Today I am forty.

Yesterday I was not.

I think that's kind of cool.

It's not nearly as tough as I thought it would have been a year ago, when I turned 39. Actually, I'm kind of excited to finally have an excuse when I say that the VMAs are completely over my head. When I was 26 I sounded like a loser. Now I just appear age-appropriate.

No doubt I'll have some more thoughts on forty soon, but not today. Today I'm going to draw some runes, try and sneak in a massage, refuse to watch TV, get all pretty, have dinner with some of my favorite friends in the world, drink me some fancy Prosecco, and troll for compliments.

I'm hoping for at least 10 sincere "WHAT? NO WAY THAT YOU'RE FORTY!"s before midnight. That would be even better than a pony.


Blogger Backpacking Dad said...

What? No way that you're forty!


Happy Birthday, Liz.

9/11/08, 12:07 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Its 11:11 here I think that calls for a birthday wish for you. And another.....
You're 40!?
8 to go~

9/11/08, 12:12 AM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Um... and I'm not just saying this because I heart you... You are the youngest 40 year old I've ever laid eyes on. Rock your birthday, mama. And 40 kisses on your cheeks as well.

9/11/08, 12:18 AM  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

Yeah, you're sneaking in a bit early here on the west coast. It's only 9:18 here, but I've been waiting all day until it would actually be your birthday to wish you happy birthday, SO, Happy Birthday!
And what? You're 40?!
You look fabulous darling!

9/11/08, 12:20 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

There's no way that you're forty! Happy Birthday lady!

9/11/08, 12:41 AM  
Blogger ScientistMother said...

congratulations on being alive for one more year! I LoVE birthdays as a reminder of how lucky we are. Hope you have an awesome day celebrating!

9/11/08, 12:45 AM  
Blogger Karen Sugarpants said...

Dude. You are SO fracking hot for 30...never mind 40! I had no idea! Happy birthday, beautiful.

9/11/08, 12:45 AM  
Blogger Mama Bree said...

WHAT?! No way that you're forty!!

I had no idea. Seriously.

Happy Birthday. :)

9/11/08, 1:29 AM  
Blogger nonlineargirl said...

It isn't midnight here, but since you so don't look forty, you must actually be 32 and are out dancing, so you'll get my birthday wishes when you come in a 4am, right?

Happy birthday!

9/11/08, 1:44 AM  
Blogger Georgia said...

Good god lady, I'll take what you've got when I'm 40! Happy birthday!

9/11/08, 2:29 AM  
Anonymous maya said...

Happy Bday Liz!
I am one of your quiet readers, reading mom101 for years. I have 2 girls (nammamane.com) ...a little behind you in time. You have wonderful kids! Enjoy that bday of yours :)

9/11/08, 2:34 AM  
Blogger J from Ireland said...

I really am shocked your 40. You REALLY don't look it. Happy Birthday.

9/11/08, 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday ...

and get ready for 41 .. this is when it really hit me !

9/11/08, 4:48 AM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Heck, I didn't think you were forty for at least a couple more years.

Have a drink for me tonight---I'll toast you with my vat of coffee this morning and hope the kids give you a zillion kisses.

9/11/08, 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Mir said...

You know that no matter your age, all you have to do to appear exceedingly youthful is stand next to me, right? "That costs WHAT? This music is too LOUD!" See? You don't look a day over 30, now!

9/11/08, 7:20 AM  
Blogger April said...

Happy Birthday!

Personally, I insist on Birthday Weeks. Which amounts to nothing more than me griping that I don't want to do dishes that week and hubby, reluctantly, getting up with the kids. (heh, guess that's kind of a big deal?).

Anyways, I digress, for the big four-oh, you should get at LEAST a week, probably more like four to six.

Happy Happy Birthday.

9/11/08, 7:43 AM  
Blogger Black Hockey Jesus said...

If you're 40, who was that babe that was just in Parenting Magazine?

9/11/08, 7:55 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Of course Liz doesn't look 40. She was blessed with the "young" genes. Remember the very youthful pictures of her young 90 year old grandmother she posted?

Happy Birthday! I wish at 33 I could look as young as you at 40!

9/11/08, 8:04 AM  
Blogger mek said...

What about a pony that says, "No way you're forty!" every time it sees you? Now that would be awesome.

9/11/08, 8:27 AM  
Blogger The Mrs. said...

Happy Birthday!!!

9/11/08, 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Pamela said...

Well, Liz, you and I must both be very young 40s (the new 30, dontcha know?), as my birthday is tomorrow. Who knew we were born one day apart? Have a good one!

9/11/08, 8:56 AM  
Blogger Marinka said...

I recommend telling people that you are 50. Then the compliments really start flying!

Happy Birthday!

9/11/08, 9:33 AM  
Blogger Wicked Step Mom said...

Happy Birthday! And I don't believe you, you are not 40. :)

9/11/08, 9:38 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

I agree with Marinka. I just turned 32 but I tell people I just turned 35 because I look effing amazing for 35.

And I tell people I have three kids, because I'm really skinny for having three kids.

Happy Birthday! Enjoy yourself!

9/11/08, 9:39 AM  
Blogger Feener said...

40 and fab !!

9/11/08, 9:57 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Happy birthday, Liz. Have a bite of cake for me, because I really like cake.

9/11/08, 10:02 AM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Welcome to the Dark Side!

9/11/08, 10:04 AM  
Anonymous MetroDad said...



9/11/08, 10:05 AM  
Blogger allysha said...

happy birthday!

9/11/08, 10:16 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Forty is new 29. Never forget that.

Love you madly. Happy birthday.

9/11/08, 10:21 AM  
Anonymous amy said...

Happy Birthday! You don't look a day over 30!

9/11/08, 10:25 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

Happy Birthday! Forty is the new 11th 29 or something like that.

9/11/08, 10:34 AM  
Blogger Hol and J said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy it no matter what you do.

9/11/08, 10:44 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Happy Birthday to you, you live in a zoo... No wait, that doesn't work, I'm not three. And you don't look a day over 26.

9/11/08, 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Busy Mom said...

Happy Birthday!

9/11/08, 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Happy Birthday! Mmmmmm... Prosecco!

9/11/08, 10:50 AM  
Blogger Issas Crazy World said...

Hmmm I woulda guessed 29 myself.

Happy birthday Liz. And hey, if my son is born today, I'll say he has an important birthday, he shares it with Mom-101. :)

9/11/08, 11:14 AM  
Blogger muskrat said...

Happy Birthday! Came over as a result of an invite from Motherhood Uncensored. It's my pretty bride's (34) birthday today, too, and one of my good friends from highschool (33).

Don't watch the news. Do something decadent.

9/11/08, 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Candy G. said...

OMG! I can't believe your 40! Not that 40 is old. No way no how.
It's not JUST that you look 32 it's that you are as hip and up to minute as someone who's in their mid 20's. And! So clearly have the energy and stamina of someone in the early 20's.
It's wonderful to have the wisdom of the years and yet the youthful appearance, attitude and energy of someone much much younger.
Happy Birthday to you!

9/11/08, 11:28 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

What?!? NO WAY that you're forty!!

9/11/08, 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Trust me, as someone who does not feel forty-something, you don't look forty either :) My post that day was titled "When I woke up I was Forty. Felt the same"-because really, it is just a number.

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Biiirthday dear Liiiz,
Happy Birthday to you!

big birthday smooches!!!

9/11/08, 11:37 AM  
Blogger Feeder of the Hungry Beans said...

40? No way!

(Actually, I prefer the attitude: "Yes, this is what 40 looks like. And it's great.")

9/11/08, 11:50 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Happy Birthday! I seriously thought you were turning 30. *Seriously!*

9/11/08, 12:14 PM  
Blogger jennster said...

happy birthday whore! if you're what 40 looks like, i'll take 10 of em!!! and then i'll stop whining about how old i'll be tomorrow! lol... xoxoxooox

9/11/08, 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! And remember, 40 is the new 30. But better.

9/11/08, 1:25 PM  
Blogger MindfulMama said...

Yeehaw! Happy Birthday. I can't believe i just said yeehaw.

9/11/08, 1:58 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

happy birthday!!

i hope i look that good at 40. seriously.

9/11/08, 2:02 PM  
Blogger Mayberry said...

Happy happy birthday, fabulous 40-year old!

9/11/08, 2:09 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Happy Birthday!!
40 paddywacks for you!

9/11/08, 2:10 PM  
Blogger Immoral Matriarch said...

Seriously - there's no way you're 40. I would have NEVER guessed you were anywhere close to that @ Blogher. Wow. You look amazing!

9/11/08, 2:19 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

*sings* Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Liiiiiz, Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to the youngest looking 40 year old mom on the planet.

9/11/08, 2:39 PM  
Blogger Trenches of Mommyhood said...

40 and fabulous! Enjoy your day!

9/11/08, 2:46 PM  
Blogger Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...


9/11/08, 2:50 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

You are all totally awesome. Even the lurkers have come out!

I should totally have a birthday every day. Unless that would make me 405 by this time next year.

9/11/08, 3:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

40? No WAY!

9/11/08, 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Lisse said...

Happy Birthday!

9/11/08, 3:33 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Happy Birthday! You don't look a day over 33. No worries, the VMAs have always been over my head, too.

9/11/08, 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What??? No way that you're 40!!

Happy B-day!!!

9/11/08, 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

40, that's so yesterday...at least 9.75 years worth of yesterdays. yikes!
I actually remembered your B-day yesterday based on I think last years post.

9/11/08, 4:35 PM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

Plus compliments don't require a stall that has to be mucked out.

Happy birthday, my friend. Here's to 40+ more.

9/11/08, 4:40 PM  
Blogger becky w. said...

Good to hear that 40 isn't evil. I will brace myself for my 39th coming up in a couple of months. Thanks for the warning, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I did see you in Parents and you do look great... wouldn't a guessed close to 40!

9/11/08, 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh? What? I thought you were a hundred and one! Isn't that what the blog title stands for? *confused*
Have a very happy birthday, you make 40 fabulous!

9/11/08, 6:25 PM  
Blogger erin said...

Happy Birthday, girl! Celebrate for a few days...after all, it's 40!

9/11/08, 7:03 PM  
Blogger Elaine A. said...

Ok, so the first commenter stole my line but here goes anyway!


Hope you've had a wonderful day. And forty is totally cool. It's the new 25, dontcha know? ; )

9/11/08, 7:19 PM  
Blogger Susan C said...

Let me be among the first to say that you look fabulous, darling, for 40 or any age. And you're brilliant to boot.

Happy Birthday!

9/11/08, 7:58 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Okay, enough folks have said it and I know it's true so I'll just say Happy Birthday Liz. And please be completely age inappropriate when celebrating this birthday (then post about it).

9/11/08, 8:17 PM  
Blogger SuZ said...

Okay, so everyone has already said it, but what the hell: WHAT? No Way! You're not Forty!!


Enjoy it!

9/11/08, 8:34 PM  
Blogger Chag said...

Happy Birthday!

9/11/08, 9:42 PM  
Anonymous raisingBoys said...

Happy birthday!

9/11/08, 9:42 PM  
Blogger blueschild said...

Happy Birthday Mom-101!
You are fabulous! (And now forty:)
xoxox Amanda

9/12/08, 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Helen said...

This is the first time I read your blog (so far I love it) lvhand.... I am thirty today! Happy Birthday!

9/12/08, 1:55 AM  
Blogger Starshine said...

I hope you got all the compliments and "What? No way you're 40!"s that a girl's heart could hope for!

Happy birthday!

And if it's any consolation, I'm not at all in touch with the VMAs either. And I'm only 34!

9/12/08, 2:11 AM  
Blogger gingajoy said...



p.s. the word verification says 'kok' (snicker)

9/12/08, 5:55 AM  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Happy birthday.

(You don't LOOK 40)

9/12/08, 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Johnathan said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.

9/12/08, 9:24 AM  
Anonymous my kids mom said...

I turned 40 last year and decided I'd done all the worrying at 39 and 40 wasn't so bad. It became a life assessment time. I got a physical with a mammogram, a skin cancer check, a cholesterol check, (all well) I got my eyes checked (20/20!) and I decided to quit hi-lighting my hair. Seems I already have hi-lights and they aren't so bad. I started the next portion of my life with a clean bill of health and a good attitude. So far, so good.

9/12/08, 9:56 AM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Damn, missed the cut off.

But as I said on Twitter the other day, you look younger than me and I'm four years younger than you. And not just a little younger. Like ten years younger than me so that would put you around 26. Sexy mama.

And now I will go away before I use the word "younger" again.


9/12/08, 2:32 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

happy birthday, young lady!

9/12/08, 3:07 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

Really? 40? Never would have thought it. Hope you had a fabulous birthday!!

9/12/08, 11:57 PM  
Anonymous Ree said...

I know there's no way I made the midnight cut-off since it's now Saturday, but "No way are you forty!"

9/13/08, 8:26 PM  
Blogger Grim Reality Girl said...

I'm late to the party, but there is NO WAY you can be forty!!!

9/14/08, 1:38 PM  
Anonymous mrs. q. said...

Happy belated Bday, Liz! I hope the only aches and pains you are feeling are from the alcohol.

9/15/08, 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Jerri Ann said...

I turned 40 almost 10 days ago...it was/is monumental. I got a tattoo....it is awesome...so mature and all....it is of Mickey Mouse's head....bahhahaha maturity, poo poo on maturity

9/15/08, 11:41 AM  
Blogger modmom said...

happy birthday liz!!!!

i am in shock that you're 40.
you don't even look 30 yet.

thank you for being our special bff :)

9/15/08, 3:58 PM  
Blogger tracey clark said...

welcome to the 40 club sister. it's not so bad.
and your a virgo. ha! perfect. me too.
happy birthday!

9/16/08, 12:41 AM  
Blogger caramama said...

Happy (belated) Birthday!!!

Here I thought I could trust you to be honest on your blog, tell the truth about things. Instead I get you lying to us about being 40!!! Listen, woman, I've seen pictures of you. There is NO WAY you are 40!

No matter what your age, you are one HOT MAMA!

9/16/08, 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ilina said...

Ah, a very happy belated birthday! I'll be joining you in the 40 club tomorrow. And you know what, you totally don't look 40.

9/16/08, 8:45 PM  
Anonymous StephW@ gomom.com said...

I'm super late to the birthday party, but feel a kinship because I turned 40 about a week before you. I can't believe how much better 40 is than 30! And, I LOVE when people say "WHAT?! No WAY you're 40!" I usually respond with something like, "See, it's good to be immature."
So... WHAT?! No WAY you're 40!!
Happy Belated Birthday!

9/22/08, 11:43 PM  

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