The Secret Life of Melanie O.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Happy Birthday, baby
Tomorrow is Dan's birthday, but we celebrated today by going over to my in-laws' for a hot lunch. My mother-in-law went all out to prepare two main dishes and a vegetable dish. She also bought Dan a single serving of traditional Aussie mud cake. (The rest of us are watching our calories and had Pavlova for dessert.)

You can tell we're getting older. Instead of loud music and lunch at the club, we opted for a Mah Jong tournament instead. Dan and his family are quite good at the game, while I can barely remember from one set to the next, what the rules are. Still, I managed to beat the seasoned hands, which I felt a bit guilty about, since a) it's Dan's birthday, and by the universal birthday rules, he should be allowed to win and b) it was my in-laws' house and my mother in law made a great lunch.

I have been raised to feel guilty about things I have no business feeling guilty for. But such is life.

Dan still gets gifts from his parents for his birthday. (Granted, we buy them gifts for their birthdays, too.) I chose to opt out of presenting my gift to Dan at his parents' house, and then went on to explain why:

"He wanted some DVD's" I said, "and they probably wouldn't have been appropriate to bring."

Dan chimed in: "Not that they're porn," he reassured them. "Have you heard of Russ Meyer," he asked them?

My in-laws are pretty hip, but they were not aware of Russ Meyer, his obsession with breasts, and his proliferation of films that have heroines with large-busts - films that now have cult status. No - not large busts - huge heaving bosoms that spell death by suffocation for any man caught in their embrace.

I sheepishly grinned at my in-laws, and Dan laughed. Something else I can feel guilty about, but Dan's happy. He has his Vixen trilogy and I have a happy husband.

At the end of the day, when kisses and hugs were exchanged all around, Dan's dad was heard to yell out "Get a room, you two!"

Happy birthday, Dan!
posted by Melanie O. at 6:18 PM -
  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger Mabs said…

    Awww, give him a birthday hug for me!

  • At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Peromyscus said…

    Happy birthday to him.

  • At 9:34 AM, Anonymous livinginoz said…

    mabs...will do! :)

    pero - will pass on the good wishes.

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Katie said…

    Happy Birthday Dan!

  • At 12:25 PM, Blogger YesterdaysLace said…

    Sorry for being late to the party! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!!!!!

    Russ Myers? :) Oh my!


  • At 2:26 PM, Blogger Kanani said…

    I love that photo.
    I remember the night you left for Sydney. Dan carried your bags.
    You're so damned lucky...both of you!

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About Me: Female, American health and beauty-conscious professional who has rekindled a childhood love of dolls.
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