Holy crap... I just realized how long this story and the ones leading up to this have been going on!
I decided to jump ahead a little to get to a point to where it will wrap up next week. Plus I save myself a strip or two where it's just more fighting.
The birthday thing seems a little out of no where unless you look back to the strip where Ted stands up Zoey.
Ted cuts her off in panel two when she's about to say it's her birthday (something that wasn't revealed until now).
But yeah, I'm anticipating the arc to wrap up next week and I'll need to figure out where we go from there.