Waiting for My Real Life to Begin

The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Blog birthday

My little blog is having a birthday today! Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of cyberspace. I really can't say that enough. Your funny, kind and thoughtful comments have been the highlight of many days for me over the past year. When I feel like I'm not very fun or interesting, you help me feel like I am, or at least that I will be again soon. So, thank you.

It wouldn't be a birthday without presents, so I'm giving some out. Yay! Chances are, if you've read this blog over the past year, you know that a) I love me some good TV and b) Especially if it's Grey's Anatomy. And, of course, I love music.

So here's what we're gonna do: I'm going to put the names of all the people who comment on this post in a hat and pull out three winners, each of whom will get a special edition copy of the exclusive Swishy Grey's Anatomy Mix! (Yes, it exists, and yes, I listen to it ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME, including when I blog, so it's quite appropriate on many levels.) I know some people don't like to comment, so if you send me an email between now and when I post next, that can count, too. (And, no, you don't have to like Grey's--or even watch it--to like the music! I promise!)

That's the little prize. There's also a big prize up for grabs. To qualify for this major, highly coveted award, you have to give me your best birthday story. Funny, poignant, embarrassing, whatever. (In the interest of fairness, I'll have an esteemed panel of non-blogging friends determine the winner.)

What is this completely awesome prize, you ask? Why ... none other than a Here, Kitty Kitty t-shirt!

I might even put it on before I send it. A Here, Kitty Kitty t-shirt! Game-worn (so to speak) by Swishy!

Now, that's a party.


At 12:03 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Now why didn't I think about something like this for my blogiversary

At 2:01 AM, Anonymous ramblin rose said...

Happy Blog birthday!!!

I wanna win the grey's mix.... pleasssssssssssssssssssssse!!!!

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Happy Birthday Swishy Blog!!!

a birthday story...wow, I don't really ahve one cuz I hate celebrating my birthday!! And I'm kinda birthday's out right now.

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Happy birthday to your blog! If I knew it's address, I'd send flowers. :)

I don't really have a birthday story, but one of my most memorable was my 30th when Hubby John thought it would be fun to have a surprise party for me. It wasn't. I screamed bloody murder when I got home from work and everyone leapt out. Then I stormed back to our bedroom and brooded for quite a while. I did come out later and it was sort of fun. I'm a sucker for cake. :)

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Happy Birthday Swishyblog!!!

A birthday story...hmmm...

It's a toss-up: there's the year I turned seven and my mom ran out of frosting for the cake, so she filled in the middle with strawberry jelly.

Or the year I was blindfolded and taken to a secret, super-special party at McDonalds, where we all wore crowns and Grimace puppets and played outside on the McJungle Gym. I was seventeen.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger kim said...

I want the grey's mix!

Happy blog birthday.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

OK, I am sure in the fine print, I am certainly not eligible for the prizes. However, I will expect a Grey's Anatomy mix since I sent you the Manic Mom mix!

Here's the birthday stories. Yes, I have two. Incidentally, they are stories about me and sex, and they happened on, not my birthday, but my mother's birthdays. Two different years. 1986 and 1987.

First one in 1986. It was my mom's birthday. My five year old brother caught my boyfriend and I fooling around in the bedroom. Like, REALLY, fooling around, nekkidness-fooling around. He was five. I had to tell my mother what he saw because had I not, then my five year old brother would have tortured me for a lifetime.

Next mom's birthday--summer before I went away to college. Parent's bedroom. Parents were out of town. Lost virginity to a guy. One of two that I had my choice of for losing my virginity that particular night. Parent's floor, devirginized. On. My. Mother's. Birthday.

July 29 is a very special day in Manic History for shiggity.

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Kristabella said...

Happy Blogiversary! I wish I thought of something cool like this for my six-month one.

But my year celebration will be in October. I hope you don't mind that I may "steal" your idea!

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

Oops, Happy Blog Birthday to you. I'm so happy to have been a part of its birth! I'm kind of like the Swishy Blogmother, aren't I? Hey, a new Shrek Character! Manic Mom as the Blogmother!

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Senor Beavis said...

Happy blog birthday! And it's not a birthday party without a clown! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=641iPJI29Ks&mode=related&search=.
I don't have a prize-winning story, and don't even really need a Grey's mix, since I got one from a friend's Greys-themed birthday party, although you have better taste in music than they do.

On my 22nd birthday, I was at the delaware seashore with a cadre of family members, including 5 younger cousins who were running me ragged. My best friend was supposed to come up and visit me on my birthday, except his mom screwed up the message she took about it and I would up by myself. I was planning on going to a concert that night to see Jimmie's Chicken Shack (LOVE), Fuel (1st album, back when they were good), and Vertical Horizon (Georgetown alums). Bear in mind, it was 1999. (See, I got it right today, KBella). So I asked the chick selling tickets if I could have a free ticket because I was alone on my birthday taking care of 5 kids. She said she couldn't do that, but if I came by her bar station, she'd hook me up with free drinks. True to her word, she and her co-bartenders did a shot with me and she gave me free Long Islands (I asked for whatever would give me the most for my non-money). And I had a blast at the concert. Maybe it was the reverse weight of expectations, but it was one of the best birthdays I've ever had.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Liz said...

My blog's 6th birthday is coming up next month. Ahh, I remember it like it was yesterday...
For my 8th birthday, my family went to Disneyworld and my dad got really mad at me because my aunt made me clothes for my barbies and I was all, "uh, thanks," but someone else got me somethng more awesomer and I was like, "That is my most favorite ever!" And then my dad got mad and yelled and Disneyworld was ruined forever.

*plays tiny violin*

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Monnik said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

I don't have anything major or fun to write about my birthdays, except to say that we usually buy large purchases around my birthday, because it's at the end of February, which is usually when our tax return comes in. We closed on our first house on my 25th birthday, I bought a minivan on my 26th birthday, etc. Very lame, I know.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger flea said...

omg, i want the mix and the T...umm a birthday story...well there was this one time that i had a birthday party and my grandmother knitted me the most Horrendous sweater ever! Ever and when i opened it in front of all my friends i wanted to Die!! but yet i had to let on that i loved it for the sake of my mom glowering at me and her eyes begging me not to say anything, and my grandmother beaming at me with pride...i never did where the thing and god only knows where it ended up...so yeah that's my story...did i win? haha

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Frannie Farmer said...

Happy Happy Birthday - sweet blogging friend!
I am so glad you are here!
I'm not gonna leave a story because the shirt scares the heck outta me!

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Patti said...

count me in..

i have a sad birthday tale, and it's true:

i was 10. double digits! it was exciting. i went off to school and counted the minutes until i got home to see what kind of cake i was getting. all day long i am thinking. chocolate? stawberry? vanilla with chocolate icing? the anticipation was killing me.

I get home and there is nothing to be seen, which can only mean a surprise. i wait...and wait...and wait. then it's time for dinner, and the cake cannot be far behind.

i hurriedly eat, and then wait...and wait...and wait. no cake.

bedtime rolls around, and no one has even mentioned my birthday. i finally break down and ask my mom, "where's my cake?"

she was horrified. she had forgotten my birthday. there was no cake.

sad tale, no? to this day, you better believe i have a cake, a big chocolate monstrousity.

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

OMG Patti, If *I* had to choose, you would win for sure. NO birthday acknowledgment? No cake. And on your 10th birthday!

I hope you used that to your advantage the rest of your life!

That's straight out of Sixteen Candles (minus six, of course!)

At 10:57 PM, Blogger CruiserMel said...

Happiest of blogirthdays to Swishy!

I hate to throw any votes for myself towards manic mom, but WOW! Not one, but two sex stories for her MOTHER'S birthday? Man. Hard core.

But being a blog hor myself, I'll share my little bday story: when I was 5 in kindergarten, I liked (really liked - I mean, I was like a hormonal teenager) a boy named Keith. Then my family moved away (not for that reason) to another school district (same city). In 6th grade (when the elementary schools merged into one middle school) there he was! His family had moved, too! Miracle of miracles! Anyway - I didn't say a single word to him until our 20th h.s. reunion....when we found ourselves chatting at the bar. Both single. We dated for 4 months before I confessed that I was the little girl who's 5th bday he'd attended - as the only boy. He then admitted that he remembered all along and then told me exactly what he'd given me for that bday, including his first kiss (mine, too). I then produced the little apron (?) and bracelet he'd given me. I still have them. It was hilarious! Though we don't date now, and he's since married, we still do happy hours and laugh about how many times our paths have crossed.

So? Grey's mix? Kitty kitty shirt? Honorable mention?

At 10:58 AM, Blogger cubmommy said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! I love reading about your adventures. I am not going to enter the contest because that shirt is hideous and being a Cub fan it is against my religion to wear anything Cardinals.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Tuesday Girl said...

Happy blogiversary!

Where is the cake?

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Jenster said...


I would like it if you would pull my name out of your hat, please.

As for a birthday story, I've got nothin'. Well, not much anyway. The only thing I can think of is when my husband took me to dinner a few years ago and the hostess led us to a back room. There sat about 8 couples - all good friends of ours - and I felt so bad for them. It never occurred to me they were there as a surprise for me. I thought they'd planned a dinner without us and then would feel bad when we caught them.

Yeah. I'm a little slow on the uptake.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Jenster said...

Or is it "Blirthday"?

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Swishy said...

Thank you so much, everyone! Winners will be announced soon!

Cubmommy, I SO did not get that. HA HA. You are so much smarter than I am :)

At 12:34 AM, Blogger XYZinn said...

I want the music mix sooo bad! I need some good music.

At 5:51 PM, Blogger TTQ said...

happy birthday swishy blog! I don't need the cd..so leave my name out of the hat..I do love the shirt though! ;)

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Aimee C said...

Happy Birthday!

After my 29th b-day party, leaving a bar in a polka dotted dress that I thought was fetching a homeless man on a bicycle rode up and asked if he could play checkers on my butt. Is that compliment? I was loopy enough to take it as such, no word on whether the game happened, that's my secret :-)

At 3:35 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

What a neato idea. I might have to swipe it for my blog's birdy in June.

If I win the "Here kitty kitty" shirt, I'll take a pic of me wearing it and the Groucho Marx penis nose glasses it trumped as a prize for my blog. :)

At 1:25 AM, Blogger Scribe LA said...

YAY! Happy blogibirthday!! The show I'm working on wras this week, so I'll have more time to post and write and... get back to my friends. Cheers, Swishy.


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