Friday, December 28, 2007

I WISH WE COULD DO WHAT THEY DO IN KATROO! (My birthday is the 28th - but I wrote the post last night and blogger just is NOT that advanced. So I'm really one day younger than you thought. I changed the post date to today.)

Recognize that line? From my favorite Dr. Suess book, "Happy Birthday to You!" Today am pretty much dead-on middle aged. Half my life behind, half ahead. Feel free to taunt and/or congratulate me.

In autism years I'm about 432, just older than the Vampire Lestat, if anyone even remembers Anne Rice's magnificent vampire series of many years ago. Ruined by a blond Tom Cruise (Ugh! My eyes!) Now paranormal is normal and I've read over at Nathan Bransford's agent blog that Vampires are (un)dead. But I'm not worried because I don't write in the paranormal genre. I dipped my toe into PN with my book - and then pulled it out of the blood. Not my thing right now. In fact, I suck at it. (Get it? Bad vampire joke?) Ask my agent. (See his head nodding?)

Have you heard Anne Rice is now a Super Catholic? Check out her site HERE but get ready to be bombarded by Ave Maria and to feel utterly lost if you're looking for the amazing author of many years ago. Oh I'm sure she's still an amazing writer. But you'll feel like you have to whisper and badomble into her site on your knees. (You do know how to badomble, don't you? It's a Catholic thing. See this photo with the cross? That's from the LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, MA. You have to go up those stairs on your knees. It's a penance; "If it hurts it must be good for my soul and since Jesus suffered for my sins I can suffer a little too." I call it badombling up the steps. My folks try to go there every year. I grew up going there. I don't know why Protestants don't kneel in Church the way we Catholics do. Feel free to explain.) Dang, am I off track again? Sorry.

I don't think Anne Rice writes about vampires any longer. Ah the irony, from the undead to the born again! I'm onto Charlaine Harris, whose Sookie Stackhouse series is a pip.

Back t0 my birthday. How old you ask? Well, if I had a theme song it would be, "Oh what a night! Late December back in......" Got it? Old. In autism, vampire and human years alike. But happy. Content. Blessed. No complaints from me.


Mom26children said...

Have a Great Birthday. Patrick, our oldest son, turned 8 yesterday.
Time sure flies when you are having fun.
Hope yall had a blessed Christmas also.

Kim Stagliano said...

Thanks, J. I like my Dec. birthday. Does Patrick mind? I never had to go to school on my birthday and we always had a skating or movie party. It was like Christmas was extended for me. My Mom always did a REAL birthday for me too. No red or green allowed at the party - only pink. Happy New Year!

Michelle O'Neil said...

1) Happy Birthday.

2) Thank you for yet another reminder as to why we are not Catholic. Seems to me Jesus was all about helping people end their suffering, not heaping more on in an effort to keep them in line, and hurt their knees! Ouch!

3) Middle age, schmiddle age. You're just getting started Ms. Kim! 2008 is going to be your year!

P.S. The word verification for this comment is "slapp." Birthday spanks to you!

Kim Stagliano said...

Oh no, Michelle. We kneed the suffering.... Don't get me started. My husband's family already thinks I'm the antiChrist because I am not so serious about formal religion. I am a doubting Thomasina when it comes to the man made rules. A cafeteria Catholic. I follow the commandments. I figure that's a good start, yes? Our priest last weekend in Mass. said he hoped the Pope would ordain women to ease the priest shortage. I love liberal old Massachusetts! I almost clapped in Church. And that would have landed me on my knees in a confessional. Catholics must be QUIET in church. We're worse than Episcopalians!

And we didn't climb that bad boy staricase on our knees more than once. We walked by to go see the lights which are gorgeous.

Joanne Levy said...

Hey - have a wonderful birthday filled with all your wishes coming true (and hopefully some cake, which is always on my wish list)!

Stephen Parrish said...

If you were born in THAT late December, you're still a twerp. From one survivor of childhood Catholicism to another, happy birthday.

And my guardian angel says howdy to yours.

Kim Stagliano said...

My guardian angel is part pixie, I'm convinced of that. Yours? :)

Thanks - I'm eating Stollen for breakfast (and lunch.)

Mom26children said...

Patrick does not like his birthday 2 days after Christmas. We wait to celebrate his the first of January...when all of his friend's are back at school.
He received so many wrestling toys for Christmas and his birthday...bleck..

drama mama said...

You're 63? Or born then?

In any case, you're an energetic knockout.

And for that, I'll make a pilgrimage to church on my knees today. (Oh yeah, baby, 41 years of Catholicism - I know from badomble -)

Happy, happiest of days to you.

Jen P said...

Happy birthday!

I had to comment because the name Lestat crossed my mind the other day as I was trying to remember the books that I've actually finished reading. Anne Rice's first 3 vampire books were those. The third one was so way out there that I was not motivated to pick up another one.

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday.

Here's a present for you.


Manic Mom said...


ORION said...

happy happy b'day -TO YOU!!!

Kim Stagliano said...

Tanya, too funny! Drama, born in, not aged. Thanks for the well wishes! I wrote a badaboom! piece for HuffPo today - I'll let you know if/when it goes up. My autism pals will appreciate it - or not! (J!) :)

Chumplet said...

So... it was '63? Well, you're younger than me so don't fuss too much. I can still climb trees but I don't know how easily my bones would mend if I fell out.

I practiced Catholicism all my life but didn't get it right, so I gave up. My knees thank me.

Niksmom said...

Ahem, as someone born "Late SEPTEMBER back in '63..." (apologies to Frankie and his boys) you are NOT old! But, well, the badombing thing? That sounds like it will make you old before your time! Ouch!

Niksmom said...

Um, forgot to add...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
And how come MO'N gets "slapp" and I keep getting really long Czech words for my verification? So not fair...

amanda said...


Have a great day Kim! (and don't forget to have an official birthday in the summer.)

Us protestants do kneel but boy am I glad I'm not catholic!

Funny story - we have a lady who comes to help out with the girls a couple of hours on a wednesday, her husband is a priest for the Scottish Presbyterian church. Our house has been decorated for Xmas since St Andrews day!!

Scottish Presbyterians don't celebrate xmas as they celebrate the birth of Jesus every day.(ner-ner-ner-ner-ner!) I know this because I said "Oh you must be so busy this time of year..."

dallasgirl said...

Hey Happy Birthday!

I'm Southern Baptist - we suffer enough with our crazy rules. Of course, I don't follow the rules, so I suffer through the judgement of those who do!

Hope your day was great!

Kim Stagliano said...

DallasGirl, at least your knees aren't all beat up. Just your soul! LOLOL!!! Now why do I hear strains of "Footloose" in my head?

the muse said...

Happy belated birthday!