Happy birthday to me!

As with previous birthdays, my 29th birthday started with me drowsy and fuzzy-minded in the morning. Nick woke me up at 5 am, thrust a laptop under my wrinkled bed-face, and commanded me to check my email.

I got an email from him that said:

On the first hour of my 29th birthday,
My true love sent to me
A purple paint on the bathroom wall.

That was enough to wake me up. I dashed off to the bathroom, eager to see what he painted. I just knew that he had finally picked up a sample of the perfect purple color from Benjamin Moore – the same purple  that I saw on the tv show Secrets of a Stylist.


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There were a total of four swatches painted on the bathroom walls, showing how the color would look with different lights. And I love the color! It’s better than what we had considered previously, which was much more purple and might look too garish on all four walls.

The rest of the day was just so much fun, with me receiving emails from him all day. The second email read,

On the second hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall.

And I found these waiting for me on our sofa:

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The cutest yellow pillows, ever! I’ve been bugging him about yellow pillows for our sofa for forever, showing him picture after picture of various pillows on the ‘net. I’m not sure if he got the pillows to make me happy or to shut me up… but I love them! The pillow on the left is from West Elm, and the right one is from World Market.

The third email said,

On the third hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall. 



These cute purses were waiting for me in the car:

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Yes, the black one is actually a Louis Vuitton! What! Did he win a poker tournament or something? No – it was thrifted! My little thrifty husband! (It might be a fake, but I don’t really care – its cute and I’m not a purse aficionado so I can’t tell the difference) The brown purse is thrifted as well, and the blue one is from Old Navy. So cute. I need some kind of purse organizer in my closet – maybe a couple of cute hooks?

Fourth email:

On the fourth hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Four wizardous stories,
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall. 


He later admitted to me that he wasn’t sure if wizardous was even a word, but that it sounded too fun to not use! I agree – inventing words is a favorite pastime of mine. Anyway – on to the books.

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I recently read a graphic novel version of the Wizard of Oz and was really surprised at how different it was from the movie. The author of the graphic novel said that the original novel is really different and there’s a whole series, not just one story. So, Nick got me the novel version of the story as well as the famous Wicked books. Bonus – all of the books were either thrifted or from a used book store. He’s a money-saving genius.

And then:

On the fifth hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Five whiten outfits,
Four wizardous stories,
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall. 



Whiten? A play on “golden” – very cute. Did I get five new white outfits? No, but someone else did:

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I melted. These are so CUTE and so TINY. I am going to iron on some fun stuff this summer!

My day wasn’t over yet…

On the sixth hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Six gorgeous earrings,
Five whiten outfits,
Four wizardous stories,
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall.

I don’t wear rings other than my wedding/engagement ring, bracelets slide off my bony wrists, and necklaces are pretty but sometimes annoying when I’m signing too fast. I’m a earring lady first and foremost and Nick got me six gorgeous and colorful earrings! All the more to add to my jewelry dresser.

On the seventh hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Seven milky chocolates,
Six gorgeous earrings,
Five whiten outfits,
Four wizardous stories,
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall.

Apparently someone wants me to get fat and the baby fat along with me – Nick gave me six Reese cups and one Heath bar. These are my favorite candies that I RARELY eat (not because I’m a perfect person, but because I gain weight EASILY). But if I can’t eat a few candies while pregnant, when can I???

By the time I got my eighth email, it was dark outside and I was relaxing and happy and eating a Reese cup.

On the eighth hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Eight informative literature,
Seven milky chocolates,
Six gorgeous earrings,
Five whiten outfits,
Four wizardous stories,
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall.

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All books about pregnancy, baby gear, and child rearing, as well as two cute books to read to the baby. I love Dr. Seuss and plan to buy all of his books – loved him when I was growing up and still do. Again, all of the books were thrifted!

Ready to hit the sheets, I opened the last email from sweet Nick –

On the ninth hour of my 29th Birthday,
My true love sent to me
Nine squared Ribbas,
Eight informative literature,
Seven milky chocolates,
Six gorgeous earrings,
Five whiten outfits,
Four wizardous stories,
Three stylish purses,
Two gold pillows,
And a purple paint on the bathroom wall!

Yay!! I’ve been prattling off about the RIBBA frames for, like, forever and am thrilled that we’ll be getting them within three months! They’ll go in the nursery.

What a day! But I also got a monetary gift from Nick’s parents that will go towards some more (and much needed) pregnancy clothes. AND I also got an awesome gift for the nursery from my mom!! Look at this!

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A gray knitted pouf from CB2 that I’ve been drooling over since dinosaurs roamed the earth. I love it – it’s firm and perfect and comfy and and and.

I’m glad my birthday comes once a year or I would become so very spoiled with my loved ones bestowing gifts on me. But it was a great day and I needed it after several months of feeling ugh. I’m feeling really great these days and hope this energy continues on throughout the second trimester!

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8 Responses

  1. Its sweet how he did everything. My husband done something similar before. Happy birthday girl!

  2. The most creative birthday gift(s) ever! Love the purple shade btw 🙂

  3. Haha, kudos to your husband for spoiling you in a creative way!! Love it! 🙂 Happy Birthday and I can’t wait to see what you do with the RIBBA frames.

  4. What a great birthday! I love that knitted pouf, but I think my cat would tear it up. Also congratulations on the baby!

  5. Wow Wow! What a sweet thoughtful awesome husband you have! You are blessed! And I am so thrilled for you!
    Hugs hugs Teena

  6. SO sweet!! I adore this idea.

    Happy belated birthday!!

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  8. […] was so excited to have the six Ribba frames gifted to me for my birthday last May (Nick promised me 9, but we realized that nine Ribbas wouldn’t have fit our wall. Our walls […]

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