124 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Kate!

  1. Happy birthday!!

    May all the trolls have the blinders lifted from their eyes and bow down before your awesome wit and wisdom.

  2. Happy birthday!

    It’s going to be 80 degrees in Central California. As a birthday present, I will smugly present this information to you. Happy birthday! ;-)

  3. I feel incredibly close to you when I’m intoxicated, too.

    Huzzah!

    Seriously, do you think this weather is like the wrath of some sort of anti-obesity god? Because it seems TOO COLD to be a coincidence.

  4. Happy Birthday Kate! Here’s to eating your cake, your dinner, your donuts, your cheeses and whatever else you like on your birthday and any other day. Thank you for being a voice of sanity in an insane world.

  5. In the style of Melissa McEwan:

    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    You look like a postmodern Mae West,
    And I’m glad you’re going to come up and see me sometime, too!

    Can’t wait for the reading & reception in Cambridge next week! Happy birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday, Kate!!

    More weather blogging here: It was 29 when I came in to work this morning, 29!! Which is no -3, but this is Texas and I’ve never bought a coat!!

    Thankfully, it’ll be in the 60’s by lunch. :)

  7. It is a balmy 70 degrees in my office but I look outside at the grey and know it is below zero OUTSIDE! Happy birthday wishes! *huggles extra layers of fat* Man I’m glad I’m not thinner when it gets cold like this! ;)

  8. Happy Birthday, Kate!

    I will not rub your face in any warm weather. It’s 37 here. Which may be warm in comparison, but around these parts, we’re used to temps above 80. 130 is not unusual. So we lose our shit when it gets cold.

  9. Why don’t you come on out to San Francisco? It’s been in the mid-70’s all week here!

    I’m doing that next month! Weather better hold!

    And OMG, Piffle, homemade caramels sound amazing.

  10. Why don’t you come to DC? It’s 19 with wind chill today, but that’s WAY warmer than Chicago!

    Happy birthday! I was gonna send you a someecards card but now I don’t have to. :)

  11. Happy Birthday to You!!

    It’s cold here but the sun is shining. I hope you get some sun too. And your favorite cake if you like cake.

  12. -3 and you’re complaining.????

    Good thing it’s your birthday :)

    was -22 this morning when I went to start the car. a heatwave has moved in an it’s now about -18.
    Early reports this week had it dipping to -40 tonight but that has been updated to a low of -28.
    (all temps in Celcius – to calculate F degrees (temp x 2) +30 = F degrees (give or take a degree) ).

    KatesCousinNancy in the frozen tundra of Canada.

  13. I’m in Chicago – can I borrow a banhammer for anyone who’s anyplace where it’s 40 degrees or more?? (I kid, of course, because I love.)

    Happy birthday, Kate!

  14. Happy Birthday, Kate!

    Since all I can see out the window is snow and fog, I won’t gloat. I will send hope that your future cold is mostly confined to booze.

  15. Early reports this week had it dipping to -40 tonight but that has been updated to a low of -28.
    (all temps in Celcius – to calculate F degrees (temp x 2) +30 = F degrees (give or take a degree) ).

    My understanding that 40 below is the point where the two scales converge, so I guess that if it did drop that low, that would be the silver lining?
    This unnecessary display of trivia brought to you by Kate’s Kiss-my-ass Krispies. You’ll love the baby flavour so much, you’ll eat 2 boxes instead of just one!

  16. Happy Birthday Kate! Here in Nashville we’re having the coldest weather in the last twelve years, so hooray for commiseration!

  17. A virtual baby-flavored donut is being consumed in your honor; I had a filling replaced this morning, and I’m too numb to enjoy eating the real thing.

  18. Happy Birthday, Kate! You’re one of the awesomest broads I know and I hope this year was even better than the last (for you, cause it sucked for everyone else) <3<3

    And that’s the same someecard I was gonna send!

  19. Happy Birthday Kate! :-D Sending you baby flavoured donut ice-cream from New Zealand. (Because… the ice-cream here is better than the donuts, tastes WAY better than being thin feels!)

  20. Many happy returns of the day.

    Did you just say you’ll be in SF next month? Because I would like to buy you a drink, or possibly dinner.

  21. Happy birthday from sunny California… although I for one would prefer some cooler and rainier weather. Does that count for a non-ban? ::perks up and looks around anxiously as crickets chirp in the background:: Anyone…?

  22. Did you just say you’ll be in SF next month? Because I would like to buy you a drink, or possibly dinner.

    Oh, thank you so much. I’m honestly not sure what my schedule will look like (it’s a work thing for Al, I’m tagging along), but shoot me an e-mail, and we can see.

  23. It’s freezing here, too.

    Happy birthday! My present to you is me telling you that I voted for the guy we’re inaugurating next week :) (First time I voted in a presidential election, too!)

  24. Sending you baby flavoured donut ice-cream from New Zealand. (Because… the ice-cream here is better than the donuts, tastes WAY better than being thin feels!)

    JAFFAS. Fuck ice cream.

    Also what are those toffees my NZ friends used to send me, those were great too.

    Also, Jaffas.

    (Answer: Mackintosh, and it looks like the brand is Canadian originally, and I can order some from Amazon. Score. No Jaffas though.)

  25. Erm, that link was to wish Kate a happy birthday, obv.

    Also it’s about 11 here, and going to get colder tomorrow. I plan on not leaving the house again until Saturday.

    DRST

  26. Cold? It must be 70 degrees here, warmer than summer. I love this weather, but wish for our farmers, and for that nasty peepee ammonia smell all over the sidewalks, that it would rain.

    Happy Birthday, Kate!

  27. Happy birthday to a fellow January baby (mine’s on the 29th, and it will probably still be cold as a witch’s tit in Maryland when it rolls around). Gotta love winter birthdays when you’re living in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, or wayyyyyy up north!

  28. Happy Birthday!

    Your birthday is the same as my boyfriend’s! Yes, I’m fat and I have a boyfriend who was born and everything.

  29. ( Also, Mackintosh was my growing up “buy it at the store when I had any money at all” treat, and it is suddenly, shockingly absent from my local grocery store. I may need to order it online. Not right! )

  30. *builds Kate a birthday cake out of baby-flavored doughnuts, sticking them together with extra baby-flavored frosting*

    Happy birthday!

    I moved away from Florida because I seriously couldn’t handle all that warmth and sunshine year round. Is that unnatural? Now I’m back in Minnesota where I know how to cope with sub-zero temperatures.

  31. Happy birthday!!!

    It’s, uh, about zero here in Cleveland, with a wind chill of MAJORLY DISGUSTING. And here I am, contemplating moving to somewhere COLDER.

    Yikes.

    *hugs her space heater*

  32. Here’s a birthday dessert just for you Kate:

    If I had Photoshop, I would have made a Happy Birthday cake with lol your fat on it. Maybe someone else here can do it for me *g*

  33. I know this is your birthday thread and all, but did you get a long down coat last year? You totally inspired me to get one (yes! it’s ok if fatties look fatter to stay warm!) and I was walking around Wisconsin today, where it’s colder, albeit not very much, than Chicago in my toasty Land’s End commuter coat.

  34. *gasp* I have the same birthday as Kate Harding? That’s way too exciting! Happy birthday from the UK, where there’s only an hour of it left!

  35. Geez, you guys ban people for having 80 degrees? We’re having 104 today! (I had to Google the conversion LOL that’s 40 Celcius).

    I think I’d rather have your weather, at least there could be snow!

    Happy Birthday Kate!

  36. Happy birthday, Kate! Thanks for being such an awesome blogger and voice of sanity. Enjoy your day!

    It warmed up a tiny bit here today. It’s been around -40 all week, but today it’s only -15. (That’s Celsius, Googling the conversion tells me it’s 5 F.) That’s not warm enough for banning, right? :P

  37. Happy birthday, Kate. I’ll be happy to send you up to fifteen of our San Diego degrees Fahrenheit for a present.

  38. Happy Birthday and thank you for all the wit and wisdom! Donuts for everyone.

    (I can’t brag about any balmy weather, but I did make the mistake of telling a friend in Chicago via email that I was off to the gym and wasn’t looking forward to the mile walk because it’s 15. She said, “15 ABOVE and you’re complaining!?” Oops! Stay warm…..)

  39. Break out the banhammer for me–it’s 80 here too. Ah, San Diego! Of course, I’d like it be more normal and in the 60s, but I’m weird that way.

    Happy Birthday Kate. Please remember that you have become a valued part of many people’s lives! You’ve certainly made a difference in mine–and we’ve never even met and I don’t think that matters!

    Kim

  40. Happy birthday to you, you live in a shoe…
    You smell like baby-flavoured cheesecake…
    And you eat donuts too,
    yes you do.

    MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY

  41. After having thought about it, I’ve decided that the baby donuts story was made up and released especially for Kate’s birthday. Because, seriously.

  42. Happy birthday Kate! It’s finally warming up here, but I totally sympathize with your weather situation because it’s been brutally cold for the past month or so.

  43. Happy Happy Birthday!

    And since that picture for some reason reminds me of Oregon Trail, don’t die of cholera.

  44. Happy birthday Kate!

    Here’s my rendition of the traditional birthday song sung in our house:

    You’re older than you’ve ever been and now you’re even older
    and now you’re even older
    and now you’re even older
    you’re older than you’ve ever been and now you’re even older
    and now you’re older still!
    /sing

    Don’t blame me, blame They Might Be Giants, and the fact that I hate it when people sing me Happy Birthday.

    *birthday dance for you*

    :D

  45. Fillyjonk,

    By “Jaffas,” do you mean those cakey-cookie-orange gel-chocolate-dipped things?

    They have those in grocery stores in Massachusetts, in the “ethnic” section with the Irish oatmeal and Barry’s Tea and mushy peas.

    Want some?

  46. Yaaaaay happy birthday Kate! You taught me how to be angry about shit, and then I taught other people, and it is SO GREAT. Thank you for everything, I hope you have a great year.

    They have those in grocery stores in Massachusetts, in the “ethnic” section with the Irish oatmeal and Barry’s Tea and mushy peas.

    *blinks* Irish oatmeal is ethnic? (There’s nothing like a bit of unexamined-ethnocentricity-challenging first thing in the afternoon.)

  47. SHIT! I missed Kate’s birthday?????

    I hope it was happy, even though it was motherfucking cold.

    (blows party horn and dons stupid, pointy hat)

    The wishes may be belated, but they are nonetheless sincere.

    Here. Have a baby-flavored birthday cake.

  48. ::the head examination reveals wind, fog and occasional outbreaks of peanut butter::

    I love that “Older” song.. me and the kids sing it in the car to my mother who thinks it’s rude hur hur hur.

    Happy Day-AFTER birthday, Kate! Remember, it’s perfectly all right to continue celebrating all week or month if you prefer.

  49. Kate’sSisterJ, the cakey-cookie-orange gel-chocolate-dipped things are “Jaffa Cakes”. Jaffas are chocolate coated in an orange flavoured candy coating. Sort of like a large M&M but orange and spherical and just all-round better.

    Hippo Bathday, Kate!

  50. Happy Belated Birthday, Kate! (I’m just back in town so only now seeing this.) As an example of all the ways that you’ve made my life better by blogging, here is a verbatim exchange I had with my 4 y.o. today.

    Me: Do I like corn dogs? I can’t remember.

    Son: Mommy, listen to your body.

  51. I know I’m a few days late, but happy birthday!

    Also, you don’t have to ban me. It was a sweltering 9 degrees out this morning in New York.

    Also, no one brought up this one?

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