I couldn’t ask for a better day

I was woken up at 7 AM by a kiss on the forehead by Nefarious who crept up to our bedroom, worried I’d overslept my alarm and dying to wish me a happy birthday. I then rolled over, gave Caitlin the same, and climbed out of bed and headed down from the loft for breakfast and morning before-school rituals. The day was relaxed, watching a movie and clearing out the many hundreds of Facebook friend requests that I’ve let pile up. It was a good day to do it, being reminded of old friendships and having my page grind itself into an online traffic jam with a thousand wonderful messages of well-wishing. Thank you everyone, it means a lot to me to feel both relevant and cared for.

I got nicer presents than I could have hoped for, including some artwork from Nefarious and a giant toolbox for my casting supplies and some super big-boy Star Wars undies from Caitlin among other things (and I bought myself some lumber that I’m eager to make a mess of on the lathe). Caitlin made me my favorite supper — spaghetti — followed by an overwhelmingly delicious fresh cheesecake overflowing with fruit and berries and I’m going to see if I can survive another slice as we watch Survivor. Shane has asked me to be real clear that it’s fresh and incomplete because I wasn’t up to doing the expected final hour of the sit, but he gave me great session on my leg tattoo (in addition to the Nazi zombie himself not being done, he’s the only element we’ve laid down so far of this ambitious project).

That photo was surprisingly difficult to take by the way.

Anyway, tomorrow I’m spending at the hospital, which could be good or could be bad and which may or may not dictate what my treatment is in the immediate future, but today I couldn’t ask for a better day, and I couldn’t ask for better people to spend it with.


  1. Carli wrote:

    Happy Birthday Shannon – Glad you had a great day :)

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink
  2. Ella wrote:

    good to hear you had a good day, Shannon. The Zombie looks great, fresh or not. Sending you all the best vibes for your day tomorrow. xo.

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  3. alicegory wrote:


    happy birthday!

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  4. Katy wrote:

    Happy Birthday Shannon! What a fantastic day!

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink
  5. Gracie wrote:

    Happy birthday, Shannon! Here’s hoping the next year is as good as your day was.

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Permalink
  6. Thomas Pfeifer wrote:

    Happiest of Birthdays :).

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink
  7. HighlyRefinedPirate wrote:

    Happy Birthday and may I add that the tattoo is coming along very nicely.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 1:27 am | Permalink
  8. Tim wrote:

    Glad to read that you had such a wonderful birthday. Belated best wishes from me too!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 1:45 am | Permalink
  9. dresden wrote:

    Happy Belated!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink
  10. Rachel wrote:

    Happy Birthday Shannon!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  11. Surinder wrote:

    Happy Birthday!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  12. Dave wrote:

    Happy birthday old boy.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink
  13. Ania wrote:

    and best wishes from me, too!

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  14. MissJanet wrote:

    Late as usual, but – congratulations and best wishes from Germany

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  15. Dmitry wrote:

    Happy Birthday Shannon !
    Stay awesome !

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  16. Jes wrote:

    Happy Birthday! Best wishes to you and your family.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  17. Steph wrote:

    Happy birthday Shannon! Sounds like an amazing day to me :)
    From my own personal experience, taking a good picture of one’s leg tattoos is pretty ridiculous in the difficulty department.
    Shane does awesome work!
    Took me a second to realize that it was your beard making you appear as if you have killer leg hair ;)

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
  18. vytautas wrote:

    Have a good one! And the tattoo looks beautiful

    Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 2:07 am | Permalink
  19. Colby wrote:

    man that tattoo is bad fucking ass!

    Friday, January 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
  20. Joana wrote:

    Holy hell. You look amazing. I’m amazed. You amazed me.
    And, forgive me for saying so, but you look hot in this. ♥
    And I love your soaps. =D

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
  21. Matt Smith wrote:

    omg thats the best tattoo still to date in 2011!!! i want one it looks great happy late b-day shannon!!! what a kick ass tattoo

    Friday, July 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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