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i’m still kicking around…unfortunately

February 14, 2011

….and I’m 35.

To be honest, both Ali and I are kind of surprised I made it here. I mean really, we were both convinced I would have had a coronary by now seeing as I fly off the handle for almost no reason at all. But nope, to both of our dismay (and probably Maya’s as well) I’m still here, kicking around.

I wish I had some words of wisdom to share with you – something to show for my 35 years on this earth. But nope again! I’m really no further ahead than I was at 18. So instead I’ll share a few of the many meaningless and useless things I learned today:

1. My husband will keep calling American Express’ concierge service to ask them to do things that he could do himself in half the time.

2. American Express’ concierge service is utterly useless.

3. I will roll my eyes and make a smart ass comment every time my husband calls American Express’ concierge service.

4. My husband will ignore me and my rolling eyes. Completely.

5. Many wasted hours later my husband will directly call whomever he asked American Express’ concierge service to call on his behalf.

6. And I will roll my eyes and make another smart ass comment. And then I will pick up the phone and make the birthday lunch reservation that neither my husband nor American Express could manage to make.

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I made a wish when I blew out the candles on my cake – I wished that Ali would cancel his American Express. And that I would actually learn something worthwhile during my 35th year on this planet.

Yeah, yeah. I wasn’t supposed to tell anyone what my wish was. But whatever.

I knew neither of them would come true anyway.

95 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 1:10 am

    Happy Happy Birthday.

    I guess that birthday gift was worth turning 35 🙂

    Try speaking to an AT&T customer care rep on phone, I bet you will think AMEX concierge service is the most efficient.

  2. February 14, 2011 3:32 am

    Happy Birthday daaaaaaahling! This year, learn to use you Amex for what its really for: spending :D.
    Oh, and also wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day!!!!
    *kisses* HH

  3. February 14, 2011 3:55 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena!!! What an incredible gift!

    I turn 35 in the summer. I think it’ll be okay 😉

  4. February 14, 2011 4:49 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena! Ali knows how to pick ’em – the bracelets and YOU! How else would he make it to dinner?

  5. February 14, 2011 4:50 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena! I could not be more happy to have “met” you! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  6. Yasmin permalink
    February 14, 2011 4:52 am

    Happy birthday sweetheart! It can only get better from here right?

  7. February 14, 2011 5:44 am

    Happy Birthday! Those are amazing!

  8. February 14, 2011 5:46 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena! You can give a 25 year old girl a run for her money 🙂 Have a great day.

    Happy Valentine’s day too!

  9. February 14, 2011 5:46 am

    Oh and what a lovely gift, you are a lucky girl!

  10. Judy permalink
    February 14, 2011 6:11 am

    Happy Birthday!

  11. February 14, 2011 6:11 am

    Happy birthday!!
    I’m sure at least the latter wish will come true and this year will be great! Plus, 35 is such a pretty number (seriously, way prettier than 34)…

  12. February 14, 2011 7:07 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena! And gorgeous earrings 🙂

  13. February 14, 2011 7:20 am

    Happy birthday!!! And what a STUNNING present!!

  14. February 14, 2011 7:25 am

    Beautiful bracelets! Happy Birthday!

  15. February 14, 2011 7:27 am

    Happy freakin birthday! Hey at least he tried right!? He gets points for remembering too. Enjoy your lunch 🙂

  16. February 14, 2011 7:35 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena! Rock that bling!

  17. actorsdiet permalink
    February 14, 2011 7:40 am

    GORGEOUS!!!! happy bday to you ameena. i can’t wait to be 35 w/ you…

  18. February 14, 2011 7:55 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena!! That gift is beautiful! 🙂

  19. February 14, 2011 8:08 am

    happy birthday! awesome birthday wishes. fingers crossed that they come true 🙂

  20. February 14, 2011 8:27 am

    Happy Birthday, Ameena!!! Hope it’s the best one yet!

  21. February 14, 2011 8:29 am

    My Dad loves the amex concierge service! He always says whats the good in having the amex if you don’t use the perks? Anyway, beautiful jewelry, good job Ali!! Happy Birthday Ameena 🙂

  22. February 14, 2011 8:32 am

    Aww such a lovely gift! Happy Belated Birthday plus Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  23. February 14, 2011 8:50 am

    Happy B Day. The earrings are gorgeus!!!! Am Ex Concierge…ha, ha!! That’s so funny. Maybe it makes him feel more worldly to be “serviced.”

  24. February 14, 2011 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday friend! Those bangles are absolutely stunning and making putting up with Amex concierge totally worth it 🙂

  25. February 14, 2011 9:10 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to you lovely Ameena! You deserve all the best and I think Ali certainly got that message, those are gorgeous! Um…where’s my birthday food porn? Teehee, just kidding. Hope you had great one!

  26. February 14, 2011 9:16 am

    Happy Birthday Ameena!! The jewelry is gorgeous!

  27. February 14, 2011 9:20 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! Those earrings are beautiful and I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Haha yeah I feel that the AMEX concierge service is just one of those perks that people use just because it comes with the black card

  28. February 14, 2011 9:38 am

    Happy birthday, Ameena!

  29. February 14, 2011 9:49 am

    Hello diamond bangles, girl’s best friend! Happy happy birthday Ameena!!

  30. February 14, 2011 9:52 am


  31. shoba permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:01 am

    So,are these earrings or bangles ???

  32. Michelle permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:06 am

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  33. February 14, 2011 10:13 am

    happy birthday ameena! im sure you’re wise beyond your years 😉

  34. Leslie permalink
    February 14, 2011 10:25 am

    Happy 35-is-the-new-25 Birthday, Ameena!

    Gorgeous gift from your hub. Did he pick those out himself or had he heard you desiring them? He gets mad props in either case, let me tell you. Fabulous gift!

    BTW, Mom saw you on the longshot on the dvd – she recognizes you now – and thought you rocked that black off the shoulder sweater with the long, straight hair – I laughed and told me I had shamelessly and superficially complimented you on the very same things when I was supposed to be exclusively concentrating on your speech. The Lesson: Beware – Maya is probably a lot more like you than you think!

    Again, Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  35. February 14, 2011 10:36 am

    Happy birthday. many happy returns of the day. The gift is very pretty 🙂 May you have all the happiness in the world ….:D

  36. February 14, 2011 11:12 am

    Happy Birthday!

  37. February 14, 2011 11:31 am

    Happy Birthday AMEEEEEEENA!!!!

    I love your eye rolling stories, they always make me laugh!!!

    and your GIFT….I couldn’t even imagine!
    you deserve it! Happy 35th….It’s better than 40…TRUST ME!

  38. February 14, 2011 11:43 am

    Happy Birthday !!! I will be 35 in November, I think my husband needs to read this post 🙂 On the other hand I was thinking you would say that he bought it with his AmEx points. Have a wonderful Birthday !!!

    • February 15, 2011 1:15 pm

      Ali buying me a gift with Amex points would have been the best conclusion to this post!!

  39. February 14, 2011 11:55 am

    Happy Birthday, lovely! Beautiful bracelets, mashallah! Despite all the America Express “concierging,” I hope you had a wonderful day and may you have many many more!

  40. February 14, 2011 12:30 pm

    Ahhh! Happy Birthdayyy!!!

  41. February 14, 2011 1:34 pm

    Although Ali should cancel that card, he did well with the jewelry. I’m still on the fence about him (sarcasm), but I’m still believing that you picked a good guy.

    Happy Birthday to you! Have a fun birthday and Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  42. February 14, 2011 2:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Lady! While he made up for some of it with the gift, I had to laugh! Yep, the concierge must be male!

  43. February 14, 2011 2:54 pm

    Happy birthday Ameena! I hope you had a great one.
    By the way, I think you are FULL of wisdom.
    With all your sarcasm and wit, you are constantly providing me with a much needed reminder to stop taking life so effing seriously. And that is very wise indeed, and incredibly valuable to me.

  44. February 14, 2011 3:14 pm

    Happy birthday GIRLLLL!

  45. February 14, 2011 3:37 pm

    happy birthday darling! your bday is on valentines…thats so…interesting! haha i just feel that i would want all the attention on ME and not on hallmark candy hearts. you deserve ALL the attention but oh well i’m sure you got it today anyway 🙂
    wow sorry for being a downer comment. ew. i hate that.
    on another note, what freaking gorgeous jewelry. NOW THAT says happy birthday 😉
    hope you had a great day. really and truly.

  46. February 14, 2011 3:54 pm

    Happy birthday! How ironic that your birthday is on the most mushy holiday ever! 🙂 Ironic or coincidental? Who knows – either way – spoil yourself rotten!

  47. February 14, 2011 4:14 pm

    Awwhhh, its your birthday & V Day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Ameena. I’m very happy that you got the sparkling, spangly things we gals love on your big day. Well done Ali (& well done Ameena) 🙂

  48. February 14, 2011 4:25 pm

    You’re still kicking around, which is lucky for us readers who get to laugh still! 🙂

  49. February 14, 2011 5:21 pm

    Happy Birthday 🙂

    The pressy is gorgoeous.

    I roll my eyes too…a lot

  50. February 14, 2011 5:39 pm

    Sis! Happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day. I’m thinking of you!

  51. February 14, 2011 5:46 pm

    This may not make you feel better, but since you just turned 35, you’re actually entering your 36th year! So, maybe the wishes will come true?
    Hope it’s a fun b-day, a great year, and that you enjoy those bracelets!

    • February 15, 2011 1:13 pm

      Wow – I am even more ignorant than I thought? 🙂

  52. Christy permalink
    February 14, 2011 5:48 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    (Try something new to you!!)

  53. February 14, 2011 5:50 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful! Those earrings (?) are so gorgeous! Enjoy!

  54. February 14, 2011 6:17 pm

    are those earrings or bracelets? so pretty!

    happy birthday!

    true story: my boyfriend has named my multiple different eye rolls. i didn’t even know that there could be different ones, but he swears they all have a life of their own and all mean different things. i think i’ve happened upon a fantastic new form of communication.

  55. February 14, 2011 6:51 pm

    Oh, happy birthday, lady! I hope that you had one that (sans-AmEx Concierge) was absolutely wonderful. Because in a totally serious and non-facetious way, you deserve it pretty much more than most people I know 🙂

    And just for kicks, because it’s your birthday, xoxo!

    I know, I can’t believe I just did that either.

  56. February 14, 2011 7:50 pm

    Happy birthday! I’m sure most people here are happy that you’re still kicking around and rolling your eyes 😉

  57. February 14, 2011 8:17 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!! I hope you had a great birthday 🙂

  58. February 14, 2011 9:14 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Did he pick the gift out on his own? Lovely.

    • February 15, 2011 1:12 pm

      Actually the bracelets are from Ali’s mom! I neglected to mention that. 🙂

  59. February 15, 2011 4:21 am

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful woman! Your gift is absolutely beautiful.

  60. February 15, 2011 8:39 am

    happy birthday!

  61. February 15, 2011 9:47 am


  62. raana permalink
    February 15, 2011 9:52 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMEENA!!!what a lovely prsent!!!

  63. February 15, 2011 10:51 am

    Happy Belated B’Day! I just hit 37 and I still don’t know what I’m doing, although I do know what I don’t want to do, which is what I’m doing . . . hmm. At least you have lovely bracelets to show for your 35 years and an adorable daughter . . . I assume AMEX concierge services did not assist with either 😉

  64. February 15, 2011 12:40 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you had a great birthday dinner celebration, and that gift is gorgeous!!!!! 😉

  65. Alisuchi permalink
    February 15, 2011 12:50 pm

    Adding my birthday wishes to the chorus! Somehow I suspected you were an Aquarius… 😉

  66. February 15, 2011 1:02 pm

    Happiest birthday wishes Ameena! So glad I “found” you and your blog, can’t wait to see what adventures 35 brings you. Now go out and rock those diamonds. Lovely!

  67. Kath (My Funny Little Life) permalink
    February 15, 2011 1:40 pm

    You’ve told a lesson of self-irony today again, and that are some valuable words of wisdom! 🙂

  68. Ayla permalink
    February 15, 2011 3:28 pm

    HAPPPY BIRRRRRTHDAYYYY!!! Was that obnoxious? Sorry. 😉

    I want a pretty birthday present like that but I have a feeling it will be awhile. You don’t get too many pretty presents when single. Damn.

  69. February 15, 2011 3:53 pm

    Happy birthday!!! What a lovely gift!

    Can’t wait until you visit the UK!

  70. spiceandmore permalink
    February 15, 2011 4:12 pm

    Hope you had a lovely birthday. Here’s to another year of you making us laugh and brightening up our days!

  71. February 15, 2011 8:21 pm

    I’m thankful that you’re still kicking around, Ameena. Please kick around for at least 50 years more, okay? 😉

    Happy birthday!!! <3<3

  72. February 15, 2011 9:18 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! I wish I could send you a cake. And then eat it with you. Because you would make me laugh (and I need laughter right now!) I hope you have an amazing year, sweet friend!

  73. February 16, 2011 4:40 am

    First of all, those are gorgeous!
    Second of all, Happy Birthday to a gorgeous woman!

  74. February 16, 2011 8:30 am

    Pretty sparkles! Congratulations on knowing how to use a phone. Very important skill for a 35 year old to know. I wonder when your husband will learn? At least he knows how to shop for pretty baubles. 😉

  75. February 16, 2011 11:15 am

    Happy belated birthday! I love your blog and your writing style! So fun to read and relate to. 🙂

  76. February 16, 2011 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  77. February 16, 2011 12:44 pm

    holy, happy birthday to YOU! that jewlery is GORGEOUS!!

  78. February 17, 2011 9:12 am

    happy belated bday. Gorgeous gifts…and I am so poor..had no idea that AE can do stuff for you…even though it’s not done well…

  79. February 17, 2011 10:17 am

    Happy birthday love!!! I know it’s late, but I hope it was wonderful! Again, your story about your husband reminds me of my own haha

  80. February 17, 2011 1:38 pm

    What a beautiful gift and oh so well deserved. But you arent fooling any of us, you often sneak great wisdom into your blog! Hugs! And many happy returns!

  81. February 17, 2011 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Ameena!!! I think that gorgeous gift was worth turning 35! 🙂

  82. February 17, 2011 8:06 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  83. February 17, 2011 9:42 pm

    Happy belated birthday Ameena! Those are some sweet diamond earrings. My parents didn’t always have a happy relationship, but I do remember that jewelry involving diamonds could repair anything.

    American Express has a sweet airplane miles card. I don’t know how it works since it’s linked to my mom’s card, but hey, it’s good for something.

  84. February 18, 2011 2:43 pm

    i find your posts refreshing, always.
    i mean what is she even supposed to be wearing with those shoes…a safari slut suit?
    i think you’re a wonderful mother. Don’t let the misunderstanding readers get ya down.

  85. February 18, 2011 7:54 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! And I hope you had a wonderful valentines as well 🙂

  86. February 19, 2011 6:07 am

    Happy belated birthday? Those bracelets? Your silliness? Not too shabby, either of them.

  87. February 19, 2011 6:12 am

    I meant “Happy belated birthday!” (Was not a question :))

    Have a great weekend.

  88. February 21, 2011 6:25 am

    Happy belated birthday, Ameena!


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