IT’S MY BIRTHDAY SO YOU CAN’T YELL AT ME.

Hello!  And welcome to my birthday!  This post almost didn’t happen because last night the visual orbs that show up right as I fall into a depression started closing in and this morning I felt horrible, but then suddenly it all went bright again.  Welcome to my broken and unpredictable brain!

So I’m writing this quickly since my serotonin is real asshole and I want to get it all down in case this happiness is a trap.

So for my birthday I got juggling balls because I’m not talented enough to tap dance and juggling seems like the next best thing to be able to do to entertain people at parties when you don’t want to have awkward small talk with them, but turns out that to juggle you need to be able to both throw and catch things and I can’t do either, much less at the same time.  You’re supposed to start with just throwing a single ball back and forth (which is the least impressive juggling) and I dropped the ball half the time and then I managed to hit myself in the face with the ball hard enough that I suspected I’d have a black eye.  But I don’t because my balls are soft and that’s good because no one’s going to believe “No, no one is abusing me.  Honestly, I just punched myself in the eye with my ball.”  Unless they know me, in which case they’d be like, “Well, that sounds like you.  At least it isn’t two black eyes because those things usually come in pairs.  Balls that is.  Not eyes.  Although they come in pairs too.”  In their defense, people who hang out with me are weird and also awesome.  And sometimes imaginary.

Basically when I’m juggling I look like those otters that play with rocks.  You know those otters?  Hang on.

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This is why otters are my favorite animals ever.  I’d like to go visit some today because I live next to Sea World but I can’t because I saw Blackfish so I’ve been avoiding it, but I just heard that Sea World was discontinuing their whale stuff so can I go now?  I don’t know the rules anymore.  I wish Sea World would call and say “Sorry about that whale stuff.  We didn’t know.  We’re fixing that shit now.  Wanna come play with otters?”  Because, yeah.  I totally do.  Also, it’s my birthday so you can’t yell at me for saying I want to go snuggle otters.  You can say “Totally do that!” or “Um…I wouldn’t if I were you” but you can’t yell at me.  (Strangers on the internet are laughing intensely at me right now for this logic.)

There’s actually a place in San Diego where you can swim with otters but they (for real) won’t return my calls.  Probably because they know I’ll sneak out with some otters and I’ll be like, “Oh, this lump in my swimsuit?  That’s a growth.  How rude of you to ask.  Now you made it embarrassed and it’s running away.  Like growths do.”

Anyway, if you want to do something for me for my birthday you can either leave a comment with something on it that makes you happy because it makes me happy to see you happy, or you can go buy one of my books.  For you or for someone else.  And then when your spouse is like, “What’s this charge on the credit card?” you can say, “Oh, I had to buy a birthday present for someone” and they’ll be like, “Wow, I’m glad you remember all the birthdays because I suck at it” and you’ll be like, “I KNOW.  YOU OWE ME” but really the gift is going to you.  EVERYONE WINS.  And if you already have my books then you can preorder the new one because half of it is drawings I made and you’re going to need several because you’ll either color them or rip them out and pin them on the wall and then you need another copy that you can lend to friends.  That’s how books work.  I think.

Thanks, y’all.  Happy birthday to us.

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  1. Happy Birthday!

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  2. Happy Birthday Jenny!!! Hope you have good day 😊

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  3. Happy Birthday lady! Keep juggling. It’s good for you.

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  4. Happy Birthday Jenny. I want to thank you for being alive. Yup thank you. It has been very uplifting and encouraging to read your blog posts. And as for otters I say swim with them. Or buy yourself a Birthday Skunk. Cause you know you can have a pet skunk (with out the smelly part) And name it Pepe La Pew!!! And make sure you post lots of pictures. Happy Birthday!

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  5. Happy Birthday, Jenny!! Thank you for all you do!

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  6. Have a happy day on your birthday.

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  7. Happy birthday, goofy girl! Your weirdness is a blessing.

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  8. Happy Birthday! Feeling a little low myself but when I read your post I have an internal giggle.

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  9. Happy birthday, fellow December baby! (Mine was the 14th)

    I bought the 2017 calendar – one for myself, and one for a friend. We both had awful 2016s, and we needed those calendars. We DESERVED those calendars!

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  10. Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Jenny
    Happy birthday to you
    🎂🎁🍰🎉🎈👍😀

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  11. Happy Birthday, Jenny! 🙂

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  12. You make me happy.

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  13. Happy Birthday! And happiness in the new year. You have made this year a little happier for me 🙂

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  14. Happy Happy Birthday!

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  15. I am happy that I have a long weekend and can catch up on sleep. Plus, in two weeks, my mom and sister are coming to visit me for my birthday and we’re staying in a fancy hotel and hanging out for a weekend and I’m super pumped.

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  16. Okay, I don’t color because I can’t keep in the lines and that really distressed me due to my ocd – however, in honor of your birthday I have ordered your new book and I will discover who I know that can color and make them color the pictures for me. Happy Birthday!~

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    Golfing_grannie

    Many Happy Returns. Have a wonderful day!

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  18. Happy birthday! For what it’s worth, I think it’s a much more entertaining trick to look like an adorable otter playing with a rock than to actually juggle. You win.

    And now I’ll go buy another copy of one of your books. 🙂

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  19. Happy Birthday Jenny. 🎁🎉🎶❤️

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  20. I am eagerly waiting for tax returns to buy 2 of your books! What made me happy recently? The New mattress. Cause I had an old one that had butt indentions. Also finished your first book. That made me laugh so many times and during a rough period.

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    Remy Tankel-Carroll

    Happy birthday, Jenny! You should totally go snuggle otters. I will be jealous, but I figure I can live vicariously through you. Whatever you do, enjoy!

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  22. Happy happy birthday!!! Makes me happy to see a new Bloggess post! Also getting together with my weird yet wonderful sisters (I have five. Six if you county my sister-in-law.). Guess one good thing to come out of this election is that we are even closer than before

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  23. Happy Birthday Jenny. I am so happy you were born, because you make me smile. every.single.day.

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  24. Happy birthday! I hope it’s a good one for you.

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  25. Happy birthday Jenny!!

    The otters are adorable but for my birthday I want to snuggle Lemurs!!!!

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  26. My daughter, who is not yet two, is fascinated with my husband’s juggling balls. They have lights in them so they glow. She tries to juggle but ends up holding one ball up, then the other, back and forth until she can’t contain her excitement and then throws them both in opposite directions. And then laughs and claps. And we laugh and clap and go find where the balls went. Its awesome even though she’s a terrible juggler.

    She also likes having them dropped on her (?) which I don’t understand at all, but she’ll bring them to you and then lay on the floor and point at her belly until you drop one on her and then she’ll laugh so hard I worry she’s going to forget to breathe.

    Toddlers can be pretty darn awesome for reminding you to be happy about all sorts of goofyness.

    Happy Birthday.

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  27. It makes me happy that you are happy on your birthday! Wishing you many more happy days!

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  28. Happy birthday, Jenny! Juggling skills take a while to master, so take time to practice. In other words, “don’t neglect the balls”.

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  29. Happy Birthday Jenny!! 🤗 Jazz Hands for an amazing day!! My daughter sends her birthday wishes as well!! A certain book was her FAVORITE holiday gift 😊 Thank you for the awesomeness that is you!!!🎉🎂🎁

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  30. Happy Happy Birthday! I hope your seratonin stays up!!!!
    Love the otters!
    Kathryn

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  31. 1) Happy birthday! You are the sauce that awesome is made of.
    2) Yay! Otters! I love them so much.
    3) Seriously, I really want you to have an amazingly happy birthday.
    4) Juggling is fun. Try juggling by standing facing something like your bed or couch so that you do not have to bend over so far to retrieve your balls.

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  32. HAPPY birthday. No, seriously. HAPPY, HAPPY birthday. I mean it. Keep up with the juggling. My husband is good at it and can give you lessons. He tried with me, but I can’t get past (or into) the “throwing and catching two balls at once” part of it. Good luck! And, oh, yeah, HAPPY birthday. Don’t let your rowdy brain get you down. We love you and need your posts.

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  33. Can we yell “Happy Birthday!!!'” at you? 🎂🎂🎂🎂

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  34. I fell otter my chair. May your birthday be as clumsy as mine always are. 🙂

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  35. Happy Birthday! I’m glad the whole juggling thing was kind of a disaster. What if you’d been really good at it, and then felt compelled to join the circus AND (worst of all!) give up your day job? I would hate that! We NEED you to keep writing! And I know the last thing you want to do on your birthday is disappoint us. So thank you! (It’s OK to thank someone for being inept, right?)

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  36. Happy birthday! I’m not good at words, so I’m just going to say thank you for writing. I have both of your current books and will order the third when I have money again. You make me feel less alone and like my weirdness is ok. ❤

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  37. Happy birthday, Jenny. The days are finally getting longer– that makes me happy.

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  38. Happy Birthday. I want your new book- can it please come out now?!!!

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  39. Ya “otter” have a happy birthday!! 😉 Hope it’s the best!

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  40. Happy Freakin’ Birthday!!!

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  41. Happy birthday! I suspect the real reason they’re not calling is because they heard about your koala suit and don’t even want to deal with whatever otter fantasy you’ve cooked up. Which is, you’re right, totally unfair of them. On the other hand, ferrets are basically land otters, so there you go.

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  42. Happy happy birthday, Jenny!! I bought all your books, have pre-ordered the next and have told everyone I know about the magic of you! Today my wish for you is that it stays bright – real bright.! Thank the fucking Lord for this day and your birth – you are a gift to all of us!
    Keep the balls out of your face and don’t let that otter fall out of your pants! Keep writing and being amazing wonderful you!! You have no idea the joy you bring to my life! Thank you!!! 🎂🎉

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  43. Happy Birthday!!

    You can totally go play with otters. Or spend the day juggling and pretending to be one. Whichever.

    (and juggle orbs maybe? Because if you are that bad at it, maybe you will break the orbs or lose them under the couch. That would be a fabulous birthday present!)

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  44. Happy bird-day ! I wish you all the best today. Your blog reminds me that even when the darkness feels like its everywhere and the sky is falling…I’m not alone and that other folks are going through this too. Keep choosing to fight for your happiness and continue to remind us all that being furiously happy is one of the best choices to make every day.
    Lots of love, KrisP

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  45. Happy Birthday, Jenny! I’m so, so glad you’re in this world. Have a beautiful day!

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    Carol Anne Fusco

    Happy Birthday
    Happy Birthday
    Happy Birthday, dear Jenny.
    Happy Birthday
    Happy Birthday
    Happy Birthday to you!
    I wish you some joy and some peace and some loving.
    I wish you these things
    All the year through!

    This is the birthday song that I sing to all my dearest friends. Meeting you at the Corte Madera book signing last year made me very happy. You are a force for good in the universe!😘❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🎆🎆🎆🎆🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿

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  47. i woke up the world was still here.
    this made me very happy
    for today

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  48. Happy Birthday! It is my wonderful sister’s birthday today as wel!
    If it makes you feel any better- I feel the same way about chic fil’a as you do about Seaworld.
    Is it ok to go there now because I love the nuggets and marriage equality is the law of the land? Hmmmm

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  49. For the record, otters are mustelids and produce an odor similar to skunks. So maybe admiring them from a distance is better for everyone. Plus, their teeth are hella sharp.

    For the record, you can take an easier step to juggling by learning to bounce the balls off the floor or wall in a juggling pattern. I took juggling in PE in high school. So that means that it gets the Presidential thumbs-up as a form of exercise. Although that particular president was the one who wanted ketchup to be considered a vegetable. Anyhoo.

    I got a kobo credit for Christmas, so I have yet another reason to buy your book. I will one day have it in hard-cover and autographed, but for now, ebook is cool.

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  50. Happy, happy birthday, Jenny! For Christmas, I ordered your new book for my daughter (and one for me). It will show up in our mailboxes like, “Hey! Here I am! A very awesome and cool surprise for you!” This is only fitting; my daughter got me your first two books for my birthday. Best presents ever. You are a gift, Jenny. I hope those people with the otters wise up and call you back. You deserve to swim with otters and have nothing less than the most awesome birthday and coming year. Love and hugs to you.
    –Di

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  51. Happy birthday! Lots of things make me happy, this time of the year its snow because it sparkles like glitter and i dont get yelled at for randomly sprinkling glitter on the carpet.

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  52. Juggling never made me happy, mainly because I couldn’t do it. When I was in college my summer job was as a “Play leader” at a playscheme, kinda like a summer camp but in which all the kids go home at 4pm.

    Best. Job. Ever. Especially when a “circus skills workshop” came one day and I was basically being paid to learn circus skills. Except I couldn’t do the juggling, but hey, I could do diablo, which is waaaaaay easier and looks all kinds of spectacular when you throw it up in the air and catch it again. Everyone should try diablo, because if I can do it most anyone can and I can’t even stand up straight without managing to fall over sometimes. Wait, that makes me sound like I’m drunk. I’m not, I’ve just got really terrible balance. Why am I still typing?

    Yeah, “play leader” was definitely the best job. Made me all kinds of happy, even if I never did get to learn lion taming at the circus skills workshop.

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  53. May you have the happiest of birthdays, filled with kittens and cuddly pups!

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  54. Seeing you happy makes me happy. I think that might cause a paradox though because then I’d be happy because you’re happy and then you’d be happy because I’m happy and then it’d start all over again…. Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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  55. A very happy birthday to you, Jenny!

    Things that make me happy – the friends who won’t let me give up on myself and my cats!

    Here’s an otter video I hope you will enjoy.

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  56. I’m gonna yell, but it’ll be HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  57. Happy birthday to you and your broken, unpredictable brain! Both you and your brain are a constant light and inspiration to me. Thank you for being MY gift again this year.

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  58. Happy Happy Happy Birthday to one of my Favorite Weirdos! Enjoy your day, I hope you get cake.

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  59. Happy Birthday Jenny! Something that makes me happy today is this quote: “Open your heart, fling your hopes high and set your dreams aloft. I am here to hold your hand.” – Maya Angelou
    I hope you have the best day!

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  60. Happy Birthday!

    Elder daughter went to the San Diego SeaWorld, did the backstage tour, and got to pet a penguin.

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  61. You make me happy, Jenny.

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  62. Thank you for completing another solar lap. Please continue to do so. The world is much better for having your awkward self in it!

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  63. Happy birthday wonderful lady. I was given furiously happy audio book for Christmas. I have it as a book and it’s my go to read but now I can listen in my car too… Although possibly not when the kids are with me! I hope the dark stays gone longer for you. I’m clawing my way out at the moment but it’s been tough this time around. Keeping the lights on can be hard but totally worth it when you reach them.

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  64. Happy Birthday, Jenny! Things that make me happy: My 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 sugar gliders, 7 gerbils, 3 hamsters, 8 mice, 8 degus and 2 chinchillas.

    Thing that makes me unhappy: I can’t figure out how to post pictures of any of them so you can dwell on their cuteness.

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  65. Happy Birthday! Here’s my birthday joy: My mother celebrated birthday 93, and she got all dolled up. And her hairdresser picked her up and brought her to the salon and did her hair and then brought her home. And the next morning, she went out for the newspaper and the garbage man saw her struggling to pick it up, so he stopped the truck, got her newspaper, carried it to the door for her. She said to me, “How nice people are! But it makes me wonder – how bad do I look?”

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  66. Happy Birthday Jenny. Cats and books and sunshine make me happy. Have a good year and thanks for all you are doing for us x

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  67. Happy Birthday!!! Totally go see the otters and enjoy it when you do!

    What is lighting my heart today is that my daughter has a ride home from treatment later, so I actually get a ‘free’ afternoon after dropping her off, instead of having a few hours then having to take an hour to drive back. I love the idea of a ‘free afternoon’ and am doing my best not to fill it with random busyness and instead to savor it.

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    hellohahanarf

    happy birthday!! as instructed, because i often do what internet strangers tell me to do, here are a few of the things that make me happy, in no particular order:

    puppies
    my christmas trees
    “the little prince” book
    grilled cheese and tomato soup
    finding cash in the pocket of a jacket i haven’t worn in months
    rainbows
    going to the movies with friends
    photography
    having someone else’s baby fall asleep in my arms
    driving a pick em up
    your laugh
    campfires in the fall
    campfires in the spring

    you didn’t say how many somethings so i feel like this is a rather decent sized list and i should stop, but if you want me to go on, just let me know.
    xo

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  69. Happy birthday – hope you have a good day 🙂

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  70. Happy birthday beautiful lady!! Hopefully the orbs stay at bay so you can have a good one!

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    Vicki Plaistow

    Happy Birthday Jenny! Your blog is the only one I follow. A) Because you’re hilarious, and B) Because I have battled anxiety most of my life and I understand what bounces around in people’s heads that create obstacles in life. Keep on keeping on and go see the otters!!

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  72. This Instagram account has lots of otter videos. Don’t know if it’s a pet or not because it’s in Japanese. But cute videos = win. @ponchan918

    Happy Birthday & hope you get through the day without any black eyes 🙂

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  73. Happy birthday! I saw you at Willie’s the other night but didn’t say hi because anxiety. So hi! 😉

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  74. Happy Birthday!! And as a present here’s a story from my sister that always cheers me up. First you need to understand that our dad is EXACTLY like Bluto/Brutus of the Popeye cartoons (BTW – why did they change that guy’s name from Bluto to Brutus?) He’s not very nice or fun to be around (Dad, not Bluto/Brutus – well probably both – or is it all 3 of those people) & when he’s mad his face turns red & steam comes out of his ears. So once upon a time he was getting a swimming pool put in so that had to put temporary fencing up in the backyard to contain his 5 dogs. Except instead of putting the fencing around the back door he just put it on the side of the house – which meant the dogs had to jump in & out of the window (single story house so nothing dangerous) to get outside. Except the 5 dogs were like “You want me to do what? Jump out the window? Are you crazy? There’s a perfectly good door right over there! WTF?” Except my sister & I did not know that all of this craziness was happening. Soooo my sister drops by the house & just walks in (because it’s our dad so why would you knock or ring the bell or announce yourself) only to find our not-slim father dressed in nothing but red panties (or I guess “briefs” when it’s a guy’s panties) climbing in & out of the window while yelling at the dogs “this is how you do it!” Soooo yea – picture that: Bluto/Brutus in nothing but red panties climbing in & out of a window to show 5 dogs that that is how it is done. Indeed.

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  75. Happy Birthday, Jenny! I got you a gift from The Otter Project–well not so much a gift as a tiny donation in your honor. If otters make you happy, then they deserve to live on!

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  76. The best people are born at the end of December! (My birthday is tomorrow, and I have another friend who is amazing whose birthday is also today.) A happiest of birthday anniversaries of your trips around the sun to you! (Yeah, that sentence will take some brain power.) As soon as Amazon gives me my credit for something I returned, I will be buying your Let’s Pretend book for my aunt because I know it will make her snort laugh (we both lived in Dallas for about 10 years), and I’m hoping she will be drinking coffee at the time because you know it’s really funny when you snort laugh coffee all over your book. That’s having a most excellent time, right there. Happy happy birthday! You’re the best!

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  77. Happy fucking birthday 😎

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  78. Yeah, I could barely leave this birthday message because I kept scrolling up to see the otters. Happy birthday!

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  79. happy birthday! you are loved, like whoa.

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  80. Happy Birthday!!! I just pre-ordered your book which happens to come out the week of my birthday. I’ll likely forget I ordered it by the March 7th release date and receiving it will be a nice birthday surprise.

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  81. A very Merry, Happy Birthday to You, Jenny🎂❣❣💌 mine was right after CHRISTMAS & This year, *major milestone birthday Age…I was Remembered❣ So much joy because that’s ALWAYS been my birthday, but So often gets skipped over…
    YOU GO, swim w otters and give them Smooches 😉💘Love you, fellow Capricorn, Debra D.

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  82. Yes, you can go to Sea World to play with the otters, but you have to slowly walk by the place with the sad whales and look at the whale-keepers judgmentally. It would probably also help if, as you leave, you shout “Free Willy!”
    Ada Palmer’s pseudo-utopian book “Too Like the Lightening” made me happy this year. I’m just hoping the world holds together long enough for me to read the sequel when it comes out in late March.

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  83. Happy Birthday, Jenny Lawson! You are awesome, and one of the only things I miss about living in Texas. You signed my baby once, who was wearing a chicken onesie, and made my year. Hope your day is fabulous, just like you!!! ( too much gushing? I can’t stop! 😉

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  84. Happy Birthday Jenny 😊

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  85. Happy birthday tooooo youuuuuuuu! My cats make me happy. Their silliness and unexpected tricks make me smile every day. I’d totally hug otters if they weren’t equipped with those razor sharp fangs. That and the fact they eat fish. Need I say fish breath? Oh and my daily dose of serotonin.

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  86. May you have the happiest of birthdays!!

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  87. Snuggle otters! Happy birthday!!! Reading your posts make me happy, as well as snuggling babies. I’m glad that your darkness broke and you found the light, even if it is momentary. Have a great day, please!

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  88. Happy birthday! I pre-ordered your new book! Thank you for existing, your words have saved me from despair innumerable times. I hope you get to play with otters real soon.

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  89. If you want to start juggling, use small chiffon handkerchiefs – the float slowly so easy to catch and if you do throw one into your face it wont leave a mark! Happy Birthday!

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  90. Lovely! It’s your birthday and we got the gift of a delightful post and the cutest otter pictures ever. Hope you get to snuggle one soon. Happy b’day!

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  91. Happy December Birthday! Mine was the 20th. What makes me happy? You do! Reading your blog, reading your books, knowing you are out there and we have a weird tenuous connection. Keep on being awesome.

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    Alicia madsen

    Happiest of Happy Birthdays!

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  93. Today I bought a book on someone’s wishlist through SWOP! http://swopbehindbars.org/

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  94. Happy birthday. You are amazing. Please don’t stop doing and writing all the wonderful things.
    I like trees and pizza.

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  95. Hippo Birdies two ewes, Hippo Birdies two ewes…Hippo Birdies Hippo Birdies…Hippo Birdies two ewes!!!!

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  96. Happy Birthday! Does buying one of Carrie Fisher’s books count? I just bought Wishful Drinking.
    Have an Ottoful Say!

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  97. Jenny, you started following my twitter @direwraithe the other night after I tweeted about how you and Carrie Fisher (RIP) were a big help in me finding the battlefield I needed to fight my own mental illness. That meant the world to me at that moment and I really can’t tell you how many people I’ve told about the huge impact this site and both of your books had on helping me figure out I needed help. So, that’s my Birthday gift to you, knowing you’re cool enough to have got a tough, hard-headed, stubborn ass to admit he needs help to be healthy. Happy Birthday and try not to run around in your birthday suit just because it’s called that!

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  98. Happy Birthday! Otters make me happy too, so here’s a video I took of a super cute otter:

    Throwback Thursday to this cute otter sliding down the ice at the Minnesota Zoo pic.twitter.com/YCV5IumWra— Sarah Zion (@SarahRZion) December 29, 2016

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  99. When I was learning to juggle I made the brilliant decision to practice with pool balls. Those suckers WILL give you a black eye when you bounce one off your face. (Ask me how I know). Turns out when you’re learning you tend to throw closer and closer to your face, presumably because you’re worried about losing control of them and overcompensate that way.
    Anyway, good luck with the juggling and the otters and Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉🎉

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  100. Happy Birthday. I already own your books, and have pre-ordered the new one. But that isn’t what I am here to say….. When I was in high school, I got “Juggling for the Complete Klutz”. Not only did it teach me to juggle, but by walking slowly out to the playing fields in gym class, I was able to avoid getting partnered for tennis or picked for teams, and the teachers let me practice my juggling instead of participating in the team sports, which in retrospect, may not have helped my introverted nature, but at the time, I appreciated it.

    Anyhow…. Using the lessons from that book, I have taught well over 300 other people to juggle, and I am now quite comfortable starting conversations with strangers and even sometimes speaking in public. So what I am saying is, buy that book to go with your juggling balls, and you WILL be able to learn. (it also comes with 3 square beanbags that don’t roll away when you drop them, so a bit easier to learn with than balls).

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  101. its your birthday but we get otters, thanks again Jenny

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  102. Happy Birthday! I want shopping, bought myself 2 outfits and overate at Chili’s. Your birthday is going great so far. That is till I realize I shouldn’t have spent that money. But as Scarlet O’here would say. I’ll think about that tomorrow. Today is about Jenny’s birthday!

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  103. Happy birthday, Jenny – and thanks for being you! It’s really hard to say how much you’ve helped me find my footing during a very rocky few years, but my own personal Victor and I are sending you Rainbow Unicorn Success Club beams of love today.

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  104. Hardly anyone can juggle anything, I can barely make it through the day without tripping over my own feet or missing a step on the stairs…but life is good in spite of the embarrassment. Happy birthday, Jenny. You brought a lot of laughter into my life during this super crappy year.

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  105. Happy Birthday!! My birthday was last Thursday and it rocked, just cuz it did… so I hope yours rocks too, balls or no balls, just cuz!! E

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  106. Happiest of birthdays, Jenny. Fingers crossed that the orbs were just brain confetti in honor of your birthday.

    Also, in honor of your birthday, I bought your calendar. I paid way more than I think I’ve ever paid for a calendar. Even though I receive approximately 30,000 free calendars every year because of a few donations I’ve made. Yours is a gift to myself that I’ll keep receiving all year.

    Huh. That’s not how birthdays work. But, then again, it is your birthday, so that’s exactly how birthdays work!

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  107. Happy Birthday, I have pre-ordered your new book. Something that makes me happy besides you-who reminds me that depression is a liar and I should ignore and laugh at him. And not in the way where I ignore the fact that I must go to therapy, or take meds and do work but more in the ignore the part where he says “You know what you’ve been here too long. Your 5 year old doesn’t need you. She has 2 mommies for a reason.” And it seems reasonable when he says it so I have to repeat BS BS BS. And sometimes I repeat Jenny says its BS and then I re-read “Furiously Happy”. Or buy it and send it to someone who I know will enjoy it so I can make them talk to me about it. (look another present for you that book and Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” are the two books I have purchased the most) Anyway, the other thing that makes me happy is that goofy 5 year old. I just got her back yesterday from her other mommy’s house. And after a separation anxiety induced 45 min temper tantrum she finally stops and says to me : “Mama we know each other pretty well actually.” I nod but suspect a trap. She goes on to say, ” You know me better than ANYBODY mama”. I nod again, mentally preparing myself for the conversation where we discuss the fact that Christmas just passed and she cannot have every toy on the planet. Then she says “So why aren’t I getting the biggest hug in the world RIGHT now. So I can wrap my arms around your neck in a monkey death grip.” As she says this she waves her hand the way we do Ari, our dog, when we want her to come. So basically I am my 5 year old’s pet. Which may not be as charming for other people as it was for me. She got her hug I got my death grip and Jenny got book orders. Lots of winners here. Happy birthday to a writer that helps me tell my inner crazy no. I thank you, my kiddo doesn’t know it but she thanks you, Ari thanks you and all my friends too.

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  108. I’ve been writing recently. I mean, I can completely control it, I can stop writing if I want to.
    Or not.
    But I’m really happy, because there was a point I thought everybody would hate my writing but people like it…? It’s fanfiction so it’s cool because we like the same stuff but it also made me feel better about my original creations.
    It makes me really, really happy.

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  109. Ah, also HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    Gregg Casper

    Happy Birthday Jenny! I hope you have had an awesome day! What makes me happy? Squirrels, and small children, and reading and knitting and taking long walks, talking and laughing with people I love. And of course finding random metal chickens and then taking pics with them and sending them to my sister. Thanks for spreading joy and happiness. ❤❤

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  111. Happy birthday, and thanks for all the happiness you bring all of us!!

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  112. Wow! This is a bit strange and very cool. I was reading Furiously Happy this morning and got to thinking about you and depression and the scooter post (from 2007) that makes me crack up every time I read it. I went online to look it up again and there was your post asking about what makes us happy. So I want to gift you the scooter but add a water tank trailer for your otters.
    P.S. Yesterday I mailed you a book of poetry. For real. Happy Birthday!!!
    Robin

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  113. Happy birthday! You know what are fucking awesome? (Besides you?) QUOKKAS. http://bit.ly/2iv1NLV
    You have the right to ask Victor to get you a baker’s dozen for your birthday.

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  114. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What makes me happy? I finally got a kitten. Alfie the kitty makes me happy. My niece has a kitten that she named Stormageddon, dark lord of all…so I had to have an Alfie.

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  115. Happy Birthday! I tried to learn to juggle when I was a kid. I got to the part where you throw two bean bags back and forth and never moved past that so I can half juggle? Is half juggling a thing? Anyways hope you get to see some otters or something elselse cute and awesome.

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  116. Gosh, I’m sorry your birthday is so close to Christmas. That’s a reason to drink if I ever heard one so ROCK THE CASBAH! It’s your birthday!

    PS. i think I bought three copies of your coloring book. Every time you mention it, I think “Oh, I better pre-order one!” not remembering that I had already done that. Twice apparently.

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  117. Have a wonderful You Day, Ms Jenny.
    I repeat “depression is a liar, ya’ll” whenever I’m feeling funky, as my husband calls it. That helps me.
    Thank you for your wonderful books and sharing you life stories. Some of them make me snort laugh, which is a good thing.

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  118. Joyeux aniversaire Jenny

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  119. Happy Juggling!

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  120. Happy Birthday Jenny! My 3 month old granddaughter makes me happy. I would leave a picture of her here if I could,

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  121. Happy Birthday!!!

    No, that’s all. Nothing witty. Sorry. 😞

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  122. Have a wonderful day! Happy Birthday to a wonderful, gifted and wacky person!

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  123. From one December birthday to another, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Now go snuggle some otters. I’m pretty sure you get a pass on the SeaWorld issue if it’s your birthday.

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  124. Your honesty and humour make me happy, also new xmas episodes of doctor who and Sherlock on telly. Happy birthday x

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  125. Happy birthday!!!! Besides you, this major ear worm makes me happy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9t-slLl30E

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  126. Well I feel like I “otter” say Happy Birthday ….. 😉
    Giraffes make me happy – I wish to hug one.
    Penguins make me smile (however spelling penguin makes frown) – but I still want to cuddle one.
    Oxygen – well I like it a whole lot because without it – I couldn’t like anything else.

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  127. Happy birthday! It’s mine too. Having a hard time with it trying not to sink into darkness. Thanks for the otter pictures. Otters always bring a little happiness.

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  128. OH Jenny, of COURSE you love otters! They are my favorite, too! HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂 Here is something that makes me happy, although it is a weird one (I figured you wouldn’t mind): About 2 years ago, I had to be admitted to the psych hospital for a terribly bad depressive episode… on the same day, I also had to stop off at the endodontist for an emergency root canal on my way to the psych hospital crisis clinic. WTF, life?!? Anyhow, it kind of made me smile today, cuz I’m currently stressing about cleaning my house, and it helps me to remember that despite my brain’s best attempts to tell me I can’t handle shit, history proves that I have handled shit way harder (ewww gross, now I’m talking about hard shits…. hmmm….) than some GD house cleaning! So I guess you can say that insight and perspective make me happy? Well, insight, perspective, and otters. HBD!! xoxo

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  129. Happy Birthday 🎂🎉🎁Mine was the 23rd and of course I was hit hard and was insanely depressed all day and cried! Hope your happiness continues all day!

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  130. Happiest Birthday dear one!
    I already have all your books..except the coloring one, I work at an audiobook company soooo yeah, no coloring books here.
    Things that make me happy:
    YOU make me happy,
    My BFF,
    And most definitely otters..so much so I got a stuffed otter for Christmas. I suppose this would be the best time to mention I’m a 42yr old man.

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  131. Happy birthday 🎂 Jenny! my squirrel boy fezziwig makes me run out in my pj’s in 20 degree weather with a crazy eyed glee to pass him shelled walnuts , berries & peanut butter crackers.
    Have a furiously happy day!

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  132. Happy Birthday. December birthdays are awesome. Mine is the 31st. New Year’s Eve is actually a totally terrible day to have a birthday, at least when you are younger, because it is bad enough having no date for New Year’s, and then you automatically don’t have a date for your birthday either. Fortunately I am over that, and now we have dinner and fall asleep on the couch waiting for the ball to drop like everyone else. The dogs don’t care for the “fireworks” which some folks say are actually people festively shooting straight up into the air, but they (the pups, not the gun nuts) bring so much joy we are happy to help them through the noisiest part. I am happy that this Christmas was quietly joyful. I am happy we have eight grandchildren, and saw all of them this year. I am happy we are here, together after 36 years, and looking forward to more. I am happy you are you, and have been a comfort to so many including me.

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    ramblingsandrandomity

    Happy birthday. Today I’m happy because I walked home from my poker game at one o’clock this morning and it was old and dark and the frost made everything twinkly and sparkly and glittery and magical… Like you. 😊

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    Colleen Lucas

    Happy Birthday Jenny!!!!!! Hope it’s great one!

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  135. OMG- I just found out I share my birthday with one of the most awesome people around. You taught me that it is ok to have a mental illness and to embrace my quirks that are a result of my silly brain. Thank you and happy anniversary of your entrance into this crazy orb.

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  136. I believe you OTTER have a happy birthday. Yuk. Yuk. Yuk. Seriously, I’m so glad you were born and that you’re sharing your stories with the rest of us. Your wit and wisdom are priceless. I wish you many more years filled with health and happiness (and more books for the rest of us).

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  137. Happy Happy Birthday!!! And also, as someone who decided to take up poi at 42, I commend you on the juggling and suggest that wear your bruises with pride. I am constantly pulling up pieces of clothing and showing off the giant black/green/red bruises saying things like “LOOK AT THIS ONE. It’s sooooo pretty!” Also, my friends have stopped inviting me to so many things. I wonder if it’s related?

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  138. I live in San Diego and I want to snuggle otters but I don’t know where. My fire belly toads that are really frogs are singing while having frog sex. Does that count for anything?@

    Sent from my iPhone

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  139. Happy birthday!
    I’ve bought 2 of your books and given them to strangers for xmas, so your welcome.
    And the guy at queen donuts have us a free donut today and I’m gonna make pie in celebration of your birthday.

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  140. I love otters too! I grew up on a lake aannndd I was a bit spoiled. I never understood why I couldn’t HAVE an otter. I always say, it’s the one thing I asked for but didn’t get. Of course, my Dad would take me to the zoo and let me watch the otters play for hours at a time.
    #mostlittlegirlswantapony

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  141. Hoppy Birdy, Jenny!! Hope you have an otterfilled day! Hell yes that’s a word! And I totally think you should fly to Alaska NOW. Cause they have the most awesome otters anywhere! And sure you can swim with them! Just bring a lot of wetsuits because they hang out on little icebergs, and it will be kinda cold. Also, watch out for the salmon sharks. They’re related to Great White sharks and well… I love you, Jenny! ❌⭕❤ There’s no otter emoji, wtf!!

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  142. Happy Burthday!

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  143. I have a friend who worked with special needs kids and they went to the aquarium. On the bus on the way back to the school they noticed that one of the kids was smelling a bit fishy. Once they were getting off the bus they realized the fishy smell was coming from the child’s backpack, he had smuggled a penguin out of the aquarium.

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  144. Happy birthday lovely lady! I agree, otters are awesome. We’re lucky enough to happen upon them quite frequently in these parts and (when not attacking Dad’s hens) they are brilliant. I could watch them all day! Anyway, I digress, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Have some cake 🎂

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  145. Happy Birthday my fellow otter lover! I toast to you while sipping Hot Chocolate (with a shot of baileys) out of my new Sea Otter Creature Cup! Take every ounce of enjoyment and love out of your brightness, those spots may seem few and far between at times, but they make life worth it. We all love you Jenny!

    Joy Pearson

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  146. Happy birthday, Jenny! Your posts always make me laugh. I’m happy because I just had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in over 5 years. Maybe you have a friend like that. Maybe someone you kept in touch with on social media but never actually got together with. You renew an old friendship, have a good meal, and maybe even bring home leftovers!

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  147. Happy birthday! Two things, one – I’ve had that same problem with sea world (wanting to go but not being able to because of blackfish and hoping that they have fixed it so that we can go) and two – swimming with otters reminded me that yesterday when I was ice skating (badly) with my daughter, she said, “this would be a lot more fun if there were real penguins sliding around with us” and I thought yes, that would be more fun! Kids have all the best ideas.

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  148. Slappy mirthday…er, bappy hirthday…er, sloppy burpday, er…. Happy Effin’ Birthday! You’re fabulous! Thank you for being you!

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  149. Hope tou get to snuggle with tour significant otter. Happy Birthday Jenny!

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  150. Happy birfday, you gorgeous and talented thing you!

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  151. Happy birthday!! 🎂 Today is apparently a good day to be born — my son Ethan turns 11 today. Happy birthday to both of you!

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  152. You are in great company as my son’s birthday is today as well!! Which makes me deliriously happy……he is my blessing…………Happy Birthday and keep those balls in the air!!

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  153. Have a wonderful birthday, Jenny!!🎉🎂🍰🎁💕

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  154. Happy Birthday! I find you otterly hilarious!

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  155. I hope this works in the comments section… HBD Jenny! thanks for being you ❤

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  156. I think this will make both of us happy on your birthday. My son gave me your book for Christmas, so you sold a book (thus making you happy) and I get to read it (making me happy!)

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  157. Happy birthday Jenny! Mine was yesterday and started out all rollercoastery too, but thankfully settled into a more manageable log ride 🙂 So I wish you log rides and otters for your birthday. You rock, Jenny.

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  158. Happiest of Birthdays! On Tuesday myself and my partner are going to hang out with sloths and possibly tapirs at the zoo near us. The official word is that we get to hang out with and then feed the sloths but if the correct sloths aren’t available, we get to feed a tapir or aardvark instead. :3

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  159. Happy birthday! We visited the otters at Cameron Park Zoo in Waco yesterday. It’s not THAT far from you in Texas terms, plus they have a clear slide so you can feel like you’re swimming with the otters and stay completely dry. Bonus: You can look like a total creep being the only adult going down the slide with a bunch of kids.

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  160. Happy birthday!!! You should totally snuggle otters. You’d rock it. They’d love you. Like we all do.

    I’m happy because my sweetheart of a husband gave me three stacks of books for Christmas. The man knows the way to my heart.

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  161. My birthday was the 27th which means that my hero, Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia aka General Organa died on
    my birthday. Which made my birthday suck. Maybe I should learn to juggle and then the pain of my inevitable black eyes will be a distraction? Either way, happy birthday to you, Jenny, for being another of my heroes.

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  162. Wishes for a very happy birthday and a wonderful 2017!

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    Anne Barringer

    A very happy birthingday to you! Things that make me happy? Your posts for one thing, and the fact you provide a venue for festive giving. I had so much fun playing secret Santa. My granddaughter Nina makes me happy. Music and humor and photography and reading books and learning new crafts makes me happy. Random acts of kindness makes me very happy. These are a few of my favorite things… 😉💗 and now I’m off to pre-order your book. May you have a Fantabulous day full of awesomesauce amazingness!

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  164. Happy Birthday! Thanks for being you! Pre-ordered your book and my happy thing for the day is they just announced our office will be closed, not only for Monday but also tomorrow! Woot!

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  165. Happy birthday, Jenny! I made gingerbread with my 10 year old niece for Christmas and that made me happy.

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  166. Happy birthday!! What’s making me happy is that it’s also my sister’s birthday and we finally got the whole family on skype after trying on Thanksgiving and Christmas and failing.

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  167. Happy Birthday! I already pre-ordered the new book, but you are so right about the tearing pages out that I’m going to order 2 more. It was lovely meeting you on the last book tour and you signed a copy of “Furiously Happy” for my step-daughter that she says has gotten her through some really difficult days.

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  168. The world is a better place because you’re in it. Rock on, and thanks for giving me the word “stabby” to work with. I can explain my impulses so much better now. 😉 Happy Birthday!

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    Anne Barringer

    PS It Anusara me to no end that you have the no yelling birthingday rule too. 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

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  170. Happy Birthday to YOU!

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  171. You forgot that we can gel Happy Birthday. So here it goes HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!🍰😜

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    Anne Barringer

    Sigh amuses not that other word…

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  173. Happy birthday, have a wonderful day, and thank you for your blogging 🙂

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  174. Happy Birthday! Otters make me happy too. I love watching them play. Actually I love watching any animal playing. Keep on trying with the judgling. I was as bad as you. Years later
    I can now say…”Someday I will get it.” Lol

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  175. Balloon animals are an equally amazing party trick that don’t require nearly as much hand eye coordinatation. Just as an fyi.

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  176. Jenny – all the best to you on your Birthday and every day. I have learned, just to be on the safe side, not to read your posts at work after several of them (and the ensuing comments) left me redfaced with streaming tears from the force of holding in the laughter (this, I will add is not a great look in retail) — Wendi

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    sherriesmonkey

    I’m pretty sure China stole your giant chicken idea. That’s ok though, who doesn’t need a Giant Chicken? happy birthday.

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    Adrian Jones

    Happy Birthday!

    I listened to you on the World Service yesterday, you were great! So that’s something that made me happy.

    x

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  179. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    I got a black eye because I was standing BEHIND my friend when she tried to throw a frisbee. Yeah, that was fun to explain to people 🙂

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  180. Happy birthday, Jenny!! I have bought and/or recommended your books to just about everyone I know. Granted, I am kind of antisocial, so I don’t know a crap ton of people, but basically unless I hate someone, I’ll eventually tell them to read your books. And telling them that makes me happy, so it’s a win all around.

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  181. Happy, happy birthday! There’s been a lot to drag us all into the dark lately, but your light helps keep me out. Thank you! What makes me happy? Snuggling puppies at the mall. You know, to socialize them. It’s a win-win because I get to look like Mother fucking Theresa (Teresa? I’m on break so I don’t even know what day it is). Anyway, it’s pretty awesome gig if you can get it.

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  182. Okay, this is me joining thousands of others in saying that you make me happy! Thank you! and Happy Birthday and while your at it have three balls (oh, yeah you have that covered). You otter be in pictures, your beautiful to me…

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  183. My eyes are playing tricks on me. I totally read that as “I’m not talented enough to lap dance…”

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  184. Used to love otters till I found out they can be rapey bastards. Now I’m conflicted.

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  185. Wow- there are so many comments you may or may not get to this one:) Well, it made me happy last week to hang out in a reading room at the library with many homeless people, and to see that Furiously Happy was propped up- featured-like- on one of the shelves. Men who are without a home and hang out at the library should totally get to read your book, and they can.

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  186. Happy Birthday to US! That’s right; we share a day of birth (among other similarities) so I hope your day is equally spectacular and filled with joy.

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  187. Are you saying balls in your face isn’t a good birthday present? Because that’s what I asked for for mine.

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  188. Happy birthday, Jenny! Wishing you random otters and a lot of happiness! I have a standing gift request for the otter place in San Diego from my family. They don’t even ask what I want anymore because they know I want to go sit in a pool of otters. Also my daughter gave me a personalized autographed copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened for Christmas even though I had it in ebook and hard copy. Best gift ever!!! It is now living in the china cabinet with the rest of the family heirlooms where it belongs.

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  189. It could suck more…my newest panic attack trigger…? Going to the bathroom. WTH. My brain is fucked up!

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  190. Happy Birthday Jenny! Thank you for your silliness and your profound insights. Your posts make me smile, or tear up, depending. Hopefully, if I am responding correctly to your posts, then that will make you happy.

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  191. Happy Birthday I’m off to buy your new book right now… for a friend… called moi

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  192. Happy birthday! Today happens to be my older son’s birthday as well. He is 11 years old! I’m excited to find out you share birthdays. Because you make me furiously happy, and so does he 🙂 Also, I too would love to swim with otters!

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  193. One thing that made me happy was seeing the you wrote the foreword to Hannah Hart’s book Buffering, I was so happy that two of my favorite internet people know each other and love each other’s work as much as I do! It makes the world seem smaller and less scary. Happy birthday Jenny!

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  194. Moral dilemmas should not apply on one’s birthday. You totally otter go frolic with otters.
    Happy Birthday, Jenny!!
    Guess I’ll need a second copy of the new book so I can take pages out of one and have an intact copy, as well. Yay to more books!!

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  195. STILL stalking you. Haha!
    What makes me HAPPY? The fact that I share the SAME BIRTHDAY (& year) with YOU! Sorry if that makes me strange.😉 But, while we have the same birthday as Ted Danson, Mary Tyler Moore and Jude Law (although, he is such a cutie!)…YOU are way cooler!
    Cheers and Happy Birthday and many more.
    Oh, and I bought all 3 books already. Need to re-read for the laughs, though.

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  196. I started listening to “Furiously Happy” again during a particularly rough anxiety patch. It has made me feel much less isolated…thus, furiously happy. Happy Birthday, you’re changing lives!

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  197. Happy Birthday!!! December birthdays make me happy (mine’s on the 18th) because although there are sucky people out there – this is your birthday AND your Christmas present – mostly they’re magical. I hope you have a wonderful day and your serotonin cooperates!

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  198. I read Furiously Happy and fell in love…not in a creepy kind of way but in the maybe-it’s-time-I-talk-about-my-anxiety kind of way. I’m still on the hunt for a therapist because it turns out I’m picky about who I want routing around my thoughts but I wanted to thank you for being an advocate for mental health. It sometimes feels taboo to talk about but thank you for making it okay to have those discussions and to share the weirdness that sometimes enters my brain. Happy Birthday! Oh, and I bought the 2017 calendar…best ever!

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  200. Happy birthday to us, Jenny! Every single year I’m surprised again until I remember that I knew that we share a birthday. That makes me smile. 🙂

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    Happy Birthday to a truly beautiful soul. I have both of your books and have already pre-ordered the third. The best present I got all year was from you on Easter when you started #TheBloggessTribe. They have saved my life this year more than once. ❤️❤️

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  202. Happy Birthday, Jenny!

    Something that makes me happy? Well, after getting up at 5:30, 6:00 or 7:00 for nearly a week, we finally got a chance for my son to take his driving test and he passed. So we now have three licensed drivers in the family. Also I got to sleep until 11:00 today, which was almost like a vacation.

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  203. Happy birthday to someone else who get stuck with the merryChristmashappybirthday wish every year. I’m the 28th. Went to the beach and got my official I am a senior federal park pass yesterday. Go me. You make me laugh and we all have metal chickens.

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  204. Happy birthday! I am happy it’s my birthday tomorrow. I love birthdays and finally figured out I just need to make a plan for my birthday to be awesome and not expect anyone else to do it. I also needed to lower my expectations a tad and that has also helped me enjoy every birthday a little more.

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  205. Somethings that make me happy:
    My pillow
    Unexpected Ladybugs
    Thai Tea
    That giggle toddlers get that is so infectious, you can’t help but laugh too
    Seeing people being kind to others – especially when they don’t know you see them

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  206. Happy Birthday Jenny!!! I totally get the wanting to play with otters. I want to go in and pet all the big cats, lions, tigers, leopards you name it – I want to pet it!! Have a great birthday, hope the sun shines all day for you! Hugs

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  207. Happy birthday, you amazing creature. You have no idea the impact you’ve had on me over the years. So. Much. Love.

    Things that make me happy:

    My huge cat
    Doctor Who (especially Ten)
    Star Trek
    The picture of you with your cat on your head
    When my cat sits on my head
    Cat cafes–one just opened in Philadephia
    You should visit the cat cafe
    It’s called Kawaii Kitties
    Seriously, you just go in and pay to sit with cats and pet cats
    The coolest people hang out there
    They also serve coffee and bagels
    But not to the cats
    The cats eat dry food
    Also, the cats are adoptable

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  208. Happy birthday, you lovely human. Things that make me happy: drinking tea, reading books, being outside (especially with my kids), blooper reels, organizing things, fireworks, and my family. I hope you have a wonderful day and that you feel loved.

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  209. Happy Birthday! Any dog just discovered today that the bathtub doubles as a bed.

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  210. Jenny- if you ever come to Portland, there is a thing where you can feed the otters at the zoo. But you aren’t really supposed to play with them. But if you are my 25 year old step daughter, you leave your hand on the fish so the otter keeps touching you to get the fish. Happy Birthday!!!

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  211. Happy birthday, Jenny! Thank you for being you because it’s really inspired and freed me to be my weird, awesome self! Wish I could send some otters to you, but instead I’m going to buy another one of your books to give to a friend. Wishing you lots of love and joy this year!

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  212. Happy birthday! As far as your books go, I’ve read LPTNH 3 times and ordered copies for most of my friends that know how to read. Also, you’ve cost me a small fortune because I tend to order everything that shows up on your blog. Anyway, hope you have a wonderful birthday. Even though late December birthdays suck…mine was last week.

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  213. Happiest of days to jenny! Thanks for all of the laughs! Enjoy the year!

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  214. Happy birthday to you! It’s also my birthday and I feel kind of crappy, because it’s become just another day. I lost my job so we can’t afford to go out and celebrate or get anything. I’m fighting off my usual depression as best I can, with help from the tiny little human that makes me happiest of all. Even if she’s exhausting right now… She’s got 6 teeth coming in, including 4 molars, so if anyone wants to trade her for a birthday cake, hit me up! (just kidding… Mostly.)

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  215. Happy Birthday!!! I LOVE otters as well! They are so darn cute and so happy. On a trip to the zoo once, there were some otters that were, um, finding ways to make each other very, very happy. Like 5 of them, all taking turns making each other verrrry happy and squealing with delight. And I could NOT contain myself. Then a little boy next to me asked his mom, what are they doing mommy?? And I laughed so hard I cried. WAY too much fun at the zoo that day. And I agree with you on the whale thing as well, I will not visit another Sea World, etc unless they are whale free. The one is Miami is incredibly sad. The whale has the smallest tank, it’s just awful.

    Keep smiling, watching otter vids and enjoying your day!!!!!

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    Laurie Blevins

    Happy birthday! However much you might struggle, please know that you mean so much to so many, including me. I read your first book after a long bout of menopausal depression, and it made me laugh so hard that a little bit of per came out. Just a little bit. 😂 And I was so tickled (Southern expression), that even the per was funny.

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  217. Happy Birthday, Jenny! You are amazing and awesome and other good things that start with A.

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  218. I’ve already got your books and I’ve gifted them out…but here’s what makes me happy…coffee, wine, my kid’s laughter, mozzarella sticks or really just cheese.

    Happy birthday, Jenny! Thank you for helping me overcome my fears of writing and talking about my anxiety and depression. Thank you for just being you.

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    Laurie Blevins

    Shit! Little bit of pee!

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  220. Happy birthday! Am in the middle of reading Furiously Happy, I love it. And…I just bought myself a cutout Rory from your shop. 🙂 Have a great New Year.

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  221. Happy, Happy birthday, Jenny. I actually beat you to it, by 10 days and he DID yell at me on my Birthday. And it was my 50th too! But we were in Disney, and since that is my happy place, it wasn’t bad. Mickey was there to comfort me. And Goofy. So you see: if they do yell at you on your Birthday, you can still be happy 🙂 Have a good one, Jenny, and many, many returns!!

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    Sandra/Wynterose

    Happy Birthday! Thank you again for posting on my daughter, Lanine’s page when she announced her surgery on Janunary 3rd! I can’t tell you how much that made her happy or thank you enough. She gets all SQUEE inside every time she thinks about it. She’s still a goth girl even in her mid 30’s. Right now what makes her happy, makes me happy. Now to figure out how to keep her husband out of the darkness when she’s in surgery and we all get to stand/sit around and wait for her to come out next week. Thank you again for your ray of sunshine! {hugs}

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  223. Happy Happy Birthday Jenny! Hope you have a great day! 😀

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  224. Happy Birthday to US! That’s right; we share a day of birth (among other similarities) so I hope your day is equally spectacular and filled with joy

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  225. Happy birthday to one of my favorite people in the world! I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but Sarah Donner wrote a song and filmed a video that she made after reading Furiously Happy! https://www.facebook.com/sarahdonner/posts/10154908053094173

    It’s so wonderful, I don’t know if you’ve seen it but it goes right along with your Furiously Happy video!
    Happy birthday my sweet and beautiful friend! ❤❤❤

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  226. Happy birthday! Thanks for making 2016 less sucky. I’m eternally in your debt.

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  227. Happy birthday, Jenny! If I learned to juggle I’d totally punch myself in the eye with one of the balls because I’m REALLY a klutz. I hope you have a great birthday and that your serotonin levels stay even so depression doesn’t kick your ass. What makes me happy is that I just found out today that there’s a safari in Huntsville, AL, a couple of hours from where I live. If they treat the animals humanely I’m totes going there! I’m going to preorder 2 copies of your newest book tomorrow AND your 2017 calendar, so I’m really happy about that! Go snuggle all the otters you want and have a wonderful time!!!

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  228. Have a great birthday and a kick ass 2017. You da best

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  229. Your birthday falls on the BEST day of the year…MY birthday!! ☺

    Yay us!! 🎉

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  230. you perfectly summed up my exact mental gymnastics regarding Sea World.

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  231. 2016 was terrible. but one good thing that still makes me happy: pokémon go!

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  232. Happy birthday. Thanks for all the help you have given through your inspiring heartfelt words. I look forward to your next audio book.

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  233. Happy birthday to my birthday month twin. Mine is the 31st. Love what you do, sorry that at times you need to wade thru some shit to get where you’re going. 🎂
    Karen

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  234. Happy Birthday, Jenny! My birthday was 10 days before yours and now I’m sad that I didn’t get to swim with otters… and also sad that I can’t swim. I hope your birthday wish comes true; I also hope that Victor doesn’t give you a stuffed otter as a gift because, frankly, that would be kind of horrific.

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  235. Dear sweet, adorable, amusing AF Jenny: You are amazeballs. You make me happy. That you are happy on your birthday gives me warm fuzzies, because birthdays can be full of pressure to be happy even when you’re not, and I have noticed that you are doing better at admitting when you’re not ok, and that helps the ok times be okayer longer. I already have all of your books, and a preorder on Amazon for the new one is already paid for, and you’ve automagraphered the other two, not even a MONTH after my friend and I got out of the loony hospital for oddly uptight and freaky people last year, and we got to come see you together in Seattle. And were kinda manic at the time. But you were awesome and even let me hug you.

    The last two years have been super super super hard. And the hard isn’t over, but it’s different now, and it feels less desperate and less permanent. But we still keep the meds in a safe that I don’t have the combination to, and I’m still in DBT class and weekly therapy, and it’s still a choice to keep putting one foot in front of the other every day, and as predicted, every day sucks a little less than the one before (partially because there’s been no fresh horror, but I’ll take it), and I’m told that this is the way to eventually learn how to function again. Nothing has happened to make that untrue so far, and I’m starting to believe it.

    All of that is to just give you a little fresh context, because you answered one of my comments one day when I was in a really black hole and told me that I wasn’t a freak for wanting to get a safe for the meds, and that it’s ok to do whatever works best for me to keep me sunnyside up of the dirt. And that’s helped me immensely. Occasionally in my life, someone has told me how something I said or did had a positive effect on them, and it feels awkward, but it’s a good awkward, and that is probably what babysteps to ok feels like. So I wanted to give you an awkward gift on your birthday that is basically telling you that you have been part of the multi-dimensional team of therapies, relationships, tips and tricks that has kept me alive in the last two years, and lo and behold, some things still suck HARDCORE, but I’m still here to manage my feelings about them, which wasn’t guaranteed even last year.

    So, Jenny Lawson, rock-juggling otters are ADORABLE and they look like they’re having fun, so I say keep it up in spite of the potential for black eyes, because if it wasn’t fun, would they keep doing it? I think not. Otters are smarter than us about refusing to do the not-fun shit. They’d just stop and go float around holding hands or something. I like the wall suggestion someone gave you, but try to find one without art or a head on it someplace, maybe like a kitchen cabinet? Probably not a window. You’re welcome, Victor. Love you Jenny! Can’t wait for your coloring book to get here!

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  236. Happy birthday Jenny!!!🎂

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    Leslie O'Donnell

    Happy birthday! Thank you for being you, and sharing you with us, and letting us celebrate you, and helping us all celebrate each other and ourselves, in the process. More to the point, I would never yell at you for wanting to play with otters. I wouldn’t even yell at me for wanting to play with otters and it’s not even my birthday, I just had a crappy day which replaced my son spending several hours with his bestie with my having to spend several hours making angsty calls to customer service people. So yeah, I think otters for everyone would be a pretty awesome upswing right now. Unless they are the sort of people that make others have crappy days, in which case NO OTTERS FOR THEM, because they don’t deserve to celebrate you. Or something. I’m losing track. I think those customer service calls used up all the caffeine in my system.

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  238. I freaking love otters, those totally made my day. Thank you for that. I hope you have an awesome otter filled birthday!! And lots of book sales. Hee hee.

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  239. Things that make me happy….
    1. baths with good smelly stuff
    2. tea
    3. vodka
    4. cats
    5. stories i can get lost in
    6. my hubby
    7. long pointless drives through pretty places when you can stop and eat when you get hungry
    8. walks with no destination
    9. harry potter

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    karithenurse

    Happy Birthday Jenny!!! Hope your day is filled with JOY!!!. Your openness about mental health issues help all of us who suffer from depression and anxiety. Hoping for a happier 2017

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  241. Happy Birthday Jenny….please don’t juggle the otters!

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    Talwinder Kaur

    Happy Birthday Jenny and so thankful for you being born and here for us! Not going to lie but I really do wish I could hug some raccoons even though that seems risky but I want to anyways haha. But I would totally smuggle penguins out of Sea World! Anyways I also did wake up today feeling rather out of it and totally dead but I’m feeling better now knowing that today is your birthday! Enjoy your day and keep on juggling like everyone’s watching! (’cause they are haha.) 🙂

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  243. Happiest birthday! You have been a source of light and hope as I have fought my battle with anxiety and it’s sidekick, depression. Every morning, I listed to Bill Wither’s “Lovely Day” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Both give me hope and grooviness for the day ahead. Love you.

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  244. I was going to try to post a picture of my cat, Romeo, but I can’t seem to figure out how to make it work, damn it…anyway, wishing you a very happy birthday, and may you eventually get to play with all the otters you could ever want, because hey, you deserve it, and after the whole kangaroo-and-sloth episode, surely they should know you’re more than competent around wild animals, right?

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  245. Happy birthday! 🎉 🎂 I pre-ordered your book and ordered another one for my friend! Cheers!

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  246. Otters, Jenny! Otters. Go play! Happy birthday, wonderful woman!

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    Heather L. Seggel

    Happy birthday! Stick with the juggling, it is good for what ails you. I learned from the book Juggling for the Complete Klutz, and unlike riding a bike (for me at least) this is something you truly can’t forget how to do. Keeping a good thought for your other orbs to behave kindly toward you.

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  248. Happy Birthday Jenny! You deserve an extra-special day just for being awesome!

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  249. I love that you and my son share a birthday. Happy birthday to both of you!! 🎁🎂❤

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  250. Happy birthday to one of my biggest inspirations! I’d post a picture of my three cats but can’t figure out how.

    Just for the record you should TOTALLY go cuddle the otters

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  251. Happy Birthday, Jenny! To me, and many others, you are like George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” You have touched so many lives, including mine. I understand only too well the battle with depression, but I have found with you and your community a group of compassionate, like-minded, very funny people (because if we weren’t funny, we’d crawl into permnant holes). Thank you, thank you, thank you for being here! You mean more to me than you will ever know. Best wishes for a year of peace and health, and lots of laughs.

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  252. Happy birthday beautiful girl. Hope you have a day full of sparkly otters that bring you tacos from the back of a unicorn.

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    E. H. Freman

    Hey! Its my birthday too.
    And i am also in the down dumps. Bc. I fail at everything. But!
    We’re about to have snomaggedon here where i live – like a flash snowmaggendon…. they called it a squall… which is five minutes of falling white death terror on blizzard status followed by nothing. Uh. Nothing weather-wise.
    This makes me happy bc i enjoy running around outside (literally running – bc as an athlete doing your sport in rain or snow adds 78% more badassery to your badass level) in snow and feeling like a kid again.

    Happy birthday us!

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  254. Happy Birthday!
    Hope this will bring you a chuckle!

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  255. This is going to sound weird, but…looking at the image on the FB post for this made me wonder: have you ever considered designing fabric? Seriously, you do the most amazing intricate designs, and I think some of them would work up beautifully in fabric–I don’t know how one would go about doing something like this if you wanted to go whole-hog pro with licensing, etc., but http://www.spoonflower.com does, IIRC, let you get fabric printed with your own designs. Just think–you could have dresses made with your own fabric!

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  256. Happy Birthday Jenny!!

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  257. Happy Happy Birthday Jenny, just started listening to your book Furiously Happy and am LOVING it! Thank you for being you and writing about it – I laugh all the way to work and back (3 hr round trip)! Much love!

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  258. Happy Birthday Jenny!!! I’ve been feeling blue lately so reading this made me happy! I’m so glad that you were born!!! Xoxo

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  259. Happy birthday, Jenny! To celebrate, I pre-ordered your new book and looked at more otter gifs. May I also recommend sloths…

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  260. Happy Birthday! It is one of my daughter’s birthday today too, and my oldest was yesterday so we get cake two days in a row!

    I totally get the “that sounds like you”. When I posted on Facebook about a fish hitting my windshield, all my friends started saying things like ‘this only happens to you’, and ‘of course you got hit by a fish why would something normal happen?’ So yeah.

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  261. Things that make me happy? Books! I have both of yours and I didn’t want them to end because they were the funniest books I have ever read. I feel like nothing else will compare so you have to keep writing more 🙂 Also dogs…dogs make me happy. I would like to get a pair of Dachshunds, because they need a friend while I’m at work. So 2 sounds right. My birthday is in a month and now I want to finds somewhere I can play with otters too. They were one of my favourites at the zoo as a kid.

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    paisleyfeline

    I went to seaworld for Halloween and went to see the sea lion high show. In the middle of the show the otter decided it would be way more fun to run around and play can’t catch me with his trainers backstage. This meant all the humans in the show had to stall until his game was over and he was ready to go back to work. Then, having seen all the fun his cast member was having, one of the sea lions decided to dive in the water and also go back stage to play in similar fashion. Fortunately, due to it being halloween, the humans were able to make lots of jokes about what a horror this show had turned into. It was probably the best marine animal/human collaborations I have ever seen.

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  263. Happy birthday! Do some things that you really enjoy today. I too was on the verge of a cranky day, so I decided to knit rather than taking up a new activity. Probably a good choice for me as doing new things makes me headachey.

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  264. Happy Birthday! I feel kinda special because my birthday was on Dec 8, so we are birthday month sisters or whatever. I want a baby otter. And a fox. And an echidna puggle because an unpuggled life is an incomplete life. Big hugs fr me, a fellow medicated introvert/birthday sister/fuzzy animal bothered.

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  265. Have the happiest of birthdays, Jenny! I have officially killed a bag of chocolate in your honor. You’re welcome. What makes me happy? Of course, seeing that you have posted. Also, some vintage web sites like the Miss Doxie Cookie and the Geese story http://www.missdoxie.com/2008/08/cookie_and_the_1.html and from way back in 2000, the Pixyland site… http://pixyland.org/peterpan/petersFashionPage.html#pp_tag
    Wishing you the best New Year!

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  266. Happy Birthday, Jenny! Thank you for bringing light to my dark days. 🙂

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  267. Happy Birthday! You “otter” have a swimmingly fun day!

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  268. Happy birthday! I’m pretty thrilled that this year is almost done. January! Fresh start! Hopefully with less dumb! If you need more, I also was made happy today by this: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/12/lotus-blossoms-of-goa-india/

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  269. Happy birthday you sweet weird wonderful creature you!

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  270. The mean swimming with otter people probably aren’t calling you back because they heard about the panda incident in Australia. But that’s still mean – it’s your birthday so I think they are required to call. It makes me happy to hear that you have perhaps dodged the depression monster for your birthday since I’ve been struggling lately. At least one of us should be happy! I will be vicariously happy through you. Happy birthday!!

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  271. Happy Birthday, Jenny! I already bought all your books and I’ve preordered the new one…. and I listen to the audio audio book instead of hitting people or hiding under furniture….. Thanks for helping me stay sane… or ummm, nope, too late for that. Oh well! Thanks for making me feel less alone. Happy birthday!

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  272. I’m so happy you were born, and that you decided to share your thoughts with us. You are one of the few who make me burst out in shaking laughter while reading. Happy birthday. We love you.

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  273. First……Happy Birthday! And Happy New Year!
    Second…..You NEED Juggling for the Complete Klutz! It’s a for real book and it comes with square juggling bean bags (not balls because balls roll and are more difficult to pick up if you have to chase them around). My mother bought me this book back in the 80s as a Christmas gift/joke for a seriously uncoordinated daughter and it really works to teach you how to juggle plus it’s funny. The first lesson is literally how to drop the juggling bags because you will drop them and you should get used to picking them up. While I am not a circus caliber juggler, I am good enough to wow people who can’t juggle. Juggling can also be good stress relief. You can just focus on the juggling and forget all the crap that happened during the day. Sort of a zen clown thing. 🙂
    p.s. I now want to come back as a juggling otter in my next life.

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  274. Happy Birthday dear Jenny. Your books make me happy. Your blog posts make me happy. Your instagram feed makes me happy. Your imperfect mind makes me happy because I feel that I am not alone in my illness. That sounds weird but you know what I mean, I’m sure. I’m going to buy some copies of your books today for some friends to celebrate your birthday. Cake may be involved too. What growth?? I don’t see a growth! Go for the swim!!!

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  275. Happy Birthday! My daughter bought me your Ferociously Happy pillow for Christmas and it made me so very happy! I hope you are THAT happy for your birthday! You otter feel fantastic on your special day!

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    moonlightsophi

    Happy Birthday!
    Hope this will bring you a chuckle!

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    Mary Kennedy

    Happy Birthday!!! And we have purchased all your books and we have ALREADY pre-ordered your NEW one! So thank you for these awesome gifts! Take care, be happy, it’s gonna be OK.

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  278. Happy Birthday…in celebration I am going to watch Xmen movies, eat some popcorn and make my family some sort of casserole with mushroom soup and cheese involved in it. I don’t beleive any of it is GMO free, paleo, gluten free or nut free…not that I am going to add nuts..but in this house, we are all a little nuts, so it comes with the territory.

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  279. Many happy returns of your day, Jenny! I’m glad our Texas sky showed some sun for you today, but man its bloody blustery out there! Took me 15 minute to combine out all the knots in my hair from my morning walk! But, the wind was good and cleansing, and I needed it after the week we’ve all had…maybe you needed it, too? Happy windy Texas birthday; I’m so happy you were born♡

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  280. Happy birthday Jenny!
    I showed my daughter the cute little videos of the otters playing with rocks and she grabbed her stuffed otter, Kate (who she sleeps with every night and wears a dog-print skirt), to come watch too. Everyone was thrilled!

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    Supercatgrrl

    Happy Birthday Jenny!!! So on the SeaWorld thing, the president of the Humane Society gave them the thumbs up this year, which is good because, Discovery Cove is owned by SeaWorld and I totally needed to swim with Dolphins. So I got to swim with Dolphins and one of the dolphins accidentally knocked me over with its tail and the staff were all like “OMG are you ok?!?” But I totally feel like I got more for my money than other people because the dolphin touched me more than anyone else… ok, it might have purposely (or porpoise-ly) knocked me over because I’m a vet tech and I totally was asking the staff about vaccines, blood draws and other medical care of dolphins and the dolphin was probably like “butch, try to draw my blood, I can totally knock you on your ass”. Cuz I hear dolphins can be douches, but I still love them. But then, cats are total douches too and I love the wild, angry cats that come into my clinic, so maybe I’m not to be trusted on who to like… Anyway, the point is, Happy Birthday, seeing Otters at SeaWorld is totally ok per the Humane Society and beware of douchey animals (or enjoy them like I do :)). I apologize for my earlier pun, but not really because it was fantastic!

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    Gribble Girl

    Happy Birthday! I hope you get to snuggle all the otters that you want between now and your next birthday!

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  283. The above windy comment was from me. I am not anonymous, in fact I’m the total opposite. Cheers again to your birthday:) Michelle♡

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  284. Happy Birthday Jenny! Thank you for everything you do! 😁

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  285. Happy birthday! This POST makes me happy! Well, they ALL do. Except for when they piss me off because I think, “I can write stuff. And I can be pretty funny sometimes. But I can’t be either nearly as well as that damn Jenny. Maybe I could if I worked at it harder, but then I’m kind of a slackass….” and I’m down the rabbit hole of self-loathing because I’m not Jenny-level on writing/humor AND I’m a slackass. [NOTE: This may or may not be exaggerated. TRUE but exaggerated.] Anyway, thank GOD that SOMEONE is this good at writing, humor, re-purposing taxidermied animals, even if it can’t be me.

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  286. Happy Birthday Jenny!
    My birthday is the day after Christmas.
    I don’t know about you, but I have never had a party because of the time of year!

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    Supercatgrrl

    Bitch not butch… stupid autocorrect! The dolphin wasn’t judging me on My femininity! That’s just absurd!

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  288. Happy Birthday!! Bacon makes me happy. Bacon is my god. But my dog probably thinks she’s my god. But then she is a smart little bugger so she probably knows god and dog are reversies.

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  289. Happy Birthday Jenny!!! I have a BFA in Theater and we actually learned to juggle in my movement class. I’m sure my parents had a hard time not rolling their eyes when I came home and proudly showed off what their tuition payments bought them. My daughter just had her first birthday on the 26th which makes me incredibly happy… and wistful.

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  290. PS: read a funny dialogue.
    Lawyer: “… We are here today on account of the disappearance of —–, which disappearance has been rendered quite remarkable by its suddenness and and completeness!”
    Judge: “We all know why we’re here today, and his disappearance would have been a good deal more remarkable if it were gradual and incomplete…”

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    TheAnnepireStrikesBack

    My daughter makes me happy.

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  292. Happy Birthday!!

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  293. Happy Happy Birthday!
    From All of us to You!
    We wish it was our Birthday!
    So we could party too!
    YEAH! 🙂

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  294. Stand over the couch to practice juggling. It’s much easier, believe me. Oh, and Happy Anniversary of your 21st Birthday!

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  295. Jenny, you are a source of joy, laughter, tears (the good kind), and I am so grateful you do what you do. I just hope you can feel how much you are adored by all of us. And the otters. They totally want to play catch with you 🙂

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  296. Happy Birthday, Jenny! Thanks for being who & how you are. Oh, & do your mom a solid & tell her thanks for pushing you out of her va jay jay. It’s kind of her day too.

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  297. Extra Happy Birthday to you…for all the years that the holidays may have overshadowed it :*( (I hope that’s not the case but I have a sad feeling that at one point or another it might be) Anyways Happy Birthday!!

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    Jenny Henshaw

    Before I even knew it was your birthday, I pre-ordered your new one because I just felt like treating myself. : ) Happy Birthday!

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  299. Ok I’m going to post something that is a little TMI but it will totally make Jenny laugh and it’s her birthday so you can’t yell at me either. Ok here goes I work for a big theme park (not sea world) and we have to be bussed in from our parking. On the way back to my car the driver is driving crazy and at one point she hits a big dip a dip that’s been there for years and we all fly up in our seat about two feet and crash back down with a thud. I screamed a bit and my friend Alex looked and me and said “ohhh did that scare you.” I said no but yes but not for the reason you think. He looks at me like I’m crazy. So I tell him when we hit the big dip my boobs which are quite large flew up and almost hit me in the nose. It’s a little freaky when your boobs nearly break your nose and seeing my boobs in my face is a bit scary. So that’s the story about how I nearly broke my nose with my boobs. Your all welcome:0)

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  300. Happy birthday! I hope you get to smuggle an otter out of its home for your birthday (which totally sounds dirty, but not what I mean…I swear). It’s funny, because I JUST emailed a picture of two otters to my mother. Because she is afraid of otters, since she lives on a (now-frozen) lake and there have been otters spotted near their house. My children are visiting them right now, so since I’m a mean daughter, I sent her the following picture of two otters frolicking on ice. Enjoy:

    https://goo.gl/images/s6mw8p

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    Melanie Pierce

    My dear Jenny,
    I wish you the happiest of birthdays! After all you are my birthday twin (I’m the 1974 version).
    One of the things that make me happy is YOU. I stumbled upon Furiously Happy on Audible (after all who can resist a cover with Rory). You made me laugh so hard and brought tears to my eyes as I and my family have battled the dragons of anxiety and depression for many decades. I got copies for family and friends. But then I was done. Thankfully you had already written, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, so I could listen to you more. You have read me to sleep on many nights, for which I am grateful. Thanks for “pretending you’re good at it” so I could hear your own voice and expression! No one could have done it better.
    Love you!
    ~Melanie

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  302. Happy birthday! You make so many people so happy. Please don’t go play with the otters or do any other “pay to play” kind of thing. Just go out into nature and let the critters that actually want to play with or around you make you happy. Everyone wins that way, I promise. You might even see a unicorn.

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  303. Thank you. I can never say it enough for what you’ve done for me. Happy birthday and MANY more.

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  304. Happy Birthday Jenny.

    Things that make me happy: dogs or children doing acts of random mischief. People doing good things for others without any expectation of gratitude or getting anything back. People who are grateful. Smiling strangers. The look my partner’s best friend gives to her when they meet, and the obvious joy at seeing each other. A warm bed on a cold evening. Making something nice that I know someone I love will enjoy.

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  305. Germinating seeds make me happy. It’s baby plants being born. I love baby things including animals, but baby plants are easier.

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  306. Happy birthday! Thank you for sharing wonderful things, and not pretending to be okay when you’re not. I have all your books and have preordered “You are Here.”

    Nothing makes me happy right now. However, I just learned about this website full of fun stuff, which cheers me up (and which you probably already know about): http://www.blueq.com/

    You and the tribe make my life better in many ways. Your humor and advocacy have been very important to me. I also saw you on tour this summer. Thanks to your invitation to follow people on Twitter, I gained a load of followers myself, many of whom tweet things which lighten and warm my heart (and yeah, having more followers is good for my ego). When I was trying to log into Twitter at 3 a.m. the other day with my outdated connection, I couldn’t get in. But just thinking “#neveralone” helped, even though I couldn’t tweet.

    Question for the tribe — Jenny talked on tour about a concept someone else came up with — about everyone having a set number of “spoons” to spend on daily living. People with brain disorders don’t get their spoons replenished as often as others. I happened to have a plastic spoon in my purse, and gave it to her when she signed my book. I’ve tried to find the originator or blog post about the spoon analogy, and can’t. Is there a link?

    (My friend Christine from ButYouDontLookSick.com created it. https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  307. Happy birthday! You are dear to me. Swim with otters. I swam with manta rays this fall in Hawaii and it was amazing and awe inspiring and made me very, very happy.

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  308. I’m absolutely going to yell at you on this, your birthday. Ready? HAAAAAPPYYYYYY BIIIIIIIRTHDAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY! So there. Deal with it.

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    OMGitsaClaire

    I know a place where you could hang out with a river otter. He seems like like me okay but my friend accidentally ran into him one day and said he was kinda bitey. I figure maybe he was having a bad day or Preston did something to piss him off. Anyway, he lives in a quiet little bay on a lake on an island with an old pair of concrete steps. If you sit on the beach, you can watch him. Just watch out for the bobcat family that lives nearby. She has babies and might be a little defensive. All of this is true and it’s my life and if you ever want to come hang out with me in a national forest, I will totally find you a nice quiet place for us to hang out with some wildlife.

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  310. Things that make me happy: my husband and I are expecting our first human baby (along with our three dogs, one cat, one fish, and one snail). Also none of our dogs have had to go to the vet in months and that’s a miracle on its own.

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  311. Happy birthday, Jenny!!

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  312. I got the book you autographed (and hugged) for Christmas, and it made me so happy! Also, I lost 7 pounds in December and walked 50 total miles. Yay, me!

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  313. Thank you for being you. And writing such wonderful books. Your writing makes me happy. And my dog Kramer.

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    magpiemusing

    Happy birthday to the best Bloggess on the intertubes!

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  315. Happy birthday, Jenny! It is my birthday today too. It is a tricky day. Between Christmas, New Year’s, and a Dec 29th birthday there is a lot of stock taking and contemplation right now. I find it a complicated day some years.

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  316. Happy birthday Jenny. My happy thing is that I got a ukulele for Christmas (from myself because I’m a really good shopper for things for me) and I can already play the Lime in the Coconut song so I’m pretty proud of myself. Also I will be buying several of your new book (because, like I said, I’m a very good shopper for things for me).

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  317. Happy, happy birthday, Jenny! I am going to pre-order your new book for my future sister-in-law (I already ordered one for myself a while ago) to give to her on her upcoming birthday. It makes me happy that I have a future sister-in-law who knows who you are and also adores you. Wishing you so many happy returns.

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  318. Happy Birthday, Jenny! It’s my birthday, too, but I got a personal fan that plus into my phone. Otters would have been possibly the only thing cooler!

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  319. Welllllll happy birthday. You want things that make me happy. What makes me happy is you are one of my favorite bloggers and you don’t live too far away from me. That makes me happy cause having my favorite people ear by is great ^.^

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  320. happy birthday
    thank you for letting me feel that i am normal, its the rest of the world that is messed up.
    my favorite post of yours is,” knock knock, motherfucker.” i want a giant metal chicken like yours.
    i would like to know of a place where i can buy your” lets pretend this never happened book,” that takes checks, or cash. i cant be trusted with credit cards.
    the things that make me happy are my turkeys, the liveing,feathered kind, i live in the boonies of wv, so they are possible to have, and my dogs, dumbass and dammit. they named themselves, obviously.
    keep on being you, because it helps us much more than you realize.

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  321. Happy Happy Birthday! And I did pre-order your new book and your first one!

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  322. Jenny, you are the shit. You have made me proud to be the weird little asshole I am. Have the happiest birthday ever!

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  323. Happy Birthday Jenny! In your honor I am going on Zazzle and ordering my 5th Bloggess-designed shirt. So Happy Birthday to me in a way as well! All the best. xo

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  324. Have a great birthday and keep juggling! Just don’t put your face so close!!!!

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  325. I’m happy you’re here. Happy mother fucking Birfday!

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  326. Happy birthday Jenny. My little cat Furi makes me happy. When I’m very depressed she is the only thing that makes me happy. I’ll post a picture of her on twitter for you. The new foster cat makes me happy too, but I don’t know Heer as well yet. I’ll post one of her as well. great big hug

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  327. Happy birthday! Sleep and food make me happy, so I will do both today in your honor, and because I really like sleep and food.

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  328. Happy birthday, Jenny! You are such an inspiration to SO many people, and screamingly funny. Hope your happy continues…

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  329. Happy birthday! And studying Buddhism in the Order of Inter-being makes me happy.

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  330. Happy Birthday Jenny!!!! Luckily my husband has started reading your blog in an effort to understand my brain – so, buncha purchases with your name on it….no explanation required. ❤

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  331. Happy birthday! This cute comic makes me happy: http://www.exocomics.com/431

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  332. Happy birthday! So, you are saying while “juggling” you are as adorable as an otter playing with a rock which is (I assume) 1000% accurate and hilarious. xxoo

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  333. Happy birthday Jenny! Thank you for everything- you make life better.

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  334. Happy Birthday! My birthday was yesterday, so it makes me happy to think you are my soul sister. 🐓

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  335. I used to be depressed at birthdays, but have turned the corner where I don’t give a rat’s ass. But in your case, I will give you a rat’s ass. You’re welcome.

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  336. I just finished reading Furiously Happy and now I am. You are a talented writer and make me laugh outloud. Thank you especially for the phrase “overprivileged what-the-fuckery”. I’m trying to think of sentences that will work with it.

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  337. Happy Birthday!! I already have your books and re-reading them makes me happy. I have given numerous copies to friends too and that also makes me happy! Here’s to you!!!

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  338. Happy birthday, Jenny! Thank you for all the smiles you’ve given me over the years.

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  339. Happy birthday, Jenny! You are awesome and I feel even more connected to you now that I know you love otters too! They are by far my favourite animal (according to my husband, I make a special face every time I see one, and everyone claims it’s adorable). He saves otter gifs, pictures and videos to send to me every time I’m sad, and it never fails to cheer me up.

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  340. So excited for the new book! Happy Birthday, Jenny! You make me happy!

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  341. going to san diego in a couple of months and I’ll fondle an otter in your name

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  342. Happiest of happy birthday wishes to you, Jenny. May this next trip around the sun bring you more good days than bad and more joy than sadness. You truly are a gift to the world. Thank you for being you.

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  343. I am posting this from my blanket fort that i am coloring in, For Reals! My roommates are eyeing me but said the fort can stay up until dinner!

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  344. It’s my birthday too! Happy birthday! I’ll eat an extra slice of cake for you.

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  345. I don’t think you can buy an otter on Amazon but at your pet store you could buy some ferrets and they are pretty damn fun to watch and take the bleake away. And you could post pictures for us non ferret-less people to make our sad go away for a tiny bit. Have a fabulous day. This is the day the angels sang and lifted up their hands because you were born.

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  346. I was given a gift card for Christmas and it’s going to make both of us happy because it means I can buy a copy of You Are Here! WOOHOO!! I’m very excited. 🙂
    Happy Birthday!

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  347. Happy birthday Jenny! What makes me happy is knowing my family loves and supports me even when I don’t care much about myself. It’s been a year of struggles, loss, learning about my own needs, values, and health, grace, and love. Next year, transitioning to living my values and letting go of what I thought I needed. Here’s to a year of learning and love!

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  348. My younger kiddo’s online nickname is Otter, because I was calling my husband Significant Otter to be less gendered, and then I had to talk about kiddo so I called him Small Otter, and then my husband started talking to the people I was talking to so he got his own nickname and the kiddo ended up being just Otter. But it fits him because otters are like cats that swim, and they’re very playful, and all of those things describe him, too.

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  349. Quite fortuitously it was my birthday 8 days ago and I bought the book Furiously Happy as a present for myself, and also as a present for my niece. I have commenced reading it. It makes me happy. Other things that make me happy: being capable of lulling people to sleep by reading them poetry, stealing valuables from people I have lulled to sleep with poetry, and having a song, the Lullaby Thief, written about and dedicated to me by a local singer-songwriter. I may have lied about one or two things here, but if that made you crack a smile then that made me happy too 🙂

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  350. Oh, I’m totally buying your new book, but I was going to anyway so that doesn’t feel like a true birthday gift. Instead, I’m sending you this “Get Out of Jail Free” card — valid for one otter-borrowing- related arrest! Happy Birthday, darlin’!

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  351. Happy Birthday! I hope it’s been awesome. I’ve pre-ordered your book and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival in March. (That sounds like someone should throw me a book shower. I’d be down with that.)

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    Rebecca in SoCal

    Happy birthday! Those otter pictures make me happy. I had seen only one before, and didn’t realize it was “a thing.” Plus, I just learned about “Nurtured by Nature” (never heard of it before), and it’s the next town over! Their website says they are booked solid through 2017. I did, however, search “swim with otters” and got several hits, by state.

    Also, I know how to treat a birthday near Christmas*…no combined gifts, no Christmas wrap, a special day for YOU! May you enjoy the day.
    *My sister’s was yesterday

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  353. Hippo Birdie To You!
    Hippo Birdie To You!
    Hippo Birdie Dear Jenny!!!!!
    Hippo Birdie To You!

    (somehow, this version just seemed more appropriate for you than the standard. I hope you understand).

    Lots of love from a Canadian fan who totally gets you because I’m weird too. My Bipolar disorder makes me hallucinate music when I’m in a manic phase like I am now and after I’ve been up for like 5 days in a row without sleeping and it’s usually okay because the music is good but then it changes and becomes country music which is bad not that there’s anything wrong with country music but I don’t like it and that’s usually when I start to crash and burn into a depressive phase and sleep for 3 days straight except when I have to pee and then I get up and do that and sometimes I eat something but I don’t remember doing that until I come back to normal after I’ve woken up around the 3 day mark so I hope you have a Happy Birthday and I hope you liked my song. oxoxoxox Pam

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  354. Happy Birthday!
    After trying to explain your books to my father in law when he was at our house on Christmas (I received Furiously Happy fro
    my husband) – I gave up and ordered him your books. He may or may not ever speak to me again. And I hope he doesn’t loan them to my mother in law.

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  355. Happy Birthday! Have you seen Finding Dory? If you haven’t, you must. Otter snuggle party is a very important theme.

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  356. Happy Birthday! And if you’ll agree to share your smuggled otters, I’ll totally serve as an alibi. And I live in Alaska, so that’d be the best alibi ever! “No, sir, she couldn’t have taken the otters. She was with me, thousands of miles away, the whole time!”

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  357. Oof, late to the party, sorry, but super duper happy birthday Jenny! Love your blog, love your tweets, love your instagram, love your books. You are awesome!

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    Sharon Dotson

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!! Thanks for what you do when the cranky chems in your head are behaving, and thanks for coming back when they’ve been acting up! Lots of love to you!

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  359. Happy birthday! I personally like manatees. They just float around and eat all day…and we have the same body type…squishy!

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  360. Happy Birthday, Jenny! I hope you have an incredibly marvelous day and that this year is the best ever. I pre-ordered the new book and that makes me especially happy. Thank you for being the best thing to hit the Internet since porn.

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  361. Happy Birthday!

    Only a soulless monster would deny you otter-snuggling on your birthday! Go snuggle all the otters you want! Ignore the fascist attendant who keeps saying “Uh, ma’am, it’s closing time. You really need to leave now”. 🙂

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  362. French fries, flowering trees, fat ass rain drops and you. These are things that make me happy. Not necessarily in that order. Hope you have a joy filled day!

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  363. Happy birthday Jenny. I hope you get everything you want for your birthday-otter swimming or whatever else your heart desires. I AM going to buy your new book. I own the first two.

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  364. Happy birthday! this video of dogs playing in the snow made my day today: https://www.facebook.com/KyootAnimals/videos/1546505152030660/?pnref=story. Enjoy!

    Oh, and I don’t think anyone should yell at you on ANY day. Can you make the logic work for that one? 🙂

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    Waco Bayless

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY! Oops! Sorry for yelling.

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  366. Happy birthday Jenny! Thank you so much for all that you do. In a world of misery, you’re a bright spark, lighting the way to a safe space. Please keep on being you.

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  367. I love that our birthdays are back-to-back (mine’s tomorrow, as I tweeted). It’s an all out party-madness celebrate-til-you’re-hiding-under-the-bed kind of awesome. Happy Birthday!!

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  368. French fries, flowering trees, fat ass rain drops and you. These are things that make me happy. Not necessarily in that order. Hope you have a joy filled day!

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  369. Happy Birthday Jenny! Mine is tomorrow and I’m sitting in a McDonald’s playplace happily listening to Tracy Ulman on the piped in music. Her birthday is tomorrow too, I might be remembering that wrong but I’m not going to look it up because I like to think that we share a birthday. And now McD’s has screwed me because they followed it up with that Toni Basil earworm.

    Yet another way this place is unhealthy.

    Still, my kid is happily playing with strangers after a week of laying in the couch being sick (her symptoms are GONE, I’m not a monster) ands that’s making me very happy.

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  370. Happy Birthday! And FYI, otters are really cute but they smell. A lot. And it’s not good. I would highly recommend against stealing one in your swimsuit.

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  371. You are just the best. It seems like being you would make you happy all the time, since you’re so freaking amazing and all…but I know it doesn’t work like that. But you DO know that you bring BIG joy to us out here, and we’re sending it back to you. I know you know that . xo

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  372. I can yell at you to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you get to snuggle some otters post haste! Sending love to you on this auspicious Day! 💜💚

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  373. Happy birthday Jenny! You’re amazing, your books are amazing, and my housemates and I love you. You make our lives so much better.
    Also, my birthday is Saturday (yes, New Year’s Eve, and yes, it’s a sucky birthday), and I’m turning 40. (WTF?? Especially for someone who didn’t expect to live to be 30…) BUT, I’m going out to dinner with friends, then we’re going to a burlesque show, and I’m going to be wearing a tiara the whole time, so it should (I hope) be a solidly happy birthday.
    AND, I’m going to buy your coloring book for myself as a birthday present, so happy birthday to us BOTH.

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    Chris Emanuel

    Happy Happy Birthday! It’s my birthday too! It always makes me happy to know I share my special day with someone awesome. So now we can be awesome together.

    p.s. I’ve been thinking of taking up juggling too. I think I’ll have to give it a try now.

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    Bonita Jackson

    What I really wanted for Christmas was a 3-toed sloth. I saw on WWF website that you can symbolically adopt one. I didn’t want a fake adoption certificate. I wanted a real one. But, apparently they can’t adapt to this environment or would be too slow to do so. I didn’t want too increase their status on the endangered list, so I settled for a suitcase. (Just what is my husband trying to tell me?)

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    Melissa christenson

    Happy birthday! You blog makes me happy. I feel like people here understand the random thoughts and impulses and everything here. I also love wine. And I’ve probably had too much tonight.

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  377. I always treat my Birthday as a very special day – where I don’t do anything I don’t like – and try to do something special. (Like go see the otters and hope the whales have been sorted). That’s what I wish for you! A special day – with nothing unpleasant.

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  378. Happy birthday! I’ve got two happy things I can share. The first is that I just got promoted today! I work in a library, which is my dream job, so I’m really, really excited about this.

    The second is that at my library I get to lead our book discussions, and I got to schedule FURIOUSLY HAPPY for my March discussion! I’ve read and loved both of your books, but as a person who regularly deals with anxiety, Furiously Happy means a lot to me. I’m thrilled that I’ll have the opportunity to share it with more people.

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  379. Happy birthday to you, Jenny! Your light in the darkness inspires me. I am Bi-Polar II, have Bilateral Psoriatic Arthritic, and am Bi-Sexual. However, I am definitely not bi-partisan. I lean too far left! 😉 You are never alone. We are here for you. ❤

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  380. Happy Birthday, Jenny!!! WOOHOOO!

    I’ve been avoiding Sea World too, ever since the whole Blackfish thing because I just..IDK. It doesn’t feel right to go to a place where they force animals which are TOTALLY intelligent, sentient beings to perform and then go back to living in a bath tub. We totally need to find a way to actually SPEAK to the whales and dolphins and ASK them what they want instead of poking them with big sticks to make them do stupid tricks for us.

    That would be awesome..because now I”m curious as to what they would say. “Yeah you guys are DICKS but thanks for all the tasty fish.” Probably something like that.

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  381. HIPPY PAPY BTHUTHDUTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY!!

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  382. happy birthday! i usually leave photos of cakes featuring whatever it is the birthday person likes so i decided to see if i could find a taxidermy cake for you. i thought that might be a super weird thing to look for, but as it turns out, taxidermy cake is a thing and i found plenty (many for weddings and i’ll leave that discovery with no further comment). so upon finding pages of photos of taxidermy cakes, i am horrified and pleased. so then i wanted to find taxidermy cakes that came from animals that died naturally (or at least sort of) and found an entire art exhibit of them. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/445692/Art-exhibition-featuring-cake-made-from-taxidermy-roadkill-goes-on-display

    i will also be buying your new book!

    thank you for all your writing.

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  383. Happy life day, so glad that you are and that you are still here!

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  384. Happy birthday! I swam with stingrays the other day and they were just about as cool as otters. Also, there was a little shark, and I was like “Awwww” but the boat guy yelled at me to get back in case it bit me. But I don’t think it would have. Anyway, consider also stingrays because they’re friendly and smooth (but they spray salt water in your face if you try to kiss them–just warning you).

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  385. Happy Bunny Dances!

    And explaining that you got a black eye while learning to juggle is a lot more dignified and believable than trying to explain that your cat gave you a black eye.

    Just… trust me on that one.

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  386. Happy birthday Jenny – it makes me happy that my oldest son was able to spend Christmas (which is birthday) out of jail for the first time since 2009. He gave me his copy of Furiously Happy that I had sent to him while he was incarcerated!

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  387. You are my hero! When I read Furiously Happy I realized that I am not alone in my madness! I believe you are my spirit animal…lol. happy birthday and I totally support the idea of snuggling with otters on your birthday!

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  388. It makes me happy to tell people who say that mental illness is all in someone’s head that diabetes is all in someone’s pancreas. If they’re going to state obvious facts, so am I.
    You are funny and inspirational (is following you on twitter and facebook covering all my bases or cyber stalking?) and I hope you had a great birthday.

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  389. Happy Birthday! Also, welcome to my birthday! I keep forgetting every year that we share a birthday.

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  390. I saw a birthday card once that read “To my significant otter” – I hope you significant otter is treating you right on your birthday! Many happy returns!

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    Otters aren’t ,y thing, but penguins are! I want to post a penguin meme here, but can’t figure out how to! LOL Hope you had a great day!

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  392. Happy Birthday! They are not returning your calls because they are booked through 2017. However there IS a waitlist: https://nurturedbynature.typeform.com/to/W8nzqn%20

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  393. Happy birthday, Jenny! Wishing you joy, peace and love. Thank you for giving us so much of you and your talent. Love you!

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  394. Happy birthday to our amazing wonderful perfectly flawed leader. #TheBloggessTribe loves you ❤

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  395. Ok, I’ll buy your next book as a birthday present to you, but you owe me a new set of sheets. I was reading “Furiously Happy” in bed last night, next to my sleeping husband, and the giraffe head chapter made me laugh silently so hard that I peed in the bed.

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  396. Happy annual trip around the sun!!

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  397. Happy birthday, Jenny!!! Love your books!!!!

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  398. Happy birthday! I’m kinda new to your blog, but I love it. I’m imagining pages of books taped all over your walls, and that is making me happy. So happy birthday to you!

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  399. Happy birthday, Jenny! I just preordered “You Are Here” so thank you for having a birthday so that I needed to get you a present which will also be a present for me! You inspire me on a daily basis and have helped me and so many others. You are loved, Birthday Girl. ❤

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  400. Happy Birthday!! Many things make me happy. Bubble baths, My Little Ponies, Zeldathon, and thunderstorms among them. I hope you have as much happiness as you can handle today, and that it sticks with you for a long time.

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  401. Happy birthday, Jenny! Reading your books helped me start to live again after my husband passed, and I can never thank you enough for it. Let’s pretend this never happened made me burst out laughing for the first time since he died, and it was an amazing blessing. Thank you, from the bottom, top and all other sides of my heart. I adore you!

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  402. Happy Birthday!

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  403. Leaving my Christmas tree up waaayyy after Christmas, eating halls cough drops even when I’m not sick, naps. Happy Birthday! !!!!!!

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  404. Happy birthday, Jenny! Thanks for the gifts you give to us, your readers, so often: light in a sometimes very dark world, laughter from recognizing ourselves in your quirkiness, and a sense of belonging to a community of people who aren’t afraid to be real with each other. I hope you got to stay happy. I wish you a pile of playful sea otters (but not armed with rocks because who knows) and extra seratonin for when you need it.

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  405. I have many awesome people on my twitter feed now because of the Bloggess Tribe, so you literally are responsible for so many smiles each and every day that you never even know about. But not in the creepy way that kind of almost sounded… I hope you had a wonderful birthday and know that you are incredibly loved! ❤

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  406. have a spectacular and joyful year!

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  407. Birthday wishes! I love @TheDailyOtter twitter feed – like the Kardashians but cuter.

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  408. I forgot to say I bought your other books and have your coloring book preordered. What makes me happy? Little white lights even when it’s not Christmas; See’s chocolates; my Yorkiepoo; kittens; having a stack of new books to read; Prismacolor colored pencils; hot cinnamon black tea with milk and sugar; lighting candles just because.

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  409. Happy birthday, Jenny! I hope you’ve had a fabulous day 🙂

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  410. What makes me happy? Kids, specifically my brother’s kids. At almost 50 I don’t feel responsible for a pet, let alone a child. But my kid brother and his wife cranked out 3, adopted q, and are expecting a new one. Watching them be assholes, or sweathearts, or conmen, or team mates… basically becoming people, is the BEST!

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  411. I’m happy because my daughter is visiting and staying several more days than she normally does. And I’m happy to be able to pre-order your new coloring book at a discount and know that it will arrive on release day and I’ll probably forget so it will be a wonderful surprise! Happy Birthday you funny, crazy, generous, truly remarkable woman!

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  412. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TOO I KEEP FORGETTING WE SHARE A BIRTHDAY YAAAAAY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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  413. Am failing to see why it would be bad to look like any one of those otters. They look like they are made of joy. Happy birthday, thank you for your words and I hope that you may always find joy, even if you only have one rock to juggle.

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  414. This episode of Happy Tree Friends, with Flippy in This Is Your Knofe makes me happy every time! Maybe it’s an army thing…. https://youtu.be/wpxXxyh-lTU

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  415. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! YOU ARE AWESOME AND AWE-INSPIRING!!! This is not otters but something I found highly…amusing…questionable…interesting…silly…yeah, that’s the one!

    http://www.apollopeak.com/

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  416. Every year I forget that we share this day. And then you remind me. I also love otters…come back to SF and you can go to the Monterey Aquarium and see the coolest otters ever (all girls at the moment, which, cool). Happy birthday to us!

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  417. Happy Birthday! My husband juggles. A couple years ago for Christmas when I asked what he wanted he seriously picked out some “nice” juggling balls and juggling clubs. It’s pretty impressive but also a little annoying because he is always picking up random objects and tossing them in the air.

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  418. Happy birthday! I just wanted to say I love your books… a lot. I have fought mental illness since i was 3, my poor mother did her best but rarely did she ever find a good way to help. It wasn’t until PTSD was added to my list that I got into counseling and now I have the perfect psychiatrist for me (it only took 10 years to find him! Lol). Chemical assistance has always been difficult for me to come to terms with but since reading your books, I’m trying again and I have my fingers crossed that we will find the right ones this time. I promised myself I wouldn’t stop trying, for my son’s sake. Anyway, I love you and I hope you’ve had a fantastically wonderfully mad day!

    This is a video that always makes me laugh even when I hate that it does 🙂

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  419. Happy Birthday! If you want to go to Sea World, then go! No judgement here.

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  420. We share a birthday Jenny, and damn I wish I’d thought to ask for juggling balls. Have a great day 😊

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    Melissapurrct

    Happy, Happy Birthday Wordsmith Jenny 🙂
    YES go see the otters…they need you to fuss over them to help them recover from crying-in-terror child tourist types freaking out the poor critters.
    I loath my December birthday with all my heart. So, I think your serotonin is doing pretty good behaving itself…@ least from where I’m squinting @ it 😉
    Hugs, hugs, hugs, melissa

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  422. Happy birthday Jenny! I’m happy that you got surprise brightness for your birthday. Also that I got to see otters at the national zoo playing in a bucket of ice water a couple years ago. Also I was a little jealous because I didn’t realize how hot spring in DC can be and was dressed in long pants!

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  423. Happy Birthday!!!

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  424. Truthfully the thing that is guaranteed to make me smile, every time, is your extra “frozen ball” chapter, in your first book. You are my savior from sadness.

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  425. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNY!

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  426. Don’t feel bad, I can’t juggle either. I have little hands, and can’t hold all the balls. If we ever meet, we can totally just hang out and not juggle. Hope your birthday is a happy one 🙂

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  427. Happy Birthday, Jenny! I got up the courage to go by myself 200 miles to one of your book signings, and it was the start of a year of travels like I have never done before – Missouri, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina, all by myself. I give you the credit for getting that started – THANK YOU!

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  428. Happy Birthday! Today I was in an antique shop in Payson (Arizona) and they had numerous items of taxidermy, and I thought of you, but it was all really GOOD taxidermy and nothing was unusual or interesting, so I also thought “The Bloggess won’t think this is interesting,” but I took some pictures anyway, because the elk head (sixteen point) was REALLY cool. We took our dog out into the woods and found an elk skeleton but I didn’t have my phone with me so I couldn’t get any pictures of THAT.

    The other day we saw a coyote wandering in a residential area of Phoenix, near a park, right in the middle of town. Our dog was interested in that, too, but, well, he’s a dog.

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  429. Happy Birthday Jenny. I bought your book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”. I actually wanted “Furiously Happy” but it was sold out on Amazon (Canada). Well done! I’ll get it for my birthday which isn’t til May.
    I can’t thank you enough for being so wonderfully weird. It helps to accept my own discomfort.
    You rock!

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  430. Dear Jenny,
    A while a go you had written about your red dress project. I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life when I read your article. It inspired me to work on my photography. This year, I finally got up the nerve to print out some of my photos and give them to friends as gifts. The were a hit. Thanks to you. Happy Birthday.

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  431. it makes me happy to come and read your writing!!! you’re hilarious and I love you 🙂 There! I said it! It’s true!!!!
    Happy birthday!!!

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  432. Happy Birthday! Here is how awesome you and your writings are–I own all of your books, have made my 20 person book club read them and suggest them to everyone who asks for a good read! I was given my very own Beyoncé (she’s smaller) after making everyone I know read that post. She has made several moves and is part of the family. My daughter asked for a giant squid stuffed animal after we read the post about yours. We’re just down here in Houston wanting to join in more of your shenanigans (I use that word often enough that predictive text offers it at the first “n.”)🎉🍰🍩🍭🍰🎉

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  433. Happy birthday.

    Im glad you find bliss between the dark clouds.

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  434. Happy new year, Jenny; many happy returns of your birthday!

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  435. Happy Birthday! Hope you are feeling better. I was in the hospital a few days before Christmas, but everything is fine and I got to have a wonderful holiday with my husband, kids and future daughter-in-law. It was very, very low key and was perfect! Oh, and I got this really great calendar for Christmas!! /Users/dolly/Desktop/Screen Shot 2016-12-29 at 7.28.11 PM.png

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  436. Wow, so many posts! What a great thing to be able to touch so many lives in a positive way. Happy Birthday and all the unBirthdays in between. I remember the movie adaptation of “Ring of Bright Water” and absolutely loving the otters. It competed with “Born Free” for the most tears of sad-happiness when I was younger. In more recent years, I’ve found myself to be more partial to Bactrian Camels (two humped) after seeing “The Weeping Camel” and being given a reality check about life for a different culture. Plus, Camels are one of the few animals that move unilaterally instead of bilaterally (cats as well). I guess most animals make me happy to be around them. So, whether or not you get to snuggle with otters, if you at least get to snuggle with your pets, I’d call that good.

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  437. Jenny, you make me laugh out loud when I read your books and that is a rare treat. I hope you have a creative year:) Keep writing because I can’t wait to buy your next book.

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  438. Happy birthday and happy new year, Jenny! I hope 2017 is better to you and many of us than 2016 was.

    Things that make me happy: You, and otters.

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  439. Today, I registered for my own domain name. It was scary because it feels so vain, like, who would want to read that crap? Then, I thought, maybe that is what Jenny Lawson thought when she started. I totally want to read her crap. Everyday. And I even got a Twitter account so I could stalk her real time. Jenny, can I call you Jenny? You make me want to be me. You showed the world you, happy birthday you! During times of depression I wonder if anything is real, or important, or lasting. You are Jenny (if you are going to let me call you that). You and your dead raccoons and your live otters. You, are. Amazing.

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  440. Today I got a Pikachu with a Santa hat in Pokemon Go. It made both me and my 5 year old happy.

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  441. Jenny, YOU make me smile, hope you get to swim with the otters soon. Blessings on your birthday, I loved what you had to say about Carrie Fisher.

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  442. Happy Birthday, Jenny! I just got “Furiously Happy” and I’m really looking forward to coloring it. Wait, am I doing it right?

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  443. Happy Birthday Jenny!! Go snuggle some otters! My best Christmas present this year was your first book. I now have both. And the audio version of Furiously Happy. And I’ve pre-ordered You Are Here. And I may have a folder on my computer full of pictures of your cats and dead animals. Because they make me smile even when depression is lying to me.

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  444. If today can’t be a happy day then pick another day next week and let ‘er rip. I’m happy this year is almost over. It’s been a hell of a ride 2016 but you and your dumpster fire of an existence can kiss my ass.

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  445. Happy birthday! If you don’t already own Finding Dory, buy it just for the adorable otter scene!

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  446. Have a wonderful year ahead Jenny! You deserve every happiness.

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    Tanya Graham

    F those orbs of doom! Up with otters! And up with Jenny! My online community makes me happy because I am a lunatic introvert who radically loves people I never met! Bwahahahahaha!

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  448. Happy Birthday!

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  449. Last night I reread Beyoncé the giant metal chicken and I laughed so hard I hiccuped, my husband eased over to his side of the bed and the cat left in that type of huff that only small furry killing machines can pull off. Happy happy birthday.

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  450. Happy Birthday, darling dear one. I’m buying fluffy socks tomorrow and I’m totally getting a pair in your honor. I hope to wear them while juggling rocks.

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  451. Happy Birthday, fellow Capricorn! 🙂

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  452. Happy Birthday Jenny! I hope you enjoy yummy cake. The otter pics made me happy, they are adorable. It only slightly cheered me up while I’m stuck in bed with ‘flu like symptoms’ from cutting back on my dosage of antidepressants.

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  453. Beautiful Jenny, blessings and otters to you today and everyday. As I drank coffee from my Beyoncé chicken mug and reviewed my Zazzle order (with Unicorn Success Club snuggle pillow & 2017 calendar shipment notice) I am happy & grateful to be one of your strangelings. Your books and writings are such joy for me, I cheer up even without using my miraculous sunshine lamp dealie. Happy Birthday dear American friend.

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  454. Happy birthday! You were terrefic on the BBC yesterday.

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  455. We downsized into an RV last year, and this year we finally sold both of the sticks-and-bricks houses that were weighing us down both financially and mentally. We. Are. FREEEEEE!!!

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  456. Happy birthday! I’m going to buy a copy of Furiously Happy and take it to Mexico on vacation in January. Last year I snort-laughed/cried through LPTNH and got strange looks from other beach goers.

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    Candice Henderson

    Have already ordered three copies of your new book Jenny…the happiest of birthdays to you. I mentioned to my daughter this morning that she seemed to be managing her OCD and anxiety very well. She laughed and said “you should see what it’s like in my brain, I’m constantly telling my brain to shut up” or words to that effect. Just a reminder that mental illness isn’t always visible, and the struggle is real.

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  458. Wishing you super high seratonin levels for your birthday, and every day. What makes me happy is seeing, or even better, helping, someone go from despair to hope, from stumbling around lost in the dark to taking the hand that is invariably there reaching for them, from wanting to die to looking both ways before they cross the street, and from alone to still alone if that’s what they want, but knowing deep in their heart that they well and truly are not. Happy birthday to my friend I’ve never met but love like a sister.

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  459. Somehow I had no idea you lived in San Diego (I live close to Sea World too and refuse to go). Hello and happy birthday from Ocean Beach.

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  460. I once spent an hour at the Asian Small-Clawed otter exhibit in the Seattle zoo. AN HOUR. Because the wall was only up to my ribcage. And the otters just kept swimming by, right there. And the zoo had like, a million of them. And having a million otters to yourself is just greedy. And I had a big purse, and these particular otters are small, so… The only reason I wasn’t arrested for otter-smuggling was my boyfriend. He stayed by my side the entire hour and managed to talk me down. This is one of many reasons I’m dating him.

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  461. Happy birthday – this made me smile. I hope it brings a smile to your beautiful face, too!

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  462. Happy birthday, Jenny! It’s do courageous of you to disclose that you have soft balls. Sharing is caring, you know.

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  463. Happy Birthday from me & my dog, Ricky Ricardo, who makes me happy. When I’m sad, he comes to me, sits up like a squirrel, & puts his little hands on my arm or chest. Then he looks deeply into my eyes until I start petting him, which is what he wanted all along. He plays me like a fiddle.

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  464. Oops!! Ignore my earlier post. Looks like I misinterpreted!

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  465. Happy birthday, Jenny. You are the very freakin’ best kind of weird!

    What makes me happy? — Books and art! — and you do BOTH! Go, YOU!

    I am a lucky gal.

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  466. Have a wonderful birthday Miss! You continue to inspire and bring joyous racous laughter into my days. Thank you for that and i promise to buy your newest book (already devoured the other two in between roflmao). You are amazing.
    Peace

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  467. Happy Birthday! My sister bought me several of your books for Christmas, and they make me invariably happier than Charlie Sheen with a bag of coke and lockable closets, so I should be good for this birthday and next year too, right? Or maybe last year? Is there such a thing as a birthday book grandfather clause? We should look into this.

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    Celeste-sama

    Happy Birthday! And what makes me happy is an anime called Yuri!!! On Ice, I highly recommend it.

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    Monica Whittier

    Happy Birthday, Jenny! I was going to buy a book for your birthday, but that fell through. I went to pre-order You Are Here on Kindle, because I already have the other two, but you can’t pre-order the Kindle version. I don’t buy actual books much any more, because shipping to New Zealand is outrageous. Which you already know, because you sent me the copy of Furiously Happy on CD that I won. (By the way, you sound much perkier and less sarcastic than I had imagined. And, I am loving the book immensely.)

    So, I will share what makes me happy:
    *my crazy, adorable, funny cats
    *when my monarchs come out of their chrysalises
    *beautiful scenery
    *cute animal pictures on the Internet
    *a message from one of my kids
    *baby elephants frolicking about, chasing birds or butterflies, with their trunks swinging wildly because they haven’t learned to control them yet
    *your blog

    Hope your birthday has been fantastic!

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  470. Anything that involves cake is a happy day. And books. There’s nothing better than cake and books. And juggling. Cake and books and juggling. Maybe all three at once.

    Happy days to you, sweet soul!

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  471. Happy happy birthday, Jenny!!! (You share it with my mom so that makes it even better.)

    Silly videos that make me happy:
    – Pretty much anything from Rachel Bloom/Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
    – The duck song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MtN1YnoL46Q
    – The llama song: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bHNczNvOnGc

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  472. Happy Birthday! I drop things and fall off chairs all the time. You are a bright light for many people!

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    Sherri Mendenhall

    Happy Birthday! I am getting a 3 day weekend and I will be spending it playing with my dog. My life has been way too peopley so I am pretending I am a hernit. My dog Bella Bean makes me happy! I hope your happiness bubble stays in place.

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  474. Happy birthday, Jenny! Wishing you an awesome day, and a most excellent 2017. Thanks for all you do, and the very many laughs you have given me (in the best possible way) x

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  475. Happy birthday Jenny! I would say that I would go out and buy one of your books, but I’ve already read Let’s Pretend this Didn’t Happen a few years ago and am currently reading Furiously Happy. I can’t tell you how much I love your books. They literally make my day while reading them, especially since I’m from Christoval and because we know Henry. He took my older two children turkey hunting the first time they ever went a few years ago, and this is my youngest with Henry, I mean Santa this Christmas. This photo makes me happy! lol

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  476. Things That Make Me Happy
    A List for Jenny’s Birthday!

    seeing all kinds of couples when I’m out in public
    telling dogs to get a job
    putting together cute outfits
    day-dreaming in the shower
    lists
    contradicting myself for the pleasure (like saying I’m on a dating hiatus but then having met someone)
    making bad jokes on twitter
    listening to your audiobooks after a weird day
    my ssri
    being a happy loner who has amazing friends

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  477. Happy Birthday, Jenny! After reading your tribute to Carrie Fisher the other day, I wanted to say thanks to you for being an inspiration to so many people. I first heard of you when I saw LPTNH, and was immediately drawn by the hilarious-looking taxidermied mouse. The book was fantastic, and then Furiously Happy, more fantastic. I only got a home computer last year (I’m a bit of a Luddite) but one of the best things I did was sign up for notifications of you posting your blog. I’m so happy when I read anything you write (and thanks for having the archives so I could see what I’d been missing for all those years!). This year has been very hard, for so many people. I have had so many rotten things happen to me, and many of my closest people, I almost feel this year is jinxed. You have made many of my days happy, as well as all the pictures of your pets (Dorothy Barker is the happiest-looking dog EVER). Seeing my son’s depression finally under control after many bad years makes me happy, and music is my own personal coping mechanism when not much else works. I am so amazed by how many wonderful followers you have collected, and the sense of community that happens here. Best wishes on your birthday and the coming year. And hoping you get all the otter hugs you so richly deserve. ❤️

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  478. Had to take my narcissistic mother out for her birthday today.

    No joke: the restaurant we went to. Had only one booth open. It had a TAXIDERMIED BLACK BEAR in the booth. My mom ate her birthday dinner next to a black bear.

    Happy birthday!

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  479. Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
    You wanna know something that makes me happy? Baby goats, that’s what. I keep telling you that you should hang out with them, because they are even cuter than otters – for real. Plus, they jump up on stuff and nibble on your hair, which gives the best haircuts ever.
    (One year, my then-four-year-old daughter always hung out with the baby goats while I helped the other mama goats give birth, and I kept hearing her giggle. When I checked on her, she was on the ground with the straw and goat poop and baby goats, and they kept jumping on her, which she loved. Later, I noticed that her hair looked weird, and at first I thought it was just slime from the baby goats’ mouth. But then I realized the goats actually chewed her hair, which cut it all fuzzy).
    So go hang out with a goat or two.

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  480. Happy bday Jenny! I got us a chicken for the front porch. Her name is Mildred and while she appears to be a rooster she is in fact a chicken. My wiseacre sons have decided she is “poultry fluid” with regard to her gender identity. Nevertheless she’s a bad ass just like us. Smooches , p

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  481. Happiest Happy Birthday to you! We don’t juggle but we had a snowball fight in the house Christmas Eve. We live in Florida so It was adorable fake snowballs, but still lots of family fun!

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  482. 🐶 I just want to say Happy birthday!! I have read your books and been a fan of yours ever since. It is so awesome that you are not afraid to talk about the hard shit thAt so many people just ignore. You have helped me in ways u can never understand. Keep being you! I work at a library and have recommended u to many people and they have come back and said how much h they needed your words.🎂🎂🎂🎂

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  483. Totally do that!

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  484. Happy birthday, lovely lady! I am glad your serotonin let you write about juggling like a happy otter, because our Bloggess deserves to be that happy.

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  485. Happy Birthday, Jenny!

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  486. Happy birthday, Jenny. You make me laugh, you make me cry. You embiggen my life with your writings. Thank you! Looking forward because thats the way my eyes go….teehee, jg

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  487. The happiest of birthdays to you, and I hope the depression halts its miserable orb-making and you’ve kicked it in the rear. Your openness and honesty about some of the stuff you deal with is inspiring and amazing. Thank you for being a bright light for the rest of us when we have our own dark days. Merry whatever, happy new year, and wishing you much love and joy.

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  488. Juggling story time: when I was a kid I went to circus camp, called Camp Winnarainbow. It’s run by Wavy Gravy and it was the most fun camp ever. You can learn to walk on stilts, do tightrope, clowning, unicycle, trapeze, and all sorts of things. I was determined to learn how to juggle. The first two summers I just could not get it down. Unicycling I was really good at, tightrope was easy, but juggling would not happen for me. One summer we had Patch Adams as a camp counselor (yes, the guy the movie was named after, but this was before the movie came out and I didn’t know he was a big deal). He was mostly there to teach clowning but he also was the juggling counselor for my last summer there. I spent every day of three weeks of camp with Patch Adams as he finally managed to teach me how to juggle. It was the most magical summer of my life, we had philosophical talks and we decided my secret name was Esmerelda. I’m still not a great juggler but I have Patch Adams and Wavy Gravy to thank for the juggling skills that I do possess. This story makes me feel like my childhood was really something very special.

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  489. Happy Birthday, my dear friend!!!

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  490. Happy birthday Jenny! I just got back from Texas where there are an abundance of places selling scrap metal animals including a pink dinosaur that made me laugh and think of knock knock jokes.
    Thanks for being you!

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  491. Happy birthday! I hope it was a good day and that your serotonin doesn’t let you down!

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  492. Happy Birthday

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    Ann in Seattle

    You make me smile and laugh more than anyone I’ve met for real. And you write things that make us all think of it more and be better people. Thank you. I hope your birthday was the loveliest and packed with otters!!❤️❤️❤️ Btw I have pre-ordered two coloring books !

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  494. For Christmas I bought all my favorite people my favorite books. Needless to say a couple people got one (or both) of your books. I’m a male in my late 20s and on numerous occasions I’ve listened to your audiobooks to help deal with my anxiety. When I have a lot on my mind, I lay in bed at night with my Curious George monkey from my childhood and listen, while I try to fall asleep. Thank you so much for everything you do!

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  495. Happy birthday! I’m glad you were born 🙂

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  496. The minute I saw the part about tumors and moving, I just had that scene from Hellboy 2, with the troll in the market and his growth saying “I’m not a baby, I’m a tumor”. But it’s an otter, so it probably squeaks, and tumors that squeak and have claws usually tip people off that you ether come from a nuclear power plant or are from NY.

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    Amber M. in Seattle

    Happy Birthday!
    You gave me the courage to ask for help when I really needed it!
    (BTW I have a photo of some wild otters I saw in my local pond- which was really crazy and great at the same time – but I can’t figure out how to post a picture here…evidently I fail at the internet today! sigh)

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  498. Someone bought me the Sandra Boynton page-a-day calendar for Christmas.

    Happy birthday, & thank you for reminding me what to spend my Amazon gift card on.

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  499. Happy Birthdays!

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    karla A Richter

    Happiest of birthdays I hope you had cake, I have decided everyday should be cake day

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  501. Happiest of birthdays to you!!

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  502. happy birthday 😀

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    Todd Underwood

    Happy Birthday Jenny! I love you! Heard you on BBC yesterday, perfect message for how we’re all feeling. The world needs more of you! 🙂

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  504. Foster kittens to cuddle make me happy.

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  505. Watching Doctor Who for the first time and loving it
    Taking daughter to Harry Potter world in Florida for tenth birthday in sixteen days
    Hope those happy thoughts make you smile
    Hope it was a wonderful day

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  506. If it’s truly as easy as sharing how you just made me smile and laugh to please you for your birthday… I’m happy to try. So, here you are! Happy Birthday! Now, go hug Victor! He’ll either enjoy it, or wonder what the hell you’re up to now. Either way, I’m thinking you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

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  507. Happy Birthday to one of the coolest Women I only met once! I hope today helped to lead you back out of the dark. I hope it was filled with cake and wine slushies! I am sending you big, non-creepy hugs! Wait..do you even like birthdays?

    (I myself, don’t..and I have a birthday this Sunday. The closer it gets, the sadder I become. )

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  508. I love how your stories have brought my daughter and I together. I’ll often forward one if your posts or drawings to her and we’ll laugh, talk and cry over them. She’s had a hard year dealing with her major depression. A year and a half of therapy and meds that were barely a bandaid to the problem. We were like the boy with his finger in the dike, just barely holding off the flood… finally al hell broke loose and there was a hospital stay and intensive outpatient therapy and meds that finally helped and slowly, but surely we found our new normal. She loves your picture of the blindfolded girl with candles in her hair. She now has embraced the word ENOUGH and continues to deal with her dark moments and live and move forward. Through it all I think back to my depths of depression and remember how you helped me through. I’m thankful that she is learning NOW, at 17 what I didn’t start to figure out until my late 30s… You, and this amazing community you’ve built, give us curoage and joy and strength. And I THANK YOU so much. I see and hear you, Jenny, and I am so glad you are in my circle.

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  509. Happy Birthday from Me and my family and all the people in NEW ZEALAND. I have brought 9 of your books for my friends and family and i too get the orbs and i thought i was seeing dead people for a while there. Never Wish a day away and never wish a birthday gone.
    Lots of love and many regards.
    P.S i went to see the otters at the zoo here today and gave them a donation for whatever the zoo needs for the little guys..we only have 2!!!

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  510. Happy Birthday Jenny!
    I bought & have been reading Furiously Funny, and I love it! You are so very funny, and I hope you know how much you brighten our world with your humor! Hang in there, no matter how tough it gets. I hope to be reading your books & Blogs for many years to come!

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  511. Thank you for sharing your birthday, and life, with us, your beautiful, crazy, highly intelligent and devastatingly dysfunctional readers! You are a bright light in a, sometimes, dark day. 🍴..I tried to find a spoon emoji. But, I guess my phone has run out today. 🎂 Happy 🎈Birthday!

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  512. …not dysfunctional. Maybe, a little disorganized..but definitely Furiously Happy!! Yippee!! And Yodel-Whooo!!

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  513. I hope that didn’t seem like I was yelling. All CAPS would be yelling, I think. Have to say, River Otters are The Cutest! I have a stuffed one that I got from the Oregon Zoo! Sounds wrong, but it is an actual, stuffed animal. With cotton stuffing, and fur.. hmmm.. and it’s made by women. Pretty sure, because not everything is made by men. Anyway, never thought I’d find an Otter that I could hug, but it’s awesome. If you ever want to dress up in an Otter outfit and kayak on the Rogue River, I’m your gal! Keep On with the Keeping On! 🌤

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  514. Happy, happy birthday, Jenny! Otters are awesome! I wonder if the people in San Diego might be worried about the whole taxidermy thing. Just sayin.’ You might want to be very clear about that.

    Juggling sucks. I can juggle two balls about once or twice in a row. That’s not very entertaining for anyone, so I won’t be using juggling as a small talk avoidance tool anytime soon. That said, I bet if you walked into a party and announced that you were going to show your new juggling skills, then started to (poorly) pass one ball from hand to hand, you may actually succeed in avoiding all small talk (and all people) at said party.

    Wow! Two pieces of awesome unsolicited advice.
    You’re welcome.

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  515. My favorite new to me joke: How much room is needed for fungi to grow? As mushroom as possible.

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  516. Happy Birthday, Jenny. I hope you get all the otter snuggles this year.

    Suggestion: When practicing your juggling stand next to a bed or other raised surface. When
    you drop your balls you can retrieve them from a standing position.

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  517. Happy Birthday! It made me happy to have Amazon send Furiously Happy to my therapist. Reading it for about the fifth time is one of my battle strategies when I slide down the ice cliff of depression. My seratonin maker is also a bastard. You can interact with otters at the Vancouver Aquarium for a moderate fee.

    Thank you for the delight of being a santa with James Garfield.

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  518. I just ate rice and cheese and I’m happy. So now you’re happy too.

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  519. Happy Birthday! I’m sure many people have sent you this already, but it made me laugh, smile and think of you in the nicest possible way. https://www.buzzfeed.com/maggyvaneijk/stuffed-monkeys-feel-your-pain?utm_term=.bxxLD544jz#.asGwVRee1B

    Thanks for being an awesome human xoxo

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  520. This is late and most likely irrelevant at this point, but I just want to say that even though I missed the deadline for requesting help for Christmas this year, the simple fact that you facilitate such an amazingly trusting and GOOD thing for everyone involved makes me happy inside. I spent a couple days sulking that I (as usual) procrastinated too long asking for help, but got over it and realized the absolute magnitude of what you put together for people who need it. Thank you, thank you for just being someone that makes a profound difference in people’s lives. I’ve coveted your books for years now, yet only recently found your website. I’m reading it bit by bit as the energy to do so emerges (seriously, does anyone realize how hard it is to walk ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE ROOM and turn on a computer?? It’s literally exhausting some days) and I thank you for finding a way to let us know that we’re not alone in our unexplainable inability to be “normal”.

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  521. Jenny Happy Birthday! Thank you and thank you again. My husband & I just finished reading your second book – we just truly love you & thank you for being here. I immediately ordered a book for our son who has Bipolar & is in the middle of a meds transition. He deserves all the support there is & there is no better than you dearest friend.

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  522. Hyvää syntymäpäivää! That means Happy birthday if you don’t know finnish.
    I just bought new creyons, so your new book will be more that welcome. Can’t wait.
    Have a greay day Jenny!

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    Parag D Mhatre

    Have a very happy birthday!!!!
    Thank you for the unending laughter all year round even through the tough bits.

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  524. Happy Birthday!
    And, so, um, if the otter place calls you back, let me know. I have a big baby bump that already wiggles on its own so I can sneak a couple of them out because no one is going to say a word to me because it’s really rude to act like a pregnant woman is smuggling things in her clothing.
    But hurry because we are totally on a limited schedule here because I am not staying pregnant forever.

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  525. Wishing you the best today. I know you will be surrounded with people who love you. Happy birthday!

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  526. I would totally swim with otters, especially if they could cuddle me while they floathink like they cuddle their babies. That would be a very nice nap. Happy birthday Jenny!

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  527. That was supposed to be just “float.” Not floathink. I don’t even know what that was. Stupid phone.

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  528. Happy Birthday!! Otters are my favorite, too. But don’t go to Sea World. Even if they are doing away with the whale exhibit, I still feel bad for all the other animals in captivity.

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  529. Happy birthday. My wonderful sister sent me your book for Christmas. Having had a breakdown, cancer scare and separated from my husband in the last 8 mths, it was exactly what I needed. I laughed out loud for the first time in ages. Thank you.

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  530. Happy Birthday to you!

    that is a video of T-Rex wrapping presents. That makes me happy so I share it with you.

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  531. Happy Burthday Jenny! I hope your day is filled with family, friends, otter snuggles, cat love, and adoring taxidermied animals!

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  532. Happy birthday Jenny, you fab woman :)! love from the UK and me :), harriet x
    ps. also probably from my boyfriend who introduced me to you.

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  533. BUNNIES! Mine make me happy. I hope you had an awesome birthday. Love your face and I can’t wait for the new book.

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  534. Happy birthday, Jenny! I’m glad you’re in this world. You make it a better place in so many ways!

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  535. Cats, chocolate, monkeys (Copernicus is the best, y’all), superheroes, and Queen (Freddie Mercury was a god among mortals. Serious) all make me happy. Also, long weekends. And snow.

    You know what really makes me happy though? You. And others like you who own their weirdness, because they taught me it was okay to own MY weirdness. Which has made my life so much richer and better. (Even when I’m trying to explain Groot to a terminally normal coworker…that didn’t go over well. She’s apparently “glad he makes me happy.” Whatever. Groot is awesome and I won’t stop loving him just because someone else thinks its weird. You know what? It IS weird. And weird is so much better than normal. Just saying.)

    So happy birthday Jenny! I’m glad you’re you.

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  536. Have a stupendous birthday. December 28th is also Good Riddance Day, when we say “good riddance” to whatever has been bad in the past year.

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    MirthMistress

    Happy Birthday you wonderful splendiferous woman. Your wit, humor and openness have brought me countless hours of laughter and tears over the years I’ve been following your perfectly logical totally not twisted logic.

    I’m sorry the otter people won’t call you back but it’s not you, it’s the otters. The people know that the otters would love having you swim with them so much that they’d become inconsolably despondent when you go home and they’d wither and fade from ennui so the people won’t let you come to keep the otters from feeling bad. Such is the power and gloriousness of the Bloggess!

    I hope you have a day, nay year!, filled with happiness, peace and sloths. Go eat something wonderful tonight with your family. That’s what I’m doing. My cousin who I think is really my identical twin separated at birth – because that’s how close and esp connected we are – is in town and we’re going to dinner with just our spouses so we don’t have to worry about hearing the blah blah of anyone else in the family. And I think she and I were subjected to some sort of genetic manipulation 46 years ago to keep us from suspecting that we’re identical so they made her blonde and me brunette and me taller and her shorter but we’re only 7 weeks apart in age so that’s totally fakable even though I was born in Hawaii and she was in Kentucky. Totally doable.

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  538. Hippoo Birdie Two Ewe, Hippo Birdie Two Ewe! Play with otters – they like company.

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  539. Happy Birthday! The orbs are circling me!!!!

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  540. Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday, dear bloggess, Happy Birthday, to YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( you’re lucky you didn’t get my singing in person, I don’t think bleeding ears is something anyone wants on their Birthday!)

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  541. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♪♫♪ I carry my balls around with me all the time, but then I’ve grown quite attached to them. I love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  542. Things that make me happy: people who spend an extrordinary amount of time, energy and money, decorating their houses for Christmas just so I can ooh- and aah! at the lights as I drive past. Also, Christmas trees in the front window where I can see them. Merry Christmas everyone!

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  543. Another birthday? Well then, let there be cake. And whiskey. Laughter, love and leprechauns. Wishes granted. And the soaring grace of a thousand fiddles to drown the clamouring of this mad,mad world…
    P. S. …a giant thanks for sharing your special kind of “crazy” all these years…’s made a world of difference. ‘Ta, M.

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  544. Happy, happy birthday!

    I have come to rely on you so much this year–between being promoted to a job where I feel like a major imposter and losing my beloved Grandpa (at 97!), I have now had my first panic attack (or it was a stroke) and feel overwhelmed so often…when I do, I visit your blog and read it and the comments and feel so much better. I mean it!
    What’s made me happy this year is that every time I come home, our beautiful and strange 16 year old mutt Prudence jumps up like a puppy (which I swear I would also be able to do, if I spent all day sleeping) and welcomes me. She also comes into the bedroom (where she’s not allowed) and curls up by my side of the bed when I’m hiding out crying. She also dances when I sing her “Songs of Prudence”, which are just pop songs where I change the lyrics to include her–none of them are “Dear Prudence” however.

    So in short–thank you to you and to all of your readers for making my life more happy and better!

    Morgan

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  545. Happiness – cracking book spines.

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  546. Hope your day was great! A trip to Hobby Lobby makes me happy. I need to go soon.

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  547. Happy Birthday Jenny!!! I hope your day is wonderful!
    Let’s see, what makes me happy… well, there’s spending time with my family, that first sip of wine of cold beer when I get home from a long day at work, board games, and your posts and books. You can always make me smile. And… because I have to… these are a few of my favorite things…

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  548. Happy Birthday! We had a student teacher stay with us for several months one year and to relax he juggled in the backyard. He wore a spot in the grass from juggling. Just saying. 🙂 Depending on how much you like your yard, you might want to pick another activity????

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  549. Happy birthday. I already have your books and pre-ordered the new one,and it’s my 65 th birthday next week and I don’t know how to get otters delivered by then, so I’m just going to be depressed about getting old, and happy because lately getting old seems like an accomplishment. And maybe start an indoor garden to boost my spirits. This is something like post 561 and I don’t know if you get down this far because that’s an awful lot of reading, so just happy birthday to everyone no matter how old or young.

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  550. Happy Birthday! Something that makes me happy – Spending time with my mom. She’s still the most awesome person ever, and I’m so grateful to have her as a parent.

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  551. Hi Jenny! Happy Birthday! Not yelling, but wanted to let you know that even after Blackfish it’s still really bad to go to Sea World. The stuff they do with the dolphins is the actual WORST. There’s a movie called The Cove (won an Oscar for best Documentary) that explains everything. It’s harder to watch than Blackfish though, to warn you. It made Oprah ugly cry, and I don’t want you to ugly cry on your birthday!

    I wish I knew how to post a picture in this comment, but check this out:

    Have a great day!

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  552. Happy Birthday Jenny! Hope you had a good day and have a wonderful year ahead…

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  553. Happy Birthday, Jenny. Here’s your present. You and Victor, holding hands. AWWWWW!

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    Nicole McBride

    Happy Birthday!!!

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  555. Happy Birthday! You always make me laugh! Thank You!

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    JenniferNennifer

    It made me happy that my friend’s mother, who is in her 80’s, saw one of your pictures on my fridge, figured out how to find you online and downloaded and printed your ship picture to color. She asked for (and got) colored pencils for Christmas specifically for this activity.

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  557. Have a “Furiously Happy” Birthday Jenny

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    Castlerock Girl

    Fellow December Birthday-er,
    Well, we were really gypped but your post helped a lot! Hope you had a Happy, Joyous and Chocolate filled birthday!

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    Jesse Courtney

    Happy birthday, Jenny! I want to be your best friend because I think we have the same brain but I’ll settle for wishing you a happy birthday. I’m so glad to have found your blog and your books. They make me feel normal. Well, sort of. As normal as I can be. Sending you otter love.
    Jesse

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  560. Happy Birthday!!!To us both!!! (Mine is tomorrow) Making my own cake makes me happy because I am the best cake maker I know. I made a rose flavored cake for myself last year, and this year it’s going to be buttermilk cake with raspberry lemon orange frosting. Reading your writing also makes me happy. That my serotonin uptake inhibitor is working well at the moment makes me REALLY happy. I wish I had known about the “It’s my birthday so you can’t yell at me” rule years ago. If you ever want to hang out I can state with pretty much complete conviction (okay, 93%) that I am not imaginary. HAppy Birthday Jenny!!!!!

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  561. I know what you mean about Sea World. I love their penguin habitat.

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  562. Happy birthday! You must be special because my son has the same birthday (double digits… ugh) and since the day he was born he’s pretty much said screw everyone, I’m doing things my way (atleast I know that was what he was thinking before he could even talk!)

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  563. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

    My family just left after a hellish week. I am eating leftover Christmas cookies and sitting in my Nothing Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjnLLw5BTmc That’s what’s making me happy today.

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  564. Happy birthday! Sitting in a chair reading a book and drinking tea, while my cat lays on my lap, that makes me happy! (And I already preordered your book, sometime in the past year, and I’m really excited to get it)…

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  565. Happy birthday, Jenny! Your honesty and quirkiness make me happy!

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  566. Happy Birthday, Jenny! Your writing and your sense of humor were light spots in such a stupid year. Thank you!!

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  567. Happy late birthday. Keep up the good work.

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  568. You should totally go to Sea World. They responded (rightly) to public pressure and changed their ways; now we fulfill our end and reward them. I took my kids to Sea World (before I knew the problem) and Disney on the same vacation – and they liked Sea World best.

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  569. Happy birthday, Jenny! One thing that makes me happy is your blog and that I found a friend through one of your Facebook posts who is anxious like I am so I have someone to talk with now. 🙂

    Another thing that I found this year that makes me happy is The CHRONOS Files books, novellas, and short stories by Rysa Walker. Amazon literally threw the first book (Timebound) at me with two other, unrelated e-books, and I have devoured them and am working through the short stories now. I know you’re a reader, and I know that you like Doctor Who, so I bet you’ll like these timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly books. (No, I’m not Rysa Walker, nor am I connected to her in any way. I just LOVE these books.)

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    Cilicia Landers

    Happy Birthday! Reading Furiously Happy made me really happy, as does watching the squirrels chasing each other in my back yard.

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  571. Happy Birthday you wonderfully funny and honest lady! Was given your book for Christmas this year and read it all already! Ordering up the others ASAP! Thank you for some fantastic snorting laughs, just recommended to a friend….and then proceeded to tell her most of the book and retell most of the stories…..Whoop! Hope you get some Otter-love….hmmm that sounded not right!

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  572. Happy Birthday! I hope it stays happy all day. Korean dramas are currently keeping me happy:)

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  573. Your new book is pre-ordered. Happy Birthday! I recently celebrated one myself. No otter snuggling for me either but only because I didn’t think about it. Now I am. I don’t live near any otters that I know of. Damn it.

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  574. Thank you for being born!

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  575. Reading this post made me happy, so thank you! And Happy Birthday!

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  576. Happy birthday! Things that make me happy: cookies, eggs benedict (when extra lemony), my kids (when they aren’t trying to be annoying), my puppy (always), silliness in video of real life forms.

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  577. I can’t believe that after all of the years that I’ve been amazed by you, that I didn’t know that you share a birthday with my (slightly) older Sistah, who I love to the ends, and with Paula Poundstone, too. So much feminine goodness wrapped into 1 day? UnPossible!!!

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  578. Happy Birthday!

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  579. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have fun juggling balls or otters or otter balls (I bet those are really soft- no black eyes there).

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  580. Happy, happy birthday! Reading your blog and your books makes me happy. So would snuggling otters, but since I can’t, I’ll snuggle a cat instead. That’s good too.

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  581. Happy birthday! (even if it sounds like your day is on the road to sucksville) First off, thank you for the circle logic on how to buy your book and not get hollered at by the hubster. Second, did you see this? https://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/135606363553/the-squee-heard-round-the-world You probably have already seen it but it’s worth posting again no?

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  582. ♪♫Happy Birthday to You!!♪♫

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    Marjorie J. Birch

    OK. It’s been a shit year, and today I was scolded at work just before leaving for my three days off so I feel awful and have been crying and slapping myself in the face because I’d rather have the physical pain than the mental pain… BUT…

    1) Today, I learned that the electric company that bought acres of pristine, beautiful river hills woodland (with trails and a park and the locals loved the place) is NOT going to develop it — in fact, they donated the whole parcel to the Conservancy. Kelly’s Run is saved! Yayyyy!!

    2) and I had InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop installed on my ‘puter today. So I’m a gonna revive those skills so I can get the hell out of my present job which is driving me toward a screaming, crying, cursing, equipment-smashing, chair throwing nervous breakdown.

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    Christa McElroy

    Happy BD Jenny! Mine is 1/9, and I think we should be able to move them to June or July or somewhere AWAY from after Christmas, when everyone’s overspent and partied out. Also, this post reminds me of the black eye I had when I was hit in the face with a miniature donkey. Their little heads are really hard!

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  585. Well too late to wish you a Happy Birthday but I can wish you a fantastic 2017. May your struggles be less frequent and your good days outnumber the bad. Love you. X0

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    Jennifer Pinfold

    Happy Birthday 🙂

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  587. Really, you should NOT support Sea world. Ever. Here is why:
    They may be discontinuing the whale shows. But they are NOT releasing the whales into the wild. Because they can’t. So, now, all those whales and dolphins will be living in tiny little bathtubs of cages with nothing to do, nowhere to go, no room to stretch out, not even to get out into a larger pool in order to perform. They will be living even more miserable lives than they ever did before. And Sea world is congratulating themselves all over the place for becoming so enlightened that they are stopping the shows. I wish I could put all those people into tiny little cages and make them live the rest of their lives there.

    Happy Birthday, Jenny. PLEASE do not support Sea world, I know that you have such a good heart. You are a good and loving person and you don’t want to give money to people who treat animals so badly.

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  588. There are two sides to the Blackfish story, and even some of the people interviewed claim their words were taken out of context. I’m not saying which side is right or wrong, but it is worth considering that there is more to that story and reading some of the stories from zookeepers and others in the industry that came out. And even if you agree with them on orcas, understand that many animals in captivity are rehab animals or captive bred and could never survive in the wild. The issue is more complicated and nuanced than “SeaWorld is bad” which is so often how it is presented. I’ve worked with some very well kept, happy, enriched captive rehab otters (other side of the country from you, unfortunately). You’d love meeting them, and they are totally worth a visit.

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  589. Happy belated birthday, wonderful human! Also, OTTERS

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  590. What makes me happy is the fact that your new book comes out on MY BIRTHDAY! I’ve told the hubs, but he won’t remember, so I’ll likely wind up buying it for myself. But it will still be an awesome gift! Along with whatever else I buy myself. Vodka probably….

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    windsweptarmadillo

    Whoops, I spent so long reading everyone’s happys and Happy Birthdays that a new day rolled around. Congratulations to The Queen of The Strangelings on another fantastic trip on this blue-green ball as it zooms around our closest star! Hangin’ out here with this Tribe makes me happy. It feels great to be with other wonderful weirdos like us. Thanks a million for bringing us together.

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  592. Jenny, happy birthday! I suffer from the black dog of depression and some days, only your posts very me through. You are a remarkable human being. Depression lies. How wonderful you are. Xxxx

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  593. Happy Birthday Girl!

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  594. Happy Belated Birthday, Jenny! Is your juggling as cute as those otters? ‘Cuz if so, then you’re doing it right, in my book!

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  595. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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  596. You could get a ferret as a substitute for an otter. Ferrets look like ugly skinny otters, but I don’t know if they juggle rocks or swim. I do know you can own one or more (the people I know who had them had more) and they are friendly. I know this because once when I was at the vet’s so my cat could get her yearly expensive shots because she won’t stay in the house, the man sitting next to me let his ferrets crawl all over me even though I didn’t encourage or entice them at all. I knew it would piss off my cat, who was already mad because I had her at the vet’s. But the ferrets were very loving and furry.

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  597. Just got your books for Christmas and finished the first one today. You are an inspiration to me! Happy birthday! By all means swim with the otters!

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  598. Happy Birthday!!! I would TOTALLY swim with the otters and you! You make me smile. I love you blog and books. Keep hanging in there!

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  599. Happy birthday a little late!
    I don’t know if you will ever see this with all of your comments, but I’ve taught juggling for over twenty years and I thought I could give you a few tips to help you.
    First, practice in front of a bed. this helps keep you from breaking your back picking up balls during the learning phase and it also stops you from traveling (repeatedly walking forward trying to catch the balls that are thrown too far forward)
    Control your elbows! Most of the movement comes from your hands, but many beginners make the mistake of using their whole arm to throw, which is why you end up throwing them away from you.
    Focus on your throws. If you throw correctly, the ball should fall to your hand. Visualize a square in front of you. The bottom corners are at your hands and the top corners are above your shoulders at eye level. Try to aim for those corners so that the paths of the balls make an X in the box.
    And always remember that every juggler started where you are, with three balls. I spent a day learning the basic pattern. My husband took three months to get the hang of it. (We would later meet at a juggling club where he taught me to pass clubs) We all learn at different rates. We all drop. The important thing is to keep picking the balls up and try again.
    And if the balls give you too much trouble, try learning scarves. The directions are a little different, because you can’t really throw a scarf, but they fall slower and some find them easier to get the hang of the basic juggling pattern.
    Good luck! Juggling is what pulled me out of teen depression and set me on my own life path.

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  600. I think this might make you happy…Remember when you wrote about “Comfort Books”? (http://thebloggess.com/2016/05/01/comfort-books/) At the time I read it, I thought, “I don’t really have any of those…”

    Earlier this month, when I went on a multiple-night Ohio -> Texas plane trip (which is a really big deal for me because of Asperger’s syndrome and other mental problems), bringing only Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Furiously Happy and my Kindle for reading material…and when I wound up barely using my Kindle the whole time…I realized, YOUR books are my comfort books. ❤

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  601. Happy Birthday Jenny. Just pre ordered your next book. I absolutly love your bloggs and books. You right some really funny shit.

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  602. Happy birthday, Jenny!

    I am trying to find joy in the little things lately. Like when I can’t find my library book before I go to the bathroom, but I really want to read it while in the bathroom, so I keep looking much longer than I should and nearly wet myself only to discover amidst the glorious release of a too-full bladder that I left my book by the toilet and now can read to my heart and bladder’s content. Thanks, Past Me! You’re welcome, Future Me.

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  603. Happy birthday Jenny. These guys make me happy. I watch when ever I need a cheer up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rl9TBOdUH0

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  604. Happy Birthday, Jenny!! I hope you have a wonderful celebration jubilee.

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  605. …Your birthday is a High Holy Day for the The Church of Bloggessianism, right? And the celebration of this High Holy Day obviously includes the Snuggling of Otters, as is right and proper for a date of such solemn distinction. I mean, sloths are all good and fine for regular days but a day like this demands otters. DEMANDS. You need to go to this place and tell them your religion (and your 2000+ practitioners) require it.

    nods Yes. And as an honest to goodness marine biologist, i’ll totally back you up on this.

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  606. My Mum took a Youth Club group to the zoo and a boy smuggled out a penguin, he reckoned he could customise his bathroom at home to accommodate his new friend. Only when she asked him why he wouldn’t take his jacket off on the hot bus did it become apparent when the penguin needed some fresh air. About turn bus and back to the zoo and the penguin pond.

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  607. Happy (belated) Birthday!!!

    This year has been a doozy…hopefully you had (are having) a good time and things are still bright.

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  608. Happy Birthday! (Mine’s in December, too, so I know they suck even without other stuff going on.) Earlier this week I went to the Library of Congress wearing a shirt that read “Books Make Me Happy you not so much” and that made me very happy, indeed.

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  609. Happy Birthday (a little late!) Your books and blog have brought joy and laughter into my life and the lives of so many others. Sending you some back today!

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  610. Happy Birthday, lovely lady!

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  611. happy birthday you! I for one find tapdance easier than juggling; it takes a while but it’s so much fun. You should try it; they have online classes and everything.
    xxx

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  612. Happy Birthday Jenny!!! You make a difference in my world I can fight the darkness knowing that I am not alone. Thank you for being you

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  613. If you look like those otters then you must be doing it just right!! And you DO kind of look like an otter anyway. (That was a compliment.) Happy Birthday!!

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  614. Totally play with otters. It’s your birthday. I’m so glad the world has your light to shine.

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  615. If you look like those otters playing with rocks then that means to me you are adorable even in your mistakes and watching you makes people smile (and sometimes squeal in delight) so I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Happy birthday, Jenny. Hope you find some otters to play with.

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  616. Jenny, I hope you had happy b-day! The best advice I ever got while learning to juggle, was to practice over a counter or table, so when you drop the balls, (and yes, that will be a lot!!) you don’t have to bend as far to pick them up. Also, you should look into getting some super cute juggling critters, that way you’ll be more inclined to keep practicing! I have Moose and Cows, but I don’t remember where I got them, (I’ve had them since I was a kid…) so the best I could find now were hamsters, and poop. (Both on Amazon)

    I took a picture of my juggling critters for you, but I can’t seem to attach it…😕

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  617. Happy Birthday Jenny. Hope a random otter shows up at your door so you can snuggle. In fact I hope one shows up at my door to snuggle. Just saying.

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  618. Hippo Birdie to Ewe, and Otter Wonderful Things for the New Year!

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  619. Happy Birthday and Happy New year!

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  620. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  621. Happy Birthday 2 days late. Thank you for everything you do! https://youtu.be/CVihKVtb19M

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  622. Happy birthday and happy new year! It’s a twofer. I think that’s how you spell it. No guarantees. On the spelling that is.

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  623. Happy Birthday Jenny! I also have to tell you that I taught myself to juggle in 6th grade in an effort to keep myself from itching my chicken pox. I also wasn’t great and so the otter videos cracked me up so much! Thank you for making me laugh at the things that I share so similarly with you, like mental health symptoms 🙂

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  624. Jenny, I’ve read both of your books more than once, and I get more out of them with each reading. I think you’re amazing, and I hope your birthday, aka Personal New Year, is full of splendidly quirky taxidermy and other wonderfulness for you. By the way, I also suffer from more than one mental illness, and you inspire me! The otters melted my heart!! Swim with them!!

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  625. Happy birthday fellow Jenny. Otters are totally awesome and have magical rock juggling powers. In my top 5 list of animals: cats, otters, lemurs, pandas and some other cute thing. Almost put dolphin yet they can kinda be a-holes I’ve read. What is it about the 70’s & 80’s that created so many Jennifers? Nowadays as a teacher I hardly see students under 10 years old with our fantastic name. Anywho’s….. Happy day!

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  626. I just wanted to tell you that every time I saw “depression lies” I never let it apply to me. I’ve read it here and in your books so many times. Today I was able to recognize that it does apply to me. My brain lies to me sometimes. I still believe it sometimes, but I’ve never acknowledged before that there are lies. I think it will help. I hope so. Thank you for saying it so many times. Keep saying it, and I will too.

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  627. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY! This was also my mom’s birthday, my Uncle Bud’s, my cousin Janice’s, and my good friend Laura’s birthdays! You are in excellent company! Except for me because I think I just really ungrammicated that sentence, which is a word I just made up. It means I wrote a sentence wrong or took a perfectly good sentence and screwed it up. So. Anyway, I love otters too and if you ever sneak one out of Sea World or wherever would you please sneak one out for me too? I’d like to suggest sneaking out a couple of baby otters, cause then you could just put them in your bra and people would just think you were buxom. Unless they looked real close and then someone would likely say “Look at that woman–she really needs to shave her boobs!” But it wouldn’t matter because you’d still be able to walk right out with your boob otters and give me a call and I would meet you to pick up my otter that you were so kind to liberate for me. Um, just happened to think– make sure they are weaned before you stick them in your bra. LOTS OF LOVE! Hope you had an OTTERLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (And I haven’t read any other comments cause it’s late and I’m tired, so if someone else used this brilliant pin I didn’t copy them, it’s just that Great Anxious Minds think alike.) :))

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  628. Hope it was truly an extremely happy birthday! I’m pretty sure you won’t read this far down the massive wishes from a few of your admirers, but just in case you do, I will tell you one thing that makes me happier than almost anything else. I am exquisitely happy when I have the opportunity to read any of several of your blog posts to other people. The way you write seems to have a particular rhythm and cadence that I seldom, if ever, see. And because I have never heard you talk or read aloud or perform in any manner, either live, or recorded, I have to make my own best guess as to how you wrote it. So, I am happy when I get to bring your thoughts, humor, quirkiness, and attitude to other people who really NEED TO HEAR ABOUT YOU! And I get to help you get more fans.

    Now, I am going to buy one of your books. Thank you for being in this world where I can read your writings and share your thoughts/ramblings with others!

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  629. Happy Belated Birthday. Thank you for being you, and for making me laugh. Not so much for making me cry, but that’s on me, so no worries. (Seriously, Furiously Happy had me sobbing pathetically. We should be BFFs.) Anyway. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  630. Things that make me happy: your story about buying a giant metal chicken and placing it outside your husband’s office window; seeing my wife smile; watching my daughter curl up with her two dogs on my sofa; getting a cigar and a giant bottle of whiskey from my daughter’s fiance’ (it’s good to know that he’s trying to impress, plus I really like cigars and whiskey.)

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  631. Happy birthday! A refreshing laugh xD

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  632. Happy birthday sweetheart!

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  633. I got married to Captain Science on the 21st of December. I am still grinning like a fool.
    Thank you for the otters. I love them too.

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    BooksInGarden

    Happy Belated Birthday. Happy New Year. May we all survive the reign of herr gropenfuhrer.

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  635. A little late, but happy birthday! I hope it was great, and you’re doing well. I tried to buy “Furiously Happy” over the weekend as a present for myself, but it turns out my debit card number was stolen, and my card had been put on hold for suspicious activity. Now I’m just waiting for a new card and will try again.

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  636. Happy belated birthday! Mine was on the 30th and no one yelled at me. I didn’t get juggling balls and it’s a good thing because I’m blind and I think it might be kinda hard, though I’m sure there are some blind people who can juggle. I did get a ukulele though! And I freaking love it and it makes me super happy though chords are hard to learn since I can’t see where my fingers go but I’m a tenacious chick so I will master it, oh yes I will master it.

    Hmmm, I wonder if I could play the blind card to take you to that otter place. You know people at amusement parks rent disabled people so they don’t have to stand in line, right? I’ll be your blind girl to see the otters.

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  637. Oh, and are you going to describe the drawings when you do the audio book for the new book? I hope so! I loved your last two. 🙂

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  638. Happy belated birthday!

    Stumbled upon your blog for inspiration as I just started writing my own. I searched for “funny mom blogs” and yours came up as the holy grail. Looking forward to reading more! Happy new year!

    Kate

    http://Www.mwdgaf.Com

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  639. Happy birthday, most wonderful weirdo. May each day be lighter and more magical than the one before. And may your balls always be soft and plentiful.
    You should also follow the Oregon Zoo on Instagram because they have otter, polar bear and penguin cams and they have volunteera tonwalk their elderly goats around the zoo before it opens.

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  640. Happy Birthday Jenny! I bought two copies of “Furiously Happy” as Christmas gifts.
    You’re welcome. Don’t spend it all in one place.
    I’m a total tech failure, how can I send you a picture I just know you need to see? Laughter is the best antidote you know.

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  641. After 651 comments you may not see this, but if you do and have time, check out your horoscope by Susan Miller at Astrology Zone (https://www.astrologyzone.com/forecasts/capricorn-forecast-january-2017/). Apparently the planets are especially aligned in a good way for those with a birthday on December 29 this year. I always find her readings interesting and scary accurate. Also this is not any kind of spam, I sincerely think you might be interested. 😊 Hope you had an amazing birthday! Mine (the day after yours) went pretty well, although I can’t say I’m excited to be this much closer to 50.

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  642. Grab the rope, just hold on.

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  643. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabtastical year, my dear. You are an inspiration for me to keep trying and to never give up.

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  644. P.S. My brother-in-law bought me a copy of Furiously Happy for Christmas this year. He is now my favorite brother-in-law ever.

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  645. Happy Birthday! I had to pick up some medicine at the Vet for my dog and the woman behind the counter says “Do you want to see something great?” and she brings out a cardboard box with 7 adorable newborn silver lab puppies!!!!! They’re only 2 days old and their eyes are still closed and they make this incredible little noise and they smell like puppies and it was just amazing and I wanted to keep them all but they’re too young to leave their mom who was in the next room getting a check up. Made me smile all day-hope it does for you too. Happy times!

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  646. Super late, but happy new year, bpth personal (your birthday!) and universal.
    I am super happy we have lots of snow where I live, last winter had been pretty disappointing in that regard.

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  647. Happy Birthday Jenny!

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  648. I just discovered you at the library, finding your adorable raccoon photo book in the new books section. Laughing with tears pouring out of my eyes, loving your brash, bold and sassy style.
    Keep it furiously happy in 2017!

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  649. Videos or none of this happened.

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  650. I had no idea that otters juggled! What?!! I am intrigued and mystified and awesomed. Celeste

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  651. Whew!, Happy Birthday!!! My apology for the well wishing being so late, but I have been ensnared by the depression and hiding over at Facebook, which can be a really evil place for me to dwell, because I see horrible things and then…well I am coming back to my world where it’s pretty darn swell.

    Happy Be-Lated Birthday !!!

    Maybe this is why I have no friends I can never remember birthdays.

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    Laura Sala

    Happy birthday sweety, my daughter and I saw you in Atlanta, but we were too shy to say anything, we love you though.

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  653. Sorry I’m late to your party, Jenny. I also can’t think of something happy on the spot, but knowing that there’s a community of people here that understand and empathize and don’t hate me for it makes me happy, so… win!

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  654. Happy belated birthday, Jenny. I’m a December baby too, though I’m pre-Christmas. Love your drawings!

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  655. Not sure if anyone else posted about this place in CA that you can swim with the Otters. There are too many comments to search. But I want to go with you if you go:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og2upwfFPKk

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  656. I felt compelled to wish you a belated birthday because the total number of birthday wishes at the time I saw this was ,,,666!!! So to ward of all evil for 2017 I wish you all the best. I will be turning 50 in 9 days and I can’t wait. Birthdays and aging are something some women bemoan, but me I will own my age and be glad I wake up on this side of the dirt! LOL. Again Happy Belated Birthday to a woman whom I am so glad I stumbled upon (internetly speaking),when I read about your purchase of the Beyonce-the-giant-metal-chicken. I knew that I would love reading more about you because I too have metal/paper mache chickens. Kindred spirit chickens. 😉

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  657. You want me to tell you what makes me happy? You do. Your hilarious loopy illogical logic brightens my day each and every time.

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  658. Look what I saw today! http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/01/02/seaworlds-final-orca-show-is-sunday/ You can now go to Sea World guilt free. Happy Birthday!

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  659. Happy belated birthday! I don’t know if anyone mentioned this to you (and I’m not going to read all 600+ comments) but Clearwater Marine Aquarium (the place the A Dolphin’s Tale movie is about) has SUPER CUTE rescued otters!! I recommend it for your fill of adorable otters.

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  660. Happy Birthday! Oh, I just love this.. it’s such a beautiful thing to see you embrace exactly who you are!

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    Danielle E.

    This is a little late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  662. Happy belated birthday!! Colouring books make me happy so I have preordered yours! Thank you x

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  663. Happy belated Birthday! and go here for all your otter needs!!!! http://www.nurturedbynature.org/

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  664. Juggling is one of those things that’s easier to explain than to DO.

    Basically – two balls in one hand, one in the other. When you throw a ball from one hand to the other, it makes an arc. Start with the hand with two balls. Throw one. when that ball hits the peak of the arc, throw the next one. Repeat.

    That’s it. Of course, when I do it, it becomes an aerobic activity because I am chasing good intentions as they bounce around the room.

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  665. Thanks, Jenny. My birthday is coming up soon and I have birthday “issues” so I decided to go read some of your blogs to make myself feel better. It worked! You made me smile and laugh! You are awesome at cheering up people with birthday “issues”. Happy belated birthday to you!

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  666. What up Jenny,
    Coming late to the party because I usually save up a large backlog so I can read everything at once. Today is my birthday and I received a number of fabulous links that cheered me up so here is my contribution.





    Yep. They’re all links to my fb page. Some of them are decidedly Aussie and so may not be for everyone.
    Happy belated birthday from a weirdo fan in Australia! Xx

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  667. HOLY SHIT I LIVE IN SAN DIEGO AND I HAD NO IDEA THAT OTTER PLACE EXISTED. You just changed my life.

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