Happy Birthday and Thank You

Failure to read the newspaper or watch the news on television means that sometimes you miss very important events. That happened to me yesterday when I was too busy to keep up with the news and as a result didn’t realize I missed Jimmy Fallon’s birthday.


To make up for the oversight, I thought I’d say happy birthday by remembering some of Jimmy’s memorable thank you’s:

Thank you, yard sales, for being the perfect way to say to your neighbors: ‘We think we’re important enough to charge money for our garbage.’

Thank you… adjustable baseball caps with no logo on the front and mesh netting in the back, for being a great way to say, ‘Hi, I’m over 80 years old.’

Thank you, take out restaurants for putting two spoons and two forks in the bag, thinking that all this food I ordered was for TWO people.

Thank you, hard taco shells, for surviving the long journey from factory, to supermarket, to my plate and then breaking the moment I put something inside you. Thank you.

Thank you, crocs, for being a terrifying animal and an even more terrifying shoe.


Thank you neighbor who pays for Wi-Fi and doesn’t set up a Wi-Fi password, for also paying for my Wi-Fi.

Thank you, new study that found people aren’t naturally good in math. It’s like I’ve always said, math is 50% hard work and 60% luck.

Thank you, emergency row on a plane, for making me lie, everytime the flight attendant asks me if I can function in case of an emergency.

Thank you, horseradish, for being neither a radish nor a horse. What you are is a liar food?

Thank you… motion sensor hand towel machine. You never work, so I just end up looking like I’m waving hello to a wall robot.

Thank you, graduation gowns, for basically saying, “This is one of the most important days in your life, so dress in your finest clothes, and then throw this loose-fitting garbage sack over the top of it.”


So to Jimmy Fallon, I’m sorry I missed your birthday and thank you for reminding us all how important it is to write thank you notes.


One Week Post Wedding: What’s a Mother To Do

Smile and relax…those are two things I’ve done a lot of this week; but now it’s time to say thank you. According to the saying, it takes a village to raise a child; and while it may not take a village, it certainly takes a crew of family and friends to host a wedding.

Fortunately, Emily prepared numerous lists and shared her vision of how the ceremony and reception would be set up so that friends and family could refer to diagrams, pictures, and directions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to carry out the plan.

Thank you Mom and Dad for your thrift store and garage sale purchases of vases and cake plates and for numerous shopping trips to pick up food, drinks, and ice.

Thank you Connie and Lynelle for helping me find Tami; and thank you Tami for creating the perfect wedding dress for Emily.

Thank you Julie for organizing the music for the ceremony and reception.

Thank you Sean for loaning us your trailer to haul everything to and from the wedding venue.

Thank you Brent for setting up the sound system and serving as DJ for the day.

Thank you Becky, Meghan, Dan, and Jeff for baking cupcakes, cakes, and pies for the Sweets table.

Thank you Jeremy for building a super cool beer wall and setting it up on Friday.

Thank you Julie, Becky, Meghan, Sarah, Molly, and Alyse for crafting and decorating the hangar.

Thank you Lauren for purchasing and transporting pashminas from NYC “just in case” the evening was cool.

Thank you Mom for hosting the McEntyre’s as they set up for the rehearsal and rehearsal party.

Thank you Nancy and David for the wonderful rehearsal dinner. The food was delicious, and I was amazed at the decorations. Emily and Brian are blessed to have you as friends.

Thank you Dad for decorating the hangar, cutting the grass, and driving Mike’s keys back to the airport on Saturday.

Thank you Kay and Karen for getting the cutting cake to Apopka from Ocala and for setting up the Sweets table.

Thank you Darrel for help with set up, serving desserts, and being available for the last minute details.

Thank you Carolyn for battling the wind to decorate the reception with flowers.

Thank you Jon and Daniel for set up of the ceremony and reception on Saturday and for handling problems as they arose and then for breakdown and cleanup on Sunday.

Thank you Jon for driving the photographer to Emily’s, for picking up food for cocktail hour, for returning kegs on Sunday.

Thank you Daniel for being the go to person on Saturday making sure the details were covered by all those who were helping and most of all for lying through your teeth when I’d text and ask how everything was going. You’d always say “things are good” while you and Jon were trouble shooting problems all day.

Thank you Tom, Katie, Deena, and Tim for everything! Directing parking, setting up food and drinks for the cocktail hour and reception, cleanup, and making sure everything went smoothly throughout the evening.

Thank you Tia for displaying the escort cards, completing the final set up of tables, and making sure guests knew to keep their cameras in their pockets.

I know there are others who helped Emily and Brian in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding, but I’ll have to leave it to them to thank others. They’re a lucky couple to have so many people willing to make their day special.

Finally, thanks to all of the guests who came from near and far to share in Emily’s and Brian’s “Best Day Ever”.

To read Emily’s and Brian’s story as documented by Mike & Ann Studios, check out the blog posted on their website last Friday!