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Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Day Birthday Parties

NYC Graffiti
I am going to do a painting of this wall for my daughter.

Valentines is my birthday, or so I thought until I went for my 1st driver license. My mother always celebrated my birthday on Valentines Day , and I could only have Valentines' themes at my parties because , after all. I was a Valentines baby. Right ?

Everything was red or pink, everything. And so I grew to have a real dislike ( mild word for how I felt ) for the colors. I mean, I HAD TO HAVE RED & PINK at all the parties !!!
But, if you are concerned,
I recently became a recovering PINK & RED person,
but it is a
"one day at a time" program.

Nope, no Ho-Down birthday party theme for this kid, no purple themes, yellow, or black and white, nothing but pink & red !

That color scheme spilled over into my room as well.
PINK PINK PINK and a bit more pink.

I remember after I got my drivers license, I demanded some green. And got some green, the green on the leaves of the pink flowers !! LOL
About the license......

I went into the vehicle motor division and had my birth certificate in an envelope, and of course being very excited ( finally free , with my own car , I was thinking ) handed it to the lady behind the counter.

She asked me a series of questions,
one of them being; "And how old are you Miss Finberg ?",
I said; "16"
she asked; " And when were you born ? " ,
I said; " February 14th 1956",
she said; " Not according to this birth certificate".
I was like, HUH ? Wha ?
She said; "This certificate says that you were born on the 15th. "
Now, I am thinking & saying, "there must be some horrible mistake !!"
In my head I am panicking and thinking, this is it, I knew this was too good to be true !! Finally , I convinced her that it was really mine, and it is really ME , and so she let me take the test. I left with a drivers license in my hand. Frankly, I didn't care if the date on the birth certificate and the license was wrong. I just wanted my drivers license !!!

When I got home I ran to find my mother and told her that there was a mistake on my birth certificate.

And SHE SAID; " Oh , I know your birthday is the 15th, but Valentines Day is sooooo much CUTER !!! "

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Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her blog of her Adventures in Design



  1. Renee, what a cute story, and such great pictures. I will be in NYC next weekend, and though I know that there will be no tulips, I'm looking forward to a bit warmer weather.

  2. LOL! You're mother sounds crazy fabulous! :) I think pink is much better than what I always had to wear; blue and brown. I looked like a cute little boy.. And my hair was always boyishly short (until I was old enough to refuse to cut my hair). You should definitly be thankful! Lol again :)

  3. Anonymous19:54

    Renee, I laughed out loud...I kid you not. After all these years do you have to think before giving your birthday? Oh, do have a happy one.

  4. N-

    have fun in the city.

    maybe you will see a tulip peeking uo through the snow. :)

  5. A very happy birthday to you Renee and if I were you I would celebrate on both days - the more festivities the merrier, right? Have a glorius weekend in full technicolour, xv.

  6. Now I know where you got your larger than life personality, Renee. Your mother sounds like quite a character. Fantastic story.
    Happy Birthday and Valentine's day, Renee.


  7. Anonymous08:35

    Your mom is a legend!
    I agree with Vicki, now you've got the whole weekend to celebrate. Hey, it's the 15th, happy birthday officially!!!

  8. Hahaha! That is so something my mother would do! I had a pink bedroom growing up too and now I can't think of anything else when I see pink!

  9. I laughed out loud. Great ending and totally unexpected. Mrs. E.'s passport listed her as a man until I noticed it. Might of explained some of the raised eyebrows we got going through customs.

  10. E & E

    mine is funny but ,
    omg, a passport with the wrong sex on it !

    now, one has to be a really clever to get around that issue, or a wonderful cross dresser.
    but, let's not forget she has you ,
    THE ELEGANT MAN, to dress her !



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About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

Private Paradise



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