My Birthday: Good times!

Thanks to God and my friends’ and familys’ wishes for me to have a good day, I managed to have a nice, low pain birthday!

October 29th will go down in history as a record snowstorm.  Neither my mother nor I could ever remember it snowing on my birthday.  States of emergency have been declared in New Jersey (my neck of the woods), Connecticut and Massachusetts.

I am not one for taking pictures of the snow but on my birthday I had to!

Trees with leaves still on them collapsing under the weight of the snow.


Downed tree right next to my house, blocking traffic. I'll miss that tree!


Plans for the day changed drastically as soon as we went outside and were faced with ice and snow pelting us. The lovely lunch we had planned for my birthday was scrapped and we were lucky enough to make it to IHOP (International House of Pancakes for all of you non-Americans).  IHOP is not the worst place to have your birthday!  I had maple coffee and pumpkin pancakes with pecans and caramel sauce.  Hey, it’s my birthday and if not your birthday, when else can you go nuts?

After that we made our scary snow covered way to the grocery store and pharmacy to pick up medicine and groceries to hunker down for the rest of the storm.  When we got out of the store, the power had gone out and most of the lights on the road were out of power, forcing us to keep driving until we could make a turn to get back on the highway the other way towards home.  I was praying we were going to have power; 600,000 homes were without power.

I got my birthday wish, we had power and it was nice and warm!  Then we opened presents.

Tyler and I with our matching Perry the Platypus(es, i?). There was no way I was going to get one without Tyler getting one!


I finally got a piece of Melody Ross's art of The Brave Girls Club Blog! Love her and the blog!


We celebrated getting Perry the Platypus by watching an episode of Phineas and Ferb and then it was time for my birthday nap, one of the best gifts I got!

Even though I was really down in my last post, I feel like the universe came together and managed to give me a fun, as low pain as possible, unique birthday! Thank you again for all your good wishes and hopes that my birthday would be a good day!



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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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