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Meleah’s Week In Review: Filled With Glorious Surprises, And Birthday Parties!


My weekly blog post is late.


What…….A Surprise.

Apparently, I have become a very bad blogger. And what’s even worse? I’ve become a terrible Internet Friend. I am not even going to try and apologize anymore! But, please forgive me anyway?

Okay people not to brag or anything, but my 35th birthday was nothing short of magnificent.


I started my day around 10:30am and logged into Facebook, just like I do every morning. Only on this day, my home page was filled with the most loving, kind, and funniest birthday wishes from ‘The Best Friends In The World.’ So thank you, to everyone, for that.

I also want to thank all of YOU – my dear readers, for the most excellent, awesome, and kick-ass comments on my last post. Aside from understanding my boyfriends position on privacy, your birthday wishes made my day all the more special. I feel like the ‘Luckiest Woman Alive’. [Oh, and I am happy to report, my boyfriend already seems to be coming around and is warming up to the idea of having SOME things posted on my blog.]

I finally got myself together around noon, by drinking a pot of fresh brewed coffee and taking a hot shower, before my mother and I headed over to the dreaded mall for some new clothes shopping. I don’t know what it is about the mall, or shopping in general, but I am just not one of those women who ‘Love To Shop’. In fact, I despise clothes shopping.

And by despise I mean – I would rather set my self on fire and shove bamboo sticks underneath my fingernails than stand underneath those horrid florescent lights, surrounded by mirrors, that only seem to magnify every flaw I try my very best to ignore.

However, I recently decided now that I am a so-called ‘Grown Up’, maybe I should start dressing a little bit more like a ‘Lady’, and not so much like a ‘Rebellious Teenager’.


[But, just in case, does anyone here know exactly how many Rock And Roll T-shirts am I technically allowed to wear in the same week without looking like I am desperately trying to hang onto my clearly faded youth? Thanks. In. Advance.]

Luckily, I discovered ‘Old Navy’ had some pretty sweet deals on some clothes that I actually liked. I am a huge fan of sweater vests, but only when said sweater vests ate worn properly by women. And I especially love sweater vests that have patterns made of diamonds in a diagonal checkerboard arrangement. Because in my opinion? No one can own too much argyle.

Thankfully, my shopping experience was a lot less painful than I had anticipated. Much to my surprise, I scored a few items I will enjoy wearing. And these very articles of clothing are also age-appropriate! It was a win-win situation.

Upon returning home, I was greeted by my totally super awesome 13-year-old son. JCH announced [with a straight face] there was an ‘Emergency Situation’ in my bedroom that needed my ‘Immediate Attention’. When I asked him what he was talking about, he maintained complete seriousness and said, “Mom, you really need to see this for yourself.” Of course, like most parents, I immediately imagined ‘The Worst Case Scenario’.

I raced up the hallways stairs, tripping over the bags of clothes falling from my arms. I tried to brace myself before opening the door by taking one deep breath and wishing on the off chance for some ‘Surprise Good News’.

And, guess what?

There was a ‘good surprise’ on the other side of my bedroom door.

Neatly placed on my bedside table, I saw one dozen Red Roses, in a glass vase, with a big red bow. My heart skipped a beat when I read the card. These beautiful flowers were so unexpected I almost got teary eyed.


I lied.

Of course I was teary eyed, and sappy, and all kinds of mushy like.

[Don’t judge!]

You see, ‘The New Man In My Life’, was away on a business trip. Unsure if he would even be able to make it back to New Jersey on time to celebrate with me, he made sure I knew he was thinking of me. And even though we had talked and texted all day long, I certainly had no idea there would be flowers waiting for me at home!

[I would like to take this moment and say, “Well Done” to my son, for helping Sonny pull-off such a lovely surprise.]

As I proceeded to ‘get ready’ to have dinner with My Family, I tried on several different new outfits before finally deciding on my favorite, old, faded, blue jeans and one new sweater. While I originally planned on getting all sorts of ‘decked out’ for my birthday, I opted for comfort instead. And man I’m glad I did.

My dear friend whom I love more than words can ever express, otherwise known as ‘Amy The Bartender [Who Plays Tennis But Is Not Ranked, And Who Has A REALLY Long “Title” That I Can’t ALWAYS Post] went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure my party was a totally super fantastic.

Besides the fact that she made sure everyone told me, “My Hair Looked Spectacular” that evening [for reasons that will take another blog post entirely to explain] I don’t know if I will ever be able to thank her enough – just for the billions of cupcakes she spent five hours baking!

When I arrived at the my favorite place in the world [known famously on this blog as KHCC] I was welcomed warmly with hugs, and kisses, and happy birthday’s from my friends, along with the staff.

I was touched to see the bar area in the dining room had been decorated with balloons, and a princess crowns [much more befitting a five year old] thanks to good ole’ Nightingale!  Ah, yes, do ya’ll remember Nightingale. If not, please click here! It just wouldn’t have been a birthday celebration without her.

One by one my favorite ladies & gents started to arrive:


[Um. Yeah. I know. I look like I am about 10 years old here. But, I am liking how TAN my face is!]


[Left to Right: Christine, Denise, Cindy, Norma, Meleah, Debson, Arlene, Amy The Bartender & Linda]


[Left to Right: Melissa, Denise, Debson, Donna, Amy The Bartender, Norma, Meleah & Maidie. And yes, we do kind of look like we are about to have a Slumber Party!]


[Left to Right: Norma, Mike, Maidie, Flipster, Meleah, MY DAD, Jay, David.]


[Left to Right, Denise, Maidie, Meleah, Debson, MY MOM, & Norma]

And then something happened, I will NEVER forgetfor the rest of my life.

My friend Joanie and her partner Carmine [whom I often refer to as my ‘Other Parents’] presented me with yet another FABULOUS Surprise.

When it was time for my Birthday Cake, I was called away from the bar where all of my friends were, and I was directed to stand ‘Front And Center’ of the dinning room.

Unbeknownst to me, my friend Carmine has been singing ‘Acapella’ in a ‘Barber Shop Quartet’ for years. And, they just happened to be at KHCC that evening.

I was deeply touched by this moment:

[Of course while they were singing, I stood there sobbing and sweating profusely.]

Speaking of Birthday Cake, one of my other ‘Favorite Women’, who I will refer to as ‘The Woman Who Is Totally Super Photogenic In Every Single Picture, Otherwise Known As Debson’ slaved over a hot stove while baking not ONE, but TWO, Birthday Cakes for me!


[Where the hell and what the hell am I looking at in this photo?]

I blew out my candles, I opened my presents, and I thanked everyone from the bottom of my heart.

Eventually the festivities began to wind down, and the evening was coming to a close when I walked outside to smoke a cigarette with some friends.

I was busy patting myself on the back for carving out the kind of life I can finally feel proud of. I’ve undergone a monumental transformation this past year. And I know I am blessed to have such wonderful friends and such a loving family.


All Of A Sudden…

‘The Best Surprise’ of the evening occurred.

The ‘Love Of My Life’ walked through the door!

Sonny had made it back from Baltimore [in record time – plus one speeding ticket] just to be with me on my birthday.

The second I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I threw my cigarette down on the concrete, accidentally knocked over a few people, and darted inside the building. We wrapped our arms around each other, and could not hug tight enough. And I simply melted. I mean, just look at my face. Could I be any happier? I think not.

Sonny and I stayed at KHCC until closing along with Amy The Bartender and a few of my other friends. I have to say it was The Best, Most Satisfying, Happiest Birthday – I’ve Had – In YEARS!

[** The complete set of Photos for My 35th Birthday can be found by clicking here. ** ]

When all was said and done, Sonny whisked me away, and the two of us spent the next four days together.

Over the course of the long weekend, we had a wonderful time together. Friday we spent the day alone, simply enjoying each other’s company. On Saturday, we drove out to Pennsylvania to celebrate My Nephew’s 2nd Birthday with my Brother Adam and his wife Traci. Sonny even got to meet my ever so famous grandmother: Evelyn.

[**The complete set of Photos for My Nephew’s 2nd Birthday can be found by clicking here.**]

Sadly, by Sunday morning, I was really sick. And I am the biggest baby when I don’t feel good. I had such a bad headache, a sore throat, a runny & stuffy nose, and a heavy cough. Fortunately, Sonny is an excellent caretaker. He went to the store and came back wielding bags full of medications, tissues, and all things necessary for someone with a cold. But the sweetest thing of all – was when he made soup for me.

I realize that making soup for someone is not exactly what you’d call a ‘Grand Romantic Gesture’. Unless, its been made by the man who loves you enough to personally take out all of the carrots because he knows you are allergic to them.

And that my friends, is the SHORT version of my Birthday Weekend Celebration.

PS: “Hi” Seth & Laurie!!!

Seth, I think your little chat with our guy worked! Sonny is 100% okay with having this out on ‘The Internet’. If only for your benefit! Oh yeah, just one more thing. Over the weekend I was also sworn into the coveted, historical, alpha-male dominated society, and I was asked to enter the sanctimonious circle of trust. Scouts Honor.

[Are you satisfied now, Mr. Schlomo?]

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  • Happy Birthday Meleah 😀 The pictures are awesome 😀

  • Melz. You rule. 🙂 heart heart heart.

  • cmk

    I think a man making soup for you IS a ‘Grand Romantic Gesture’–unless he is a professional chef and does all the cooking at home anyway. 😉 It is those little things that ARE grand romantic gestures. (K always pulls all of the leftover meat off of the turkey carcass on Thanksgiving for me. A very, very romantic gesture, for sure.)

    I’m so happy for you, sweetie! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Meleah

    Thank you.

    So do you.

    Yes! I thought it was a Romantic Gesture too. But, not compared to some of the OTHER moments we’ve had. [Which I would be happy to share with YOU – via email – considering you are a true friend of mine.] Although I’m not totally sure other people would find the moments I am treasuring as significant as I do!

  • Sounds like a terrific birthday! It’s great to see you on top of the world. You & Sonny are a great match and he seems to bring out the best in you. Glad to hear he is taking care of you (you deserve it). Soup may seem like a little thing, but it shows how much he cares for you. Maybe you could hold out for a footrub?

    BTW – pictures are great. You & your gang are one party bunch!

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  • What a great review of the day, didn’t feel like anything was missing. Glad you had a great birthday, those moments are always such a nice surprise and especially when you weren’t expecting much for the day. Sonny looks like a very huggable teddy bear!

  • looks like you had a blast!!! 🙂

  • Now that is one great roundup!! How fun are the photos and well men in crowns really does not get much better!! Happy that you had such a wonderful day!

  • So many HOT chicks. Bummer that SoLow couldn’t get an invite… 😉

    Glad you had a great night, sweetie!!!

  • Meleah

    Oh he is great at giving foot-rubs! And you said it perfectly. He truly does bring out THE BEST in me!


    Sonny is a very huggable and loveable teddy bear, and The Love Of My Life!


    I sure did

    Cathy WMDA:

    Thank you darling!

    Next year you are invited okay?

  • Four things:

    1) Happy Birthday (again..Jesus..really stretching this shit out, eh?)
    2) Tell your boyfriend to cut the shit…he’s making the rest of us who want to just float by look bad. Jerk.
    3) Tell Norma and Melissa I said, ‘hi.’ I’m totally photoshopping those two into some discrete photos I have.
    4) Don’t tell Norma and Melissa that last part.

  • Well it certainly looks like you had a lot of fun.

    Love the argyle blouse!!!!!

    Happy Birthday to you… Happy birthday to you… Happy Birthday dear Meleah! Happy birthday to you!!! (ol lady) LOL

  • Ned

    You sound like you hate clothes shopping even more than I do. You’re a rare woman, Meleah.

  • Meleah


    You are the best. Seriously.
    And I was JUST headed over to your blog!

    PS: If you do any photoshopping with NORMA, please? PLEASE! PLEASE! send that shit to me via email or facebook!


    Aw. Thank you!

    Yes I suppose I am!

  • What a wonderful birthday you had! It sounds fantastic! You have great friends. So glad you had a good time and got to see your man too.

    Oh, and p.s. I don’t like to wear grown up clothes either and I have a few years on you. So it’s ok. We’ll have a club or something. 🙂 *HUGS*

  • Happy Birthday! You definitely had a blast – here’s to a GREAT year!

  • Great post Meleah! Good times are always the best times 🙂

  • I love the guys wearing the princess crowns. That is my favourite shot. I am so happy for you, Meleah, I just can’t tell you how good it is to know everything is falling into place for you. It has made my day to read this. Glad you had such a wonderful birthday!

  • Sounds like it was a great day. And may I say that you are looking even hotter than usual 😉

  • again can i cut and past this on my blog, please

    Apparently, I have become a very bad blogger. And what’s even worse? I’ve become a terrible Internet Friend. I am not even going to try and apologize anymore! But, please forgive me anyway?

    that’s exactly how i feel. sure i’ll link back here.

  • paste. dare. where’s my E?

  • i meant darn. i’ma go now. WP wants me to slow down my posting.

  • and of course i checked out your photos. always do. they’re fun!

  • Meleah

    Hoooray someone else that does NOT like to get dressed up!|
    Whoooooo hoooo


    Thank you!


    Thanks Selma!
    I promise to be more diligent in reading/visiting/commenting on your blogs!

    Aw. Shucks!

    I am THE WORST anymore! I feel awful!
    I know you always check out my photos!
    You’re awesome like that

  • You were late, but I’M later! Oh…wait, that’s not a good thing.

    I just KNEW he would come back and surprise you! Yay! What a great day for you! Me = So happy for you

  • Meleah

    I am writing this comment from my
    mother fucking iPhone !!!!!!!

  • I do miss the daily e-mails. However, seeing that I cannot get to blogs enough these days — I can’t even get on mine once a week — I do appreciate the weekly e-mail — no matter how late.

    Happy Belated Birthday to you.

    Debson has all the luck. It must be nice.

    Hope you are feeling better.

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    I love the schmoop! Happy Happy, darlin!

  • Steph

    Oh, Meleah, how wonderful. A belated happy birthday to you! …now I’m going to have to go to your previous post and read about your guy! Soooo happy for you!

  • The Real Mother Hen

    Happy Birthday! 🙂
    It sounded really wonderful, and I’m glad to hear about the new man! Way to go! 🙂

  • Meleah

    Thank you love!

    Okay! Do some catching up over here and I cant wait to catch up with you too. Glad to see you around here and on FB again!

    Thank you…and JUST you wait till I have the time to really UPDATE this blog with some HUGE and WONDERFUL news!

  • Happy Birthday Meleah!!! Sounds like you had a great time. Your such a sweet-heart to cry on that video & be so touched.

    I was going to ask if Sonny is good to you and treats you well. (I want the best for you.) Then I read that he got you meds & made soup for you. Wow! Hey, maybe this one is a keeper?

    Hope you feel better real soon.

    “I was busy patting myself on the back for carving out the kind of life I can finally feel proud of. I’ve undergone a monumental transformation this past year.” <—- Wow, that says a lot! Congrats! I’m glad that things are coming together for you.


  • Meleah

    Aw. Thank you so very much sweetness.

    Sonny is AMAZING to me and he makes me feel like the most loved, beautiful, safe, happiest woman On The Planet. Not only is he a KEEPER?

    He is THE ONE!

    And, yes, that does say a lot, and I am very proud of myself foe getting HERE!

    I miss you so much and think of you often, I hope you always remember that.

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