Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Fantastic Evening with Fantastic Friends

First off, I want to thank everyone who stopped by yesterday and left me birthday wishes - I appreciate and love every single one of them. What more could a blogger want for her birthday then to have lots of lovely comments left wishing me a happy day? And for those of you who also wrote posts, another big thank you - you guys are all the best.

Speaking of the best My Birthday Guiness I had the absolute best time ever last night at the Harp & Dragon where I had the chance to celebrate the 21st anniversary of my 29th birthday with two of my bestest blogging buddies and some of the wonderful people I've met at work.

Now even though you've all been hoping for one, unfortunately the only picture you're going to see of Claire in this post is the one of her arm in the background of this picture of my first drink which was a Dragon's Bite (a Smithwick's and Cider which is actually quite tasty!). Claire is no big fan of cameras being pointed in her direction and even though I know you're all anxious to see pictures of her, I have to respect her wishes and you're all just going to have to learn to be disappointed.

Andrew & I

I, on the hand, apparently seem to have no such compunction when it comes to being photographed as you can see by this picture of myself and Andrew, one of my friends who came out to help celebrate the evening with myself, Claire, and Mags who came bearing cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting - yummy! I think it's probably pretty obvious that I think the world of Andrew who has been one of my best friends at American since I started working there over five years ago. A nicer guy you will never find - truly!

In addition to Andrew, I was surrounded by several other handsome men and and I can think of no better way to usher in my 50th year of birth than with a bunch of really good looking guys who had me smiling and laughing all evening long as well as two wonderful blogging buddies who have become real life friends for life.


Joining us was Erik who used to be one of my dispatch partners at American before he moved up to Quinebaug Valley Dispatch which is closer to his home and a lot less stressful - most of the time! I still get to talk to Erik in a professional capacity from time to time when he calls looking for a paramedic intercept but it was great to see him in person again. Erik even has a blog of his own called The Fire Insider so feel free to head over and tell him 'hello'!

Andrew, JM, & Dennis

Along with Andrew was the extremely adorable JM whom you've all had the pleasure of seeing here before in other posts looking just as drool-worthy as ever (and yes, I said "drool-worthy"!) Next to him is Dennis, another friend you've seen here on my blog from time to time who is a fantastic paramedic, a talented photographer, and a cutie, too.

Me & Mags on my birthday

Last but not least is my favorite picture of the night of myself and the beautiful Ms. Maggie Moo who I still think has the best smile in the entirety of New England! What an honor and treat to have her come all the way down from Boston to help celebrate my birthday! This is the second year in a row that she's been part of my birthday as last year she brought a delicious Red Velvet cake to me at work but she was living a lot closer in the same State at the time. To come all the way from Boston definitely makes me feel special and I can't thank her enough for being there last night. She's the best!

In addition to the fantastic people above, Seth, Kyle, Stephanie, and Sarah also came round to join in the evening but unfortunately I don't have pictures of them. Despite the fact that I don't drink 'nearly enough' according to Claire (two is my max) it was a fun evening and truly THE best birthday I've had in a very, very, very long time! If all birthdays were as good as this one was then I'm pretty sure people wouldn't mind having them at all! I know I sure wouldn't!


  1. So you DID throw yourself a party!!


  2. Anonymous9:09 AM EDT

    WOW, that was a great shindig!!!!! I'm so glad you had a good time wiht good friends... isnt' that what it's all about?

    Here's to more 29 anniversaries to twenty one years again!

    WOO HOO!

  3. Sounds like you had wonderful night. Good for you, Linda :o)
    However, I'm beginning to think that Claire is not a real person... :o)

  4. Anonymous10:03 AM EDT

    See?!? Turning 50 is not so bad. I also gave myself a 50TH birthday party, a big one. And it made my birthday one of the best days ever!

  5. Well thank YOU for being born. If you weren't, we wouldn't have had such a great time! ;)

  6. Anonymous10:35 AM EDT

    You're right about Mags' smile. She is just too cute.

    I'm glad you girls are having fun. Those cupcakes sound amazing!!!

  7. I am so glad your #50 was not a bummer... What a great thing!!!!

    love ya Callie

  8. I just don't get that a hot British redhead with legendary cleavage won't let her picture be taken.... I make NO such non-photo-publishing promises!
    Glad you had a great time!
    Can't wait to party with you and raise a glass of tea in your honor!
    Love ya,

  9. That was a great occasion, Linda. I so wish I could have been there to join in the fun.

  10. I'm so glad you had all your friends around you on your birthday Linda. I wish I could have been there, I could have drunk Claire under the table (don't tell her)((wink))

  11. Disappointed? No way! A pic of Claire's arm is all I need. And glad to get it. And happy brithday, my favorite red one. Even a day late. I was out of it yesterday. But I'm pretty sure I was dreaming of you. :) Glad you all are having a good time!

  12. What a great time you had! Happy happy birthday Linda. And have a wonderful time on your vacation!

  13. Anonymous7:37 PM EDT

    Happy Happy Birthday Linda!!! Here's to health, happiness, and maybe even (dare I say it!) love. Hugs and kisses, from Andrew's "other half"

  14. Happy 5-0, now the theme song from the hit tv series Hawaii 5-0.....
    Hope this year is good to you.

  15. When the hell did that pic get taken of me??!! I wasn't drunk, how come I can't remember that?? LOL, God I need to lose some serious weight!!

    I agree that Mags has a beautiful smile(pretty eyes too I might add), and the cupcakes were delicious!!

    As far as Claire, I am dumbfounded as to why she would be so camera shy...seriously! She reminded me why my neck was so sore when I came back from the UK. She's a stunner!!

    Drew was "classic Andrew" and funny as always, and JM was hilarious to say the least.

    Thanks again for inviting my Linda. Everyone had a great time, in honor of a great girl!!

  16. I let the 27th anniversary of my 23rd birthday pass without any particular observance. To each their own.

    But I'm worried about this intermingling between bloglife and real life. You've done this quite a lot lately and I've begun to worry: Might not the universe explode or something?

  17. Everybody loves Linda!!! I'm glad you had such a grand time. And to be able to celebrate with Mags, Claire and all of your friends! What a joy...

  18. looks like you had a great time celebrating nifty fifty.

    the next time you come to california please feel free to bring as many drool-worthy friends as you

  19. Hi Duchess Linda!
    I'm also happy to see you had such a happy birthday. I daresay turning 50 was a piece of cake! (bad pun)

    Like I said the other day, you gots a lotta friends, Kid.
    You're really blessed.

    Have a great vacation!

  20. P.S. Like Curmudgeon, I had no party or particular observance of the 20th anniversary of my 30th birthday.

  21. Glad you guys had an awesome time.... and to those wondering what Claire looks like...


    :) :)


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