Hippy hoppy ha-di-ha

Today is my birthday. 31. My! How is it that I got to be so young? Or something. I was woken pre-dawn by Big-P rustling like crazy in the closet by the bed. My immediate reaction was to spring up and say “SHHH! You’ll wake Amelia before I have had a chance to have my coffee!” but upon realising that it was my birthday and that he was getting my beautiful present down from it’s hiding place I decided that I had better lose the cranky mum act. I also received enough chocolate truffles to build a small chocolate truffle house if I wanted to and the great creator/thor/mother nature has provided me with an icy-cold-autumnal-downpours kind of day as the perfect birthday back-drop.
To answer the age-old birthday question “are you doing anything special today?” the answer is I am making special birthday baby food, having a special birthday nap, checking through oodles of special birthday spam and tonight eating special birthday pizza while watching a special birthday video.

I watched too much news yesterday and went to bed with a heavy heart. I will not make that mistake again today – just the 7pm ABC news and nothing more. It is my birthday after all.

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95 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday Claire!!!!!!!! **HUGS** 😀

  2. hooray! happiest of happy wishes to you, m’dear.

  3. Revel in your 31-ness. It will go fast. For me, it went so fast that I still say that I’m 31 even though I’ve been fully entrenched in my 32-ness for about 4 months now

  4. Anche se in ritardo…Tantissimi auguri;)

  5. j.ketchion@student.qut.edu.au says:

    happy birthday! : )

  6. erika@five3.com says:

    Happy happy birthday Claire. I hope you have a great one! 🙂 Enjoy your special day!

  7. Feliz Cumpleanos! Happy Birthday, fellow artsy soul! I hope you had a great day, a restful and happy one. Funny, when we become mommies everything changes…naps are such a luxury and treasure! I hope you have a good one today, LOL

  8. Happy Birthday. We need your journal more than ever these days, thank you so much for keeping it up.

  9. donnadenim@yahoo.com says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!! Have a great day!

  10. Happy birthday Claire! We are almost twins … I turned 31 on the 18th of March!
    Now, if I could just find a baby as adorable as your Amelia somewhere …

  11. Happy Birthday Claire!
    I hope everything is wonderful during your day. Special baby food, special nap, special pizza…

    wow, I envy you!

  12. Cilla@gibtesnicht.com says:

    Happy Birthday – even if you dont know me, I have enjoyed your journal and work quite a lot lately! Have a good day!

  13. campose99@jhotmail.com says:

    Happy Birthday. Have a wonderful year…

  14. Happy Birthday! You young people, I don’t know… it’s much harder being 32, let me tell you.Cute pressie… (oh, and Big P’s link to the mini horses has made me smile a lot this week.)

  15. Happy Birthday, and may you have many more. 🙂

  16. Happy Birthday! Don’t let the rest of the world get you down, even if it is just for today. Enjoy your day!

  17. Happy Special Birthday – I’m sure you could even make the ABC news at 7pm special by muting the nasties and singing loudly until they’re over ;o)Truffles are good.

  18. ALMOST totally unrelated, but I was just in Brazil, and your title reminded me of how Brazilians pronounce hip-hop ‘ippy-oppy’…
    Happy Birthday Claire! Hope you had a nice one 🙂

  19. Happy birthday! Here’s hoping that the special birthday spam is kept to a minimum today 😉

  20. ben@neuronwave.com says:

    Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

  21. Happy Birthday Claire! I love reading your journal, and I just saw the pic of Amelia, she is adorable!

  22. Happy Birthday Claire. Your choice of the way to spend your special day sounds perfect.
    I love this weather.

  23. sylvia_bm@yahoo.com says:

    Dear Claire,
    Happy Birthday, may all the smiles and joy you give the world return to you tenfold today.

    That’s enough “happy power” to quell whatever the 7pm news brings.

  24. sylvia_bm@yahoo.com says:

    Dear Claire,
    Happy Birthday, may all the smiles and joy you give the world return to you tenfold today.

    That’s enough “happy power” to quell whatever the 7pm news brings.

  25. Happy birthday Claire! Enjoy the special birthday nap.

  26. cath.kelly@ad-fab.net says:

    have an ad-fabulous birthday!!!

  27. Mmmm, special birthday pizza. Sounds wonderful.
    Happy birthday!

  28. I hope you have a wonderful year, all the best!

  29. enuwyteo@yahoo.com says:

    Happy Birthday Claire! Here’s wishing you all the happiness. Thanks for maintaining this site, it’s been really nice to come in here and read amidst all that’s going on in the world

  30. alles gute zum geburtstag! happy birthday from austria!
    it is the first day of spring here and it is just lovely. i hope your day is a s fine as the weather on the other side of the globe *g*

  31. argh! nearly missed saying happy birthday on your birthday! hope it has been a good day.

  32. happy birthday claire 😀

  33. Wishes for many beautiful years to come.

  34. Build the small chocolate truffle house. Why not? And 31 is a prime number, a good solid year.

  35. Happy birthday 🙂

  36. Hey, Happy Birthday, Claire!! 😀

  37. Hope you had a Happy 31st Birthday!

  38. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! 🙂

  39. Have a wonderful birthday, Claire! 🙂

  40. Aren’t birthdays just the best?!
    Hope you had a terrific day *hugs*

  41. celblaus@yahoo.com.br says:

    Claire,A Happy Birthday to you! Have a nice and beautiful day…
    31 yrs old: this is the “second” of 10 amazing years!
    Cindy, 30 yrs old

  42. Hippo Birdy Two Ewes!Although it was yesterday to you it is today for us! Hope it was happy…

  43. Happy birthday, Claire!!!! *lotsofhugs*
    I’m all curious now, what did Big-P end up getting you?

  44. ljm@ualberta.net says:

    Happy Birthday Claire! What a gorgeous gift 🙂

  45. Happy birfday to you happy birfday to you happy birfday loooooobbbbyyyyluuuuuuuuu, happy birfday to you, piphip erray piphip erray. n many appy returns n all that stuff:)

  46. silusGROK@mail.com says:

    Happy Birthday, Claire… you deserve it!

  47. happy birthday! lovely present you got as well.

  48. i hope you have a lovely birthday!!

  49. I hope you had a wonderful birthday–and that Amelia understood the importance of an extended birthday nap!

  50. ml@gplusa.com says:

    Happy birthday!

  51. Happiest of Birthdays, Claire! Wishing you the best year ever, full of health and happiness, love and joy! and truffles…. lots and lots of truffles! and naps….lots and lots of blissful undisturbed sleep!

  52. Happy Day! Give that cutie pie a hug for me, too. Does she still have “disco hair?”

  53. happy birthday darling. it’s the beginning of spring here – and that’s something to celebrate.

  54. Happy Birthday Claire! Enjoy your day.

  55. Happy happy Birthday!!!!!!

  56. Happy birthday! Wherever did Big P get the kokeshi? I must have one. Eat the truffles all-gone!

  57. Hau’oli La Hanau to you, Claire!
    Have the bestest day!

  58. Happy Birthday 🙂

  59. Feliz cumpleanos from Austin, Texas! By the way your seasons are backwards…(it’s spring here)

    Hehe, just kidding, i KNOW that Australia has exact opposite seasons….Happy 30th!

    A Fan.

  60. happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday loobyluuuuuu claire, happy birthday to you!

  61. Happy, Happy Birthday Claire!!!

  62. Happy Birthday!Hope you have/had a lovely day!

  63. have a smiley happy sweet day!!

  64. have a very happy birthday!

  65. happy birthday to you! a special birthday nap is such a perfect thing. and birthday pizza tastes so much better than everyday pizza…the cooks must know!

  66. Happy Birthday Claire!

  67. Hope you had a wonderful birthday and what a lovely birthday gift! Best wishes 🙂

  68. cathy.mccluskey@sympatico.ca says:

    Hi Happy Birthday from your much, much older Canadian sister-in-law.

  69. happy birthday! your bday gift is simply beautiful.
    hope the special birthday pizza had extra everything! 😉

  70. Happy Birthday Loobylu!

  71. Hope you had a beautiful birthday!

  72. I know I’m late, Happy belated birthday! I hope it was an awesome day and you enjoyed every piece of your birthday cake 🙂

  73. Happy (late) birthday! I hope you enjoyed all of your “special” activities on your special day. 😉

  74. Happy Belated Birthday Claire!
    Hope you had the bestest of days.

  75. i’m a regular reader of your blog though i don’t say much.. anyway, happy birthday!!! 🙂

  76. Happy Belated birthday! I just turned 31 this year…. it it glorious… and far better then 30!

  77. tracereraser1@yahoo.com says:

    Happy Boith-day! I visit your site often, but this is my first comment 🙂 I’m 32 and when people ask my age, I hesitate because for a split second, I honestly can’t remember. Makes me look like I’m fibbing, but actually it’s because I was 20-something for so long. How can I be 32 when it was just yesterday that I was wearing Robert Smith t-shirts and writing bad poetry in high school? Anyway, have yourself a swell day!

  78. happy birthday, claire! hope you had a swell day with no scary TV or newspapers.

  79. c.laffan@bmcdvic.com.au says:

    Happy birthday Claire. I was my birthday yesterday and I had lots of birthday naps too. Viva la snoozes.

  80. looloop@hotmail.com says:

    Many happy returns Claire, I hope you had a great day. It always rains on my March birthday too, must be my special dose of Murphy’s law. Have you finished all the truffles yet?

  81. oh lovely girl, hope you had a beautiful day. I am so sorry I let your special day slip by without a birthday card from me to you. xxxx

  82. i love your beautiful present! Hope you had an excellent birthday.

  83. jonathan.wise@civilization.ca says:

    Bonne anniversaire! And many happy returns Claire!

  84. Have the most beautiful, wonder-filled year ahead Claire.
    Thanks for all the cheer you’ve spread. 🙂

  85. Belated Happy Birthday!

  86. happy birthday claire! 🙂

  87. Happy late birthday from a fellow March baby! 🙂

  88. kadir@freak.com says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAE!!!!!~!~i know i am a bit late but its betta late then never… =)
    HapPy 31st b|rtHd@e!!!!yeaH!!!