October 25, 2006

Birthdays and Cake

Today is The Grouchy Old Cripple’s Birthday! The big 6-0!

Happy Birthday, Denny!

And that reminds me of my cake story.

We were all getting ready to gather for the Hysterics at Eric’s when I realized there were three birthdays that weekend and I decided a birthday cake was in order. So I emailed Eric and asked for the name of a bakery in town.

He gave me the name of a great little bakery in the town of Athens, Tennessee, A L’il Something Sweet, just 10 minutes up the road.

So I called the proprietor, a lovely woman named Laura, and told her I’d like a half sheet cake that said, “Happy Birthday Jimbo, Zonker, and SWG”, chocolate with vanilla icing, and I ordered a Hummingbird cake just in case we had people at the party that weren’t into the whole chocolate thing.

I emailed Eric and told him I’d ordered a cake and he sent a response and said, “…It’s Denny’s birthday in October too…”

Ack! I am so bad at birthdays! So I called Laura back and said, “This is Bou from Florida, I need another name on the cake. Can you please add Denny?!” And she did.

I emailed Eric a note that was along the lines of “Done!” and I got a response that said, “…And… its Elisson’s birthday in October…”

Crap! Did I say I was bad with birthdays?! Oh yes. I remember pretty much my immediate family’s birthdays only and if it weren’t for the fact I know I’m a Christmas Eve baby, as in ‘conceived on’, I’d probably never remember my own September birthday.

And who would have ever thought January was such a festive month?! All these October babies!!!

So I called Laura back and said, “I have another birthday to add!” and she said, “Honey… your cake is made and… there’s no more room!”

I felt awful. I did, I did, I did. And I felt even worse when I got yet another email from Eric that said, “…And… it’s RSM’s birthday in October as well…”


It turns out RSM had to leave early due to prior engagements, something about attending a wedding or some nonsense, so I felt I had a bit of a reprieve, but still felt awful about forgetting Elisson’s birthday.

Saturday rolled around and Sissy, Morrigan, Elisson’s wife She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) and I all went to the annual Pumpkin festival in Athens and strolled around where we saw the baby pig, there were quilts in the arts section and we heard banjos in the distance. And the bakery had a table that was by far the most popular, where they sold pumpkin rolls, derby pies, and an assortment of baked goods. (Their chocolate brownies were to die for…)

Laura had a young woman working for her and had her take us up to the Bakery to get the cakes. I looked at the cake and said, “Can you squeeze an ‘E’ on this cake?”

And so their cake read, “Happy birthday Jimbo, Zonker, SWG, E and Denny”, with the E being a slightly different color, but hey, Elisson was represented!

(Photos courtesy of CaltechGirl. Thank you! Click to make Big.)

That night with 24 black candles we celebrated with a big round of Happy Birthday and all feasted upon this fantastic cake, while I continued to inform people that the difference between cake and doughnuts is exactly… NOTHING… and therefore any leftovers could in fact be eaten the next morning.

And so the next morning, after Elisson, SWMBO, Jimbo and Ken cooked a great breakfast, Morrigan and I had a slice of cake.

It was just as good the next morning.

Posted by Boudicca at October 25, 2006 07:02 PM | TrackBack

The only time you can't eat cake the next morning is if it has a whipped cream icing. And even then, you can shove it in the fridge...

But cake is better for you than doughnuts.. It's not fried, anyway!

And this one was a great cake...for it was enjoyed with a Whole Buncha Friends.

Posted by: Elisson at October 25, 2006 09:09 PM

Thanks for the cake! I goota give Mo my telephone number since she has a special birthday song to sing to me on my 61st birthday.

Posted by: Denny at October 25, 2006 10:06 PM

That was a dang good cake! And that "special" E made Elisson stand out!

Posted by: caltechgirl at October 25, 2006 11:38 PM

It was a wonderful cake, maybe the bestest ever. Thank you again.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at October 26, 2006 04:13 AM

... you did a good thing, Bou... we all had a wonderful birthday....

Posted by: Eric at October 26, 2006 08:17 AM