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Rach’s special day

Dinner, cake and a home video


Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Rachael, Happy birthday to you.

Warning: Blog will contain some soppiness and is written by Rach (alterations by Alex in italicised brackets)

Today is the (second) most important day of the year, Rachael’s birthday. Unfortunately being mid-week she had to spend the day at work, much like when you’re a child being made to go to school on your birthday. The drive into work takes an hour and a half so Alex, being the considerate (amazing, god-like) boyfriend that he is, drove her in and picked her up although she suffered the embarrassment of being made to wear a birthday badge.

After work Rachael was whisked out for dinner at Marios, a local restaurant. The food was amazing, so amazing that we couldn’t even finish it. Further embarrassment ensued when Alex had secretly roped in the restaurant staff to bring out a cake and sing happy birthday. The surprises didn’t end there though; when we got back to the house he had sneakily (yet brilliantly) blown up lots of balloons and decorated them around the walls with many banners too.


The presents were the best part of the day though. Not only had Alex gotten a load of small gifts but the two main presents were the best presents Rach could have asked for. The first was a video form of one that was to come over the following days; he’d booked a weekend away to Phillip Island and showed little clips of what Rach could look forward to. The second was another video that made her cry (in the best of possible ways). Being away from home can be hard at times, but especially hard on occasions like birthdays and Christmas. Knowing that Rach was feeling a bit down being away from her friends and family, he’d secretly gotten in touch with them and got them to record videos wishing her a happy birthday. It was so touching and such a lovely gesture from both him and the participants and was the best present she could have asked for. It was the perfect end to a great day.

Rex’s Rules of the Road

  • A little birthday post-it on a colleague’s desk can make them smile.
  • If you have a friend that’s away on their birthday, a short video can make their day.

Posted by rexontheroad 23:02 Archived in Australia

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