My 27th Birthday Celebrations

21 Aug

Me blowing out the cake 





This past weekend, I had multiple celebrations for my 27th birthday. The first celebration occurred on Friday night at my brother Brian’s girlfriend, Amanda Smith’s apartment in Southie with a surprise party arranged by her and Brian. The following day, Saturday, my family had a celebration for me at my cottage in Marshfield. Finally, on Monday, my actual birthday, I celebrated my birthday at Jimmy’s restaurant in Arlington with Mom, Dad, and Keith.

The 27th birthday celebrations all began on Friday evening as I arrived in Boston. I initially believed that I was to have the party at Brian’s apartment in the North End, but Brian and Amanda had a change of plans for the location. We then headed to Amanda’s apartment in Southie, where I went inside the dimly lit building. Once we turned on the lights, I was greeted with thunderous applauses of “Surprise!!” by friends including Meg Mahoney, Liv Fahey, Rich Kei, and even my cousin Matt. I then proceeded to greet all the guests and have snacks and a cake, as I patiently waited for the presents. The theme of the party was a dog themed party as I am a huge fan of dogs. The presents consisted of items including a hat with a golden retriever from Rich, a poster Amanda made with all various dogs I have known in my life, dog cards, including one from Laura Feloney, in which you pull the chin of the golden puppy who will then bark “Happy Birthday”, and Vineyard Vines gift cards from Brian. To close off the night, we then headed to the nearby bar Playwright, where we danced and talked about interesting events going on in our lives.

The next Saturday, I first headed over to Amanda’s parents’ house with a nice cup of Twix iced coffee from Marylou’s and was then approached by Summer Smith, Amanda’s blonde golden retriever and one of my favorite dogs. Summer is always happy to see me, Brian, and Amanda. Amanda’s parents wished me very much a happy 27th birthday. I then get to see Summer play with her best friend and neighbor Rascal, a reddish golden retriever, who reminds me of my cousin Kaylene’s late golden, Casey. Summer and Rascal love to run around and play with each other every weekend for all seasons. I even did photo ops with Summer and Rascal as part of my birthday celebrations. When we left to head to Marshfield, Summer felt sad since she does not like it when the guests have to head out for the day, since she enjoys the company of her friends.

We then arrived in Marshfield at the beach house, where Mom was preparing to get ready for the relatives to arrive. Various relatives of mine, including Nana, cousins Tim, Ryan, and Henry, my younger brother Keith and his girlfriend Malorie, and many others. Keith introduced Malorie to my aunts, uncles, and grandmother, who were all greatly impressed by both Malorie and Amanda. The main foods of the day consisted of burgers, salad, Chinese chicken fingers, bruschetta, vegetable pasta, and vegetable pie. When it was time to sing “Happy Birthday,” I was delighted to see both a Reese’s cake from Sweetcakes in Marshfield and a Dairy Queen cake. Both cakes were extremely delicious. I was finally greeted with more presents from the guests including more dog themed cards and gift cards to places like Starbucks and Texas Roadhouse. It was a wonderful time seeing my family members and seeing Amanda and Malorie and also seeing my cousin Tim’s chocolate lab mix Dublin.

Then Monday the 18th arrived a few days later. I was now entering the 27th year of my life. For supper, I chose the restaurant Jimmy’s Steer House in Arlington because it had a favorite restaurant of mine growing up as a teenager and the fact that it is near my mother’s childhood home in Arlington. I had my favorite meal as the birthday dinner, chicken parm with fries and a side Caesar salad with blue cheese and additional sides like zucchini sticks and buffalo,chicken tenders. After the dinner, I then reflected on what a great birthday weekend with all of the friends and family members who had come out to visit me for this momentous occasion.



16 Responses to “My 27th Birthday Celebrations”

  1. Jenn Mitsch Williams August 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    Scott – this sounds like a fantastic celebration!

  2. Lynne August 27, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Wow! Sounds like you had a great birthday!

  3. Tanya Savko August 28, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    Happy Birthday, Scott! Such a wonderful combination of family, friends, and food!

  4. Liane Kupferberg Carter August 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Happy birthday, Scott! Sounds like a wonderful celebration.

  5. Roz Warren September 1, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    A dog-themed birthday party sounds like a blast. (My son and daughter-in-law had a dog-themed wedding — it was wonderful.) Enjoy year 27.

  6. abby frucht September 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday Scott! I didn’t know that you were a fan of dogs. I am too! I have two dogs – a golden retriever puppy named Truman, and a yellow lab named Kayla. Kaylas was a shelter dog. If she hadn’t already been named Kayla when we got her, we would have named her for a president, since all of our other dogs are named for presidents.
    all best wishes,
    abby frucht

    • easearle September 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Scott and Hi Abby too– Great descriptions of some great celebrations here, Scott! And Abby, I did not know you knew Scott too. Happy to hear you two share the Dog Connection. And Scott, happy to know your celebrations included Jimmy’s Steer House right here in Arlington. Abby, as a fellow writer you might like Scott’s excellent piece about Daryl Hannah, the New Face of Autism on my wordpress blog Celebrities in Disgrace. Cheers to you, Scott and happy 27th! — Elizabeth

  7. Full Spectrum Mama September 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    That’s the birthday-est birthday I’ve heard of!

  8. Rindy Ross September 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    So glad you had a great birthday, Scott. Being with family and friends, eating great food, and a “dog theme” – it all sounds pretty awesome!

  9. Justin Bernard September 8, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    It looked like you had a great birthday

    • virtuen September 8, 2014 at 1:24 am #

      Scott: a Reese’s cake?! I want it!!! Sounds like you had a great time. 🙂

  10. Jared September 9, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Happy Birthday Scott! Sounds like you had a good one!

  11. Stefanie September 23, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    WHat did u get for your birthday

    • slentine2010 September 24, 2014 at 12:14 am #

      Items such as a hat with a golden retriever image on it, as well as gift cards to the Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks, Vineyard Vines, and other places, and many other gifts.

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    This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.
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  13. Jesse A. Saperstein November 4, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    This sounds like an awesome celebration and so many of your loved ones made an effort to let you know that you are amazing! But what I am interested in knowing is what are some of your goals for your 27th year? A birthday is kind of like New Year’s Eve in the sense that resolutions and goals are set! What was your last year like and are you happy with your progress as someone on the autism spectrum? I hope you will write more blog entries for Autism Speaks, too.

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