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September 27, 2011

Currently, in my peripheral vision, I can see Ali’s dinner plate contaminating our otherwise pristine kitchen counter. As you can imagine, this is bothering me to no end. But I’m not going to say anything. Nope! Not one word. Because tomorrow is Ali’s birthday and my gift to my husband this year is to be understanding and patient.

For a whole 24 hours.

And as an added bonus gift I’m going to do something I rarely do on my blog: I’m going to be nice for a change and delineate some of Ali’s good points.
  1. My husband can hang pictures. Properly. Utilizing a level and a ruler.
  2. My husband yells, “Get on or stay off? Get on or stay off!?!” when encountering freeway traffic because he knows I like to control anything and everything, including the routes he chooses when he’s behind the wheel.
  3. He says generous things like Why don’t you go buy yourself some decent clothes so you don’t have to stand in your closet for 30 minutes cursing?” (Yes, why don’t I?)
  4. He lies to me, on an as-needed basis, saying things like:“You’ll get a job you love, it’s just a matter of time. And until then you do a GREAT job taking care of Maya. You are a good mom.”
  5. He puts up with me. No explanation needed.


Bonus Gift #3: I’m not going to say a word about the reappearance of the orange sweater. Nope! Not one word.

My generosity knows no bounds.

141 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2011 12:20 am

    Happy Birthday Ali…even though you have no clue who I am
    He reads your blog, right?

  2. September 27, 2011 1:00 am

    Happy happy Birthday to Ali! And wish you all the patience in the world… for the next 24 hours.

    RE: #3 – Yes, why don’t you? #4 – Made me smile. You are a great mom!

  3. September 27, 2011 1:46 am

    Happy birthday to Ali and many many happy returns of the day 🙂

    and all the best with that Patience thing he he heh e:)

    and he hehe you are generous 🙂

    • September 27, 2011 2:35 pm

      I try Bikram! I need all the help I can get, that’s for sure.

  4. September 27, 2011 4:22 am

    Happy birthday to Ali! #4 is a great quality to have. But you are a great mom, that’s no lie!

  5. September 27, 2011 5:06 am

    Happy birthday Ali! Any husband who encourages shopping is a keeper!

    • September 27, 2011 2:36 pm

      It’s ironic that I am not much of a shopper, right?

  6. September 27, 2011 5:26 am

    Happy Birthday Ali – He is a good guy if he tells you to go shopping!

  7. September 27, 2011 5:49 am

    Happy Birthday Ali, you’re a good man!

  8. September 27, 2011 5:58 am

    he sounds like an amazing, generous person, despite the haunting orange sweater reappearance and the dishes on the counter. 😉 Happy Birthday, Ali!

  9. September 27, 2011 6:02 am

    You my friend are very giving. And I had to stifle laughter at the image of poor Ali yelling on or off. Happy birthday to your handsome husband!

  10. September 27, 2011 6:09 am

    The return of the Orange Sweater. That in and of itself could be the whole birthday present.

    re: #3 – Story of my life. Me: It was a bad day. Marcus: How many different outfits did you have to try out? Me:…8?

    Happy birthday Ali!

    • September 27, 2011 2:38 pm

      Kat – I usually give up after 3-4 and move on. You are persistent!

  11. September 27, 2011 6:25 am

    LOL, OMG, its the orange sweater again 😀 LOL!!!!
    Happy birthday to your husband, who I know you totally adore (secretly).
    *kisses* HH

  12. September 27, 2011 6:37 am

    Happy birthday Ali!! I kind of like the orange sweater.

    • September 27, 2011 2:39 pm

      I LOVE the orange sweater…just not when it’s “airing out” for weeks.

  13. September 27, 2011 6:51 am

    Hahaha… I was laughing out loud (and I was at work) when I read this – most especially #2. Oh man, you’re too funny. Happy birthday to Ali! You guys make a perfect couple. BTW, I’m kind of liking the color of his sweater. I think he rocks that sweater.

    • September 27, 2011 2:40 pm

      Thank you Lydia! I think he rocks the sweater too.

  14. September 27, 2011 7:12 am

    awww… happy birthday, Ali!

    And I like your last bullet. Any guy that puts up with me for more than 2 consecutive months already gets bonus points. It’s only fair. :p

  15. September 27, 2011 7:34 am

    Happy birthday Mr. FTFT 🙂
    You are a dear dear woman for giving such a priceless gift. I usually just go with sex and cologne.

    Have I said too much?

  16. September 27, 2011 7:45 am

    Number five– I think that about my husband all the time 🙂 Of course, it goes both ways 🙂

    Happy birthday to Ali!!!

    • September 27, 2011 2:41 pm

      Very true Anna, although I think I’m a bit harder to get along with. If I’m being honest!

  17. September 27, 2011 8:01 am

    Happy Birthday Ali! Please come over to my house – I have no patience when it comes to hanging framed photos or prints on the wall. Most of ours are off-center or crooked.

    • September 27, 2011 2:42 pm

      I am VERY particular about pictures being hung perfectly around here!

  18. actorsdiet permalink
    September 27, 2011 8:20 am

    happy bday ali!!!!

  19. September 27, 2011 8:24 am

    Happy Birthday to Ali. He is the best, especially with you as a wife. No one is perfect 😉

  20. September 27, 2011 8:28 am

    Hope he had an awesome B Day….This post is making me suspect that you really do cherish that man but just like to pretend otherwise!

  21. September 27, 2011 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday to your hubby!! coincidentally, my honey, Travis, turns 29 today!!

  22. September 27, 2011 8:34 am

    haha, that orange sweater cracks me up. i am so fed up with my hubby’s crap all over, but if i say anything, i become his mother. sigh!!!

    • September 27, 2011 2:45 pm

      I think putting on the “mom voice” is inevitable my friend. Inevitable!

  23. Tandra permalink
    September 27, 2011 8:46 am

    Happy birthday to the “man in the orange sweater”…and you indeed are extremely generous Ameena…;-)

  24. September 27, 2011 9:20 am

    “He puts up with me.” That says it all about husbands in general, doesn’t it. Happy birthday, Ali.

    • September 27, 2011 2:47 pm

      Yes, but as another commenter pointed out, it goes both ways. That made me feel better!

  25. September 27, 2011 9:25 am

    hahaha. I hope he has a nice birthday! 🙂

  26. September 27, 2011 10:00 am

    What a lovely Birthday Present. I guess I should think of something like this for S’s next birthday. Many happy returns of the day ali 🙂

  27. September 27, 2011 10:21 am

    Happy birthday to Ali.

    And I love you and your writing. I can always leave you to give me a smile or laugh while reading blog posts.

  28. September 27, 2011 10:53 am

    Happy Birthday to Ali!!!!

  29. September 27, 2011 11:00 am

    Hehe, I misses reading your blog posts, friend (and yes, I am typing this with one hand.

    • September 27, 2011 2:49 pm

      I miss your comments my friend! And I hope the little one is doing well.

  30. September 27, 2011 11:10 am

    Happy Birthday, Ali! And, kudos, Ameena, for your understanding. =D

    • September 27, 2011 2:50 pm

      Thank you for understanding the difficulty of understanding. Did that make sense?

  31. September 27, 2011 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday Ali! And Ameena, I love your sarcasm and even though you joke about him alot , the very fact that Ali is so much a part of your blog (and life) shows how much you love him. If we can see that, he must too 🙂

    • September 27, 2011 2:50 pm

      I think he can see it, as much as I try to hide it!

  32. September 27, 2011 1:16 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ali! Ameena, is he ever going to do a guest post? I think I’ve read one he did before, but another one would be fun!

    • September 27, 2011 2:51 pm

      He did do one and I’m sure he’d love to do another one. I’ll ask him!

  33. September 27, 2011 1:42 pm

    Happy Birthday to the famous Ali! He sure does have a lot of sweet and generous qualities- I mean especially with the encouraging clothes-buying part!

    • September 27, 2011 2:51 pm

      He knows I’m not a shopper though so in a way it’s a freebie, right?

  34. September 27, 2011 2:27 pm

    Happy Birthday to Ali!! Dont spoil him too much Ameena. 🙂

    • September 27, 2011 2:52 pm

      There’s no possibility of that, I assure you Leah! 🙂

  35. September 27, 2011 3:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Ali…i’ll have you know that you have the bestest wife out there…well aside from me of course 😉

    • September 27, 2011 7:32 pm

      Thank you Kimberly! I’ll be sure to make Ali read this. 🙂

  36. September 27, 2011 4:33 pm

    You should definitely take him up on that shopping option. Tell him that you went shopping for yourself rather than for him but that it really is a gift to him!

    • September 27, 2011 7:33 pm

      Is it terrible that I didn’t buy Ali anything? Well technically I booked him a massage but that’s it!

  37. September 27, 2011 5:29 pm

    Happy birthday Ali! I have to say Ameena, you have mastered the art of snark. Not that this post is especially snarky, I just mean in general….

    • September 27, 2011 7:19 pm

      I’m going to take that as a compliment. Thank you!

  38. September 27, 2011 5:43 pm

    Happy early birthday to the husband! Your present sounds like a real treat. I know my husband would like it if I gave him this for his birthday next year. 😉

    • September 27, 2011 7:33 pm

      Sometimes the hardest gifts to give (patience) are the most appreciate!

  39. September 27, 2011 5:57 pm

    Happy birthday to Ali! This post is too sweet 🙂

  40. September 27, 2011 6:20 pm

    Happy birthday to Ali! You have such witty and funny writing. Always makes me laugh reading your posts, Ameena. 😀

    • September 27, 2011 7:34 pm

      Thank you LeQuan. Your comments always make me feel like a million bucks.

  41. September 27, 2011 6:23 pm

    Happy Birthday to Ali!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. September 27, 2011 6:41 pm

    A very very happy birthday to Ali!I think point #4 & 5 explains the great dynamics you guys share.

  43. September 27, 2011 6:51 pm

    Happy birthday, Ali! I must admit that I kind of like the orange sweater. My husband bought one a few years ago to my horror. But once I saw it worn I thought it looked great. He then went and brought a myriad of other brightly colored sweaters… :-/

    • September 27, 2011 7:37 pm

      Don’t get me wrong, I love the orange sweater. I just don’t love it when it’s “airing out” indefinitely!

  44. Piya permalink
    September 27, 2011 7:15 pm

    happy birthday ali! i have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, but my husband never encourages me to shop :(. you are such a great mom, ameena. xxx

    • September 27, 2011 7:38 pm

      Thank you Piya – your comments are always so thoughtful!

  45. September 27, 2011 9:15 pm

    Ali’s only 35? He’s young!! Happy birthday to him! 😀
    This is a sweet post…in your own fun and “Ameena” way. It’s distinctive and funny yet heartwarming at the same time.

  46. September 27, 2011 10:26 pm

    Happy birthday to Ali! You guys seem so cute together. And those are fine qualities. 🙂

  47. September 28, 2011 3:21 am

    Wait, wait a whole 24 hours of patience? Any what happens when you have a impatient, judgmental thought in your head- does that count? Will you tell Ali this is his present? I need some clarification this sounds like 2-3 years worth of gifting.

    • September 28, 2011 9:34 am

      Seeing as I have an impatient, judmental thought cross my mind every 5 minutes or so I would say it only counts if I vocalize the thought! Otherwise the gift would be impossible to give.

  48. Erica B. permalink
    September 28, 2011 5:38 am

    Happy 35th Birthday Ali! I hope it is his best year yet!! You two are seriously the cutest couple I have ever seen. And oh how I wish my husband would tell me to go buy new clothes. On a side note – your hair is absolutely beautiful.

    • September 28, 2011 9:41 am

      Since I’m working on accepting a compliment gracefully I won’t argue that my hair is a product of Japanese Hair Straightening and a curling iron. Instead I’ll just say thank you. 🙂

  49. September 28, 2011 7:39 am

    Actually, maybe the sweater is appropriate for this time of year. Just hope he isn’t mistaken for a pumpkin and someone carves a face in his tummy!! 😉 Everyone has their good points. I think you’ve shared some good ones. Happy Birthday, Ali!!

    • September 28, 2011 9:41 am

      Valid point Fran! I will be sure Ali wears it on Halloween.

  50. Cindy permalink
    September 28, 2011 7:49 am

    Happy Birthday Ali….and I love the orange sweater!

    sorry Ameena.

    I love orange.
    I love sweaters.

    It’s a good color on him.

    I like to browse Goodwill for pricy clothes cheap and it embarrasses my husband who would rather I shop at the pricy places instead.
    nice but I don’t have a pricy clothes budget. It’s sweet though!

    have a great day!!!

    • September 28, 2011 9:43 am

      I say that if it looks good who cares where it comes from? I buy Maya stuff from Target sometimes that gets more compliments than the expensive stuff her grandparents buy her!

  51. September 28, 2011 7:57 am

    Before you even mentioned anything about the Orange sweater – I was thinking – I’m sure that’s the same sweater you had a massive burst of frustration on your blog not so long ago.

  52. Tamara permalink
    September 28, 2011 7:57 am

    #4 sounds like something that would be written in an article of “Top Ten Tips for Dealing with Stressed-Out Wives.” Tip #1: sympathize, albeit superficially. Tip #2: reassure, whether it’s true or not. Tip #3: distract. All together now: “When you’re miserable, I’m miserable too. But don’t worry, I can always find a part-time job if money gets tight; just do what you love. By the way, the chicken today was really good. Did you blog about it? You should blog about it.” Tips 4-10 naturally deal with what to do after the fallout when hubby returns straight to his computer after 1-3 have been dutifully completed.

    • September 28, 2011 9:45 am

      I love it Tamara. Trust me, when I’m miserable, he’s miserable. There is no way of getting around it!

  53. September 28, 2011 8:18 am

    What lovely gifts Ali is receiving this year! Happy Birthday to Ali. He’s definitely a good sport.

  54. September 28, 2011 9:22 am

    I think that sweater looks great on your husband. The best gifts are ones from the heart and yours seem very thoughtful. And whatever he wants he’s just going to buy for himself anyway right?

    • September 28, 2011 9:49 am

      totallly…at this point in our lives I feel like we are just going to buy ourselves whatever we need so what’s the point of gift-giving? But I did get him a massage certificate…everyone can use one of those I figure.

  55. September 28, 2011 9:31 am

    Happy birthday to your husband! I gotta say, this post really did warrant a L – O – L!

  56. September 28, 2011 11:11 am

    a good liar is a must in any long term relationship. I still waiver at whether or not to do so. But telling my mom “i am glad you got that perm” works every time at making her smile.

    What a catch you’ve managed to score.

    • September 30, 2011 6:57 am

      I think a few lies here and there are the only way to keep a marriage going. And I’m on 11 years now so I think that says something. 🙂

  57. September 28, 2011 12:08 pm

    Your gifts are the best a wife can give!!!!

  58. September 28, 2011 1:46 pm

    Happy birthday to Ali! The only consolation I can think of (re: the sweater horror story) is that orange looks good on him.

  59. September 28, 2011 1:52 pm

    I just love this post lol. I will say this, if my husband (if I had one lol) told me to go shopping so I won’t stare at my closet.. I would go. No questions asked LOL. Nice post and I hope your daughter having a great birthday!

    • September 30, 2011 7:00 am

      I am just not a fan of shopping…this is a problem.

  60. September 28, 2011 4:47 pm

    The orange sweater kind of looks good on him…don’t hate me! Happy birthday to Ali!

  61. Ali permalink
    September 28, 2011 6:28 pm

    Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I appreciate it. I had a great start to the birthday with fully made breakfast, saw the blog and all your kind comments-bringing the day’s closure as a memorable day. And thank you Ameena for your precious gift.

  62. September 29, 2011 3:46 am

    Hello, Happy birthday to Ali, thanks for post.

  63. September 29, 2011 3:47 am

    Hello, Happy birthday to Ali, thanks for post.

  64. September 29, 2011 6:49 am

    Ha, happy (belated) birthday to Ali! Love the picture–you make such a beautiful family!

  65. September 29, 2011 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday Ali! You have a very generous and perfect wife. That’s a good enough birthday gift for you.


    • September 30, 2011 7:02 am

      Jennie – if you were a bit closer (e.g. in this country!) you and I would be best friends. I know it!

  66. Leslie permalink
    September 29, 2011 4:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ali! You must be Awesome – you’ve got a lovely daughter and you convinced the charming, witty, lithe, lovely, soulful Ameena to marry you.

    Have a sensational year with your two special ladies!

    • September 30, 2011 7:02 am

      Thank you Leslie! I hope to see you today and thank you again. 🙂

  67. September 29, 2011 5:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Ali!!!! I love the gift you are giving 😉

    Lol, since Ryan and I now run our business together {and are home together!} we are always together…he might appreciate my patience too….LOL!!

    You two crack me up!

    • September 30, 2011 7:03 am

      Kudos to you for working and living together – I think Ali and I would be at each other’s throats 24/7 if that were us!

  68. September 29, 2011 5:29 pm

    Wow! That IS generous – I might make it for, oh, about 2 hours. Definitely not a whole 24.

    • September 30, 2011 7:04 am

      I actually made it the entire 24 hours! Can you believe it? Neither can I.

  69. September 29, 2011 5:30 pm

    Hehe – you are too funny! Happy belated birthday to Ali!

  70. September 30, 2011 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday to Ali! I almost thought it was your b’day from the picture since you were the one who cut the cake..haha 😀 I am not much of a shopper either so I usually spend time thinking what to wear…LOL

  71. September 30, 2011 9:02 pm

    I so relate to # 1 and #2 especially. My comparison stories (though yours are better!) are:

    #1. My husband and I planted a seedling tree line around our “retirement” property in Canada this summer. Two rows of trees, alternating 10 feet apart and 5 feet on the diagonal. I know you’ll understand what that required…

    #2. My husband feels a need to remind me of the speed limit by repeating the specific mph limit, over and over again, and with increasing volume, like this…”45…..45…..45….45…45!..45!!..45!!!!”, as if I were deaf and also blind as to not be able to see the sign for myself. This cute (?) little habit of his has not changed in 13 years.

    Starting to feel the therapy of blogging already 😉

    • September 30, 2011 9:10 pm

      Although you were highlighting the good aspects of Ali’s traits, I realize, whereas I need to become more appreciative of Lance’s. Will work on that.

    • October 1, 2011 8:33 am

      45…45…45! I love it. Oh how I can relate my friend…how I can relate! 🙂

  72. October 4, 2011 6:03 pm

    He kind of rocks the orange sweater. Sorry. But I want to see if I can get away with this as a birthday gift. I could manage 24 hours of nice. Especially if it was a work day and we were apart for like 12 hours.

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