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RevGal Friday Five: A Very Merry Unbirthday

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A Very Merry Unbirthday To You!

Yesterday was my birthday and brought up thoughts of birthdays past. For this Friday Five, please respond to these five birthday-related prompts:

1. Favorite birthday cake/ice cream/dessert — I grew up in an era when most of my birthday cakes were homemade, but there was a year that my mother bought a bakery cake, the top decorated with a carousel theme. Beautiful! I love most kinds of birthday cake. If the cake is white or yellow, I like chocolate ice cream; if the cake is chocolate, I love vanilla!

2. Surprise Parties — have you ever given or received one? No, but I did participate in a surprise party for Delightful, my children’s stepgrandmother, a couple of years ago. That was fun. There was *so* much lying involved to make it happen, it became very confusing for their grandfather!!!

3. Favorite birthday present — When I turned 40, I bought my (used) Volvo wagon with the sunroof. As we were coming home from dinner last night, I celebrated our fifth anniversary together by sticking my hand up through the sunroof and cheering!!! Yay!!! Pure Luck can tell you that in the year leading up to the purchase of the car, I used to press my hand against the roof of my Ford Taurus and push.very.hard. I really wanted that sunroof!!!

4. What do you think of those candles that won’t blow out? I really don’t think they are funny at all.

5. Best. birthday. ever. When I turned 10, my father arranged to take me and a group of classmates to the Kennedy Center to see Madame Butterfly. I’m not sure how much my friends appreciated it, but I loved the entire experience.

Lorna asked how I spent my birthday yesterday, so here goes. I got to the office late after stopping at my favorite coffee shot for my free birthday cup. The children at our Nursery School serenaded me while I wore a handmade paper crown with my name on it (same treatment they get!). I met a friend for lunch, and we were delighted to have an outdoor table on what was probably the first appropriate day for such a thing this spring.

After school, The Princess and I visited two yarn stores, with a stop in between to mail socks to my still-secret sock pal. I’ll direct you to her blog after she receives them. We picked up more sock yarn. I believe this is an addiction. Then we joined Pure Luck in walking the dogs around a delightful nearby island, a mile-and-a-half walk with beautiful views of the Sea (which is really a Bay, but let’s not be too picky). Adding #2 Son to the mix, and leaving the dogs and cats home, we went out to dinner at a favorite Mexican place, then I came home and watched an episode of “24” with #2 Son while knitting on my new pair of socks.

It was a fine birthday. Thank you all for your good wishes!

7 thoughts on “RevGal Friday Five: A Very Merry Unbirthday”

  1. 1. I always got white cake with chocolate frosting. Which I like very much. But I really wanted German chocolate. But my sister had already nailed that down as her birthday cake. -sigh- I wouldn’t mind a slab of apple pie right now if you’ve got one.
    2. No, thank goodness. But I have participated in a successful one, where the 50-year-old birthday boy was delightedly surprised.
    3. My mom got me tickets to A Chorus Line at the Schubert Theater in L.A. when I was 15, I think. A very good present.
    4. I don’t either. Phooey on them.
    5. Drawing a blank. Hmm. Maybe I should start leaning on my husband now to put together something good for my 50th, 5 years from now.
    Glad you had a good 45th.

  2. glad it was good.
    You reminded me (talking of madadme buttefly) that for my 9th birthday (last before boarding school) my parents took me and a gaggle of girls to see a musical in the West End (London’ broadway) – I was spellbound.
    And we giggled and did all the routines on the way home on the tube (london subway)

  3. The socks came today! I think they are fantastic, the color is perfect. Only your second pair? Do let me know what yarn you used. And what pattern. I will be blogging about them later tonight. (Saturday) And I love the potholder. Thank you so much!

  4. Well, Pat, I realize I don’t have an e-mail address, so I’ll answer here for now. I used the basic sock recipe in Yarn Harlot’s new book, Knitting Rules! The yarn is Trekking XXL. I’m so glad you liked it! I started another pair of socks right away, finished the first one, had a little talk with myself about gauge, then unravelled the whole thing. Still lots to learn!

  5. Happy Birthday and I’ve seen Pat’s socks. Absolutely lovely socks — great job. Now you’ve got the sock-knitting bug I see. Cool.

  6. Back again. I just read your archives (some of them, I think, actually) about adoption. I too am adopted — 1962 here — and I’m always curious about how others, especially of my/our era respond. My lens is slightly different than yours, I guess we are all different, but my heart goes out to you in your angst. My favorite post is that one about hands. My hands and feet were the main thing (other than my innate, almost compuslive creativity) that made me different in my familiy (my folks went on to have 5 natural children). Interesting to see you’ve also felt this difference. One adoptee to another? I think your writing about it is fabulous…gets it outside of you and lets us share it. I haven’t written about my experiences because my birth-mom sporadically reads my blog, as does my mom…Can’t be as forthright as I’d want to be, I don’t think. But, I’m pretty sure they don’t read yours [smile]. Thanks for giving me wordspace.

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