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Saturday, March 27, 2010


German lesson: siebenunddreißig-literally, seven and thirty, or as we would say, thirty-seven. Why siebenunddreißig? Because that's how old I am today! WHAT? Yep, I am officially in my late 30's.  Man, my parents are OLD.  They have a child in her late 30's.  ;)

Yesterday I had a funny, but very uplifting conversation with one of gate guards on post.  He looked at my id card and noticed that my birthday was the next day (remember this was yesterday).

Guard:  Ihr Geburtstag ist morgen.-(Your birthday is tomorrow)
Me:  Ja.-Yes. 
Guard: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag-(Happy Birthday!)
Me: Danke-Thanks  
Guard:  Wie viele Jahre haben Sie?- (How old will you be?) {literally:  how many years do you have?}
Me:  Siebenunddreißig-thirty-seven
Guard:  Ich denke du meinst siebenundzwanzig-(I think you mean twenty-seven)
Me:  Nein, nein siebenunddreißig-(No, no.  Thirty-seven.)

Guard [switching to English]:  Siebenunddreißig means thirty-seven.
Me [also in English]  I know.  That's how old I'll be:  thirty-seven.  [pulling my ID back out and showing him the year I was born]
Guard:  Oh, well.  You look great.  Happy Birthday.
Me:  Thanks!  {float home feeling much better about my age}

This morning Mr. HH took the dogs out for me (I usually take them in the mornings) and let me sleep in.  Around 9am, he and Indy brought me breakfast in bed (apple pancakes-my favorite-turkey bacon and hot tea), then we walked over to the flea market, but it was a bit of a bust today because it was raining on and off.  Tonight, the Contessa is watching Indy while Mr. HH takes me out somewhere.  He won't tell me where, just that we have reservations and I should dress nice.  Ooooooh.  Curious!

So, there is is.  My birthday.  Happy birthday to me!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!Enjoy the day...

instant student said...

Happy Birthday!
Have a great day!

C N Heidelberg said...

Have a great one! Weekend birthdays are the best!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How nice, Happy Birthday. Cute conversation. Super wonderful that you look so young. Hope you have a great evening. Hugs, Marty

ABW said...

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!!

Jenn B said...

Happy Birthday!

Germans are so funny sometimes. I bet that totally made your day!

Expat Girl said...

Happy Birthday!

Allison said...

what a nice compliment from the guard! hehe

Happy Birthday!!

Allison said...

That's great about the guard conversation.

Happy birthday!

KimAustin said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Wish I were there with you to celebrate! I am going to be in the Grand Caymans for mine, wish u could be there too!

Bonita said...

Happy Birthday! Have fun at the surprise place tonight!

Joyfulness said...

Happy Birthday! What a nice gate guard. And thanks for the German lessons. I need it! I'm in the freaking-out-I'll-never-figure-out-what-people-say-to-me stage.

mel said...

happy birthday!
i love your convo with the guard - so sweet! i hope i look that good in 10 years :)
(i think i will also be one of those late 30's moms, it's cool)
hope you're having a great weekend,

satakieli said...

Happy Birthday!

Sandy said...

Happy Birthday a couple days late. Looking forward to hearing about your birthday date.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I am going to leave T and marry that guard. Screw Target and the Dollar Spot. I'm moving to Germany. ;)

Mike said...

Okay, so I am a couple of days late. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I liked reading the German. I took it in high school and I actually remembered some of the words.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Happy Birthday!

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