1862: Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeat troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla.
1865: The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
1917: Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earns a flying certificate with the French Air Service.
1935: American Jesse Owens sets the long jump record.
1945: Holland and Denmark are liberated from Nazi control.
1961: Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.
Some pretty cool things happened on May 5, and some fairly awesome people were born on this day, too. But I'm not going to mention any of them save one. Because compared to this one, for me, the rest sort of pale in comparison. I'm referring to my kick butt bloggity gal pal, Annie K.
There's so many things I love about Annie. She's one of the original Magnificent 7 and even coined the name. I suppose what I love about Annie the most has much to do with how our relationship came into being in the first place.
Someone left a rather snarky comment directed at Sherri, another one of the original 7, about linking their blogs in the comments section on Stuff Christians Like. Annie and I both ended up on Sherri's blog because we wanted to support and defend her. In that way we are much alike - defenders of the underdog. Not that Sherri is an underdog. She was just being unfairly picked on. On a sidenote, I would just like to let you know that no one unfairly picks on Sherri anymore. Well, I do, and Steph, and Annie, Beth, Nick, Marni, Helen, Mare, Candy, Shark Bait, and...okay we all pick on her sometimes. It's our love language.
Back to Annie. I suppose I could give you a run down of all things fabulous about her, but I'll just suggest you go read through her blog. You'll figure it out. But in a nutshell, I think I can sum up why I heart Annie with a brief snippet from a ridiculously long email extravaganza where many of us were hitting "reply" fast and furious. (And you thought we just left comments on each other's blogs!) So, without further adieu, I give you Annie's reply, "Just a freaking minute...":
Here's the deal..
My husband takes me out to a nice dinner at my fav restaurant tonight and I come back to a gazzzillion emails.
1. I want everyone's freaking shirt size.
Don't give me crap about sparklies and unicorns. I will make you look fabulous no matter what you are wearing beause that is the kind of gal I am. Just give me the damn shirt size.
2. It will say No Fair Wear somewhere on it.
3. You will look fabulous.
4. I hate K-MArt. I am a Dillards snob. Get over it. Just give me your damn shirt size.
5. I love you gals.
6. I'm taking my husband to bed. I'd better have shirt sizes by the time I wake up in the morning. Period.
Quiet, demure Annie. Oh, how I love her so!
Happy Birthday, my friend!
P. S. - She also has the cutest dog EVER, Boz. Hi Boz!
Buddy Love also says "Happy Birthday". But as you know, he's kind of lame: