Birthday Bloopers – Gifts, Parties, Rites of Passage

This post is for Kim’s September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge!

Yesterday’s prompt – Commemoration: Where were you on September 11, 2001?

Remember Dori, my travel partner to the Delta Centennial Convention in D.C. this summer?

September 11, 2001 Commemoration


Well, I just happened to be traveling the campus of FVSU with my love at the time.  We lived in the same dorm next door to each other, we were line sisters, and we were pretty close way back then too.

We walked into the dorm and heard all of this madness.  She was very upset because she had a family member that lived there.

It was truly a sad day and I remember it well. My heart goes out today to all those affected by that day as we all cherish their memories on today.

Have you ever been disappointed on your birthday? If someone (family/friend) is in my life, I want him or her to feel special on his or her birthday.  I am like a kid in that regard.  I like to give AND receive 😉 !

Today’s prompt – It’s My Birthday. Share some of your birthday memories.  Be sure to check out the giveaway on Kim’s blog tomorrow for her birthday.  Today is an odd day.  I’m early 🙂 !

If you want to create some warm memories for MY birthday, here’s a clue…






  • ITunes
  • S&S Cafeteria/McAllister’s/Buffaloes
  • Fabrik
  • Dillard’s
  • BestBuy
  • Nordstrom’s
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Gas cards
  • Target
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Amstar 16 Movie Theater


  • I keep a Wish list at Mother’s Premier Jewelry Business
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallflowers
  • Perfume
  • Massage Certificate
  • Any dress
  • Nike Free Tri 2
  • UGGS/Riding Boots/Cowgirl Boots




I’ve had some pretty cool parties/celebrations over the years.


My friends and I decided to celebrate being 29 instead of the big 30! I decided to have an alter ego party!


Rx Fitness Lady Alter Ego Party

I’ve kept it kind of simple since then.



Then there was this year’s birthday….My Birthday Outing


Yes, that subtitle is a bit dramatic for birthdays, but like I keep telling you, birthdays are special to me.

The right of passage that occurs in my household (currently not married, means my immediate family household), we always let the birthday person choose the family dining outing.

It might not sound like much, but it’s pretty darn special in my book!

Birthday Dinner - Rx Fitness Lady

I chose Longhorn Steakhouse this year!


Birthday Faux Pas 

  • Forgetting my birthday! Call, text, email, facebook, tweet, Instagram me…so I know it’s real!
  • Frowning at the birthday restaurant I choose or complaining about the food all night!
  • Buying me clothes & accessories if we don’t share the same sense of style *side eye*
  • Skipping my party/birthday dinner WITHOUT AN EXPLANATION – If I invited you, YES YOU OWE ME AN EXPLANATION
  • Compliment that I look good for my age!

This year was my first birthday while having a blog! I sparked a heavy discussion on Facebook with the question “do you go to work on your birthday?” Geesh, the answers were everywhere!! I recapped my birthday outing and posted my bucket list with an optional link up!

It’s kind of fun having your own blog!

I have some fun and exciting updates coming in regard to the bucket list, stay tuned!

Might I throw in, if you want to look and feel your best on your birthday, Live Healthy and Active. Be Prosperous.

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Don’t forget, the 7 Day Mini Blog Challenge starts Monday at 7AM! Hope to see you there.  I’m very pleased with the participation so far. You can still link up! I can’t wait to read your posts!

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Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…

  • If you’re a “leapling” (born on Feb 29th) or you know one, when do you celebrate your birthday: Feb 28th or Mar 1st?
  • Traditionally, birthday day celebrations stop at death, how do you feel about   birthday wishes to the deceased on social networks?
  • What is a major birthday faux pas in your book? What do you do when people forget your birthday?
  • Do you go to work and/or workout on your birthday, IJS???
  • What is the “Rite of Passage” for birthdays in your household?

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Greetings, I'm Joi, a Pharmacist with a passion for fitness & a community leader. I teach BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, Tabata Boot Camp, & serve as a mentor to young girls. My goal is to inspire people to live healthy, active, & prosperous lifestyles through practical blog posts deliveries. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. You can view more post and subscribe to stay tuned to latest updates at Rx Fitness Lady.

43 thoughts on “Birthday Bloopers – Gifts, Parties, Rites of Passage

  1. Working on your birthday should be outlawed. Everyone should have that day off with pay lol. I have not celebrated or had a big party since my 21st birthday sad I know. My good friends don’t live in town and since my birthday is around Christmas everyone has holidays on their mind so I get left in the dust 🙁 I do make sure I do something for my birthday though for me. Each year I get myself one thing I have always wanted. Last yr it was my tablet this year I have no clue yet.
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  2. I think No. 2 on your Birthday Faux Pas list is a faux pas 24/7. If you don’t like the restaurant someone else chooses, the polite thing to do is not say anything. Keep it to yourself. The only exception to this is if everyone (and I mean every single person) in the party is commenting on the food/place. I’ve also definitely had No. 3 happen to me. I actually had a “friend” say to me “You have the style but not quite the style.” Yeah. Let’s just say she thinks menswear is cool while I like more feminine styles. Cute bday pics!
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  3. I have worked on my birthday many years. And – I always workout on my birthday!! (or run my age in miles – whichever!!)
    My number 1 B-day gift rule (really just applies to Chris) – no appliances – a gift should not be something I need, just something I want!!!
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  4. Well, Boo, you know my faux pas lies not in forgetting to say Happy Birthday, it’s forgetting to say it ON your birthday. How many times did I tell you happy birthday over the two week span that I thought it was on?haha
    We have the same tradition in my family. The birthday guy or gal gets to pick the events for the evening, unless there is a party planned at a house.

  5. A major faux pas is not greeting me on my birthday and giving me some lame excuse. Unless you were in an accident, hospitalized, seriously ill, or dead… hello? And the “looking good for your age” ish is getting very old (pun intended). Soooo tired of it.

    I do NOT work on my birthday. Why should I? Well it helps that my birthday is December 27 so I’m on vacation anyway. 😉 But I encourage everyone to take the day off. It’s your day, for goodness’ sake!

  6. So many great pictures! You have a beautiful family (and friends!) and NO, no working on your birthday! Unless you love what you do…:-)
    I’m READY for this blog challenge! I’m trying to figure out iMovie so I can get my commercial uploaded. It’s proving to be very frustrating work!!
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    • It was so frustrating wasn’t it. You did fabulous though!

      Yeah, I’d probably teach a group fitness class on my birthday 🙂 The pharmacy can kiss it though!

  7. I was in my car on my way to work on 9/11. We had a seminar in Chicago the next day and even though I was going through all the work stuff I remember how hard it was for me to accept that this was real. It was just a weird feeling.

    I would totally be peeved at poopooing my bday location choice!

    Gotta go back to work! See you on Facebook! 🙂
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  8. You have said a mouthful, Joi! Love your family and bday pics as always. My birthday last year was very special. It was the biggest thing I’ve ever done to celebrate. I’ll be talking all about it in my post tomorrow.

    I have friends who celebrate their birthdays for a whole week or a whole month. Two of my friends (husband and wife) throw themselves an individual birthday party EVERY YEAR. I’m typically low key about my bday. I’m fine with a nice dinner or a weekend in the French Quarter. Like I said, last year was unique. Tomorrow I will be straight chillin’. I’m OK with people doing shout-outs to the deceased on social media. I see it a lot. I think it helps those still here cope with their friend or loved one being gone. As long as my parents, my sister, and my husband tell me happy birthday–I don’t get upset about anyone else forgetting or not doing it.

    Be sure to link up this post tomorrow. Thanks for all the luv!
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    • I often wonder will I turn into a month long celebrating fool about my birthday. It’s so funny to me. My homie told me last week she is celebrating the entire 2014 for her 50th next year, lol!

  9. Lol! I love your list of birthday faux pas. I’m with you on every last one of those. I’ll have to double back on yesterday’s post. I’m pretty interested in ready that. Funny how some events are forever etched in our memory.
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  10. Ok, a major faux pas for me is if someone really close to me wishes me a happy birthday on Facebook, and not anywhere else! I mean, a text?? A call? In person? Something, you punks.
    A rite of passage in my house growing up was to pick out our own “junk cereal.” We were not allowed them usually. Then we’d choose what to do that day (summer birthday so no school for me) and choose dinner in or not, and then a homemade birthday cake and ice cream. And presents!
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  11. I think we should always make a big deal out of birthdays. You are celebrating someone’s existence! Letting them know the world is a better place to be in! So call! At least leave a message. And only facebook me if you live in another city. And for sure I pick where I want to go out and you better be super excited about it!! And a cake or cupcakes with candles please. Lit. And take a picture of me too:))
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  12. A month after I gave birth to my daughter my mom was visiting with the hubby and I. Can you believe that they were so excited over the baby (and rightfully so) that those jokers forgot my birthday?!?! I’ll admit, I was crushed. No card, no gift, no nothing! And when they finally realized it was my birthday, it was like, “Oh, that’s today???” Best believe it’s never happened again. 🙂

    Oh, and a Ooo-oop and Elephant Hugs to you!!!
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    • I’m late but Oo-oop, right back at you Kennie! I must say again, it has been a pleasure connecting.

      My dad did the same thing about 12 years ago. Trust, he is just like your peeps! He has not forgotten since!

  13. I think the major faux pas with me is just forgetting my day and sending a random text or calling about something else and not even acknowledging my birthday! That happened to me with a “friend” that didn’t text or call to say HBD all day, but then texted me a picture of their baby…now I love babies and all, but dang, you couldn’t say HBD? :-/
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    • I have been guilty of talking to someone on their birthday and forgetting. That stings when you realize it. I don’t want it done to me though!

  14. I have a friend who refuses to work on her birthday. I would take off every birthday if I could, but it’s just not always possible. I don’t mind remembrances for close family members who are always deceased on social networks…but usually only between family members (e.g. – personal facebook pages). Then again, my mom’s side of the family has a reunion every year in the dead of summer because it was my great grandmother’s dying wish that they always get together on her birthday. The reunion is now easily over 100 people strong and goes on for three days.
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  15. The happy birthday and changing the photo of the deceased kind of creeps me out. On of my Uncles does that every year for my grandparent’s birthdays and a lot of people do that. I can see saying “Today I’m thinking about so & so who would have been such and such age today” and sharing a photo of them.

    And girl that is a serious ANY Occasion faux pas – I invited you to come hang out with me and you are going to complain about THE PRICES, THE MENU, THE FOOD, THE SERVICE …ugh. There’s just no pleasing some people.
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    • You know Kenya, while I’m thinking about it…it creeps me out when it’s young people, but older people for some reason I don’t mind.

      What I really can’t stand is people changing their profile picture to the dead person’s on the anniversary. So many people had my cousin as their profile picture last summer it was pissing me off!

  16. I’m not big on my birthdays. I don’t mind if people forget my birthday. With my child’s bday so close to mine, I mostly forget it’s my bday and focus on theirs. I do like to celebrate certain birthdays by doing something special. I ran a marathon to celebrate turning 30 and plan to run a huge race to celebrate 40. I enjoy and appreciate my birthday celebrations if/when then occur, but if it passed quietly, I’m just as content.

    I also make an effort to wish those close to me happy birthday and celebrate with a gift to show how much I appreciate them. As my mom got older, we made sure to celebrate every year while she was alive.

    Occasionally when I’m missing my deceased parents, I’ll say happy birthday (on their birthday), but never associate an age with it.
    I work on my birthdays…
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  17. Hey Joi! Your family is so adorable! Too funny about the gift giving…IKR girl! Umm really, do we look like we have the same taste? Hahaha! I’ve always been taught you give the person something THEY like, not what YOU like, otherwise it’s not a gift. BUT, I’m always grateful…but do know, me and my sisters are going to crack up on you. I’m so picky Joi, my family already knows to give me cold hard cash(I’ve been like that since I was a little girl! 😀 Social media birthday wishes…yep, every since her death, I ALWAYS give my mommy a shout-out on her birthday and my sisters and I go out and celebrate. Faux pas…I wouldn’t consider this a faux pas, because they actually KNOW what they’re doing, so it’s not a boo boo…BUT people who KNOW it’s my birthday and deliberately don’t say anything. What do I do…why of course, I CAST THEM TO THE PITS OF H***. JUST KIDDING Joi! Bahaha! Since I don’t actually “go” in to work, I’ll slip into the office to see if the staff has planned something, but the ladies at the church always take me out the Friday after my birthday, which I am ALWAYS grateful for…they’re the BEST! We really don’t have a rite of passages. Just when the kids were little, for their major birthdays(1, 5, 10, 13 and 16), we always gave them a S.O. on t.v. and radio, other than that birthdays are pretty low-key around here. Just us, the kids, a cake and ice cream, AND you’d better be satisfied with that! 😀 Thanks for sharing Joi and thanks for linking up! Btw…I’m ready for next week!
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    • Too funny Michell! Do you know cash is the last thing I want. I really like for people to put thought into an actual gift, but then I’ll get disappointed if they don’t…so maybe I should reconsider the cash.

  18. I love the black dress you are wearing in a couple of the party pictures! You’ve documented some great moments from your birthdays, mine are always a little lame and one of the more undocumented things in my life. I always forget to take pictures which is so annoying.
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  19. I think birthdays are very special! They should be recognized even if it is in a small way. There are some birthdays that are vey special. These special birthdays should be made more special by someone who is very close to you. Here they are: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th , 16th, 18th, 21st, and all the birthdays that end with zero . Happy birthday wishes to all! I hope someone in your life will remember to make your birthday a special day!!!

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