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  • February 20th, 2009 | 4:53 PM
Happy Birthday, Eileen!!!

Today is my friend Eileen's, aka hulabunny , birthday.

Eileen is in the process of writing her first novel and if I didn't like her so much I'd be insanely jealous of how wonderful it is already in its early draft stages. She's fast approaching that middle that often causes us to muddle and I don't want her to lose the energy to finish her wonderful story.

I thought it would be great if anyone who reads this could help me wish her a happy birthday by  going over to Eileen's blog and sharing a piece of writing advice that you found especially helpful. If you are a mom trying to juggle kids and a job and a husbanad and a house and can share some writing/life balance tips, that would be great too! Go on, go do that now then you can come back and read the rest.

Let me tell you a little bit more about Eileen.

She is a huge dog lover.

She's not afraid to tell me when I'm wearing the wrong clothes.

If I'm afraid to try something new, she's always there to encourage me.

She's always up for going out for a good meal.

She understands the importance of lazy days and encourages me to take more of them.

She always seems to be able to tell when something is wrong in my life.

And she is always willing to listen to me tell her all about it.

When I'm really frustrated she listens to me rant.

She knows when it's time to push me to get out of the house.

Sometimes I lose my confidence in myself

But she is always ready to give me a pep talk

Or do something silly to make me laugh

She helps me remember that life is meant to be enjoyed.

And that good friends are special treasures.

Happy birthday, Eileen. Thank you for being a friend.
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( 17 comments — Leave comment )
February 20th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
What a wonderful tribute. Everyone should have a friend like Eileen. You're one lucky (ahem) dog!
February 20th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm really lucky to have Eileen as a friend.

February 20th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
So cute! These pictures made me smile this morning. I especially love the one where she's standing at the fence, looking out.
February 20th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that's one of my favorites too!
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February 20th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
LOL on the fangs.
February 20th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
February 20th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
February 20th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
I know she's a dog, but she seems so personable. Too cute!
February 20th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
It's all a bunch of different dogs too! Eileen's favorite dog is the Rottweiler so I got the bright idea to try and find Rott pictures for this. It was hard!
February 20th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to Eileen.

Thank you for posting all the dog picts. My 18 mo old LOVED them (she loves dogs).
February 20th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
It was fun.
February 20th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
What a great tribute to Eileen! I'll go over and wish her a happy birthday.
February 20th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for helping me make her day special!
February 20th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Wahhh! (*tears of joy*) That is the sweetest birthday gift I have ever gotten. What could be better than making new friends on my birthday. You are Susan Taylor Brown, and you rock! Thank you.
February 20th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!

I'm glad you were surprised. Have you seen all the great comments about your poem in the post below!
February 20th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I will wish her a Happy Birthday right now!
February 21st, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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