Friday, April 07, 2006

29 for the first time

There are a few phrases that I (and my siblings) use that have histories and are hilarious to me (and my siblings) but not necessarily others. One of them is the phrase, "Hi it's my birthday hi."

Hi it's my birthday hi History: This comes from a story told by an old friend, Michael, who told us about this guy that would frequent a local (my hometown) watering hole and, in an effort to score free drinks from other patrons, would approach people with the phrase, "Hi, it's my birthday, hi."

Hi it's my birthday hi Realization: Uh, where did my twenties go? Oh yes, into those other people. Good investment, say I. Good investment.

Hi it's my birthday hi Gift: Here. I'll give you a good recipe. It's pretty, and yummy, and even vegetarian.

Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans

~2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
~1 (19 oz.) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
~1 (9-10 oz.) bag fresh, chopped (about 8 cups) Spinach
~4 cups hot cooked penne (about 1/2 lb. uncooked tubular-shaped pasta)
~1/2 cup (2 oz.) finely crumbled feta cheese

Combine tomatoes and beans in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; bring to boil. Reduce heat; Simmer 10 minutes. Add spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring occasionally. Place 1 cup pasta on each of four plates; top each serving with 1 1/4 cup sauce and 2 tablespoons cheese.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 474 (12 % from fat)
Chol: 13 mg.
Sodium: 1553 mg.

Hi it's my birthday hi Revelation: The term "Spring Break" is French (or something) for, "Okay, Parents, this is just a practice run. Get ready because summer is coming and you need to be more on the ball to keep the kids busy and happy."

Hi it's my birthday hi Wish: That guitar. And World Peace.

20 comments:

beans said...

happy birthday!!! did you know that i never knew that's where the story came from but i'll let you know that that man still frequents the watering holes with the same line.

jennifer said...

Have a very wonderful birthday!

cabesh said...

Happy, happy birthday, ~J dear....

Lyle said...

Digo a voce, feliz aniversario e parabens. Hah! a little Portuguese for ya on your birthday.

AzĂșcar said...

That's the funniest Spanish I ever heard.


Haabbbyy Biifftthhday!

Present en route (soon anyway)

JC said...

Happy Birthday. And...which guitar?

Tori :) said...

Happy birthday Jenny!

compulsive writer said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


PS The thirties are amazing and wonderful...and--in order to not give away too much--I won't admit to knowing anything beyond that.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday! DId you register anywhere? I always want to do that and my family puts the kibosh on it every year. Completely rude, I think. I mean how else are you going to be able to put out a shameless plug for what you want?.... unless on a blog...hmmmm.

Glad we didn't go to Gardner Village, we would have had 4 soggy girls and spent the rest of the break treating pneumonia. Some other time.
Have a completely wonderful day!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Emmie said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day! And I think that sharing a yummy recipe on one's birthday should be a tradition from now on.

Julie said...

Happy Birthday! I'm jealous that you got sun for your present. All I got was rain and snow. Have a great weekend!

~j. said...

Thanks, everyone! It's been a lovely day so far.

Lyle - obrigado.

JC - an acoustic/electric bass...


Sue - no registering for me. By the by, could you email me (jennyeckton at yahoo)? I'm glad we didn't go, also. Definitely a rain check, though.

Julie - That's the thing about the April bdays...snow? Sure. 85 degrees? Sure. Whichever. *sigh* All blessings of having a birthday on a golden springtime...

Queen Scarlett said...

Happy Birthday!
Sweet wishes and fun...

I made it. ;-)

good luck surviving spring break.

Julie said...

OK, now I have that Primary song "On a Golden Springtime" running through my mind...

LuckyRedHen said...

I just saw a "Shut Up Roxy" t-shirt on eBay I wanted to buy you, but you already have one.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN

p.s. I WILL be posting my wish list on my blog in case anyone wants to get me something they know I'll like (bday May 28). Ain't no shame in it.

Kiki said...

Happy belated birthday! I also have such a phrase. For my 18th birthday, I was out at the BY living in regular, not freshman apartments. My neighbors dressed me up in a funky outfit, blindfolded me, and requested my shouting of "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! DO YOU THINK I'M HOT?!" in very public places (like Movies 8 and Carousel before it was Leatherby's). I yell it every birthday.

Elle Woodz said...

You won't believe this, Jen, but last night when we went to a local watering hole, the first thing that happened to me was this guy who walked up and said, "Hi, it's my birthday, Hi." Wow.

Lynn said...

You won't believe this, Jen, but last night when we went to a local watering hole, the first thing that happened to me was this guy who walked up and said, "Hi, it's my birthday, Hi." Wow.

~j. said...

now THAT'S funny.