Thursday, September 09, 2010

Birthday Boy

 august 2008 pictures 098 copy

Today is my hubby’s 39th birthday. Yikes, when did we he start getting older? Time flies when you’re having fun, so maybe that’s why the last 15 years have flown by with Paul at my side. He is my best friend and an all-around great guy. All right, enough mushy stuff, like you care. Here are a few juicy tidbits about my main squeeze.

1. When we were first dating Paul gave me a push-up eraser for Valentine’s Day. Yup, an eraser. In his defense, cause heaven knows he needs one, we had some business classes together and I always needed an eraser. Always. Goodness knows why I never had one, so I was always borrowing the eraser off the cute blondie sitting next to me.

2. He also gave me The Little Prince along with the eraser with a sweet inscription, which makes up for #1.

3. On our first date, my 20th birthday,  he took me to see The Most Happiest Fella at BYU while he was also secretly plotting a surprise birthday party for me with my roommates. That was the first birthday party I’d ever had.

4. Paul loves Rocky Road ice cream (I hate nuts in desserts) and he always seems to have a smirk on his face while eating it straight from the carton. The smirk says, “Oh yea, this is all mine and I don’t have to share it at all with my nut-phobic wife.” Devious, I know.

5. Paul is not a talker. He just doesn’t have much to say most of the time. I often know when he is going to speak because he clears this throat. Imagine, going through life not speaking often enough that one has to clear his throat to be physically prepared to utter noise?! I have never had this problem.

6. Despite #5, Paul is not shy. He is just quiet. Yup, there is a difference.

7. Paul is OMDs biggest fan. Yup, the 80s band, as in the scene at the end of Pretty in Pink when Molly Ringwald finally kisses Andrew McCartney. (Two of the most unlikely teen heart throbs in my opinion. And because Andrew McCartney was such a hit in this movie he went on to star in the blockbuster, Mannequin. But I digress.) Paul regularly checks the OMD website. He is such a fan he even has limited edition CDs from them that come in blue suede boxes.

Huh? Yea, got me. 

They matched his blue suede Vans as well. That was a purchase before he married me, the shoes and the CD.

8. Paul is a Lakers fan. You can take the boy out of Southern California, but you can’t take the….well,you get it.

9. Paul was born to be an accountant. As a child he had a paper route and to pass the time he would make up games to go along with his ‘client’s house number.  For instance, Paul’s address was 21742, so mathematically he remembered this by “2 minus 1, plus 7, divided by 4, equals 2”.

Get it all you dummies out there? 2-1-7-4-2. 

Yup, I am frightened, yet laughing at the same time. Can you say Rainman?

10.  Paul has been re-loading the dishwasher for 15 years as well. Ok, we didn’t have a dishwasher when we were first married and living in Grapes of Wrath housing, but for say, 14 years now, he comes up behind me, after I’ve loaded the dishwasher and silently reloads it to its maximum capacity. I think this is truly a waste of time but hey, does a gerbil care if it doesn’t get anywhere as it runs on that stupid wheel? Nope, he’s just happy to keep doing it, day after day, year after year. Paul and the gerbil, I  mean.

So happy birthday to my favorite man. He wanted a lemon cake for his birthday so we’re off to fill our cake holes with pound cake and raspberries too.

Ain’t he lucky to have me too?


Ilene said...

Happy Birthday Paul!

I remember those sweet suede Vans. I also remember begging Paul to drive us to do our paper route and he refused. Consequently, I would ruminate on how mean my brother was while delivering my papers. I should have been working on math, though.

Also, remember the silent ones have a lot of silent conversations going on in the head. And in such conversations, we are always witty and never lose an argument.

Candy said...

Happy Birthday Paul! And also...I'm coming for cake. :)
I used to do number games like that ALL the time. On long trips, we would play this game called "24." THere were four numbers on a card and you had to come up with a way (using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division) to equal 24.
Hope you guys have a fun day together!

Michael Harrington said...

That was a cool read!

Mary said...

Hi Cynthia! Kelly gave me your blog address a while ago so I could check out the cute three-tiered skirt. And BTW, I am planning to finish the other skirts with my girls this weekend and get your pattern back to you--finally.

I had to comment on this post, because it's always fun to see the quirky ways we humans are so alike.

Kent is a big-time Alphaville fan. Another great '80s band, best known for "Forever Young" (which I think is self-fulfilling prophecy because that song STILL gets played at every teenage dance). Kent also collects all their releases; but his suede CD cases are red. And like OMD, Alphaville is still releasing new collections and songs. I wish they would hurry up and disband so we could stop buying their CDs from Germany.

I, myself, can relate to the number game. I've always done math with phone numbers. And wouldn't you know, I went on to get a degree in finance!

Great blog, and fun post!

Paul said...

Two out of five commenters say "numbers games" are not weird.

I am not as odd as my wife sometimes makes me out to be.


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