With my birthday a mere 23 shopping days away, I’ve been reflecting on some of my favorite June 27s past. Even though I apparently look like crap to everyone but gas station attendants, I am still very much looking forward to my birthday. I’ve had some great celebrations in the past – well, except that one where I almost got arrested – and I feel pretty lucky.

I had another blog before this one, and I did a good job of documenting my birthdays. I’ve had lots of fun parties, but you guys don’t really give a crap about those. You should care more about the presents. I have great friends who have given me presents that are so ME it’s amazing. Like the cotton candy machine Matt, Leslie, and Christi gave me. Or the water balloons and sidewalk chalk Dana gave me (we had so much fun throwing balloons off my balcony, and the cops only came a couple times). But really, one of the best presents I ever received was from my old roommate, Bella.

Some back story – I am obsessed with curly hair. I don’t have it, but my brother Kyle is blessed with gorgeous curls that I have coveted for as long as I can remember. In 2003, my obsession reached a fever pitch, and I wrote about it on my blog.

My birthday is just days away
A day that’s all for me.
I plan to eat and drink and skip
And maybe climb a tree.

What do I want? My friends all ask
(They’re sweet to want to know).
Well, nothing too unusual:
A giant blonde afro.

I think the ‘fros are glorious
All curly, thick, and high.
If I were to posses one it
Would make me supa fly.

My ‘fro and I could do it all
Stop crime, kick ass, take names,
Yet still find time to grab a drink
And go dance with the dames.

So as I blow my candles out
I wish this for my mane
Please work into a ‘fro for me!
The world we then will reign.

On my birthday, I came home to a large box on my bed with a card from Bella. Inside it was this:

It's Glorious

Best. Present. Ever.

Alright, I want to hear ’em – what is the best gift you ever received*? And if you say your child or your health or something mushy like that, prepare to be mocked. I want to know the creative gift, or the really thoughtful gift, or the gift you always wanted. Do it for Mike – he needs ideas.

*Bonus points if you say something with diamonds, SLR cameras, or trips to Fiji.