Happy Birthday, Kristine

It’s my wife Krissy’s birthday today, and she is as fantastic as ever, and I am as flummoxed as ever about how I’ve managed to be able to live my life with someone who is as clearly and obviously fantastic as she is. Of course, I understand this is what every smart husband says publicly about his wife, but seriously, people, I don’t think you understand. When people meet the both of us, and then Krissy later excuses herself for whatever reason, as soon as she is out of earshot, every single person says to me something along the lines of wow, you sure did luck out, pal. It would be annoying if I didn’t agree entirely. I suspect in a past life I must have saved a dozen infants or so from a burning orphanage and then raised them as my own children. So to the past life me who gave me such awesome relationship karma: Dude. You rock.

If you desired to offer my wife birthday wishes, I would not look askance upon it.

107 Comments on “Happy Birthday, Kristine”

  1. Many Happy Returns of the Day, Krissy! Thank you for being part of such a great example of a loving, happy, healthy family :-) I hope someday I can follow your example.

  2. Happy birthday, Krissy. May your day be filled with bacon.

    (Yes, I’m on a bacon kick today. Why do you think I hit this page so early in the day?)

  3. I bet she throws a tighter spiral than you, too! :)

    Happy birthday, Mrs. Scalzi! Thanks for keeping John alive. We find him entertaining.

  4. Happy Birthday, Krissy! May your birthday wishes be fulfilled, and your celebration just what you wanted it to be.

    John, I feel the same way about Rose. I used to joke that past-life me rescued a busload of nuns and orphans to luck out the way I have. I’ve since upgraded to a generation ship full of nuns and orphans.

  5. I suspect in a past life I must have saved a dozen infants or so from a burning orphanage and then raised them as my own children.

    No, no, that is your next life. Everyone makes that mistake, thinking the reincarnation goes forward in time.

    And the orphanage won’t be burning, just besieged by mutant were-badger ninjas. With jetpacks.

    Also, happy Birthday, Kristine!

  6. traemurnane – I write things. Now I want to share them. Hope you like them. Tea's my drug of choice, dogs are my spirit animals. I collect pretty rocks, hike and garden. Books are my kryptonite.

    Happy Birthday to your lovely wife Krissy. I hope she enjoys the day and all the joys it brings here.
    Your wife shares her birthday with my lovely daughter Darby so there must be something special about this day!
    Not so oddly, given the populace, you and my husband share the same birthday.

  7. jbwhelan – Perspex Island – J. B. Whelan is the last scion of a clan of itinerant rug-beaters, who squandered their vast fortune on soda pop and Missile Command.

    Happy birthday Krissy!

  8. Yes. Happy Birthday, Krissy. I called my wife into my office to read this, to see what John had to say about you. She said, “Did he say she’s hot?” I said, “Well, not specifically, although I think that’s in there somewhere. More along the lines of, ‘Dude, how the hell did you get her?'” Which, you know, is pretty much the same thing.

  9. You say it’s your birthday.
    It’s my birthday too, yeah.
    They say it’s your birthday.
    We’re gonna’ have a good time.
    I’m glad it’s your birthday.
    Happy birthday to you.

    Happy birthday Krissy!

  10. Angela Korra'ti – Author of the Free Court of Seattle series as Angela Korra'ti, and of the Rebels of Adalonia series as Angela Highland. Geek, fangirl, musician, and raving admirer of Newfoundland and Quebecois traditional music. Also a.k.a. Anna the Piper!

    Happy birthday to Krissy and may it be full of awesomeness. :)

  11. Never met Krissy, but considering the amazing props she gets from you and others, I can only assume I’d be just as besotted with her fabulousness. So, Happy Birthday, Krissy, and keep setting that bar high!

  12. Happy Birthday Krissy! Thank you for letting John come out and play with us so much…it was nice meeting you in Montreal…field trip to The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago this year!


  13. SherryH – coastal North Carolina, US – Early in 2013, I survived a brain tumor that cost me my eyesight. I'm determined not to let it slow me down. I live with my husband, our two adult sons, and a trio of cats.

    Happy Birthday, Krissy, and many happy returns!

  14. Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day!

    (BTW, from my perspective way over here, you, John, and Athena all appear fortunate to have each other.)

  15. I think that after the first time I spoke with you (Loscon? Westercon? Worldcon) and you moved away, I said to John: “We both got lucky. You with Krissy, and me with Chrissie.” It is not mere luck, of course, that we write and parent adequately. My theory now is that we are all born with a designated soul mate, but don’t know on which continent to search. Or, in the far future, on which planet. Happy Birthday Krissy!

  16. My family is dutch, and as such there is much singing at birthdays. I feel I must share this with Krissy:

    lang zal ze leven
    lang zal ze leven
    lang zal ze leven in de glorie
    in de glor-i-e
    in de glor-i-e
    hip hip hoorah!
    hip hip hoorah!
    hip hip hoorah!

    literal translation is “long shall she live (repeat) in glory (repeat) hip hip hooray!” (not that that last part needed translating, but still)

  17. Happy Birthday, Kristine! My traditional birthday song is the birthday dirge, of which, i present the first couple of verses for you:

    Happy Birthday, oh Happy Birthday.
    Desperation and despair,
    People dying everywhere.
    Happy Birthday, oh Happy Birthday
    One day closer to your death,
    and your last gasping breath!
    Happy Birthday, oh Happy Birthday!

  18. Happy Birthday, Kristine!

    While I know that no family is perfect, you and John provide me with an excellent example of how I would like my daughter to turn out.

  19. Chris – New York, USA – Reading, watching, listening...trying to be something better than I am. How are you? Writer for Cinema Dual, Nine Circles, Consuming the Tangible...everything for Necrolytic Goat Converter, FirstForgiveness, and a few other bands...
    Chris Voss

    It must be something about the date, as it’s also my wife’s birthday, and her presence is a constant reminder at low ridiculously lucky I am and how sometimes, dammit, the universe just gets it right. So bright and shiny birthday wishes to Krissy: may you continue to inspire those who look to you with love, and may John shower you with completely inappropriate amounts of affection through the day.

  20. Happy Birthday, Krissy! May the next year be filled with happiness and frequent moments when you NOTICE that happiness.
    I greatly enjoy reading John’s frequent references to your awesomeness.
    (We sing the dutch birthday song in our family too– so I add my voice, “hip, hip… hurrah!”)

  21. Ah, bless! She deserves many chocolate covered fairy tale wishes on such a day as today. Enjoy! Celebrate! Happy birthday! And I hope you both get some cake. =)

  22. ♫ You say it’s your birthday.
    It’s my birthday too, yeah. ♫

    April 18th is the most awesome day to have a birthday! :) Have an fabulous day!

  23. I wish you all the cake you desire today, and a plethora of the things that make you happiest!

    And in the immortal words of Sandra Boynton:
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewes
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewes
    Hippo Birdie Deer Ewe
    Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

  24. Dan – Dan Hartensveld, CDIA is President of The EDI Project, a solution provider specializing in healthcare informatics. He has been working with large health insurers, providers and healthcare technology companies since 1996 involving complex data integration, claims automation, risk adjustment, The Affordable Care Act, HIE, HIX, to name a few. Lately, the company has been successful in developing and putting into production massively scaleable, analytics projects for use in processing "Big Data" sets.

    Happy birthday. May your lawnmowing be smooth and rewarding.

    PS thanks for taking care of JS for us. . .

  25. Happy birthday, Krissy! Hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you. And what a fantastic picture of you John’s posted — wonderfulness shining through.

  26. Happy Birthday Kristine!

    And kudos to you John, for such a lovely post…I love it when folks are so obviously in love after years of marriage. :)

  27. Happy Birthday Krissy. I love the picture. I was trying to find the Amazonian spear you’d just hurled but its been Photoshopped into an orange blob. Have a lovely day.

  28. Happy Birthday to my favorite (dare I say only?) daughter-in-law. You are totally awesome.

  29. Aw, Happy Birthday, Krissy! …and congrats on having a husband who knows what he’s got! Those guys come in handy!!

  30. brentkellmer – I'm an experienced technical writer with a history of working with ML/AI technologies. I've spent more than 20 years focused on writing clear and concise technical documentation aimed at helping end users succeed.
    Brent Kellmer

    From one 4/18 birthday to another, Happy Birthday Krissy!

  31. Krissy–And when you’ve had your fill of everyday, vanilla style happiness being wished to you here, may your day today and all your days be days brimming over with contentment and joy.

  32. Since people are offfering birthday songs in their native language – let me add on in mine, which is Danish:

    I dag er det Krissys fødselsdag!
    Hurra, hurra, hurra!
    Hun sikkert sig en gave får,
    som hun har ønsket sig i år
    Med dejlig chokolade og kager til!

    In translation:
    Today it’s Krissy’s birthday!¨
    Hooray, hooray, hooray!
    She will probably get a gift
    which she has been wishing for this year
    with lovely cocoa and cakes!

    Tillykke med fødselsdagen, Krissy
    Translated: Happy birthday, Krissy!

  33. Happy birthday, Krissy!

  34. Happy Birthday, Krissy! I hope your day is filled with ice cream, cake, ice cream, presents, ice cream, fun, ice cream, friends, ice cream, and family to share some ice cream with!

  35. Happy birthday, Krissy!

    (Man, the next Scalzi is line is gonna be *pissed* when he finds out you used up all the karma for the next, oh, three or four incarnations.)

  36. Burns! – LA. Not Louisiana. Los Angeles. – More fun than anyone I know. Probably more than anyone you know, too.

    Though it is now April 19 in Ohio, it’s still Krissy’s birthday in California. Sorry that I’ve left it until the end of the day. As it happens, I’ve been thinking happy birthday thoughts all week, as I’ve seen the date approaching on my calendar. (Yes, people, I have Krissy’s birthday on my calendar. No, it’s not creepy; I actually know her.)

    Hope you had the happiest of birthdays, Krissy. It is well deserved. Thanks for making my pal John just about the luckiest guy around.

  37. Happy birthday, madame, and may I say, I hope that football didn’t hurt too much when it hit you. Next time, two hands up!

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