Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Cinco Moth-irth-sary

Most people spread their personal little festivities throughout the year. I stupidly have crammed them all together within a 9 day window of opportunity. Starting on my birthday on May 4th and ending on my anniversary on May 12th it’s just a whirlwind cluster f*ck.


The Big Tuna took Sheldon and me to a new fancy pants restaurant that featured Nuevo Italian food to rejoice that I haven’t turned 50 yet, thank goodness. Someone pointed out that my birthday had a Star Wars theme, “May the Fourth be with your”. Great, I can remember when it came to the movie theater, pre DVD box set and Blue Ray. The ladies in the pack enjoyed the feast but the lone male doesn’t like any deviations from classic man dishes. It was like getting a toddler to try a new food group, not open to modification of the basic food pyramid of beer, beef and potatoes. In some ways I should be grateful, if he won’t try newfangled fare, it reinforces that he won’t trade me in for a shiny trophy wife.

Next, Cinco de Mayo overtakes Phoenix as the gringo Mexican Independence Day. Clogging the streets with happy hour seeking vagrants in search of cheap beer and tacos. Interesting enough, Mexico’s break from Spain occurred on September 15th and this date just marks some giant hissy fit they had with the French. Fighting my way out of downtown past road blocks for block parties afforded me the opportunity to observe the office tipsy office workers in their native habitat. Men wearing Bluetooth sets in their ears, looking like baby cows that had been punch tagged and ladies wearing sneakers clashing with business attire like eighties fashionistas. This of course mingled in with the religious fanatic who shows up and plays his accordion outside of Starbucks everyday. Trapped in my car, light after light after light. Grrrrrrrrrr……..move before I run your tostados over.

Today, Sheldon arranged to take me, my Sistah and Bebe for afternoon wine tasting to celebrate Mother’s Day. You know afternoon wine, the one you drink and still get home in time to fall asleep on the couch to get out of making dinner. Sheldon is fairly new to wine, last time we went out she ordered a glass of Sha Bliss. Sha Bliss I ask? Sweetie, I think you mean Chablis. This week’s recipe might win for the easiest recipe ever.

Spinach-Ravioli Bake
15 ounces frozen cheese ravioli
6 ounce bag fresh spinach
24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Optional
2 cups mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with minced garlic.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine ravioli, spinach, sauce and mushrooms in casserole dish. Cook covered with foil for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue covered for additional 15 minutes. DONE! And only one dish to wash.

Thursday will mark our 29th anniversary, I will of course have a very special post outlining our years of swapping marital spit. And then…….my party boat will be over. I’ll have to move to all those community holidays, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Arbor Day…….At least I’m not a Christmas baby.

Update: It seems like I wrote my paid gig post eleventy weeks ago but the puppy is rolling out at www.inthepowderroom.com on Monday morning. Comment lots to make me look like a rock star and be sure and read my profile for secret personal information that I will have to kill you if you reveal.

42 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Happy birthday/anniversary! While you will be celebrating your anniversary, I will be celebrating my birthday! Happy May 12th!

Hilary said...

Happy birthday, anniversary, every day....I now get your star wars theme. On 5/4 I couldnt understand why every
one was posting about the day....until I caught a glimpse of the news...it still took a while but I did get it....as for wine tasting...that,s the best!!!

Suz said...

Happy Everything-Day, but especially Mother's Day!

Becca said...

Happy Cluster F*ck of events! :)

Mrs4444 said...

Wow--That recipe sounds wonderful! I think I will make it this week! Thanks.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!Anniversary!!Mother's Day!

Ami said...

Happy Birthday!

::uploading confetti:::

Red Nomad OZ said...

Amazing! You don't look ANYTHING like your 'About Me' photo ...

And why not round out the whole celebration by buying a lottery ticket? Surely all that energy in one time & place has gotta do some good!!

Mark said...

Oh my, so many topics in this post.
First, Happy Mother's Day! Okay, that's done. I will try to remember to go visit that site tomorrow morning.
Have a great day! Mark

Mamma has spoken said...

With all that together, at least hubby won't forget to do something for it. Or maybe he's getting off too easily with one big shabang :o/

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

Happy Moth-irth-sary! Hmm, afternoon wine, sounds like a good plan for today. I'll check it out tomorrow and hey, it's looking pretty awesome around here!

Java said...

We have the same birthday!! How awesome! Happy belated and Happy Mother's Day too!!

The Zadge said...

Happy Birthday fellow tall Taurus! You can add my birthday - May 18 - if you want to keep the party rolling for another 6 days!

blueviolet said...

That dish sounds like just my thing. I can't believe how much was going on for Cinco de Mayo there!

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Laoch of Chicago said...

I a frightened to ask (but will anyway), what might nuevo Italian food be?

Carri said...

Happy birthday! :)

Missy said...

Happy Everything Day!
May is a ClusterF*ck month for us too!

Jenn at Sweet T Makes Three said...

You had me at frozen ravioli. That sounds so simple and delicious. Happy Crazy May!

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

Happy all occasions, Mrs. Tuna! May the force be with you. And seriously, I don't care how much your people's feet hurt, do not wear sneakers with a work outfit!

The Onion said...

Happy Bday Mrs. Tuna! I like to read your recipes...but I need to actually make something. Soon, soon.

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Not Blessed Mama said...

mrs tuna, i see you on powder room blogs!!! congrats!!!

Clare and Gary said...

Happy Birthday / Anniversary...

Congrats on being published... I feel honoured reading!..

Oh and that looks super easy..I might try it!

Kathy (p/t writer, f/t mom) said...

happy cinco-anniversa-birthday and you wrote this after a wine tasting???? And especially, thx for the luv on my blog and broken tush. so appreciate my virtual support group. Send over this virtual ravioli casserole PLEASE!

Heather said...

Definitely a whirlwind. Glad you made it thorugh ok.
This recipe sounds so good to me, but will not fly without the addition of meat. My family...what am I going to do?

Ms Bibi said...

Happy birthversary!

I thought I had it bad....having wedding anniversary the same day as Mother's day this year.....no I don't feel that bad,lol.

Sounds like you had tons of fun everywhere you went.

Trooper Thorn said...

That's like having the week of Hannukah combined with Mardi Gras and Superbowl!

Julie said...

Well, at least once your birthday AND Mother's Day AND your anniversary are over, Arbor Day still rocks.

It's the perfect excuse for afternoon wine followed by a nap and no cooking.

You make me smile. So I will head over to your paid gig and comment.

It's imperative that you look like a rock star this week ~

Hope it's extra happy.

twelvedaysold said...

Oh my gosh, that line about your muffin top about killed me.

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Sandra said...

As my husband said in a note he left me about the housework that needed to be done: "Git 'er done baby!"
Going to read you at the Powderroom!

1 Funky Woman said...

Sha~Bliss, I love it! She sounds like me ordering a glass of wine!

I always find it funny that we Americans celebrate Cinco De Mayo, but Americans love any opportunity to partay!

I love hearing other marital spit swapping stories, bring it on!

Happy birthday, anniversary, no cooking and whatever else we should celebrate!

Megan

Kelly L said...

Love your humor - You rock. Living here in So. Cal we definitely had our share of Hard Party Cinco Fans - cracked me up... But what a great excuse to drink a shot of Tequila!

I've Become My Mother
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S said...

A huge thanks for stopping my little ol' blog tonight and leaving a comment. I thoroughly enjoy your writing. You have a great comedic voice. Uh hello, you had me at "cluster f*ck"!

Danial123 said...

Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before.
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Cathy said...

Whew, you've got a lot going on in the space of a few days. Happy everything.

Milk-2Sugars said...

busy busy! How was the italian food? what did you have? (you'll have to excuse me, im hungry)

have a good anniversary tomorrow! xx

Phoenix Rising said...

One of my favorite easy recipes is frozen ravioli cooked in a can of enchilada sauce with a couple black olives and mexican cheese sprinkled over it. That's how you kill Cinco de Mayo in MY kitchen!

CkretsGalore said...

Happy Everything!!
Your comment about not being traded in for a shiny trophy wife cracked me up. What is with men (of the heterosexual variety) and their whole not straying from meat and potatoes diet?

Mary said...

That ravioli bake really sounds fantastic. This is my first visit to your blog, so I've been exploring and poking about. You've created a interesting spot for your readers to visit and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Michelloui | The American Resident said...

Oh wow! Happy All of It! And well done on the Powder Room post.

Mrs4444 said...

It's in the oven! Thanks again!

Mrs4444 said...

And now it's in my belly--YUMMMMMMMMM!