't know better have thought I was wearing an LFO shirt.
Either way, I'm okay with it.
While I was out, I also picked up a frame for the Black Angels print that my brother gave me a few weeks ago. Looks great in a frame and it'll look even better in my office this fall.
Speaking of my office decor, I stopped by Hot Topic again to see if they'd restocked any of the Breakfast Club Pops. Unfortunately they hadn't ... so I came home and hit eBay. I'm tired of playing this searching game and was able to pick up the set of six for just shy of what I would have paid at Hot Topic. Can't wait to have a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal (and a principal, too) with me at work this fall.
On the way to take the kids swimming at my in-laws' this afternoon we dropped off the paperwork for Charlotte and Anna to play soccer this fall. After watching the U.S. Women win the World Cup yesterday, what girl doesn't want to play soccer, right?
As the Japanese players left the field in tears yesterday, I heard Charlotte say quietly, "Calm down, Japan players. It's just a game."
You'd think that the gut bomb from Meatheads that I ate for dinner would have capped off my birthday perfectly, but even better was going through and reading all of the nice birthday greetings I received online from family and friends. While I appreciate each and every one, I was particularly entertained by Shane -- a friend from college -- who dug deep into my past for a very Vanilla Ice birthday greeting:
Happy Birthday, Tim! I hope your birthday is To The Extreme. While it's warm outside today, I hope you're Cool As Ice. If you must leave home today, I hope you Roll In Yo 5.0 like a Rasta Man who's Jumpin Around. The truth is, there's a lot of people who will Stop That Train because they Never Wanna Be Without You.Well played.
In all seriousness, as I get older my birthdays remind me more and more of how lucky I am to have the friends and family that I have. Old friends and new, people I know well and e-friends I e-know, family near and far ... I'm grateful to have you in my life.
The Summer of Tim continues...