I'm sorry, right now, I seriously don't remember my 8th birthday. The cake, the presents, the turmoil, anything. I'll try and work on it, though, and if I remember, I'll edit and tack it onto the end of the post.
It's a long story. I was promised a cat via a card from my parents saying "you get a cat" on my eighth birthday, but Mischief (cat) didn't enter our fam until August 2001.