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On my birthday, my husband tweeted…

So I, his loving wife, sent him a direct message on Twitter…

At this point, Rick logs off Twitter and I can only assume in an effort to keep our marriage spicy by communicating on various social media platforms, sends me a text….

“It’s a beautiful lyric from a John Denver song.”

And I write back…

“Oh. That’s really nice. I’m not too familiar with that song. I thought your Twitter account has been hacked.”

In my defense, my local congressman says a lot of Twitter accounts have been hacked. And I never heard Rick ramble about forests or his senses so I was genuinely concerned about his well being.

The night of my birthday we went to an amazing restaurant called Blue Hill at Stone Barns. We immediately run into a couple we used to know from the city who are getting married next month. MARRIED. FOR THE FIRST TIME. I can’t even believe it. Because I feel like I got married roughly 300 years ago.

So after we say our goodbyes to them, I say…

“Look at them – doing the tasting for their wedding in a few weeks. It’s so romantic. I want to get married again!”

“To me?” Rick asks.

“Yeah, sure it could be you.”

Before Rick is completely overwhelmed by my lavish compliments, the courses start coming. There is no menu. The chef just sends out the freshest, most creative, incredible food. Although I did make a request for no innards. Because animal organs just bum me out.

For some reason, the first appetizer is just two potato chips which was really for the best because I was completely stuffed at the end of this meal of many courses.

But in the beginning, we were offered two chips, a big one and a little one.

I gave Rick the big one even though it was my birthday.Β  My love really knows no bounds.

Thanks honey for a perfectly wonderful birthday.

You light up my senses in the John Denver forest. Or something like that.

39 Responses to turning 40 something isn’t so bad

  • Jenn says:

    Happy Birthday Kelsey! I hope is was wonderful. Hubby and I want to get remarried too. We’re not quite at 300 years, though, but I’m sure they’ll let us anyway.

  • Honest Mum says:

    Well that is very romantic and I like the fact he continued the conversation off Twitter. He’s a good egg that one! Go on, get married again! I love a wedding and got two (!!!) to the same man, one abroad in South Africa and a Big Fat (but totally classic) Greek wedding too. I’m greedy though and would have another! Not sure the Father of the Bride agrees though! Happy Birthday!

  • Heather says:

    Glad you had a great birthday and I hope I look as good as you when I turn 40. Which is in just 2.5 years, so hurry up with the tell-all book of how you do it!

  • Kelsey kleiman says:

    Happy Birthday! We love Blue Hill. Once after Brunch there we walked through the farm and saw a horse being born. Or maybe it was a cow. Whatever it was, it was magical.

    Also, random thought…I think you should make a
    Mix “tape” for Rick. I think old married couples ought to start doing that. Not that you’re old but you know what I mean. It’s such a sweet gesture that need not only be those first months of love.

    Anyway, I think I’m going to work on one for Dennis!

  • Becky says:

    Great way to spend a birthday! I’m glad you got to specify no animal organs – that would have bummed me out too.

    Tell Rick thanks for the John Denver on autoloop, which I now can’t shake from my head.


  • Megan says:

    Happy Birthday! In my household, I’m the one who loves JD and Todd can’t stand him. 40 something is great! Let’s get together to celebrate! xo

  • annie says:

    Happy 40th! May it just keep getting better and better…maybe next year you’ll get Jim Croce lyrics. Or are you too young to know who that is? πŸ˜‰

  • Betsy says:

    Happy birthday. If you get married soon, you will have a battle for flower girl among your girls. You should wait a little while. Wouldn’t it be cute to see the babies walking down the aisle?

  • Jen says:

    Happy Birthday, Kelsey! Big hug to you and your handsome Rick. Hope to see you this summer when we’re in town.

  • Jen says:

    !Happy Birthday, Kelsey! Big hug to you and your handsome Rick. Hope to see you this summer when we’re in town.

  • Trish says:

    Aww, happy birthday! It’s nice of your husband to even make any sort of romantic attempt. This year my spouse brought home a bad attitude, ice cream and some nonsense about “i thought of your gift, but you have to buy it”. I don’t know where he gets his sense of romance and ceremony–his father breaks into tears EVERY TIME he hears John Denver. Again, HB.

  • Lotte B says:

    Happy Birthday…(sorry I’m late…I can’t even give the timezones the blame as I’m 6 hours ahead of you…).

    We want a second wedding!!! Oh yes…

  • Stasha says:

    Happy B’day! I was camping in the forest this weekend, my ears were filled by the screaming mavens every morning just before dawn. If that is what John and Rick were talking about, it is a whole lotta luv.
    I hope you did not give him the bigger piece of cake too?

  • anymommy says:

    Thank god other people knew the song. I thought Rick and I were going to be the last John Denver nerds left alive! happy, happy, happy birthday, Kelsey. xo.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    You just turned 40, I must have blinked. Are the twins in grade school yet? Is Dylan engaged yet? Summer must be gettng ready to graduate college. That’s how life goes…just enjoy every minute….When you start meeting young people who never heard of Hitler, you’ll know you’re OLD.

  • laurie says:

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy the 40’s (I’ll be there next year). LOVE Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Have been with husband for brunch and dinner. Have taken the kids there in nice weather to walk around, see animals and eat lunch – yummy, gourmet food from their cafe to eat outside.

  • happy birthday! The forties as a decade aren’t bad – Blue Hill in the city is one of our fave restaurants and i’ve just decided that we need to pilgrimmage to Stone Barns when we’re in town next. Yum. John Denver…okay that’s an ear worm a person could (almost) live with. Be glad he didn’t write that you light up his life. Because that’s the ear worm of death…

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