Monday Listicles

Live from rainy Pacific Northwest, it’s the one, the only Monday Listicles.

I thank you for sharing your thankfulness last week. It really put me in a happy state of mind reading your lists. We have been on a very positive and happy streak here lately and it is to be continued this Monday.

It was Robbie’s turn to choose the topic. Her daughter is turning nine so she said we will write a list about Birthdays. I expect you all to write me a fabulous, happy birthday list of ten. However as of today I will forever be known as the grinch that stole birthdays. Because I really don’t like them. So it is on you to persuade me otherwise!


Right now, list 10 Birthday style.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Obviously: I turn a year older.

2. And not wiser at all, thank you very much.

3. It is nearly impossible to buy someone a gift they will be surprised by…

4. …or like and use (no need to guess here, I am talking about my husband).

5. It is a great opportunity to bake a marvelous cake. Unless you are me. Then it is a disaster.

6. It is another date that I will potentially forget. Unless it is my own.

7. Kids Birthday = more toys. More toys = more tidying up.

8. Birthday parties of kids that you did not even know are in your child’s classrooms. Need I say more?

9. Your Facebook wall blows up.

10. Being faced with: “Happy Birthday Mommy. How old are you?” followed by “Wow, that is old!”

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  1. Terri Sonoda July 22, 2012 at 19:08 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    When I turned 50, my grandson was 4 and I talked to him on the phone. He was being prompted by his Dad to say “Happy Birthday Grandma”. Then he said, not prompted this time, “How many are you Grandma?”. I said, “I’m 50 years old.” He said, with great surprise, “Grandma, that’s huge!”
    Yea, and it was huge. LOL
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..Dreaming fiction. Is it a thing?

  2. Delilah July 22, 2012 at 19:49 #

    Twitter: iamnotthemaid
    Perfect timing, Stasha. I turn 35 on Tuesday. sniffle, sniffle. First person who asks me how old I am on Tuesday will get throat-punched.
    Delilah recently posted..The Big Birthday Bash Giveaway is Here!

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 01:01 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I am turning 35 next too. That is 26 if anyone asks! Follow suit please!

  3. Bridget July 22, 2012 at 19:53 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    Our husbands sound a lot alike – nearly impossible to shop for. He’s still going to be away for his birthday this year – I have no idea what to send him!! UGH!
    Bridget recently posted..Why Are We Killing Each Other?

  4. Ally July 22, 2012 at 20:26 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    I love that graph. So true.
    The whole turning a year older thing – gets me every year. :)
    Ally recently posted..Good And Bad About Birthdays

  5. Amanda July 22, 2012 at 20:31 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    I LOVE it when my Facebook page blows up! I do agree on the shopping for husbands point, though. Definitely not easy.
    Amanda recently posted..A Walk Down Birthday Memory Lane

  6. Ado July 22, 2012 at 20:43 #

    I’m surprised – you? no like birthdays? I’m stunned. (-:
    Yeah that Facebook wall thing – it sure does blow up.
    Ado recently posted..Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 00:59 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I know…. Nobody is perfect. I like other random days though. Does that count ;)

  7. The Sisterhood July 22, 2012 at 21:14 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    I like birthdays because there is only one alternative to becoming one year older. :) And I’m just going to say it, I like my Wall blowing up. I’m needy. Ellen
    The Sisterhood recently posted..The Voices in Erin’s Head Dish About Birthday Cakes

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 01:00 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You are too cool Ellen. That’s all!! :)

  8. Donna July 22, 2012 at 21:24 #

    Twitter: DonnaChaffins
    Your list made me smile. :) But I have the opposite take on birthdays. I’m still a kid at heart.
    Donna recently posted..10 Reasons Why I Love Birthdays

  9. Alison July 22, 2012 at 22:40 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    #10 is SO TRUE!!
    Alison recently posted..Hello world!

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 00:58 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Love the this post is here cause I know you will peek tag on your blog. Made me giggle every time I land there!!!

  10. Sperk* July 22, 2012 at 22:45 #

    Twitter: sperk01
    You may not like birthdays, but I’m glad you were born!
    Sperk* recently posted..If I Could Turn Back Time

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 00:55 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I know I know…I really am not thAt much against them :)

  11. Brandee July 22, 2012 at 23:57 #

    Twitter: archaeolemur
    Could I love your list anymore? I am right with you on the shopping for husbands thing. I do like baking cakes though. ;)
    Brandee recently posted..All things birthday

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 00:54 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I know. And our cakes are rather awesome!!!

    • Stasha July 23, 2012 at 00:55 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I meant your cakes. Touch pad ate my y.

  12. Ai Sakura July 23, 2012 at 00:04 #

    Twitter: AiSakuraHaruka
    I’m still loving birthdays.. more so for my little girl now than myself though. Very true on #10 hahahaha…
    Ai Sakura recently posted..Singapore National Day 2012: 5 Things to do with Kids

  13. Mark July 23, 2012 at 03:02 #

    Twitter: Rsimplelives
    Kids toys? Ugh!
    Mark recently posted..I caught Fred cheatin’ on me

  14. SouthMainMuse July 23, 2012 at 03:39 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    The Facebook graphic — too funny. And this year I decided to forgo the cake and just eat tons of my favorite ice cream. For days till the humongous carton was empty. But put me in the category of those who still love birthdays though their allure is waning a bit.
    SouthMainMuse recently posted..Is it okay to burn the birthday flag?

  15. Cassie July 23, 2012 at 05:08 #

    Twitter: FotoFriendlyMom
    I’m still enjoying my birthdays! And that all may change next year when I’m 30…and later in life when my daughter can talk and call me old…but for now, I still like having a special day to call mine (and cake of course).
    Cassie recently posted..Official 9 Month Check- Up (Short, Sweet, and Shot-less)

  16. BonnyBard July 23, 2012 at 06:10 #

    Twitter: thebonnybard
    The “wow that’s old” comment is entirely independent of your age, even 22 year old mothers get it, it’s simply a problem of perception.
    BonnyBard recently posted..Monday Listicles – Birthdays

  17. Jackie July 23, 2012 at 06:18 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    I almost feel like we can’t be friends anymore Stasha. However, since my birthday party planning craziness is taken to epic proportions, I feel I like it enough for the both of us.
    Jackie recently posted..Birthday Party Perfect

  18. stacey July 23, 2012 at 07:08 #

    Twitter: staceysmoments
    All true things! I will join you in being a birthday scrooge!
    stacey recently posted..10 Birthday Things

  19. Diane July 23, 2012 at 07:51 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    Baahaaahaaa…I love your list Stasha!!!

    35!!! OMG…that one is ancient history for me. :D

    Thanks for starting my day off with a good chuckle! Have a good week.

    Diane recently posted..The "Liebster"

  20. Just Jennifer July 23, 2012 at 08:50 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    I feel you on some of what you listed. But I still think birthdays are awesome. It’s the one day a year that is all about YOU. Also, it’s a celebration of life. I say, have your husband buy his own gift, give Little J an experience rather than new toys and order a cake from a store!
    Just Jennifer recently posted..Thinking About a Dog

  21. Wendy Coffman July 23, 2012 at 09:20 #

    Twitter: stampingrules
    I’m so glad I wasn’t taking a sip of my ta when I got to your facebook graph. Classic!
    Wendy Coffman recently posted..Freshly Made August SOTM Moxie Fab-ness!

  22. RoryBore July 23, 2012 at 10:15 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    I am terrible about birthdays…unless Facebook prompts me, I have no clue. I got 3 kids, 4,000 social site, banking, computer and other passwords and a weekly menu to put together….that’s all the data storage this old brain can handle.

    and when do I get to start having the adult toys. wait…..that came out wrong. I mean, “grown up” toys. you know, like a BMW?
    RoryBore recently posted..Monday Listicles: You Say It’s your Birthday?!

  23. Stacie July 23, 2012 at 11:48 #

    Twitter: snapsandbits
    Hi Stasha, I am so happy I found your Monday Listicles. It’s great fun and I”m already hooked. I am trying to read them all but I might not always have time. Do you ever give a shout out the next day to 3 (or 5 or X) that are particularly worth reading? Just wondering…

  24. Stacie July 23, 2012 at 11:51 #

    Twitter: snapsandbits
    PS botched the blog link, should be correct now
    Stacie recently posted..December 5: I Celebrate Another Birthday

  25. Runnermom-jen July 23, 2012 at 12:48 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Aw, Stasha…sorry you dislike your birthday! And it’s true about the Facebook thing, I actually hid my birthday from the public ;)
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Today I’m Thankful…

  26. Audrey July 23, 2012 at 13:14 #

    Husbands are impossible to buy for! Especially when they already have everything in the world. And its so true about Facebook!
    Audrey recently posted..Monday Listicles – Birthdays

  27. deborah l quinn July 23, 2012 at 13:29 #

    Twitter: mannahattamamma
    Don’t like cake, like pie. And when you ask for birthday pie, people look at you funny. My own birthdays used to make me excessively grumpy but now I’ve decided it’s an excuse to throw a party, which I think is fun (I *never* tell anyone it’s my birthday). And I’m with you on the kids’ birthday thing – too many kids, too much plastic crap, and always the one or two kids who I look at and think “are you being raised by amoebas, or what?”
    deborah l quinn recently which i am anxious about the prom. i mean blogher12

  28. Kelly July 23, 2012 at 15:06 #

    Twitter: kelsey_bar
    Great list! I’m turning 35 in a few weeks too…and I seem to be feeling this one a little bit more for some reason.
    #8 is the worst! I am always surprised when we get an invite from a kid that my daughter has NEVER mentioned before. I let her pick 5 friends…that’s it.

  29. Susi July 23, 2012 at 19:32 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    This is a pretty great topic and your list is too funny and relateble!!! Love it… I’d be happy to bake a cake for you next time. I love baking… :)
    Susi recently posted..Comment on Time is not on my side… by Jessica

  30. Larks July 23, 2012 at 20:55 #

    Twitter: LarksNotesThis
    I’m kind of with you on the birthday grinch thing. I’m not actively against the concept or anything and I’m very happy that other people enjoy theirs so much but when it comes to mine I’m like, “Meh. Make with the booze. Let me take a nap.” LOL! Not too festive.

  31. Dominique July 24, 2012 at 00:04 #

    Twitter: dominiquegoh
    My birthday is next month and I’m still thinking thinking of what I can get Hubby to give me. I agree on the facebook page blowing up.. can be quite annoying with the number of notifications.
    Dominique recently posted..Top 10 Reasons Why Kids Love Birthdays

  32. Kelly Kardos July 24, 2012 at 06:16 #

    SUCH an enjoyable list!!!!

  33. Recovering Supermom July 24, 2012 at 11:22 #

    Ha! I love your list. I agree with you on lots of them. Especially the cake one. Sometimes they turn out okay, but it’s pretty much always a painful process. :)
    Recovering Supermom recently posted..Celebrity Birthday Siblings

  34. Jess July 24, 2012 at 12:12 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    So, this one time I tried to bake my husband a cake for his birthday. It ended up being thrown at the wall and he still laughs about it 5+ years later.
    Jess recently posted..Peace, Love, and Tie-Dye

  35. Katie E July 24, 2012 at 19:05 #

    Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    I have to admit you have some great points – I’m not that fond of my own birthdays either.
    Katie E recently posted..Monday Listicles: An 11-Year-Old’s Birthday

  36. Liz July 25, 2012 at 01:18 #

    Twitter: LizS_B
    I’m undecided on birthdays. I used to love my kids birthdays – they were simple, easy to buy for and most appreciative of what they were given. Suffice to say, because I was a single parent, they didn’t have a lot or expect a lot so a gift (often from many combined) was always exciting!
    Enter my husbands (spoilt) girls in 2009… birthdays are counted down by some of these girls from the day after their birthday, we are reminded weekly from about the 3 month before mark, and they expect A LOT!! (and some are very ungrateful). So, I am fast becoming a fellow disliker (is that even a word??!!) of birthdays.
    Added to that we now have 9 children between us, plus partners for a few and there are just far too many birthdays for my liking!!
    On a positive note… Hubby is nothing like his girls in any way really. He takes birthdays as they come, loves anything he’s given and expects nothing. :)
    Liz recently posted..Wild Bird Wednesday: Superb Fairy Wren

  37. Bruna July 26, 2012 at 10:18 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    Your list couldn’t be any truer! Is truer a word even? LOL

    I love birthdays though. Not the older part, just the more presents for me :P
    Bruna recently posted..looking forward to, excited for …

  38. Jamie July 26, 2012 at 19:00 #

    Twitter: chosenchaos
    hmmmm…. I wonder how many times I will write the listicle and then forget to link up the listicle. tsk tsk tsk

    Oh well! I had fun reading others and writing mine! Ha!
    Jamie recently posted..surrounded by balloons

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