Squirrel Plans Birthday and Never Expects This to Happen


Tomorrow is my birthday.

It’s been a nutty year of darting from one thing to another, leaping precariously for branches that seem out of reach, and looking at the world from odd angles. The best part? This squirrel survived another year.

It's all electric. Isn't it cute?

It’s all electric. Isn’t it cute?

Sure, I got rear-ended and my husband lost his job. I reworked my plan for book 2 three times and threw out 90K worth of writing. I mishandled a critique group situation and had it blow up in my face. My daughter chipped her front tooth, and my son started speech therapy.

But we got our mortgage paid off. I have added over 50K in new writing and brought my keepable total up to 133K and counting. I took up digital painting. I found a replacement car. My daughter is excelling in school. My son can pick out letters. My sis-in-law and I completed the Couch to 5K, and we’re working our way to 10K now. And this past month, my husband got a new job!

Really, It’s good to be alive right about now.

So yeah, I’m planning my birthday. And it’s going to be good.

What unexpected thing do you think should happen? What are you celebrating? Do you ever get caught by clickbait articles?

If you’ve never heard of clickbait, it refers to those articles that have no useful information in the title but leave a cliff hanger that makes you want to click. Then the article page is covered in a bunch of similarly titled links. The people who put up the clickbait usually get money from the clicks. I don’t, but if you wanted to send Red Bull instead, I wouldn’t protest.

PS. To celebrate my birthday, I’m marking down Thanmir War and This World Bites to 99 cents for a week, starting Friday. Woot woot!

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

31 thoughts on “Squirrel Plans Birthday and Never Expects This to Happen

  1. Happy birthday! You have the same birthday as my fiancΓ©. πŸ™‚ Hopefully you have lots of fun.

  2. Making it through another year is nothing to sneeze at. Glad to hear things are working out, more or less, and that you’ve accomplished so much. (Yes, I sometimes get caught in the clickbait titles but I would have clicked on yours even if it said “Cricket Strawberry Elephant Plant”. Hmm. Maybe I’ll try that.

    ?? Happy Birthday! ??

    *sends Red Bull*

  3. Despite the bad, you’ve had a lot of good happen. That’s what you should focus on more. πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  4. Not by people I trust! πŸ˜›

    Happy birthday! πŸ˜€

  5. Happy Birthday!! I think your year is the nutshell proof that life can have its rotten limbs, but hang in there little squirrels…there is a nut inside that acorn!

  6. Sounds like lots of good news for you. As writers, we learn to roll with the bad times because we know better times are right around the corner. Happy Birthday!

    BTW, we celebrated our son’s birthday yesterday.

  7. It definitely sound like you have a lot of fabulous reasons to celebrate your birthday! Have a great day!

  8. After all that and now that it’s all better, whatever you do should be all-out and first class! Happy birthday.

  9. Happy Birthday! The bitter and the sweet always seem to hand in hand.

  10. How absolutely wonderful that all your problems have been solved! In this day and age, sometimes I feel we just have to get used to things getting worse and worse ‘coz there’s nothing we can do to make things better. It’s heartening to know you have surmounted some really big issues. More power to you and have a wonderfully Happy Birthday!!! πŸ™‚

  11. That’s all wonderful! You went from the valley to the mountaintop. You should plan something really special for your birthday.

  12. Happy Birthday!

    I’m glad to hear things are looking up now. This is good clickbait.

  13. We have our ups and downs. Your ups are amazing. Happy Birthday.

  14. Emma Adams

    Happy birthday! It sounds like it’s been a rollercoaster of a year.

  15. Happy birthday, Loni! Life is definitely full of ups and downs, but it’s wonderful how you’re focusing on the positive. It IS good to be alive right now.

    And congrats on hubby’s new job!

  16. Happy Birthday! That car is adorable πŸ™‚ I like how you look at the positive and how the various issues have turned for the better for you. To answer your first question: I think an unexpected job opportunity should fall into my lap that is infinitely better than my current job (which wouldn’t take much).

  17. Sorry for the not-so-great stuff, but yay on the good!

  18. Hope you have a great day, Loni! Enjoy it all! And may the good things keep coming. πŸ™‚

  19. Happy Birthday, Loni! I hope that the coming year will be filled with mostly good things! Enjoy!

  20. Happy Birthday, Lori, Hope you have a wonderful day and year!

    I like the fact you listed what went wrong and then how it all worked out. And life goes on…
    Good attitude.

    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  21. Happy birthday! And a big congratulations on having your mortgage paid off. That’s a big step in a good direction.

    Hate click bait. I get suckered into it now and then and get so annoyed. The internet is so filled with that kind of nonsense.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  22. Happy birthday Loni. Celebrate all the positives with whatever makes you laugh and smile.

    I’m just celebrating our Boise move looking likely, end of September.

  23. Happy birthday to you too. Good that things are turning around.

  24. Ack! I missed it! Uh, happy belated birthday! Hope all went well for you.

  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I’m late to the party but I’m sure you’re still partying and don’t even notice. πŸ˜‰ A lot happened last year, woof. Looks like you handled it really well–congrats on that.

  26. Glad that things are going so well for you – sounds like the good is definitely outweighing the bad. ^_^ And very glad to hear that your husband got a new job; having spent so much time job-hunting last year, I can imagine how thrilled y’all must be for that. Here’s hoping things continue to go well. And slightly late, but happy birthday!

  27. It seems you’ve managed a lot of not so happy incidents very well, and you’ve come up with a smile and a new car! Happy birthday.

  28. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like things are going well πŸ™‚

  29. All fantastic reasons to celebrate! Happy birthday! πŸ™‚

  30. Happy belated birthday, Loni! I hope it was an amazing day for you.

    That’s quite the year. It sounds like you rebounded admirably from the setbacks.

    What am I celebrating? I recently completed a ghost story for a competition, and I’m really happy with it. I showed it to a beta reader who loved it too. I’m trying to celebrate these little victories and accomplishments as they come.

  31. love that song!
    and sometimes negative things need to happen so better things can happen – or we just need to learn from them – so glad things are looking up in squirrel country!

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