Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Time for a new Hammer - my old one's buried somewhere!


Time for me to throw my two cents worth on the table about days like yesterday…

Valentine’s Day

There are 365 days in a year, right? Okay, we’ve got Valentine’s Day, then there’s one's birthday, add to that a holiday like Christmas, maybe an anniversary and what you have is three maybe four days out of 365 to hopefully be remembered on.

Years ago I told my ex that he could forget commercial holidays. I highlighted Valentine’s Day as one he most certainly did not need to remember because, quite frankly, wasn’t I his valentine all year long – gag me!

I told him the day he needed to remember was my birthday.

That’s right “the birthday”.

Lucky for him I’m not a material girl – that’s why there’s Madonna.

I’m the kind of gal that, odd as it may seem, is very happy getting things most gals would divorce a man over.
For example – I don’t like to share my hammer, or any of my tools for that matter. So, I like getting tools, for my tool box.

And then there’s the motorcycle – I don’t do “passenger” at all. So that means I need my own bike – you can keep the diamond and trade it in for a nice little Harley – teardrop tank, custom pipes…you get it.

And let’s not forget the fishing stuff…okay, so I’m a little different.

But…don’t forget my birthday.

If I told him once, I told him twice – in that first year of dating leading up to my “big day” – my birthday was non-negotiable. Period – Full Stop

I said,

“Sweetie, I don’t need gifts or fancy stuff, all I want is a card given to me on the morning of my birthday, before I start my day, with a hug and a kiss. Gifts are optional, so are flowers although a new hammer would be a nice gesture!” (hint, hint)

Now, you might ask yourself, why in the morning…well, let’s go through this, shall we…

I have only 24 hours in which to “celebrate” my birth – since time stands still for no one (I am trying to work on this one) I need to start early. And unlike most of my gal pals – I welcome my birthdays with open arms. It helps looking younger than my years, I’ll admit, but quite frankly I like seeing the numbers pile up – means I’m alive and ticking!

The real reason for this request of mine is it let’s me know that a day prior to my “big day” the guy in my life is thinking of me. (He’s standing in front of a bunch of sappy cards and debating with himself whether it’s too early in the relationship to get the “gag” card)

For me, it wasn’t about the card, but (if you need to know) I like a funny card way more then those sentimental mushy ones.

What this was about was me being given my birthday card at the “start” of my day, not midway through, or God forbid, at the end. Giving me a card at the end of my birthday is a death wish and I told him so. (I loved Charles Bronson in all the Death Wish movies if that tells you anything)

I don’t know which cemetery he now calls home, but suffice it to say I do keep my word!

It was a simple request – a card at the start of my day – bingo…happy me!
No card…well, you do the math.

An “unhappy me” isn’t an option – really, don’t test me – it isn’t pretty and I’ve got tools!
Ask my ex where my old hammer is…got the picture.

Is there a moral to this story? -  No…not really.

I figure it’s my birthday, it comes once a year and if I want a card first thing in the morning – then that’s what I should get! And when I’m disappointed I don’t stick around to see if it’ll get any better next year. (If there was any advice – that was it)


It’s definitely time for a Hog upgrade, a little gift that’s long overdue. That sunset still looks good and I’ll ride into it solo if I have to…and I’ll buy my own damn card and maybe a new hammer to boot.

By the way, the only date on my calendar circled in red is Feb 27th – just in case you need to drop a note…the morning of! Otherwise, don’t bother!

To all of you that appreciate getting your birthday nod, up front first thing in the morning, consider yourself hugged and acknowledged by me…


(CP – your date is circled too ’cause Moo loves you!)


  1. Hoo-ha! Smiled throughout your post - how about an early birthday wish?? And as for my birthday present this year?? Best thing my hubby could have gotten me - a shiny red snowblower!!

  2. This was fabulous. Totally agree with you too.

  3. Happy Birthday early, because I'm sure to forget. As I've grown older, I get more and more forgetful to where I...uh, what were we talking about?
    You forgot one holiday: Canadian Thanksgiving. When I lived in Iceland, a Canadian officer with whom I worked invited me to his house for a big feast. It was fantastic, made Columbus Day look sick by comparison and made me realize how silly it was of the Pilgrims to eat OUTSIDE in MASSACHUSETTS in NOVEMBER.

  4. I LOVED this post! Smiling and nodding as I read it...absolutely right! Couldn't have said it better myself! Brilliant! ;)

  5. this was a great post! more than a few chuckles and i can totally relate to telling a sig oth one thing tht oyu need and having it fall on daef ears.

    thankscfor sharing!

    Bruce Johnson JADIP
    Evil Twin
    stupid stuff I see and hear
    The Dreamodeling Guy
    The Guy Book
    The Guy Book

  6. Anne – it’s fun getting what we really want.
    I hope you’ve been having fun with your shiny red snowblower!

    Barb – thanks! I’m glad you liked!

    Al – thanks for the early BD wishes – early is good!
    Thanksgiving up here is a great holiday, but it’s not a real gift giving day – more of a
    stuff-ones-face kind of a day – which I totally love!
    Great holiday, you’re right on that!

    Bruce – Glad I could make you chuckle.
    This post is Bi – it goes both ways. Gals need to pay attention too and give her man what he wants.

    I always tried to give my ex exactly what he wanted – even the cute little stripper from the Drake; she danced for him and I was the icing on his cake!
    Hey – it was his birthday and his wish!

  7. a woman with her own tools, bike, and knows what she wants - i love it. this post made me laugh out loud.

    and thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! i'm glad you liked the post.

  8. Jazibelle - thanks for dropping by. I'm glad I made you laugh!

  9. Personally I feel giving you a hammer for your birthday might be a mistake
    Imagine the following year when your card is later then you were expecting....

    Bang! Bang! Pearson's silver hammer
    Came down upon my head.
    Clang! Clang! Pearson’s silver hammer
    Made sure that I was dead.

  10. BlackLOG - thanks for popping by!

    Yeah, the following year is always a tricky one, because if "the guy" doesn't get it on the first try then what's the guy! Eventually there's gotta be one that figures it out - right?

    And, thanks for the jingle - nice!

  11. I went and married a guy who is not into buying birthday cards, or any card for that matter. He does buy me nice things year it was a can of paint for our bedroom, another year a monthly gift of flowers, last year was art supplies.

  12. Todays the big day Moo! You got your morning call from me! *runs from hammer*

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!! :D

    Love and hugs!

  13. bruce thinking....*i only have to run faster than Courtney*

    happy birthday Jenny!

  14. Carol - thanks for dropping by! Nice to have a thoughtful guy - it's all in the listening...

  15. Courtney - YOU ROCK!!!!! I'm the luckiest mom in the galaxy! To infinity and beyond!!

    Your morning call set the tone for my day! How did I get so lucky having you as my daughter – I feel so blessed.

    Hugs, Kisses and all my Love! Moo-tastic!

  16. Bruce – WOW! Thank you! You also ROCK, a close race for you and Courtney.
    My day couldn’t be starting off better!

    We’re knee deep in snow here which is not normal this late in February – a birthday gift from heaven above I suppose – even the big guy wants in on the action!!
    It looks so pretty though so I’m not complaining.

    Again – thanks soooooooooooo much!

  17. Loved LOVED this post. It's "get to know Jenny" day! Fellow visitors: don't miss her post at the A-Z Blog. HIghly entertaining and revealing ;-) I also like it that the birthday card at the BEGINNING of the day is a litmus test of sorts for you.
    The Engineer (hubby) and I have a great system worked out for gift giving occasions. After three years of toaster oven, coffee table, and new shocks on my car, I explained that though those were practical and needed items, they were not appropriate BIRTHDAY items. So we struck a deal. The man hates to shop, especially for something girly, so I said I'd be glad to pick-out, purchase, and wrap an APPROPRIATE gift. That has now been working well for 29 years.
    I wish you a very happy day!
    Both sides of our family only do gifts for the kids at Christmas. Keeps the focus on the real reason we're celebrating, rather than the commercial mess society has made of my savior's birth. Not to brag or anything, just want you to know that we use that money we didn't spend on each other (we all probably agree that Americans are spoiled rotten and don't "need" for much) and send it to a charity of our choice. Then we get a card, and give it to the family member whose name we drew, and share a bit about the charity we chose. Each year this gets more and more fun as creativity multiplies.

    1. Gosh Tina...thanks so much for dropping by and leaving such an amazing comment. You truly are a special woman - I'm glad we are getting to know each other through our co-hosting duties.

      I like what you and The Engineer do re your gift - why not help the man out, right? Good call on the Christmas gift giving - charity begins at home, and then needs to be forwarded to where it is most our immediate communities.

  18. I've got my own tools, too (and had they been pink, hubby would have experienced them firsthand)! I don't want to have to search through hubby's billions of tools in the garage when I need something, so I asked for my own and went from there. As for the bike, I hear ya'! Won't happen for awhile here, but my dad and two of my brothers have their bikes so far (only one a Harley-dad's). The freedom a motorcycle gives...contented sigh and a throaty roar into the sunset.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    1. Hey Shannon - a girl after my own heart! I love tools! Really, I know that reads strange, but I have quite the collection of useful tools and use them all the time.
      I'm also tickled to read you come from a family that likes to ride! Your last sentence sums it up the riding experience beautifully!

      I'm so please you took the time to read this, Shannon, thank you!

  19. Hi Jenny,

    I am a VERY new blogger but already bought the whole deal, hook, line and sinker!!!!Am getting to visit all the wonderful people in this blog sphere via the A-Z challenge. ( I am signed up and looking fwd to it. # 670) Your site looked like a comfy place to call on so stopped for a visit and glad I did. Happy Challenging .... oh, yeah, Happy B'day ..... belated.!

    1. Hi Patricia - Welcome to Pearson Report. Thank you for stopping by. I'm pleased to read you will be joining us in the A to Z Challenge - you will have a blast and you'll meet some amazing bloggers along the way.

      If you ever have any question, don't hesitate to ask...also check out my INFO PAGE it has lots of helpful information.

      And...thanks for the birthday sweet of you!!

  20. Did you know that there is a vodka called "Cake"? Happy Belated Birthday? Oh yes, is there an age limit on the A to Z?

    1. Hi loverofwords (cool handle) - Welcome to Pearson Report.

      I did not know there was a vodka called "Cake" - but now I do - thanks!
      And...thank you for the birthday wishes - belated or not, I'll take all I get!

      There is no age limit on the A to Z, that I am aware of, if I should hear otherwise I'll let you know.


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