Inauguration Day and Birthday Wishes

Just two quick notes today:

Made at

Be sure to go to My Bella Vita and wish Cherrye a happy, happy birthday!

And to everyone excited for a new administration in America:

Made at

It’s finally here! Wheeeeeeeee!

Are you going? Will you be watching?

21 Beans of Wisdom to “Inauguration Day and Birthday Wishes”
  1. 01.20.2009

    Yes, what a great day for America! I’ll be at work but I hope to catch a bit of it on TV or at least on the Internet.

    Woohoo! You know it is kind of weird that they do it right in the middle of a workday or even earlier for West Coasters. I’ll be watching 🙂

  2. Gil

    I’ll watch on the tube with my dear wife. I’m like Oprah, in that I really don’t dig porta-potties! Also, too old for the crowds. I did go to DC for JFK’s funeral and caught the cold of a lifetime.

    Good choice staying home methinks for all of the reasons you mentioned 😉

  3. I’m not going, but I will be GLUED to the television watching EVERY minute of it.

    Funny thing is – I’m in a hotel room in OHIO!!!

    We went to a comedy club Sunday night and the MC commented on the excitement around the new President. Ed and I were all ready to hoot and holler (I was smiling broadly) when the room went silent….it was like people were afraid to voice who their choice was.

    There was such an uncomfortable feeling in the room at that moment. The comedian said, “I see Obama didn’t carry this room.” to which the crowd nervously giggled and then he said, “Well at least we know where all the racists in Ohio are.” Another nervous laugh from the room. Then he ragged on McCain a little bit and got off the subject. It was like everyone was holding their breath.

    Anyway….I will be watching and I’m ABSOLUTELY SURE I’ll be crying!!!

    I’m still all “yes, we did” inside!!


    Salena of The Daily Rant’s last blog post..He Had A Dream. Tomorrow We See It Come True.

    Sounds like quite an evening! Funny and not really in the way the comedian had intended probably 😉

    Enjoy the inauguration! And yes, I imagine I’ll cry too 🙂

  4. I’ll be watching in my jammies while sending warm thoughts to my friends who will be on site and shivering in their long johns. =)

    coffeejitters (Judy Haley)’s last blog post..Here or There, as long as the deed gets done

    It *is* going to be cold, isn’t it? I’ll have my boots on 😉

  5. awedree

    Unfortunately I will be working all day and then have a class at night 🙁 But I’ll be there in spirit! Happy Inauguration Day to you too!! 🙂

    Hope you get to catch at least part of it somehow!

  6. Ahh, Michelle, THANKS!! This was a such a good surprise to click to your site and see your note this morning!! Made my day!

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday: How to Get a Favorable Response From a Travel Company

    Happy to oblige! Hope it was a great birthday 🙂

  7. I will have CNN Int’l on.

    I was going to go join 400 other Americans in Rome to watch the festivities but I have too much work to do.

    Most of my friends are in DC. I hear it is freezing. My sister and her husband live there and said they have never seen such positive energy in the Nation’s Capitol.

    I can’t even imagine the electricity that must be in the air….
    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..It’s the end of an error!

  8. joanne at frutto della passione

    I’ll be watching, either CNN or Sky News not sure which, and today is my son’s birthday too. He’s 9 (I am freaking out in my head, but as Linda said to me this morning, at least it is still a single digit).

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Pasta al cacao

    Auguri to your not so little one 🙂

  9. 01.20.2009

    I’ll be at work, but my company says we can watch it in the conference room at 11am. I’m so happy today I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it together, especially when the news shows the shots of the crowd and tells the stories of how far people traveled and how long they waited to see this… I keep getting teary. This is a very exciting day.

    nova’s last blog post..Oh, January

    I’ve been teary on and off all day too…bawled through most of the actual inauguration….

  10. lisa

    who would want to miss this moment?!
    RAI 3 and LA7 are transmitting it here in Italy

    Thanks Lisa! I watched on CNN International…love my Sky 🙂

  11. 01.20.2009

    I’ll be watching on tv. Wouldn’t miss it!

    casalba’s last blog post..Award


  12. 01.20.2009

    A lot of my friends are going, but I’ll be celebrating with friends at a party closer to home. Got nearly crushed once at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting and don’t want to repeat that experience again.

    Ciaochowlinda’s last blog post..A New Beginning

    I have to admit, even if I were fairly close, I probably still wouldn’t go in person…I rather hate crowds, and your experience confirms why.

  13. 01.20.2009

    Not going. Definitely watching!!! I can’t WAIT.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Hope you enjoyed as much as I did, Jen 🙂

  14. 01.20.2009

    I took the whole day off just to watch Obama today!!! And am *so* happy that I did. it will be a great moment in our hisotury and I am looking forward to feeling our spirits lift today 🙂

    My Melange’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday – Car Sharing

    Should’ve been a day off for everyone dang it!!!!

  15. 01.20.2009

    I’ll be watching from under 1-3 inches of snow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    anna l’americana’s last blog post..YES WE CAN………

    Yes you can dig out from that little bit of snow! Woohoo 😉

  16. 01.20.2009

    I wish I was at the inauguration… so close… just moved from DC in Oct 2007. But I’ll be watching what I can, and definitely celebrating 🙂

    And hopefully you were warm too 🙂

  17. 01.20.2009

    We watched it on TV. My husband (who’s Italian) actually took the afternoon off from work so we could watch it together with the kids. I cried! Both because of the inauguration and because of my wonderful family!

    Let’s hope for the best for Obama…and the rest of us!

    saretta’s last blog post..Pulo, 2

    Aw that’s lovely! And yes, hoping for the best for us all 🙂

  18. 01.21.2009

    I took off from work early and watched CNN with the kiddos, trying to explain how important the moment was. Unfortunately my 5 yr old daughter wanted to watch Looney Tunes instead but I managed to convince her. I even taught my 2 yr old to say “Obama”, even if it sounded more like “Oh Mama”! It was an evening I’ll never forget and while the expectations are so high, I’m feeling pretty hopeful.

    Milanese Masala’s last blog post..Fabrizio De André

    That’s cute about your children…glad you had a nice family evening with the Obamas 🙂

  19. 01.21.2009

    I watched the whole day long…the parade was a bit much for me so I chose that time to hit the bar for a cafe macchiato. Otherwise, we toasted with champagne once the oath was taken.

    Giovanna’s last blog post..It’s Days Like This

    Hah, I didn’t stick around for the parade either. Sounds like you had a fun celebration!

  20. 01.21.2009

    I’m now in California and very pregnant so I couldn’t go –but, given half a chance I would have. Can you believe I cried through most of it?! I’m so very very relieved and happy that things are changing. By the way your recipes lately have made me soo hungry to be back in Italy. You know what they say –you shouldn’t tempt a pregnant woman it is bad luck! 😉

    Alex’s last blog post..Just what I need…

    Hah, well I also hear it’s not good for a pregnant woman’s cravings to go unsatisfied…can cause birthmarks in the shape of the cravings on the baby…love these superstitions 🙂

  21. 01.22.2009

    I took a personal day yesterday and watched every minute of it after dragging myself out of bed at 5:15 in the morning. Of course I still have the pre-inauguration stuff to watch from 2-5 am yesterday from Good Morning America that I recorded. What a glorious day it was! I can’t stop smiling!! 🙂

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