Keeping the Cat IN the Bag

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Today was K’s birthday.  He turned the big 30!  I just knew I had to do something special for him so that he would feel that it was a little more special than years past.  The picture above is of the card I gave him 😉  Fitting coming from someone who is clearly obsessed about cats, right?  🙂  He laughed pretty hard.  I even had Chester sign the inside:



If that doesn’t show you how much of a dork I am, then I don’t know what will.  I’m kind of at that age now where I just don’t give a crap what other people think about me 🙂  It was more for laughs anyway.  I surprised him with a little cake as well.  Unfortunately, the awesome gift I got him hasn’t arrived yet!  This day was almost perfect, but it will must be an extended birthday I guess 🙂  I would tell you what it is, but he reads my blog!

This week I worked on setting up a surprise birthday party for him.  Let me tell you, this wasn’t easy!  Not because he’s difficult to surprise.  That’s not it at all.  He’s actually very easy to surprise and he reacts SO well.  Hours later, he says he was still in shock 😉  No, the problem lies with me.  I make great surprises when I succeed at them, but I have a terrible habit of spilling the beans too soon!  Especially with K.  I love to surprise him, but he somehow manages to get it out of me.  My sister is the same way.  I always end up giving in and let the cat out of the bag.

Well, I was determined this week to NOT give in.  I invited all of his friends and colleagues via an email invite, which believe it or not is quite successful with the college crowd because everyone uses email.  Many of the people I invited were out of town because it is a holiday weekend and I figured that, but some of our closest friends and his advisor made it.  I made a reservation at the neatest little local restaurant I’ve ever been to.  If I’m not mistaken, all of the food is local and organic and VERY delicious.  It’s called Farm, which is fitting because they get most of their produce from local farms.

Holding back that secret all week was killing me!  I felt that the stress would just simply disappear if I could only blurt out that I was throwing a surprise party for him.  Finally Saturday came and 7:30 rolled around and we started heading out the door.  Even though I’ve had an unsettled stomach all day, I finally made it.  Luckily I got him moving!  I didn’t think he was wanting to go, but I got dressed up and he followed suit.

As we started leaving, of course, the one night we ever go out it started to rain, but we made it to the restaurant before it poured.  Here’s what it looks like:


We walked in and I instantly loved the place.  I mean, it’s decorated with awesome antiques and cute, rustic farm equipment.  I walked to the front desk and said that I had a reservation for Megan.  She walked me to a table where our friends and his colleagues were waiting.  He was confused at first, but then in total shock.  It was so adorable 🙂  We had a few shared entrees. I got my favorite gin and tonic and K got an absolutely nuclear bloody Mary.  It was fun 🙂

Now we are home, taking it easy and it’s pouring outside.  I sitting here on the couch with my laptop, wrapped in a blanket and sipping peppermint tea.  It’s been a pretty good day, stress and all 🙂  I’m glad I did it because it’s important to remember that not everything in life is about my needs and comfort.

Thanks for reading.



52 thoughts on “Keeping the Cat IN the Bag

  1. I never succeeded in keeping the secret til the party. Another problem is Christmas gifts — I have to do most of my shopping online, and order it shipped directly, because I know my giftees won’t open them early. Sounds like a lovely party, and I think it’s great you kept the secret. Good for you!

    1. I could see my dad and brother being two difficult men to surprise, but K on the other hand, is great with surprises. He is not afraid to show his surprised face 😉 He’s so cute. Thank you for the nomination! That’s very kind of you 🙂 I’m terrible at getting to awards, to be honest, but it means a great deal to me 🙂

      1. My brother is awful at being surprised, but I manage to get him every once in a while. This year he’s all up in my business about his birthday, which is in a little over two weeks. I told him to be more concerned with MINE seeing as how he only has so many shopping days left and I didn’t receive so much as a card from him in the past two years. If I didn’t do nice things for myself, nobody would.
        You’re welcome for the award. Just post the picture on your blog, no need to do the entire thing as I did. Most people don’t, and that’s ok.

      2. Your brother sounds a lot like mine 🙂 He is not the greatest at surprising or getting gifts, but that’s ok. I know that he’s just like my dad when it comes to that, so he gets it honest. I have to just surprise myself otherwise no one would! 🙂 That’s not true, my mom does 😉

      3. I think it’s an American male thing. Guys from other countries are so different with their sisters. I’m kind of in awe of the relationships sometimes.
        For as long as I can remember, my brother has been the kind that wants to know about his gifts before his birthday. I like to be surprised. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many surprises left at this point. It takes a lot to shock or impress me.

      4. I still have lots of surprises left in me 🙂 I just don’t have anyone to really do them! Well, aside from Chester, he surprises me constantly.

  2. Hi Megan,

    I’m hopeless at keeping surprises too. My brother in law had a surprise birthday for my sister in July…It killed me not telling her! Lol So, I get it!! 🙂
    Love the card,hysterical! 🙂 Bummer about the rain, but at least you made it inside unscathed!
    Glad you had a great time.Love to you. Paula xxxx

    1. Thank you Paula 🙂 THe card is adorable. I found it at Hallmark of course 😉 We definitely made it home just in time. The thunder was so loud that it set my car alarm off at 2 am! 🙂

  3. I am so proud that you were able to keep the secret. Your love for K shows through clearly. I do not think the card was dorky at all considering your mutual love of cats. I am glad you had a great day.

    1. Thank you dear 🙂 It was definitely a great day. We are still getting good laughs out of the card 😉 I’m thinking about putting it up in my cubicle at work!

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