Happy birthday to you! Yes, you.

Happy birthday!

Is it your birthday?  I KNOW BECAUSE I AM PSYCHIC.

Is it not your birthday?  Yes it is.  You are wrong.  Because I SUCK at remembering birthdays and have even forgotten my own so I decided that today is everyone’s birthday.  If you want to go up a year you are a year older.  If you want to go down 10 years that’s fine too.  These are the rules of Universal Birthday Day.

And what do you get for your birthday?  You get something lovely and it’s entirely up to you what that thing is.  Go take a hot bath and listen to true crime podcasts.  Go buy a bunch of facial masks and oils and give yourself a spa day.  Go buy that thing you’ve been wanting but haven’t been able to justify.  Sit in the grass and read an amazing book.  Binge-watch Doctor Who.  Go to the movies.  Call the person who makes you laugh.  Forgive yourself for that thing you’ve been feeling bad about.  Dress your pets up in costumes and have a small parade.  Snuggle with rescue animals at a no-kill shelter.  Have a pillow fight.  Learn a new hobby.  Eat an ice cream cake.  Go to the library.  Pull out the slip-and-slide.  Have a whipped cream fight.  Take a nap with your pets.  DO WHATEVER YOU WANT BECAUSE IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY!

And that means it’s my birthday too so I am going to finish this post and then give away presents because that makes me happy.  So leave me a comment telling me what wonderful thing you’re going to do for yourself for your birthday and I’ll randomly email some of you gift certificates for books or bath bombs or whatever strange thing makes your heart sing.

Happy birthday, y’all.

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And on an entirely different subject, it’s time for the Sunday wrap-up!

Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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  1. I am going to lay in bed and read because I finally was able to afford central air. AND IM USING A COMFORTER. IN SUMMER.

  2. Its actually my birthday today!! 😊 Im visiting my grandparents and eating my favorite lemon cake

  3. I’m going to make some glittery calm down sensory bottles and felt figures for my classroom next year. Then I’m gonna watch the staircase on Netflix. Maybe all of it. Happy Birthday everybody!

  4. I’m going to pet my kitty then go away from my kitty to play my flute (because my kitty doesn’t like my playing). I’m guessing that you are going to “Dress your pets up in costumes and have a small parade. ”

    Happy Birthday Everyone!!!!

  5. I napped with a pet and am binge watching Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel while drinking coffee and eating pecan kringle.

  6. Its actually my birthday today!! 😊 Im visiting my grandparents and eating my favorite lemon cake

  7. I am going to make myself a cupcake and eat it while drinking a glass of wine. Happy birthday to me! 🙂

  8. A very merry unbirthday to you! I’m going to curl up on the couch with a good book this afternoon and not think about anything work or school related. And my hubby is home and he’s making dinner. Double win!

  9. I’m going to make a raspberry pie! And then, I’m going to actually let myself eat it like a child would. Without fear. Or guilt.

  10. Happy Universal Birthday Jenny! I think 🤔 my daughter and I will snuggle up and stream all our favorite Marvel movies! Thank you for reminding me of this special day!

  11. This blog blows my mind! I honestly wondered how you knew it was my birthday… For real, 59! I don’t my sharing the day and am happy to wish yuh the best universal birthday. Right now we’re drinking daiquiris and watching Ingrid Bergman in Notorious! Next up, Rear Window. Hey Birthday to all!

  12. It was my birthday on Wednesday! I got my tonsils out. 🙁 I’m sick of popsicles. I bought some new books today and will take a bubble bath later 🙂

  13. Going to go out for salted caramel frozen yogurt with my 11year old son and than maybe a quiet peaceful hot bath while our roomba cleans the house. Yay for robots. Happy birthday everyone!

  14. Happy birthday to everybody! I’m going to go out to dinner with my husband to celebrate. Because we’re all still here.

  15. I am going to watch DEADPOOL2 and when they ask for ID I’m gonna tell them it’s my birthday

  16. I’m going to float in pool and read Val McDermid’s latest crime novel. Happy Universal Birthday all!

  17. I’m going to make myself a hot cup of green tea, snuggle up nude in bed and watching gameplay for horror games although my heart is fragile and I get the hibby jibbies very easily 🙂

  18. It isn’t my birthday, but how nice to be thought of. I bought a foxglove plant for my flower bed. Flowers make me happy, hummingbirds make me happier. Have a great day!

  19. I’m going to pull out my art supplies and a pile of books, create a nest and alternate between reading and creating colorful chaos on paper. I’m also going to drink a lot of tea and hope my anxiety decides that since it’s my ‘birthday’ it can take a break.

  20. I’m going to take my little doggie outside to hunt for lizards–her absolute favorite thing to do because it’s her birthday too!

  21. Yes dress up my 4 cats and put on our rollerskates for a roller-disco. Exactly that! (It’s their birthdays too)

  22. I’m going to a friend’s Tony Awards watch party and I’ve been trying to justify the cost of driving there vs bus/subway. Universal birthday justification it is!!! My actual birthday is in a week and a half and I’m trying not to dread it too much. Why do birthdays have such complicated feelings attached to them??? I like Universal Birthday much better.

  23. It’s my birthday month! I will finish writing two grant applications for (1) our teachers’ professional development and (2) kids’ lunches and go sleep and recover from my walking pneumonia/ebola/chicken pox (whatever kids at school are spreading this month)

  24. I’m going to read and cuddle my cat because I have a people hangover.

  25. We are playing host to a sweet 3-legged rescue dog who is probably going to become a member of our mess of a family. So, I’m going to spend the day cuddling with the 3 dogs in our house and laughing as they get used to each other.

  26. I’m going to give my Dad a new recliner for my birthday. He’s old and his bones hurt, and he misses my mom. He was going to get it for Father’s Day, but now it’s going to be for my birthday. Gotta go shopping…right now.

  27. Geezus. My birthday is coming up – this email blog update of yours arrived like a trash panda stalker’s wet dream. Are YOU PSYCHIC???!

    It doesn’t matter. I have to share my birthday with Men around the world every so often. As a child, I was very conflicted about Father’s day…until I met the kids whose birthday was shared with Jesus’s…

  28. Today is also National Lazy Mom’s Day! I’m celebrating watching my son play ice hockey and working towards getting me in a better “place.” And finding a yummy gluten free chocolate cookie. It’s the little things!

  29. Well my birthday was a week ago but close enough. It was my 60th! Went to Niagara Falls with my hubby and our best friends surprised me by showing up at our hotel with a bottle of champagne. Great birthday!!

  30. I’m going to finish my LaCroix and book and then I’ll have my birthday nap! Happy birthday!

  31. I’m going to binge watch Brooklyn 99 and read! I actually have them house to myself so I can actually do these things. 😄

  32. Well, it’s actually bed time here for me, but I’ve had a good day listening to cricket (the sport, not the insects!) and also watched Rafa win undecima, in between reading fic and watching my favourite show on DVD (NCIS:LA) so happy unbirthday to me and all of us!

  33. Yay! I had ice cream earlier because it was super hot so I’m gonna go have some cake too. because it’s my birthday guys! – Jenny said so.

  34. I’m going to drive around and hit some pokestops while listening to an audiobook.

  35. In a funk today, so encouragement for self care is very appreciated. I’m going to snuggle my sweet 8 cats and maybe take a bubble bath and read awesome books. Thank you for being you and creating this Blog!

  36. Im going to do some self care, work on my CBT homework for depression and drink copious amounts of coffee…. if im lucky i will have time to do spme reading as well!

  37. I’m going to sleep in for as long as I want. Then I’m going to the nearest animal shelter and adopting a cat!

  38. After being surrounded by a billion strangers at my boyfriend’s employee picnic I’m going to go home and hide in a blanket cocoon and read all the books.

  39. I’m going to hang upside down like a sloth in wall yoga…because, well, just because….

  40. Happy birthday, everyone!

    I’m going to try to tackle some things in my ever growing end-of-the-school-year To Do List. I’m also thinking I may need a nap and to eat icing straight out of the jar because pregnancy allows me to pretend it’s a craving. 😉👍🏻

  41. I’m going to alternately binge watch TV, and work on writing fan fiction. I have been putting my writing to the side so much, I have forgotten how happy (and sad, and angry, and frustrated, and all the other things writing can be) it makes me, so that’s what I’ve been doing a lot lately.

    Happy Birthday to you! (Also, my real birthday is July 5th, so you’re super close, psychic friend. 😉 )

  42. I’m watching “I Saw the Light “ because there is never enough Tom Hiddleston in my life. My actual birthday is on Friday. I’m going to see “Ocean’s 8” with my girlfriends.

  43. I’m going to knit, which feels fantastic, because a month ago i broke my hand (and foot, and back, but i don’t knit with those things) and i’m just able to knit again and it feels very, very good to do so. 🙂 It also feels great to be able to walk my dog again, so he thinks it’s his birthday too now that we’re walking again. ^_^

  44. I’m going to have a nap with my kittens and watch Doctor Who on my laptop because my 5th anniversary camping trip got cut short by me getting poison ivy.

  45. Awwww. Happy universal birthday. I’m going to celebrate by cooking dinner for some on my closest friends and drinking wine! I love cooking especially trying out new cuisines and tonight’s theme is Indian. Smells like garam masala and cinnamon in my house.

    Have a beautiful birthday everyone

  46. I’m going to try to forgive myself for feeling like a failure for not doing all the things I think I should do and for feeling like I spend too much time working and not enough with my kids. I’m going to play a board game with them and once they’re in bed in going to read a book or colour a picture or both!

  47. I’m going to have pie n ice cream…. because it’s been an awful month … and pie always makes it better.

  48. I’m going to turn off my phone, ignore the dishes and sit in bed with my cat in my lap and bingewatch British mysteries and get empanadas and ice cream delivered

  49. I’m going to curl up on my couch and binge watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and drink water and take painkillers and hope my headache goes away. This helped brighten my day, so thank you!

  50. So, my 60th Birthday is a week from today. I saw this email and freaked out. I already got my gift to myself. My mom gave me some bling and I had a new piece of bling made for me! Thanks Jenny… Happy Birthday to you too. Love you!

  51. Happy birthday everyone! For my surprise birthday today, I am going to do something that I think we could all benefit from. I am going to try to be kinder to myself and not torture myself because I have anxiety. I will also snuggle with my dogs and pick something new on Netflix to watch. Jenny, I think the pet parade is a wonderful idea, but my dogs disagree. They say that I am only allowed to dress them up twice a year (Halloween and Christmas).

  52. How did you know it’s my birthday??? (It isn’t) I’m relaxing and listening to Hamilton.

  53. It was my birthday a week ago but close enough. It was my 60th! Went to Niagara Falls with my hubby and our best friends surprosed me by showimg up with a bottle of champagne. Best. Birthday. Ever.

  54. I am going to sleep like there is no tomorrow. But there is, and I have to go to work. But before that, I shall sleep!

  55. I did some crafty things for the new house and later will break my no sugar, no carb, no dairy all-to-keep-my-lady-organs-happy diet to have one of my grandmother’s favorite chocolates in her memory since today would have been her 100th birthday!

  56. I’m going to read! I have / want so many books to read! Thank you for this message that made me smile, Jenny.

  57. I’m in my 9th month of pregnancy so I’m giving myself a nap and some chocolate.

  58. I think I either didn’t post properly or it ended up anonymous.

    I’m going to celebrate universal birthday by cooking dinner for 5 of my closest friends. I love cooking especially for other people and I enjoy trying all kinds of new cuisines. Tonight’s theme is Indian so my house smells like garam masala and cinnamon.

    Happy birthday to everyone!

  59. I’m post surgery so I’ll spend my universal birthday cuddled up in bed, eating soup, and watching random YouTube videos.
    Damn, can’t drink but at least I get to be post surgery high? Maybe I’ll go buy that taxidermy squirrel I’ve always wanted but my roommate told me wasn’t welcomed into our home.

  60. My birthday is later this week so I’m going to start celebrating today!

  61. I already slept in epically so that’s nice. Now I will relax and read cheesy romance novels for the rest of the day. And I’m going to hire someone to mow my lawn this week because I don’t wanna.

  62. Since I’m in Germany and my day is about over, I did send my day reading, napping, and eating lots of cookies.

  63. Fighting a little flare-up so it was nice to wake up from my nap with the dogs and be reminded it’s everyone’s birthday! Happy Birthday to us! I’m going to stay on the couch and cheer you all on 😀

  64. I am getting dressed up, including sparkly dangling earrings and red lipstick, to go watch theTony Awards with friends. I also painted my nails which always feels luxurious.

  65. Today I’m drinking iced coffee and enjoying the sunshine before the rain starts with my favourite person in the world.. and then when the rain inevitably comes I’m gonna go home and watch something stupid on Netflix that makes me belly laugh and not feel guilty about not doing chores on my only day off this week.

    Also… sidenote: when you mentioned be careful out there… I thought you might be referring to the recent string of crow attacks here in Vancouver that have gotten so bad they made a digital map of them. Check it out… http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/crow-map-vancouver-2018

    (Or don’t if you’re afraid of crows.. or have seen the movie The Birds.. or if you just don’t feel like it cuz that’s how birthdays work, right?)

  66. What a fun post! I’m lounging on the couch with my cat Chalupa Batman and watching episodes of Live PD I have on the DVR (they’re recorded because I don’t stay up late enough to watch them live). Well, I’m watching. He is napping. Except when the sirens go off and he gets woken up. This offends him but not enough to make him leave.

    I’m also enjoying a glass of wine because it’s not drinking alone if your cat is at home.

  67. I’m going to go to this smash room called Le Smash with my sister and have an awesome time smashing things/being destructive. 😎

  68. I’m going to plop on the couch with my cat (that recently had surgery) and binge watch Supernatural while cross stitching.

  69. It’s not my birthday but I think I’ll buy some ice cream, pet my rabbits, and listen to a good book on Audible.

  70. I’m trying to find the energy celebrate a friend’s birthday after having a anxiety/depression/meltdown crisis yesterday. It’s not working very well. -_- I did bake a cake, though, so maybe I’m not a totally horrible friend. Just mostly. 🙁

  71. I just discovered goodreads. I’m entering my “to read” list into the app. And painting furniture with my daughter.

  72. I’m going to make spaghetti and enjoy it with the homemade sauce and meatballs I made last week. Also garlic bread. Then the Tonys.

  73. I’m going to snuggle on the couch with my cat, who recently had surgery, and binge watch Supernatural.

  74. I’m going to finish watching the F1 Canadian Grand Prix, take a bath with a Lush bath bomb, paint my nails and do a sheet mask, then get an early night with a good book. Gotta be up at 6am for work tomorrow, so soothing and quiet is the plan.

    Happy birthday, everyone!

  75. It’s my unbirthday?!? I’m spending the day on the porch listening to the rain with Dorothy Barker’s boyfriend (my 6 year old Papillon, Toby) asleep on my lap.

  76. I’m going to pretend my cat can’t keep getting into the crawl space at our new house.
    Maybe I’ll pretend we don’t live here.
    Maybe I should make an order at Sephora for some retail therapy.

  77. You’re psychic! It actually is my birthday!
    I’m trying to ignore the heat index, and heading to the botanical gardens to visit the roses. Then music and dinner with partner and my mom.

  78. I am going to take a day off from worrying about being unemployed and be grateful that I have family and friends. I’m also going to binge watch Bates Motel.

  79. Right now, I think a banana split would make my heart sing. That, and running away from everyone and everything but that can’t happen at this exact moment because I have to adult tomorrow. Sigh! I’m really going to enjoy my banana split.

  80. My birthday began right after midnight when I bought myself a copy of Appetites, Anthony Bourdain’s last cookbook. (Sob)
    I’m going to cook something and pour a glass of wine too.
    Happy birthday to you too , Jenny, and happy birthday to the rest of this tribe. It’s been a rough week.

  81. My birthday is on Friday and I just bought a tablet so I can listen to music and audio books and fall asleep.

  82. I went to the gym in my apartment complex… but it was 81 degrees in there! It’s cooler outside here in Virginia! At least I did 1 mile on the treadmill!

  83. My kids are over at the neighbor kid’s birthday party and I am going to ignore the rules of polite society and not stay and talk to all the other parents and instead I am going to take a nap on the couch in my nice quiet house!!!

  84. I haven’t willingly celebrated my birthday since I turned thirteen for a variety of reasons, none of which have anything to do with age. I love your kind heart though and wish you and everyone else a wonderful birthday! I’m singing the happy unbirthday song from Alice in Wonderland to you all.
    ❤️ Lostdotter

  85. I will spend the day forcing my son to buy dress pants for his high school graduation. Because he neglected to tell us he has grown out of his old ones. Did you get taller? No, he says wider. I spin around for him and say, this is what you’ll wind up with if you don’t keep up with your workouts. A cautionary tale. So pants only, no Cinnabon.

  86. I will order myself the book on Amazon I’ve been waiting for and have coffee with my friend who I haven’t seen in ages.

  87. I’m on duty all day today, as I am every Sunday, but I’m also going to put on an audiobook and work on joining blocks of an afghan I’m crocheting. I already ordered cheap pizza because I didn’t feel like cooking AND this way I get some veggies. 😉

  88. I’m going to buy myself the crafting supplies I’ve been putting off and start a fun new project.

  89. Well, it’s my “birthday” and since my husband and daughter are on the way to Cincinnati children’s for an appointment for her tomorrow, River Song (the dog) and I are going to enjoy complete peace and quiet together. We will probably go to the dog park.
    As for what I am really planning to get for my birthday, I want to get a real food dehydrator. I have a cheapie WalMart special that doesn’t do a good job and does an extremely small amount. I have been planning this for years and never have the money so the model I have on Amazon is constantly changing. It hasn’t happened yet, but a girl can dream. I would love to be able to dehydrate Cherries every year (we picked over 150 pounds this year), and I love to keepdried tomatoes and mushrooms in the freezer to use to cook with. If you have never had dried cherries in your oatmeal you are really missing out!

  90. For my birthday I’m getting younger(5 years is good) Going for a walk on the beach, listening to music. Gonna have my treasured Marco Polo tea from Mariage Freres in my new teapot.(I have a teapot addiction) Youtube some Anthony Bourdain, then as a gift buy a Cards Against Humanity game to play with friends.

  91. I’m going to sit on my couch and relax and ignore all the housework I really should be doing. Or maybe I’ll even insist my kids do it. Nah, they’ll just do it worng and create more work for me later…

  92. I’m going to kick back with a good book and a soft drink (yeah, they’re full of sugar and chemicals and I’ll probably be radioactive or sterile or some other horror if I finish it) and listen to my collegiate baseball team hopefully win today’s game to get to the college World Series.

  93. Happy birthday Jenny 😊😊this post reminds me of one of my moms favorite songs from Alice in wonderland “happy un birthday “ I love this idea..we should be treating ourself ever day to all of the wonderful things 😍so today I am going go have a margarita at my favorite restaurant and spend a nothing planned evening with my husband 💕💕

  94. Fighting a little flare-up so it was nice to wake up from my nap with the dogs and be reminded it’s everyone’s birthday! Happy Birthday to us! I’m going to stay on the couch and cheer you all on 😀

  95. I’m headed to my favorite chair to drink tea and snuggle with my cat, Mayhem. Maybe we’ll read a book….or nap…. I’ll let her decide . Happy birthday to you too!

  96. I’m going to enjoy my favorite story, and maybe give some dollies a makeover. I’m also going to give myself a day off any cleaning that isn’t time required… (though I did clean up the flour my kiddo was sliding through all over the floor, because that was just going to get worse…lol).. in any case, I’m taking a break, because boy do I need one!

  97. I am sitting on my ass, crocheting and binging Deadliest Catch….because, why not?!

  98. I’m going to sew a t-shirt, and work on my diamond painting. Maybe I’ll get fancy and take a nap.

  99. Happy birthday, everyone! I’m going to replace my empty pump bottle thingy of Cerave body lotion that makes my eczema itchiness settle down. Then I’m going to take a warm bath, after which I will slather on the lotion and then lie in bed watching cheesy Hallmark movies.

  100. Actually, yesterday really was my birthday. We just got back from a vacation late last night. Then I made myself a birthday cake after we got home and cleaned up. Then I slept in this morning. And then I woke up to not just 1 but several seperate tornado warnings in the area. So I’m thinking today may just be me drinking and eating chocolate birthday cake while I alternate between hiding in the basement, watching the Weather Channel and hoping for a new kitchen or garage thanks to Mother Nature.

  101. I treated myself and my best friend to a fancy afternoon tea for our Universal Birthday Day! PS it also happens to very nearly be our actual birthdays!

  102. It’s my birthday month! I’m going to read “The Sisters: the Saga of the Mitford Family” which is like eating British tea and scones for me; then take a bath in champagne. In my mind. Thank you Jenny for permission to kick my anxiety out the door today!

  103. I finished my book Dreadful Young Ladies and made chocolate chip/butterscotch chip cookies.

  104. I’m going to read on my patio while yelling obscenities at the bastard squirrels stealing all the food from the bird feeder.

  105. My birthday is a week from today. I HATE it when my birthday falls on Father’s Day, so today we had lunch with a friend. Next Sunday I will hide and sleep a lot.

    The rest of today will probably involve smuggling the dogs and the cats, watching TV, napping, and reading. Not necessarily in that order.

    Happy Birthday, everyone. 🎉

  106. Dang it, I’m crying. Saturday is my birthday but I don’t really celebrate it anymore. My husband goes to a big weeklong paintball tournament and it’s been kind of a joke that my time alone is my birthday present from him. But I hate always spending my birthday alone, trying to be happy when I’m not, so I started buying myself something the weekend he would leave. One year it was a Chromebook, last year my Google Home. I wasn’t planning on getting anything this year because my cat had to go to the emergency vet last weekend (blocked urthrea, he nearly died). That cost more than I really anticipated, but today I decided I needed the distraction. So I bought a Fitbit Versa (I’ve wanted a smartwatch for a year or so now) and while I’m waiting for it to update, I decided to read some blogs.

    This is probably the longest comment I’ve ever made, even if you combined all my previous comments. but there ya go. 🙂

  107. I’m going to work on completing my book and buy the ones I’ve wanted all winter but haven’t yet justified. And maybe go see my mom’s new kitten. Because he needs socializing. And because he’s flipping cute.

  108. I might take a nap. That makes me super happy!!! I will also read a book when the baby naps because that is my happy place .

  109. I shall have an early night and read in bed. I always intend to but never make the time. Duvets and dragons for this birthday girl!b

  110. I’m going to read for fun for the first time in 2 months, paint my nails and maybe go buy the handmade jewelry that’s been sitting in my Etsy cart haunting me for weeks…and think about what kind of do-overs I want for my regularly scheduled birthday next week!

  111. I am going to make me (okay, I will share with my husband) strawberry shortcake and sit on my porch and continue to read Yellow Brick War, (third in the Dorothy Must Die series). Yes, it is a YA book, but I refuse to believe I am 55…so all is good. Happy Birthday to everyone!

  112. I’m going to eat homemade strawberry ripple ice cream (NOT made with Ripple wine, it’s pureed strawberries poured in the ice cream) and read trashy mysteries – I just finished I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh and the twist ending was so insane it made me whoop and then laugh…(SERIOUSLY?) Oh – and when my husband isn’t looking I’m going to sneak onto the large iPad and do Candy Crush “that I gave up a year ago”. I got stuck on Level 169 so I went back and started at the beginning and am on Level 30 now. SUCH a delicious waste of time!

  113. I’m going to read for a bit and then continue packing up my house because I got a new job and I can finally move away from the toxic environment that I work (and live) in!

  114. If today is everyone’s birthday, then all the other days of the year are UN-birthdays and that’s a thing to celebrate too! I think the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland made that up.

  115. I went running, which feels like freedom. But also glad THAT is over. Now I am going to continue my classic Doctor Who catch up. Maybe 7th Doctor? Hm. Happy birthday, everyone!

  116. Strangely enough my birthday was last week and you did remember it, prompting me to continue our imaginary friendship. I am actually celebrating today by making myself shrimp for dinner (hubby hates shrimp so neener, neener, make yourself a sandwich), and a Coconut Cream Cheesecake for dessert. I have been reading cheesy romance novels, crocheting a shawl for a friend who had surgery do she can have a hug from me across the miles, and plan on a long, hot, bath with a vanilla sparkly unicorn bath bomb later on,
    (This is much better than my actual birthday where I went to work and later wound up in the ER)

  117. When no one is looking, I’m going to eat hidden candy. I’m trying to lose weight so I shouldn’t have candy, but no one knows about this.

  118. I’m hanging out with my mom and sisters. We’re doing one of those weird salt water float spa things? And then we’re gonna eat dinner. Just us girls!

  119. I’m going to review 5 authors and suggest them as good reads to complete strangers.
    Then I’m going to read a bit more of a book I’m reading for a book club. I love my job.

  120. I’m going to tell myself good things today because I’ve been blue. Thank you for reminding me it’s a wonderful day to be alive!

    Happy Birthday, Everybody!

  121. My kids are coming home today from a 9-day road trip with their dad…best birthday ever…I’m even baking cakes!

  122. I left a baby shower early without feeling bad because A) There was no baby yet to hold and they are the only ones I feel understand what I’m saying and B)The parents are health concious so their was only veggie trays. No baby and no cake so no me.

  123. In August we are going on a mini vaca. Our son is 16 and wants to do something as in anything for the summer. We are going to make it a family style honeymoon. I think a trip to Fantastic Caverns will cover it all.

  124. I’m sick, and very depressed, and lonely. I don’t know anything that would make me feel better. Geez, this is a horrible post. I’m going to attempt to read. It’s my escape. And being with my kitties. I love you. I hope everyone does something fun today. Love to everyone.

  125. I am going to finish the latest Lee Child book and take a nap how’s that for a great birthday celebration! Oh yes and I’m going to let my husband go to Costco instead of me!!!!

  126. I am going to finish the latest Lee Child book and take a nap how’s that for a great birthday celebration! Oh yes and I’m going to let my husband go to Costco instead of me!!!!

  127. I’m going to snuggle with my cat and binge watch the originals on Netflix, and then read for a bit 🙂

  128. My grandmother–Nanny–had too many grandchildren to remember all their birthdays, so every year on her own birthday she would have the Nanny Birthday Party. We weren’t allowed to give her gifts, but we’d all go to her house and she would give each of us a present. It was always something small, like bubble bath or a pair of knee socks, but it didn’t matter, we loved it. I plan to continue this tradition if I ever have grandchildren. Although since none of my four adult sons appear interested in getting married, I’ll probably be dead before it happens. Maybe I’ll come back from the great beyond and have a Ghost of Nanny Birthday Party!

  129. I spent my universal birthday day taking care of my poor daughter. But this resulted in a beautiful moment where, after a bout of throwing up she told me we are the “best parents ever.” Extremely high praise from a 13 year old girl. I told her to remember that when she is mad at us.

    The rest of the time I binge watched iZombie.

  130. I’m going to plant a lilac bush. I’ve never had one and absolutely love the pretty color and fragrance. This birthday gift (I am truly a June baby) will give me many years of pleasure.

    Happy birthday, everyone!

  131. I just had my birthday last month and I grew to have it again?! Okay, if you insist…

    I’m going to finish working then go home and slather myself with aloe to help soothe the sunburn I got chasing my kid around from bouncy-house to bouncy-house at a school fair yesterday.

  132. I’m at the Irish Fair in Irvine, CA with my business Hooks & Chains, so I will be selling cute crocheted creatures, listening to music, and drinking whiskey all day! 😀

  133. I celebrated by treating myself to the best pancakes in town (chocolate chip, of course) and a giant iced tea at my favorite breakfast place in my neighborhood, happy “birthday” to me and to all of you!!

  134. I LOVE THIS! It’s been a crppy stressful week for me (a death in the family + other things). Still have a huge To-Do List but just knowing that you’re wishing everyone a Happy Birthday & encouraging us to treat ourselves a little makes me feel *much better. I am listening to my old favorite songs with my favorite kitty snuggled in my lap while paying bills online and my hubby has been super sweet to me this week, bringing me snacks while I’m ensconced on the couch with said kitties, running errands, & just keeping things going in general while I pull myself together.

    Thanks so much, Jenny! (Although, if you could make more of those shoes so I could buy some, that would be AWESOME! 🙂

  135. I am going to sit down with my dog and read! It’s cloudy and cool. Perfect reading and nap day!! Happy Birthday!

  136. Ummm that was disconcerting at first. This is *actually my birthday. Today I am eager poutine, drinking whiskey, and going for a hike in the forest

  137. I’m going to make cheese, because that’s my new hobby, and it makes me happy.

  138. My housemates and I are brewing beer. It’s the 1st time for me, and it’s been almost 2 years since the last time they could. It’s been fun & boring, both. But my patio smells YUM! I’m glad we decided to brew on our birthday, because now we can nickname it Birthday Beer and celebrate again every time we drink it (in about a month)!

  139. I’m hugging one of my rescue dogs even more, an Old English Sheepdog, probably 12-13 years old and very near the end of his days. I’m mourning the loss of Anthony Bourdain, a great voice for good in our sometimes scrambled society. I just finished planting more Wave petunias in pots along my porch railing (14 pots — wall-to-wall flowers!). And I’m planting the rest of my veggies. Jenny, I hope your birthday is as wonderful as YOU are!

  140. I’m going to be completely lazy and snuggle on the couch with my cat, husband, and take out food while we watch all of the Harry Potter movies.

  141. BTW, I am a first time commenter. My cake and presents day is in the beginning of June and I celebrate my birthday the whole month! I start reminding people beforehand and this way no one can ever say they forgot or missed the date! I accept birthday wishes, cards and gifts all month long! I hope to get a gift from you too!

  142. I’m going to finally go see Solo with my husband and kids and eat lots of ridiculously overpriced and ridiculously delicious popcorn!

  143. I am spending the day with my sister, working on a scrapbook for my nephew’s upcoming high school graduation open house. We are doing it in chronological order from when he started school up to the present, so it’s fun to look back on how he has changed over the years. It’s also a chance for us to go through all the supplies we have, searching for just the right thing for each page we are creating. It’s fun to ‘work’ on something that really isn’t work at all.🎂 Happy birthday everyone!

  144. I’m going to knit on a project that’s just for me while I hang out in my boyfriend’s kitchen, listening to him sing along with the playlist while he cooks us dinner.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!!! Xoxo

  145. Happy Universal Birthday! My 40th was two weeks ago, so I’m quite happy to continue celebrating! I’m going to finish reading Furiously Happy for the 4th time whilst drinking some Michigan Made Bubbly. I’m also going to have a photo shoot with my dogs with their new Pride BowTies, because it makes me happy. (@frankieandfrisco if you want to see ridiculously cute fluff balls). Then I will probably shop for more bow ties, because OMG, dogs in bow ties are fucking adorable. Probably work on a new foodie post for our website because we had some stupid good noodles earlier today.

  146. I did some much needed cleaning. Not the best thing to do for yourself, but this weekend was my 20th high school reunion, so it looked like a tornado went through here with clothing and shoe discarded choices everywhere. But now that everything is clean, I’m going to sit on my ass with my cats, drink some iced tea, and read a book on natural magic.

  147. Happy Birthday, everyone!
    Most of the day here is over, but I’m going to spend the rest of it rebingewatching ‘Lucifer’ and recalling the fact that I got to see Paterson Joseph live on stage yesterday.
    Also I may snuggle the cat, but that one is still up in the air because right now he’s still sulking that I left him, to go see Paterson Joseph.

  148. We just got back from a week in Sedona and I got to see the Grand Canyon for the first time. Now for the rest of the day, I’ll be doing “birthday laundry.”

  149. I am going to read in my jammies for a bit and then play some video games 🙂

  150. I was coloring in “you are here” but I saw ice cream….drop the mike, I’m going to get some!!! I might also drop the 10 years ☺

  151. I’m giving myself the gift of a clean house today. We’re moving across the country in 51days and I’m in an eczema flair because stress is thing. My house shows when my brain is in chaos and it. Is. Bad. So I’m ignoring my depression brain today and making my healthy brain happy by getting out of this fucking recliner and picking some shit up. Because I love myself. Even if I don’t always believe that. ❤❤❤

  152. I’m going to snuggle in and read a new book. My husband is watching sports in the living room, so I have the bedroom all to myself! Happy Birthday to all – may you spend it doing whatever your heart desires!

  153. I danced in the rain with my eight year old son. Best part of Summer rains!

  154. I’m currently having one of my worst emotional melt downs. I’ve been crying all morning while the voice in my head keeps telling me to knock it off. Everything is constantly, mundanely hard. Finding out it’s my universal birthday is the bright spot. Going to celebrate by taking a bath and going to bed. ❤️

  155. I was coloring in “you are here” but you said ICE CREAM….drop the mike, I’m going to get some now! I might also drop the 10 years ☺

  156. I’m going to spend the day reading cozy mysteries. Happy Birthday to you, too!

  157. I’m going to read then do some journaling and writing. I checked out Writing Down the Bones (haven’t read it in years!) and Lunar Abundance for inspiration. Trying to make shit happen here!

  158. Today is my birthday for real, but I don’t celebrate it. I struggle with depression and have had too many sudden losses in my life to make me want to celebrate anything. The current faux POS not my president has not helped. Thanks for being a strong voice in the wilderness we call life, you make my smile and chuckle on days when I don’t feel like I have any left.
    Keep up the fantastic crazy woman you are!

  159. My birthday is usually spent working and ignored by others. I don’t let it bother me. Honestly I just don’t have the time. I work 7 days a week caring for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s. I love my job but I am tired. I am going to ask for a few days off so hubby and I can celebrate our 25th Anniversary, have dinner and relax. If tgat doesn’t work out it will definitely be Doctor Who therapy. Ten and Rose always lift me up. This year has been filled with so much loss and sadness and putting my headphones on and tuning out the world helps when you’ve cried every tear you can.

  160. I did some yoga and now I am lying in bed with my chihuahua. It’s too hot outside to do anything there, so I’m having an inside day today.

  161. I’m going to work in my garden because flowers make my soul happy!
    Happy Birthday everybody!

  162. Happy Birthday to you too, Jenny. You are splendiferous and full of serendipity and covered in unicorn sparkles.

  163. I just treated myself to a lunch consisting of a burrito the size of my head!
    And it was from a taco truck parked outside an abandoned gas station in Washington state, so there was some measure of bravery involved.
    I have no regrets.
    Yet.

  164. For my birthday, I am calling my therapist. I have been so terrified during my current physical health scares (ruptured ovarian cyst plus other cysts plus allergy reactions to meds I was put on to treat PMS) that I can’t follow TV and am losing touch with reality. I am currently convinced that me and my family will die violently and that I have Something Bad healthwise that the doctors are all conspiring to lie to me about and say I’m fine… It’s time to get a non-borked brain in to help. Hope everyone else’s days are being celebrated for less messed up reasons…

  165. I’m going to curl up in bed to read and listen to my favorite music.

    Happy Birthday everyone!!

  166. I’m going to sit on my patio with my dog and a giant mug of coffee and finish Michelle McNamara’s book about he GSK, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark. It’s freaking BRILLIANT.

  167. I’m going to spend the day being crafty (I am starting to weave!) and maybe taking a nap.

  168. I volunteered at a youth football camp. Many of the kids attending were there on scholarships. And we had some terrific girls there, too!

  169. I’m going to finish the laundry and get ready for work tomorrow. I’m also going to stop crying about the guy who dumped me two months ago. The one who said he still wants to be friends. I’m going to celebrate the fact that I unfriended him on social media. And I’m going to focus on me for a while. I am going to focus on getting better. That men’s im going to make my lists of things I can do when I get sad, things for self care, books to read, things that make me happy. Because I fucking deserve to do right by me.

  170. I went and sat by the waterfront for two hours (in the shade) and watched the boats and the parasailers and the rollerbladers! It was beautiful and sunny with a nice breeze!

  171. Today for my birthday. I let myself be lazy. Haven’t done any chores, nearly fell asleep on the back deck, read some, and walked to my friends to chat to make it like i did something. Now I’m at the swim area with my younger son so he is .hope your day was great!

  172. I’m going to lay on my porch in the sun and drink coffee, then borrow a friends dog and go for a walk 🙂

  173. It really is my birthday!!!!
    I’m going to have dinner on a waterfront patio because anywhere I can sit and look at a lake or an ocean is my happy place.

  174. I’m going to knit today…not that I don’t do that pretty much every day, but today I’m making something pretty for ME, rather than for a customer. It’s a gorgeous duster (essentially a long cardigan), with pretty lace panels. I won’t finish today by any stretch — but I’m making some good progress, and it makes me really, really, happy!

  175. I’m going to finish putting up a shelf in the laundry room and make a chocolate chess pie, because my pregnant ass is nesting and hungry.

  176. Binge watching Nailed It, because somehow all these fucked up cakes is making my day.

  177. I broke my wrist and needed a plate and screws put in and am feeling super sorry for myself. I am going to sit on my deck and watch my boys on the trampoline while drinking pink wine. Happy Birthday Everyone!

  178. I’m just going to pee alone .. no kids no animals .. then I might just take a nap .. right there Lol ! Happy birthday to all ❤️

  179. I’m going to draw and read some manga for inspiration! The best thing about my recent breakup from my ex I was with for ten years is that I realized he was hindering my creative process, so now I’m back to reading and writing again and I’m going to school for animation or illustration.

    I cant decide if today I’m going to treat myself to the sappiest romance comic in my collection, or the scariest and grossest. I’m a creature of dualities. 😂

  180. Happy Birthday! I’m gonna go shower and then go to bed. Maybe I’ll even get some reading in before I go to sleep. Wild, I know.

  181. I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks so I went to Sephora today and got a makeover. I then spent a couple hours window shopping at the Mall of America. Sometimes retail therapy really helps to clear the mind.
    Happy Birthday Everyone!

  182. I bought myself a windshield shade thingee so that when I touch my steering wheel I don’t burn the skin off my hands. I’m trying to watch Anthony Bourdain, but don’t know if I can continue. His death is just still so fresh.

    Happy Birthday everyone!

  183. This is awesome! I will snuggle with my pups and listen to MFM while eating rocky road 🙂

  184. I am going to let dicks be dicks and keep on prepping for this exam that’s coming up.

    We were supposed to meet and study together and now we’re not.

    Because dicks.

    I want to tell myself that I am enough, that my preparation is enough and I don’t need the stupid dicktards to get in the way of my awesomeness. Yup that’s what I am doing on my birthday.

    Happy Birthday everyone!

  185. My son had a piano recital today, and was wonderful. My daughter played her flute in church. No better gifts than hearing their music. I like this, because my hubby won’t be in town for my birthday. The oil only thing that would make it better is a trip to the candy store.

  186. Going to have a bath and reread kitchen Confidential in memory of Anthony Bourdain, such a sad loss, sadly not the only one recently.

  187. I’m picking new wall colors for my house! My husband commented that it might look like an Easter egg and I’m like- you mean colorful and happy? And now I can’t stop smiling

  188. So it really is ok that I’ve called in sick to work cause I’m getting a cold and my mood has been low. I will spend the day hiding under my blankies with my 2 cats and 2 dogs and do some reading.

  189. Lovely idea! Today I’m starting the planning phase for a short solo road trip to a town that has a beautiful hot springs. Why? Because I need a vacation from my super stressful job (and maybe life?), so I’m doing some self care! A hot springs visit and an alcoholic beverage will happening be in short order! Hope everyone else is enjoying their un-birthday!

  190. I got up to 208 and no one had made any Frosty the Snowman reference.
    Before I knew about Universal Birthday today, I re-hung some lovely drapes against the bright freshly painted wall and new door. Then I hung up some excellent vintage cut glass from a raided chandelier that I had on heavy clear line, that haven’t been up in ten years. They sparkled in the sun and it was more than enough.

  191. I’m going to go to our local used book store w/ my kids and husband (the “Book Barn”… it’s awesome)! 🙂 Happy Birthday to you all!

  192. I’m getting rid of junk in my house for my universal birthday!!Hooray for less clutter!!! It would be weird to get a present for this, so I gladly accept your gift of nothing. It’s just what I wanted, thank you! Hugs 🙂

  193. Nothing that costs money because we are trying to figure out how to pay for a medical convention for my son and going to say goodbye to my grandparents in a month. Those will be gifts to us. But, today, in trying to recover from illness and stress, I’m sneaking some time to watch a couple of episodes of something while the kids and husband are out for a bit. I should be doing paperwork, cleaning, etc., but I need these few minutes!

  194. I am taking photos of several art pieces that will be part of an exhibit this week! I can hardly believe I get to participate, but I do. And I am grateful!

  195. I’m going to give myself permission to practice self-care and take a nap. My psoriatic arthritis can affect me in many ways; one of them is severe fatigue. Usually I bully myself to not give in. But fuck that today. It’s my birthday cause Jenny said so, so I’m going to take a nap and NOT set an alarm. 😉

  196. Everyone needs spontaneous birthdays and gifts. Totally onboard. Going to read a book next to my sleepy puppy Teddy Bear. And maybe snuggle up with him for a nap.

  197. Happy Birthday Everyone! I painted my toenails and fingernails bright pink. Now I have bright pink dots on the ends of my limbs…I do fancy quite well

  198. The day after tomorrow is actually my 40th birthday, and I’m going to dye my hair a beautiful rainbow and pierce my nose! I always wanted to be Rainbow Brite!

  199. After reading this, you’ve inspired me to give to others on my birthday as well, which is coming up in a couple of weeks.

    Thank you for spreading love and light on the interwebs. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with a challenging reader. Not everyone is able to meet light with light. Hugs to you.

  200. So my birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ve been struggling in general for a while now. This is a brilliant idea! I’m going to bake some brownies, and putter around on this story I’m writing, and when it’s cooler, take the dogs for a walk. Since I need a watch and you’ve got Rory watches for sale, I think a self-gift is in order! So hooray for universal birthdays!

  201. What a wonderful idea!Real birthdays are always so depressing. So,today I will take a nap,and a bath, and give myself permission to not feel guilty. Thank you Jenny, for helping to keep so many people going.

  202. I am going to eat a piece of cake (clearly my husband new this was coming because he bought some yesterday), try to write on the couch with my cat while watching Project Runway, and possibly have myself a drink. Happy birthday!

  203. Oh happy universal birthday, Jenny!! This is just what I needed to read at this very moment! I was feeling angry about someone trying to make me feel guilty for planning a day away just for me me me. He did not make me feel guilty, but the attempt did manage to pee-dampen some of my anticipated joy for my Thursday away. BUT…since it is my birthday today (and yours, too!), I’m throwing away the anger, washing off all the pee, and going back to being joyfully anticipatory!

    Also, I’m reading my face off all the rest of today!! Thank you! 😘

  204. Happy Universal Birthday to you! 🎉💙

    I’m going to enjoy the quiet and read a little.

  205. I had breakfast with my very favorite person this morning (after spending all night last night with him). Then I napped for the better part of the day. Going to eat leftover breakfast burrito and peanut butter cookies for supper and drink some alcoholic foot beer because I am a goddamn adult.

  206. I’m going to buy new martini glasses to replace the ones that broke. And maybe something to go in them.

  207. I’m going to dress up and go to a fancy dinner which I haven’t got to do in ages and pretend like I’m a fabulous princess instead of a frazzled mom.

  208. I wish I had seen this post earlier in the day, because since 5:15am the day has sucked. Even though I have tried to change my outlook I have kept getting side swiped with another issue. After I feed my animals, I’m gonna try to blow off the rest of the day (evening). I do not have alcohol nor ice cream in the house (oh well, I need to loose weight anyway) so I’m gonna find a good movie or try to read a book. Thanks for giving me another birthday Jenny and have a great day everyone!

  209. Last Sunday (June 3) actually was my birthday. I did a sneaky double feature of Infinity War and Deadpool 2, then came home to a delivery of ice cream (Bluebell of course) and warm chocolate chip cookies.
    Happy Birthday, ya’ll!

  210. I’m relaxing with my kids and reading a book, while recovering from surgery

  211. Ha. My birthday isn’t til August and I’m I’m no hurry. I turn an unspeakable number this year.
    I’m happy to celebrate today though! I’ll hug all the cats – all 6! We’ll be watch Fear the Walking Dead tonight… 😃

  212. I am going to forgive myself for eating an extra two biscuits and read as many new books as possible. Happy birthday to everyone!!

  213. Happy Birthday everyone! Unfortunately it’s my husband only day off and instead of getting to enjoy it we are having to do all those wonderful chores like laundry and grocery shopping. I did work on my diamond painting this morning. It’s great for my anxiety. If you’ve never tried one maybe you could order one for you birthday.

  214. I spent the past few hours selling jewelry to raise money for sheba’s Haven palliative care dog. That was a present to myself because I had a lot of fun, made money for the rescue,met a lot of lovely people, and bought myself a piece of jewelry.
    Happy birthday day!

  215. I’m out and about with the spousal unit and life is good. I’m migraine free 2 days for the first time in 6 months! And I just started a blog with my friend. I haven’t been this excited in years.

  216. I am going to design my classroom layout and make a”wish list” of new books for the kids since I am going to be a first year teacher. It makes me happy to think of how happy my kindergartners will be next year.

  217. Today is not my birthday, but it is in 29 days, when i will be 39 (cries silently). Today I have to go to a party full of people I don’t like, which is outside and it’s 94 fucking degrees today. I have been living with a nasty headache that makes it nearly impossible to function some days, for 3 weeks now, that no medicine helps and botox shots into the back of my neck may help but my insurance won’t cover and I can’t afford. The other day I forgot what a spoon was or what it was for.
    People in my life keep trying to commit suicide and my mom just got diagnosed with cancer in 6 different places.
    I would like to spend today watching Chris Hemsworth take off his shirt and snuggling my kitten, but I can’t. I can’t even drink because it makes my headache worse. I’d like to go back to 27. Before health problems.

  218. Nothing sounds better than taking a hot bath and letting my husband deal with the heathens. Never done a bath bomb so this is the perfect reason to finally try it out.

  219. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EVERYONE!!!
    I’ve celebrated by sleeping until noon, taking a nap on top of that,and reading while cats sleep on my legs (sleep is the THEME of my party). Things that would make my heart sing: chocolate peanutbutter cake, a new tattoo, setting an appointment for craniosacral therapy, adding to my Funko POP collection, or some subversive enamel pins.

  220. I’m going to a paranormal circus! Which sounds fun and a little terrifying. Hoping it leans more on the fun side.

  221. I’m going to cuddle my little boy to sleep, and enjoy the heck out of how much he still loves doing that with me for as long as I can. <3 <3

  222. I am laying out by the lake reading and playing games on my phone. Then I’m going to eat ice cream and gluten free chocolate cookies! Happy Birthday!!🎂💗🎉🥄

  223. I am going to go shopping for party lights to hang in our screen gazebo, so our night is lit with fun. Then I am going to make myself an orange soda float. Take care, you.

  224. I’m going to buy a couple things on Amazon. Chew sticks for the cats and more moleskine cahiers for me….when I locate my cc…

  225. This is proof you’re psychic – it IS my birthday! I spent the morning at the pool and am spending the rest of the day hermiting it up in the A/C watching TV, reading, and eating birthday cookies.

  226. Today I went for a drive to the ocean. I ate McDonald’s for lunch and bought some new earrings. On the way home I at a small chocolate sundae, and now I’m lying in bed writing this post. For a borrowed birthday it as quite wonderful!

  227. Holy SHIT! You totally freaked me out. I visit here on stealth mode because you have some sort of psychic connection to my brain. I have never left a message. I just stalk from dark corners and then leave before I get caught.

    So I come here and the first thing that greets me is “Happy birthday to you! Yes, you.” And I’m all like, “She’s been tracking me. She’s got some cookie-thingy on her website that knows who am I and what I’ve done. She knows it’s my fucking BIRTHDAY, for crying out loud. I’ve got to get out of here and wipe my laptop’s memory.”

    Then I glance at the comments and found out that hey, no, it’s just a co-inky-dink. We TOTALLY SHARE BIRTHDAYS! I mean, one chance on 365 (OK, one chance in 366, but don’t get all statistical on me). This is like the best birthday present I ever got. It explains why your brain is so simpatico with mine. We were born on the same day. Except that I’m like decades older than you are.

  228. I just bought myself some clear stamps and matching dies from aliexpress.com – and it was my b-day 5 days ago, so you’re pretty damn close 🙂

  229. I think I’m going to take a nap – that sounds so lovely. and my cat will join me (for a while) and when I get up again I’ll have a nice dinner. maybe Chinese or pulled pork – something I don’t have every day.

  230. Hi Jenny! My bday is 6/19 and today! I plan on going to an expensive dinner and working that day, fun! In opposite order though.

  231. Have a banana split – no pineapple sauce, though – and read. That’s the perfect birthday for me!

  232. I’m laying on the couch with beloved and puppets, watching Wreck it Ralph, listening to the rain fall outside. It’s a perfect moment in time.

  233. I’m sitting on a train, heading home after a weekend with family and friends, munching on free olives and drinking free wine (because, I assume, Amtrak knew it was the universal birthday).

    When I get home, I’m going to hug my cats, even though they hate it, and listen to Hamilton on vinyl!

  234. I’m going to spend the evening relaxing with an ice cream cake! Happy Birthday to you as well!

  235. I am snuggling with my cat “Cheesecake” and I am enjoying a bowl of Butter Pecan!

  236. Today I napped with my kitties instead of doing the crap I was supposed to do. Heaven.

  237. My epilepsy is being an asshole this past week so I’ve pretty much been in bed doing nothing to begin with buuuut the next time my brain decides to focus, I think I’m going to read one of my favorite books. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go take another nap.

  238. My epilepsy is being an asshole this past week so I’ve pretty much been in bed doing nothing to begin with buuuut the next time my brain decides to focus, I think I’m going to read one of my favorite books. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go take another nap.

  239. My epilepsy is being an asshole this past week so I’ve pretty much been in bed doing nothing to begin with buuuut the next time my brain decides to focus, I think I’m going to read one of my favorite books. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go take another nap.

  240. Having a really awful super depressed bad stabby day…So not such a happy birthday day. I really need some niceness in my life today. My DH is obsessing over his new fountain pen, which normally I’d find very cool. Right now I’m so sick of hearing about nibs and feeds and blobby ink I could scream. Sorry to be a downer on everyone’s birthday! Maybe I’ll go take a nap.

  241. I’m gonna bake some lemon blueberry muffins and read a book on my deck then pick up my friend from the airport. This could actually be better than my actual birthday. Happy unexpected birthday one and all!!

  242. We had to put down my 18 year old emotional support dog Wednesday. I’m not much feeling like celebrating, but I’m going to go grab the last piece of cheesecake in the fridge and share it with my husband and call it Sadie’s Graduation Party and maybe sneak a tiny bite of that cheesecake to our younger dog Harley who is missing her something fierce.

    And I don’t need poorbabies or condolences – just for people to hug their doggies and tell them they’re the best girl/boy ever. Because they are.

  243. I’m celebrating by ‘watching’ TV through my eyelids. Hopefully trapped under a cat.

  244. I did not mean to post that three times. My brain isn’t working and I thought I was pressing the delete button. Nikki wonder it didn’t work.

  245. Fun story, it is my actual birthday, so to hear that it’s everyone else’s too is great!!! I drank a smoothie for healthy reasons, and had a Reese’s Cup for other reasons. Now I’m going to snuggle up with a giant Narwhal stuffed animal (Mark Narhberg) and wait until my partner wakes me up to go out to dinner.

  246. What a lovely idea! I am going to take an unapologetically long nap then I will continue to binge watch The Handmaid’s Tale. Then, maybe cookies for dinner!

  247. I am going to have a salted caramel cookie, a latte, and order myself a necklace with the coorfinates of my favorite beach!!

  248. I’m sick but it’s my first day off in 2 weeks… so I’m gonna sleep and cuddle my fur-babies. Hooray!

  249. I am going to take a nap and maybe read, and then I’ll try to convince my husband to get me something from Starbucks.

  250. Brunch with my bestie & buying a pooper scooper for the back yard! Hey, it takes all kinds, right?

  251. Happy birthday everyone! I’ve spent pretty much the entire day watching youtube videos. Planning on doing some reading this evening as well!

  252. Happy Birthday! I am going to 85C Bakery to treat myself to a slice of tiramisu! Hooray for birthdays!

  253. I’m “running away” from my family for a few hours because they are being ungrateful and taking me for granted. So I’m grabbing my knitting and gonna go hang out at Starbuck’s for a few hours. (I’m also a little over sensitive because we lost our insurance after my husband lost his job and we can no longer afford my anxiety/depression meds.) A Merry happy un-birthday to me!

  254. I am having a wee bit of a rough time lately. My husband was injured because of someone else’s negligence so he is a wheelchair for about 6 months, It’s hard to be and do everything while he is down but it’s even harder to do it all when you have depression & anxiety. So my gift to me is to stick around. I am going to keep hanging in here every day as long as I can and then even longer. I don’t feel like I need much right now except peace and hope so today I will choose hope as my birthday gift, Before this accident we were ready to buy a T@B trailer so I will also focus on that. We WILL get there. Neither this injury or my depression or anxiety will stop me from having that joy whenever it comes. Thanks for listening and thanks for including me in your tribe,

  255. I went to Target and bought my dog a PRIDE shirt and myself a dress and some fancy soap. Now I’m going to binge watch Killing Eve! ❤️ 🎂🎉

  256. I decided to stay away from things that are making my depression worse, like Facebook, and instead found myself lost down a Goodreads hole, updating my To-Read list. That’s in-between binge rewatching the first season of Supernatural, which makes me happy. And I might eat a muffin, even though it would blow my day’s Fitbit calories, because we got some on clearance and they are calling to me. Happy birthday, Jenny!

  257. My 60th birthday is later this month, and not quite sure HOW this happened! However, I’m having a Garlic Featival potluck party with friends to celebrate.

  258. Last week actually was my birthday. I had a 3 hour lunch with my friend where we laugh a lot.

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  259. My mom died this week and I am recovering from surgery. I need it to be my birthday today. Thank you for this. I’m going to take a bath and a nap and read about Rory, which always makes me feel better!

  260. I’m going to finish the book I’m reading, so I can start the next one. Then I’m making a new dish for dinner and playing with my cookbooks. Happy Birthday! Oh, I also have an Amazon box that I’m making myself wait to open.

  261. I am going to get off work and cuddle with my pillow. That’s about as exciting an universal birthday as I can handle today. 🙂 Or I might have a root beer float. Or both. But not at the same time I think!

  262. Took a recuperative nap with my dog (allergies!) now thinking of drawing my cat as the stealthy assassin she sees herself as…Love to you Jenny!

  263. I’m snuggling my kitties today, and I walked to the farmers market to buy flowers for the house! (Big deal because I had knee surgery two months ago, and this is the farthest I’ve walked without crutches since then! Happy birthday everyone!

  264. I just ordered some bubble wands for my wedding. I’ve been trying to talk myself out of it, because money and adulting and who really needs bubble wands for their wedding? Well, I do. I’m only going to do this once, so TAKE YOUR BUBBLE WAND AND SHUT UP, AUNT HELEN.

  265. For our birthday, I got the official offer letter for my new job! I’ve been out of work for almost seven months and I am ecstatic!!

    I also took a nap with my dog (adopted just over a month ago).

  266. I’m taking care of my self by taking the time to take a bath and relax. Play cards with my love and snuggle. Self care at its best. Also taking my anxiety medication, because depression and anxiety are asshole but they will not win. Xoxo

  267. I have napped. I am going to have a hot bath with epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oil to de-toxify after walking a charity 5 k yesterday. And I’ll re-read a favorite book while doing it.

  268. I’m out driving in the wilderness listening to a Wolverine Radio Play podcast with my fiancee!

  269. OMG! I Love This! As a person with a summer birthday I never got to celebrate my birthday at school. I was forever scarred by not being able to bring treats to school for my big day. So to celebrate this Universal Birthday Day I’m going to buy a fancy, designer cupcake at a bakery and revel in its taste. Then I’m going to binge watch Last Tango in Halifax. No cleaning today my friends….it’s gonna be a day of decadence!!

  270. I’m stealing one of your ideas and taking a nap with my dogs! Also I would get a massage for my birthday today but I just got a massage a few days ago so… idk maybe get one again? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  271. I thanked a friend for taking the time to check in with me. It is very difficult for her to talk about my depression , but she did it anyway. I am very lucky for having such a good friend.

  272. I’m going to crochet dish scrubbers and have a few beers. Because I’m boring but happy. Happy very merry unbirthday everyone

  273. I’m going to grill the ribs I’ve been putting off for the “right” time.

  274. I read this after I finished fighting with the carpet cleaner to try and clean up our puppy’s oopsie. Wish I had read it before, I would have made someone else do it considering it is now my birthday. I think I will sneak a slice of cake and reread your blog for the rest of my universal birthday day.

  275. My man friend and I went to cabellas… And i selfishly purchased a stuffed porcupine! He’s so fluffy!

  276. I’m going to crochet dish scrubbers and have a few beers. Because I’m boring but happy. Happy very merry unbirthday everyone

  277. I’m going shopping at Trader Joe’s by myself, without children. So I will not have to break up fights about who gets to push the cart and I can just stroll along listening to the awesome music that Trader Joe’s always seems to play.

  278. I’m watching Ghostbusters with my son after a long day of napping with our cat. Perfect day.

  279. I’m having my husband teach me enough guitar chords so that I can play Def Leppard songs. I fell back in love with them when we got concert tickets. We went on Friday night and they were awesome. I even learned all of the lyrics to Pour Some Sugar on and. It’s the funnest thing I’ve done in years. So now I want to be able to play the chords and sing (badly) of my favorites. My husband’s guitar is a bit large for me, so if I like playing, I want a smaller version.

  280. I’d like to spend my birthday in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales! All at once! But for now I’m going to eat some peanut m&ms and nap with my corgi & cat.

  281. It has been an extremely difficult month (2 family members died in the space of 3 weeks), so I decided on Friday that I was going to treat myself to my favourite fancy foods this weekend (it’s only money, and it grows on trees, right?!). Right now I’m having a late lunch of wine and leftover lobster bisque from last night’s dinner. Fancy comfort food is helping for sure. #selfcare

  282. I took a good long nap this afternoon, does that count? I’m going to NOT do the dishes, the laundry, or cook anything at all. I’m taking things nice and easy. I don’t care what doesn’t get done. Tomorrow’s another day, they say. 😉

  283. I’m going to binge watch The West Wing for the 329th time later this evening and gorge on leftover cake from my son’s graduation. Most of the time right now it’s a toss up between that & Time Team because watching them calms my mind 🙂

  284. I’m going to figure out the amount of chemicals I need to put in the hot tub & take a longass soak in it.. tomorrow. Tonight? Well, long soaks and reading in the big old claw foot tub we have are one of my favorite things. I just need to pick a new book to read. Or maybe I’ll find that Kitchen Confidental and read it again.

  285. I finally bought a new Libman microfiber mop. It was $5 cheaper at WinCo than Wal-Mart. While this seems like such a small thing, it’s huge for me. I’m trying not to feel too lame on my “birthday” cause I ” forgot” it was today wink, wink, nudge, nudge

  286. I am going to make the best lunch and spend time with my son and new puppy. Mostly the puppy.

  287. I started early and ate a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream last night while home alone. Today we’re campung in Pigeon Forge TN. I took a dip in the pool, now I’m sitting in the shade in a wet bathing suit people watching. 🙂 Happy Birthday everyone!

  288. Not my birthday, but hubbys bday tomorrow. I procrastinated again and have no dang idea what to get him. I agreed to take him to Chinese buffet though (yuck), so there’s that.

    Happy Birthday Y’all.

  289. I laid in bed most of the day with a bitch of a migraine. I also snuggled with two of my cats. My husband has been great. He took care of me while I recovered as and then the migraine. I have one of the best husbands ever.

  290. I am doing absolutely nothing but be lazy..and it is so nice…no obligations today!

  291. I’m totally buying that true crime book in your sidebar, and then spending the day reading, playing video games with my children, and eating aaaaallll the strawberries I bought at the farmer’s market.

    Happy birthday to me, motherfucker!

  292. I gor a sunburn from outside.
    took a nap with my dog
    I’m watching sponge bob,because my kids are.
    Now imnot going to make supper, because itslame tmake food on your birthday.

  293. I’m going to call my sister and talk for hours while drinking wine. Less than two weeks before I get to see her in person for the first time in two years!

  294. I’m going to paint my nails red, and take my sweet dog Kuma Lisa on a car ride and to a park, and later I’m going to see a bunch of my friends in a bunch of short, original plays! Wooo!

  295. Jenny I want you to know that I am in the hospital waiting to start ECT and brought “I am here.” I am finding comfort in the book and I’m my own colouring and doodling. Thank you so much. For my “birthday” I’ll go grab a trashy mag from the gift shop.

  296. I already had my birthday on the 7th! Dressed up a little with a new skirt I found secondhand (it has pockets! Woo!), had a yummy chocolate mug cake with chocolate ice cream (so good!) and took a stroll to buy some supplies for a gift I´m making for someone else. All in all, a quiet day.

  297. I actually like that forgiveness idea. Guilt has been eating me up. So I’ll forgive myself first and then maybe try that ice cream cake thing.

  298. I just popped some popcorn in our little at home popcorn maker BEFORE dinner. And maybe I’ll have some ice cream after dinner. A very merry unbirthday to me!

  299. I am going to snuggle up with my beloved cats, read a good book, and listen to the rain.

  300. It really is my birthday! Thanks! When I saw the email I thought you sent everyone one on their birthday. (I feel special that you picked today to wish everyone happy birthday.)

  301. I mobes to another province…i lost wverything i knewfor the better i hope…the amount of stress that caused us is insane… Sooo i will try to go for a walk in my new town and find myself a new favorite coffee shop.
    Thanks

  302. Happy universal birthday everyone! I meditated in the morning sun and am going to have a very rare glass of wine!

  303. My birthday is next week, so this will be a trial run for me. Let’s see, I think I’ll have whipped cream on my pancakes, a giant bag of M&Ms for lunch, and steak and roasted potatoes for dinner with a big salad which I shall share with my guinea pig (whose birthday was last month). And happy birthday to you, too!

  304. Happy universal birthday everyone! I meditated in the morning sun and am going to have a very rare glass of wine!

  305. I’m going to continue my vacation at a friend’s and sit on her couch watching movies and eating junk. Funny movies, because that’s how I roll today and I don’t have the time to mainline The Expanse.

  306. I am going to lay in bed while my two year old naps and not do a damn thing other than read my book without guilt!

  307. Wow! It’s my birthday! On my favorite Auntie’s actual birthday too! How fun. 😁😁 I shall follow my typical birthday plans, as laid out by Jonathan Colton in the song “Code Monkey”:

    🎵Wake up, eat a coffee cake, take bath, take nap. 🎶

  308. You wrote me a happy birthday message at your book signing (which was in my 25th birthday) and so now it’s my birthday any time I open your book.

  309. a me day? Why thank you. I’m reading in the back yard My favorite thing to do.

  310. Today would be my older brother’s 48th birthday but I lost him to suicide when he was 43. I love this universal birthday day. Thank you!

  311. Wonderful! I’ve spent the day doing what I wanted to do which was absolutely nothing. No plans. No stress. I took a nap. I’ve spent the day staring at words I wrote previous days with the intention of adding to them. I’ve kinda succeeded. Adding words to the WIP is what makes me happy. 🙂

  312. Aw happy birthday everyone!

    Before I even knew Jenny made today all of our birthdays I was out grabbing a bite to eat and decided that I wanted to buy myself some lottery scratch off tickets so I did…just because they’re fun to scratch off in anticipation of a mystery of if I’m a winner or not and of course if I’m not a winner I get a bit pouty and blame the lottery ticket people for being mean to me but it still makes me a bit happy inside.

  313. My sister and I just celebrated our birthdays on Friday! (Mine was in May, hers is July.) We also celebrated Shnog Day a week early, a holiday we made up. “Shnogs” is something we would say to get around the no cursing rule in our house growing up. We wanted everyone to say it, so we gave it a holiday!

  314. I hired a freelance editor to provide feedback on my manuscript. I received her email response about ten minutes ago. For today’s birthday, I’m not opening the email. I want to enjoy my day and pretend she thinks it’s a bestseller.

  315. I have been in a deep hole for three days. I just bought a Rory watch because Rory is awesome!

  316. You know my birthday was a week ago- you wished me AND on Facebook and made my day! LOL I spent today taking 4 kids to the zoo. Alone. It was great, but now my very hurt and I need a nap!

  317. I met up with my girlfriends for brunch. Caught up on all my friends lives. Had delicious food and 5 mimosas! 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

  318. I’m going to paint rocks to leave at BAMC, the local Army hospital to brighten people day, because no one likes to go to the hospital!

  319. My wife is mass-stressing over an upcoming test, so we’re binge-watching Moving to the Continent on Netflix. There’s nothing quite like spending other people’s money on houses for ourselves! 🙂

  320. Happy birthday to Us! Today Im going to go ride my bike to the Pride festival. Seems like a great place to celebrate. And pie. Pie of some sort will most definitely follow.

  321. Happy Birthday to all!

    My actual birthday was Friday, and I have been celebrating – and will be celebrating – by spending time with friends and my cats and trying to focus on happiness instead of the bad shit in the world and my life.

  322. How fabulous! My birthday is later this week, and I’ll be 35. I’m getting a cake baked for me by my handsome husband and I hope to put up some bird feeders in the back yard – we’ve recently had a bluebird visiting and he is so dang cheerful to look at I want to do everything I can to keep him coming back. For my birthday I want to send bluebirds to you all <3

  323. My birthday is this week so I had lunch with my son and parents. Now I’m binge watching Big Bang Theory. Happy Birthday!

  324. I am going to draw poisonous dart frogs (per my son’s request), finish reading my new Christopher Moore book, and treat myself to Starbucks now that I know it’s my birthday. Happy Birthday to you, too!

  325. I am going to make myself a rosé infused vodka cocktail and watch the Tony’s. 💗

  326. I’m watching The Office and maybe accidentally buying a bunch of kindle books from my goodreads deals email.
    But it’s totally warranted because we’re going to the beach in about 2 weeks and I’ll need things to read!

  327. I’m taking the day off from responsibilities! I spend too much time doing everything I’m supposed to do. I don’t care what I should be doing im spending time with my husband and dog on the couch and I’m binge watching a tv show.