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It only took 15 birthdays with him for me to get smart

It only took 15 birthdays with him for me to get smart

May 5, 2007

Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 05:52:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: “chris jordan”

Subject: My present
To: robxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx

I LOVE what you bought me for my birthday.
thank you. thank you. thank you

I will gush appropriately tonight

love ya



Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 06:04:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: “robxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx”

Subject: Re: My present
To: “chris jordan”

I am so happy that you like it.

I am thoughtful like that.


PS- Will you tell me what lovely present I bought you? That way I will have an idea of how enthusiastically I will be thanked.

PSS- I’m a little frightened.


My family is going to attempt to make me a gluten free, egg free, dairy free cake for my birthday today. Sounds… tasty?

Posted by Chris @ 8:35 am  

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  1. g'ma says:

    Actually sounds like a vegetable tray to me. And yes, that would be good. Happy B’Daze!

  2. Nicki says:

    Happy birthday!!

  3. Kristie says:

    Have a wonderful birthday! Maybe Rob will buy you a garbage shed for your special day. Although, actually? That would be a not-very-special gift. On second thought, I suggest jewelry.

  4. jane says:

    Happy Birthday :)

  5. Sara says:

    Well, to go along with the gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free birthday, I wish you a bear-free birthday! Hope it’s wonderful and that you got yourself something fab!

  6. Carrie says:

    Happy Birthday!

  7. sandy says:

    Why don’t you eat some sugar and pretend like you’ve eaten a cake. That’s all there would be in the ‘cake’ without eggs,dairy and flour, isn’t it? ;)

  8. Maddy says:

    Happy Birthday

    How are the bears?

  9. Cheryl M. says:

    Happy Birthday, Chris! Now wish me the same cause it’s my birthday too!!! :)

  10. Lisa says:

    Mmmmmm, sawdust cake for your birthday! Hopefully it doesn’t turn out as heavy as your dinner rolls did! It’s sweet that they’re trying, though. You have a very special family.

    Happy BEAR-thday to you!
    Happy BEAR-thday to you!
    HAppy BEAR-thday dear Chriiiisssss!
    Happy BEAR-thday to yoooooooou!

  11. Vanessa says:

    Hmmm. I’d forget the cake and have a bottle of wine (or something)! Happy Birthday!!

  12. jody2ms says:


    Rob, it is a primo gift. You are da boss!!!

  13. Robin says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  14. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    Bring out the pitcher of margaritas and have a big party on the special “Cinco de Mayo Birthday!”

  15. Linds says:

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day!

  16. Heather says:

    Namaste mixes are really good and free of all top allergens. I can’t remember what you mix with it, but we use applesauce instead of oil as it is less fattening and soy-free. You can use an egg replacer if it calls for egg.

    It is very tasty and my daughter’s entire birthday party ate it without realizing it was dairy free, soy free and gluten free. My dad figured it out when I handed a piece to my toddler, who is/was allergic to all 3 of those.

  17. Karly says:

    So, what exactly did he get you??

    And, good luck on that cake.

  18. julia says:

    chris- a fellow allergy sufferer here. have your husband go to babycakes in nyc before coming home– sugar free, gluten free, vegan cakes and cookies– and the are actually GOOD. in fact, they are AWESOME. and i have a major fat and sweet tooth. they were, in fact, voted BEST cupcake by new york mag last year– of all cupcakes– non-vegan, etc. It will make your birthday. you can check them out at http://www.babycakesnyc.com. Happy day.

  19. Julie says:

    Happy Birthday!

  20. poppy fields says:

    Happy Birthday. It’s my daughter’s birthday today (May 4th), too.

  21. Polly says:

    Happy Birthday. And thanks for giving us the gift of a post on your birthday.

  22. Fold My Laundry Please says:

    Happy Birthday!! May your little ones learn to fold your laundry for you!

  23. Chookooloonks says:

    Happy birthday, li’l buckaroo!

  24. Ashley says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  25. Susan says:

    DO tell! What did “he” get you?!?! :D

    Happy Birthday, Chris!!!

  26. peepnroosmom says:

    Happy Birthday!
    Maybe your cake will be one of the ones that the grocery stores decorate for show. You know the ones with the styrofoam cake all covered in pretty frosting. Birthday cakes are all about the frosting anyway!

  27. Clara says:

    Happy Birthday!

  28. theotherbear says:

    Happy Birthday - love the emails, so what DID he get you?

  29. debby says:

    Happy birthday to you! And happy birthday to me, too!

    Aren’t our husbands lucky to have such talented personal shoppers who always pick out the perfect gift for them to give their wives?

    But seriously, could our birthdays and mother’s day be a little further apart? The joy needs to be spread out.

  30. Lori says:

    Happy Birthday Chris! I hope they’ve showered you with love all day long!

  31. Liz in Australia says:

    Happy Birthday, Chris! And hopefully bear-free…

  32. Erin says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  33. Joy H says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!

  34. Heather says:

    Happy birthday to you! Lately it seems as though you live in a zoo!!! (bears) ;)

    Hope all the bears have gone home & you had some cake that was edible!

  35. Molly says:

    Delurking to say we have the same birthday! Happy Birthday to both of us!

  36. Carolie says:

    gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free cake. Hmm…sounds like a big, fat chocolate bar to me!

    Many happy returns of the day!

  37. t in hd says:


    Happy Birthday!

  38. Cathy says:

    Happy Birthday! A friend of mine used to do this to her husband who always “forgot”. If I had done this, my return email would ask, “is it alive?”.

  39. Beverly says:

    Great idea for forgetful husbands on your birthday…and Mothers Day…and Christmas…and all other days he forgets!

    Thanks so much!

    And happy belated birthday!

  40. jody2ms says:

    Gah! I realized I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday yesterday!


  41. Susanne says:

    Happy Birthday! And all the best…

    (Is this the dreaded -0?)

  42. Adrienne says:

    Happy belated birthday to you…hope it was a great cake…and a great gift too.

    My son is allergic to a whole slew of stuff too and we make “wacky cake”. I think it might be off for you because it uses flour, but you might check it out to see if it can be made gluten-free. The wacky cake is remarkably good…none of the kids at bake sales ever can tell the difference between the real cupcakes and the “Drewsafe” ones.

  43. kate says:

    So what did you get?

  44. Christina says:

    That is ingenious, and I’m totally stealing that for my bday. Happy Birthday!!

  45. Eve says:

    I hate commenting when you already have 44 comments and I just feel like one of the sheep, but this is hilarious. I need to take notes. It’s only been 7 years with my hubby and I think I should give up and start buying my own as well!
    Have a Happy B-day.
    Can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer.
    I’m tagging along with Kathryn.

  46. Eve says:


  47. liz says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  48. Flamenco Mom says:

    Happy Birthday, Chris! Whatever Rob got you, I’m sure it was fabulous! I’ve been making gluten free/dairy free (and even sometimes egg-free) cakes for a few years now; some of them tasted like cardboard, but they are now much better thanks to lots of trial and error. Hope your cake was de-lish!

  49. shannon says:

    Good call. I started doing something similar when Dh bought me a PADDED TOILET SEAT for my birthday once.

    Hope the cake was yummy!

    Happy birthday

  50. Rae says:

    I want to know too! Happy Birthday, you deserve a brilliant one!

  51. kathy says:

    Happy hippy hoppy birthday! I hope it isn’t a barthday but is a wonderful non-bearthday!

    Much love from the heat and hot.

  52. Anna says:

    Padded toilet seats as gifts are considered grounds for divorce in all states except Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas and Utah.

  53. Jurgen Nation says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I wish I would have known sooner. :( I’m glad to hear you’re still GF. You still feeling better? I’m on Day 4. Yowza.

    Anyway, hope you had a fantastic birthday!

  54. earthami says:

    I’m late, but I hope your birthday was a good one. You share it with my Mom (that’s a good thing)

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  56. Caren says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday, Chris!

  57. Carola says:

    Oh, I’m late, but happy b-day anyway, I hope you had a great day!!!!!

  58. daring one says:

    Happy late birthday de Mayo!

  59. Darren McLikeshimself says:

    Whee! Happy birthday! Late.

  60. Mom101 says:

    I’m sorry I missed the chance to wish you a happy bday in time! All these tauruses in my life…sheesh. What’s with you people?