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Monday, 27 June 2011

They Say It's Your Birthday....

My 33rd birthday last Thursday would have to go down as one of the greatest that I've celebrated. Not because of the material things like pressies...although I did score in that department, no it was a birthday full of old traditions and the start of new ones.

I need to take you back to when I was a little girl growing up on the outskirts of Sydney. Every year for my birthday my Dad would play this song for me on our old record player and we'd all dance around the kitchen before breakfast and before the opening of presents. My Dad is a man of few words but the memory I have of listening to that song and seeing my Dad dancing around is one of my fondest memories. Unfortunately when we moved house and with the invention of the CD player that tradition kind of fell by the wayside but each year I'd always think about that song and for the life of me I couldn't remember the name of the song or who sang it.

For some reason this year I was determined to find that song. I started off by calling my parents - they of course remembered the tradition but could not remember the song. I then moved on to Google and You Tube...no luck. As a last resort I put a  plea out on Facebook...still nothing. And then....my Mum called me on Skype she was in hysterics (the good kind) Dad had managed to find the original record!!!!! After all these years Dad had kept that record...I burst into tears! There we were, my parents sitting in Sydney, Lady Sadie and I in Doha and we were all singing and bopping around to that silly old song, a silly old song that I will now play for Lady Sadie every year on her birthday.

What song is it I hear you ask...well check it out for yourself! Tony Christie's "Happy Birthday Baby". What a film clip! He was the snazziest of dressers back then ole Tony!




The 2nd reason this is the best birthday ever...Mr D's cousin Jesse gave birth to a beautiful boy! Little Rocco Jack was welcomed into the world on his due date...my birthday. I couldn't think of a better person to share my birthday with. I can't wait till I'm home in July for a million cuddles with this little boy. I've already gone on a shopping spree for him and he'll always be the most spoilt by me because I'll never forget his birthday!

A few weeks ago I got an email from my good friend Ciara who lives in Abu Dhabi she had decided that she wanted to come to Doha for a visit and what better time than my birthday. I counted down the days until Ciara arrived in Doha with her funny and charming husband Rory and her two gorgeous boys Rian & Orin. We celebrated big time over the weekend. First off on Thursday night with a dinner at Japanese restaurant Sakura followed by many drinks at Orion bar. Also there to celebrate was Alexandria of Qatar who indulged me in my love of a cheeky barcardi breezer at the end of the night. Not to mention she came armed with gifts, an official William and Catherine tea towel and a Gretchen Christine lip gloss (we share a mutual love of The Real Housewives franchise).



It was a brilliant weekend, we laughed and partied hard and even though we've only known Rory & Ciara for a couple of years it felt like we have known each other a life time, the four of us just mesh well together and I can't wait to see them again soon! There is talk of a trip to Ireland next Summer...



All Class

Finally something truly amazing happend on my birthday....Mr D sent me flowers. Mr D and I have been together for 6 years and in that time he has NEVER EVER bought me flowers! Now don't judge the man. He is pretty much the perfect husband, unbelievable kind, generous and loving but just lacking in the flower department. Well all that changed on Thursday morning when there was a knock at the door. I was floored! Never expected it and promptly burst into tears! Thank you Mr D for spoiling me and surprising me!


So all in all, it was a brilliant way to turn 33. It was spent with great friends and my amazing husband and of course Lady Sadie! She bought me the new Lady Gaga CD which I'm told I need to share with her!

I'm looking forward to the next 12 months and celebrating again in style next year!

x

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