Aug. 12th, 2005 03:24 pm
My birthday approacheth, so here I start to compile the list. Y'all don't have to read the list, but I'm putting it here 'cause this is where I store stuff, especially when everything else in my world is getting put into boxes. And, you never know, maybe some of you are curious.

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I suppose I'm no longer in my mid-20s. When do you have to give up that distinction anyway?

Spent my birthday at the Ren Fest, listened to Tim sing, hung out with Paula and Marcel and Marc, did a lot of knitting, got myself a custom made coin (sun on one side, dragon on the other), some ribbon chips and rib tips, and very little sun exhaustion, which was a nice change. Went home, Tim promptly passed out (singing and being up early and standing for most of the day took a lot out of the poor boy). I played some Scrabble on the computer, read reviews of Puccini La Boheme recordings (I will be going here as my present from Tim and must prepare). Tim rolled out of bed around 6:45, and we headed for dinner at Bethesda. For whatever reason, he was confident that there was a Heritage India in Bethesda, which there is not, so we went to Grapeseed instead. I had a mixed green salad, roasted corn chowder with fried scallions, and pulled baby pig with a corn/peach salsa thingie and peanut mole sauce, which was very tasty, and the paired wine was a great complement. Split lemon curd-filled crepes with Grand Marnier-infused strawberries for dessert, and, for the second time, were unimpressed with the dessert. Still, good night, much fun was had, and I still made it to work this morning, only slightly bleary.

The ban from online shopping has been lifted, so I purchased myself the Puccini recording (with Solti conducting), Kings of Convenience's "Quiet is the New Loud," Kate McDonnell, and Pink Martini, all but $5 of which was covered by a gift card, so it was barely like shopping online, anyway. I may have jumped the gun and purchased a bit of yarn last week as well...

Today is Scrabble, and also my radio show, to which I should be going in a few minutes. Tune in from 11-12 Eastern whatever Time we're on right now, at www.wmbc.umbc.edu!

It is possible that I messed with the meme answers a bit: )
Choose your birth month, strike out what doesn't apply to you (I've also bolded what I think is most salient in my personality, but that wasn't part of the meme):

Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people's mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Thinking generous. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves sports, leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

Won my first Scrabble game by >220, lost my second two for a total of -230. Two steps forward, three steps back. Am currently sorting through piles of transcripts, trying to read my friends list, listening to live radio feed through Windows Media Player, which I like less than live365, and counting down my last 13 minutes til the advising starts again. 17 signed up for today. Sigh.
Hooray for getting back from a short vacation and only having two phone messages, both from non-students! People are learning that I'm less good at answering the phone than email (I have over 400 emails). I woke up at 7:46 this morning, and was out of the house by 7:57. Mad skills, I tell you. I had to ask Tim what color pants I was wearing as I was picking my shirt, since I pulled them on in the dark without actually checking. The sky is very hazy today - is this what pre-hurricane weather looks like? I've never lived on the east coast, so I have no hurricane experience. I like how the weather reports say that Isabel is likely to hit the east coast somewhere between North Carolina and New Jersey -- why not just say Virginia and Maryland? Is that too obvious?

The last of my weekend-long birthday celebration was enjoyable. We went to the Melting Pot last night with my friend Becca, which gave her a break from being with the baby. We've decided that from now on we're ordering a swiss cheese course, salad course, cheddar cheese course, and dessert course. The meat and veggie fondues just aren't as exciting as the cheeses and dessert fondues. I also had a blue hawaiian martini. Yum. Came home, watched Die Another Day while I finally put some of my mail in envelopes to get it sent out, went to bed, forgot to turn the volume on for the alarm clock (see above).

Now I'm actually excited to get things back to normal - get all the mail sent, the house cleaned, the closet changed to the fall wardrobe (yay fall! it's my favorite). The bathroom is mostly in, so I can start reloading all of the stuff that was in the closet area of the room back in, and out of the basement. It's rare that I actually feel domestic, so I must take advantage of it. Of course, I have Scrabble tonight and choir tomorrow, so the dosmesticity may wear off by Wednesday. It's a nice thought, anyway.
So, Friday was my birthday, and I've had quite a lovely time of celebrating, even if it's in spurts :)

Have gotten wonderful gifties in the mail, cards, and even a well-timed random act of mailing from someone on nervousness. On my birthday, I crashed. It was my last day of riding camp, we spent 1 1/2 hours riding, during which I even managed to canter without stirrups. Ate lunch, went and played with babies at our instructor/camp counselor's farm -- Welsh and Welsh cross ponies, from 5 weeks to 5 years old, until about 3pm (in the rain, but still lots of fun). Driving home took 2 hours when it should've taken 1, thanks to rain and car accidents and my dysfunctional compass. Got home, Tim made dinner, we were chatting in the living room about what to do after dinner, and fell asleep. I slept from 7:15 until 9:30, and then climbed into bed and slept from 10 until 9 the next morning. Whee.

Yesterday, we went to the Bethesda Farmer's Market and to Trader Joe's. [livejournal.com profile] greensock left, and we had the house to ourselves again, for the first time in a month or so. Felt very strange. We went on errands -- looked at laptops at Best Buy, and bought a chest freezer, a tree and a ceiling fan at Lowe's. Tim spent the better part of yesterday installing tree and fan. The tree is a weeping willow, and will take the place of the dead tree in the front yard. The ceiling fan was on clearance, and works on a remote control. I had fun this morning dimming the light and changing the fan speed. Yesterday night we went and played in a euchre mini-tournament with some friends -- everyone puts in $5 and there are prizes for winners, and some money to buying snacks. Tim ended up coming in first and won $15, which was a net gain of $5 for us, plus there were ballons and cake for my birthday, which is always fun :) Tonight we're going to the Melting Pot for my birthday dinner. In November, we're going to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway for my birthday present. It's a good year for birthdays all around :)



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