On the thank you - Yes, I would be shocked and appalled. I would probably be rude enough to tell my daughter that she had better have better manners than that when she goes off with friends!
I am having a wonderful birthday. My middle made me breakfast (eggs in a bacon cup baked in a muffin tin) and coffee. I have had an overwhelming amount of facebook birthday messages. And, I am currently lounging, waiting for the kids to finish the dishes, so we can watch Star Wars together. I got to talk to my best friend on the phone for a few minutes, and it is a lovely day out!