Friday, January 24, 2014

TToT10: Birthday Eve Weekend

Hey guys, did I mention my birthday is approaching? It's Monday! Monday is my birthday!

I've always loved to notify people that my birthday is approaching. I'm not asking for gifts or good wishes, but by announcing it, I'm building up my own excitement. And the anticipation's always the best part.

Nothing particularly special about turning 38 other than 40 just looks that much closer. But (one of) the fun part(s) of being married to The Dude is he loves to plan special events. I know we're doing something for my birthday, I just don't know what it is.

So there are my numbers one and two. Three, of course, is birthday chocolate cake. The best chocolate cake I know how to make, and yes, I do make it myself. Who else would? And I want birthday chocolate cake. The baking it is as fun as the eating it anyway.

What do people who don't like chocolate have for their birthdays, Lizzi?

Oh, and the weather forecast predicts a high of 33 on Monday. Pos-i-tive-ly balmy. I'm gonna wear shorts and dance for joy in the melting snow.

So, there's for the birthday thankfuls. Some others from the week:

5. My vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds. I now can use the word perspicacity correctly, but I think the real joy in that word is in the pronunciation. Try it; you'll love it.

6. Someone advertised on our neighborhood listserv that she is downsizing and looking to give away houseplants. Give away! I scored five fully grown beauties who won't want much water. I'm a lazy waterer so these are perfect for me. Now The Dude, he loves to water, so I've instructed him to restrain himself. Let's hope he can.


7. Lisa from The Meaning of Me recommended this engaging and humorous post on Brussel sprouts, about which I have not written enough, would not you agree? I had lots of fun following the links and pinned the two recipes for BS haters. Then, no BS in our CSA this week. I'm still prepared should they appear, however.

And what I really loved about the exchange is how my hatred of Brussel sprouts has so fully permeated her consciousness that she thought of me when she read the post. 

8. No Brussel sprouts, but don't these look amazing?


9. Such fun! Lizzy of The Muddle-Headed Mamma is providing Italian lessons on her blog on a weekly basis. As a girl with a genuine one quarter Italian blood running through her veins and a brother and sister who both learned Italian, my interest was certainly piqued. I particularly enjoyed her post this week on the role of astrology in the typical southern Italian's life. Sono del segno dell'Acquario.

10. We had company last night, and not only talked them into learning a new game about planting bean fields (are you surprised that's not easy to do?) but found they were naturals! This game, Bohnanza (wow, it has a Wikipedia page), is way more fun that it sounds. Yes, you're planting bean fields, but it's really about bartering with your fellow players. You get to participate in each turn rather than having to sit around and wait most of the time, like so many games (ahem, Ticket to Ride).

And, as mentioned, they caught on right quick, which was fun since it can be a bit complicated to explain and if you are playing with someone only mildly interested or moderately inebriated, it can be like wading through Jello.

Can't wait to read your lists!

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  1. Happy Birthday now and wishing you a wonderful day indeed! And I too am loving Lizzy's Italian lessons. I learned Italian back in high school and she is definitely bringing back some memories for me! Wishing you a great weekend now, too :)

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    1. Thank you very much! I am impressed your high school offered Italian lessons. It was Spanish or French for us.

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  3. OK, I had to delete that and start over - when I published the comment, it went all kinds of crazy and got out of order. Why does Blogger hate me???

    So here we go...trying again...

    OK, whee for the shout out - it doesn't make me look like a stalker AT ALL that I think of you when I see Brussels sprouts recipes. But since we're going there - and I'm totally cracking myself up right now - this post came through my Bloglovin' feed a couple of days ago and I almost sent it to you.

    http://mywholefoodlife.com/2014/01/20/honey-balsamic-brussel-sprouts/

    (Laughs like a crazy lunatic...)

    OK, so where were we...

    I am also fully one quarter Italian! How about that??? And I have actually taken IRL Italian lessons. But I couldn't keep up the schedule and so...pppfffftttt. Still on my list of things to do before I die, though.

    Happy almost-birthday to you, friend! Hope your birthday plans are awesome. And just for the record, approaching 40 is not so awful...I was not bugged but it. Fifty, however, well, that might be another story...

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    1. You calling people who are 50 OLD, Lisa? Hmmmm?

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    2. Ut-oh! You take that BACK, Lisa...

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    3. Wait, wait, wait...I did no such thing...I meant that I had a grand time at turning 40, but I am not certain I'll feel as eager for 50. Of course, as my Grandfather said, you are only about as young/old as you decide you feel. He used to swap it out as the occasion warranted. He was smart like that. And when he died at 85, nobody ever believed he was that age. Didn't look it; didn't act it. My Mom's the same - nobody believes she's 67 and frankly, when I look at her and think about all she does, in my head I often think, "wait, she's not my age?" Both of my Grandmothers were the same way as well. I guess I come from a long line of good genes in that department. So maybe I shouldn't worry about 50. I hear fifty is the new 30, so, there is that. :)

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    4. I hear loud beeping as you back up! Said the woman who just turned fifty... now worries... fifty is the new whatever you were before... really did you actually ever feel any significant age difference just cuz it was your birthday... maybe the after effect is that I adore brussel sprouts... hmmmmmmm ....

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    5. Wow, this became a thing while I wasn't paying attention.

      Ooooooooh, Lisa, you got in TROUBLE!

      I am nothing but flattered that you keep sending me BS posts. One day you'll convert me from pure zealousness (that's a good word, Lizzi).

      Also, how fun that you're also one quarter Italian. And green eyes! No link there, though; mine definitely came from my maternal grandmother (the one who married the Italian).

      I'm a little bugged about the looming 4-0, but I still have two years to get used to it. I've always been told that 40 is when I'll need glasses, but I've found myself adjusting the paper back and forth before my eyes quite a bit recently. So that's depressing.

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    6. At 40, you're going to cave and start buying those little reading glasses to keep all over the house.

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    7. so who is it some one is saying is like a 50 year old truck?

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    8. Clark, you're just stirring up trouble!

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    9. Oh but he does it so well, donchathink?

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    10. See this is why games like Whisper Down the Alley are so terrible...suddenly somebody is an old truck.

      Zoe (and Sarah) I LOVE Brussels sprouts and so does Kidzilla so if you ever need a recipe, I have like two dozen of them on my Pinterest board. And no, I honestly never felt anything significant after turning a particular age.

      Sarah, I had my glasses long before 40 so I think you're good. Although, Dyanne may have something...I often wish I had a pair of those reading glasses to wear OVER my regular ones. Uh-oh...

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  4. Happy, happy birthday...a wonderful list of birthday Thankfuls and may you have a truly blessed one this year!

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  5. Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! I will send you wonderful wishes for health and prosperity and happiness in the coming year....and always!
    33? No thanks.....it's been hitting highs in the 50s this week in Florida and I am miserable. 33 degrees as a high would have me dressed in layers and wrapped up in the cocoon of my bed! But happy dancing!
    Perspicacity is a fun word to say. Three times fast, everybody! I had to look it up since it was all new to me and it is a good word. Shout out to Lizzi for making us all richer in vocabulary!
    I am so far behind on reading and haven't gotten to my other lovely Lizzy for an Italian lesson yet but I will! That is one language I would love to speak fluently...but I'll settle for a little bit. I grew up in an Italian family and learned all the bad words pretty quickly. I wouldn't mind adding a few clean ones!

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    1. Rub it in, rub it in. My hands are so chapped that my knuckles are bleeding. Seriously.

      You mean other than putana? That's a good one.

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    2. Oy! That's not the nicest word to learn first! ;)

      Sandy - yer always welcome :D

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  6. Happy early birthday! Yes, 33 will be a heat wave, comparatively speaking (shut up with your 50s, Sandy; those of us under the thumb of the Polar Vortex will be sunbathing if it ever hits 50).
    I will only eat Brussel sprouts if they are halved, doused in olive oil and garlic, and roasted in a very hot oven until they are crispy. Of course, tennis shoes would taste good that way.

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    1. OK, first of all, I love that you've told off Lisa and Sandy already. Well played.

      Yes, garlic and olive oil do the trick, don't they? Bacon, too.

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    2. BACON?! Now THAT would make brussel sprouts more palatable!

      The 52 year old apparently has her granny panties up her crack this morning.....

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    3. Bacon makes everything taste good. Even tennis shoes, as you say.

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  7. Ah, where to start...
    The Italian lesson on astrology was interesting. I doubt I will ever remember a single Italian word, but it has nothing to do with her posts. :)
    Chocolate cake for breakfast!
    I laughed when you bad-mouthed Ticket to Ride. That was our family's go-to game until the kids received Settlers of Catan for Christmas. You'd probably like that game. Plenty of trading, and you have the chance to get new cards with every single person's roll of the dice.
    I've never had brussel sprouts. It's one benefit to having a picky eater for a mother. :)
    Have a grand birthday! How wonderful that your husband plans fun surprises for you.

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    1. The Dude LOVES TTR, and I try to be a good sport and play it with him from time to time. I even bought him an expansion pack for Christmas. And, actually, it can be fun playing with two people because you don't have to wait as long between turns. The bottom line is it's an anxiety-producing game for me, and that's why I don't love it.
      I played Settlers of Cataan once or twice, but that was several years ago so I've sort of forgotten. Do you ever play Dominion? Now I LOVE that game.

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  8. Happy birthday! I hope the day is as good as the anticipation.

    Free houseplants? Lucky you! And I love plants that are forgiving of sporadic watering.

    Your bean game does sound a bit like Settlers of Catan. That is one of our favorites! I hadn't heard of Bohnanza, but maybe I'll have to try it sometime.

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    1. You should! It's a fun game. Those Germans can cook up a good game.

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  9. WHOOT! GET THE EXCITEMENT GOINNNNNGG! IT'S GONNA BE YOUR BIRTHDAAAAAAY.

    And in non-chocolate-loving places, we eat sponge cake. With fondant icing, and jam and cream in the middle. Or we have cupcakes. Neener-neener! :p

    38 will be awesome. And 40 will be better still.

    Y'all probably haven't seen it, but there's a film here which I ADORE, called Calendar girls, and in it is the following: "The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty, but the last phase is always the most glorious. Then very quickly they all go to seed."

    So remember - until you go batshit crazy, you're just busy getting more glorious.

    Perspicacity is a simply DELICIOUS word to say, and I'm glad you've enjoyed picking it up. The next one to get is mellifluous. Go look it up. It's lovely.

    I'm glad for your easy-care houseplants. As a person who is widely known to be "less nurturing than the desert", I'm pretty sure I'd still kill them.

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    1. That's right, Lizzi! Yeah!

      I have actually seen Calendar Girls, not that I remember it. Ages and ages ago. Helen Mirren? Judi Dench? Maggie Smith? One or two of those, at least.

      Mellifluous is indeed a wonderful word, but I knew that one. Try again, Lizzi! Try to char my intellect!

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    2. See? I do good celebrating.

      Calendar girls is awesome.

      Glad you knew mellifluous. Are we taking these from our active vocab, passive vocab, or learning them as we go along? It's almost terpsichorean, this game of words we're playing.

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    3. I had to doublecheck that definition. I was close with musical; turns out it's dancing.
      Probably I'll have to learn as I got along, but puissant is one I know well. My dad used to use it a lot...when someone trumped in a card game or when someone emitted a...unpleasant odor.
      Have you selected the GEG clubbouse yet?

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    4. LOL delightful!

      Well I was gonna ask - I now have GEG photos from you, Kari and Rebecca. I feel like the gang was your idea, so do you want to host? I can if not :)

      Kari also suggested a theme tune for us - Green Eyed Lady by Sugarloaf. it's 70's-tastic

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  10. I have your birthday with your picture on the calendar I received for Christmas from Ali. So I have been looking at your lovely image all month.

    I hope you have a wonderful day with the Dude and your beautiful children.

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    1. That's so sweet! I want to see that calendar in February!

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I LOVE MAKING BIRTHDAY CAKES TOO! HAVE SO OOOOOOOO MUCH FUN... way to go to the dude for being a birthday planner! love a guy who does that!

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  12. Pretty plant, and being free makes it even better!
    I hate brussels sprouts AND mushrooms. Ick.
    Happy Birthday a little early!

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    1. You hate mushrooms? You're missing out! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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    2. No, no - she's right. Mushrooms are totally and completely gross.

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  13. Happy birthday week!! Mine is on Thursday, and I will definitely be celebrating with chocolate cake, too. It is the only cake to have when you are marking the beginning of another year of life.

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    1. Yay, Happy Birthday to you, too! Chocolate is the best!

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  14. Happy Monday Birthday!!! And.. without Chocolate Cake it would not be a birthday, see how it's in caps? That's how you know.
    Also, I hated Brussel Sprouts too until I went to a friends house last week where her husband made amazing Brussel Sprouts! I was embarrassed not to try, so I did! I need the recipe, I hear they can do amazing things for your immune system
    ALSO same party played a much less erudite game called Smart Ass and man was it fun! Check it out if you love trivia!

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    1. Caps help make things clear. I get it. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for clarifying my question on your blog the other day. Will definitely check out Smart Ass!

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  15. Hope you have a great birthday. I was going to get you a houseplant, but it looks like you are all set.

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  16. I will add my own wishes for a Happy Birthday… with caps, as Jen suggests.
    the photo up there, is that one plant or like two plants growing together… interesting.
    (yes it is getting late…will push back from the computer… an early sign is when you have as much fun interrupting other people's Comment thread as you do writing your own Comment).

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    1. Oh, I jumped in on Beth and Lizzi on her first TToT this weekend. But, yes, must get some sleep. THanks for the Birthday Wishes.

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  17. I am only 3 threes from 50, having just turned 47 last week. Happy Birthday to you, young whipper snapper. Don't worry, I plan to stop aging at 50 so you will catch up with me in 12 years. I love mushrooms, at least that is what I think that picture above is of. They are indeed yummy. I love brussel sprouts too. I used to grow them. I wish I had some now because they taste really good when they freeze in the winter. Happy Birthday again. :)

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    1. Yes, indeed! Shitakes! What wealth, huh? Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  18. The Italian lesson sounds pretty neat. Happy Birthday! I don't like chocolate much either so I understand :)

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    1. You should check out the lessons. You don't like chocolate?!?!?

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  19. Happy happy birthday for Monday! And can I just say, you're looking pretty super for 38! Thank you so much for the shout out. I was actually feeling pretty low yesterday and then I turned on the computer and read the notification you sent and I've gotta tell you, it lifted my mood so much. Even if no-one else ever reads those lessons, I'll keep writing them just for you :) I love your new word in number 5! I'd never heard of it before and I agree - it sounds great when you say it out loud. I'm off now to find out what it means! Buon compleanno, bella! xx

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    1. Well, this just warms the cockles of my heart. It's so good to hear your words meant something, so thanks for letting me know.
      But you should read the comments: lots of people are reading your lessons!

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  20. Happy birthday for Monday. 38 years young. It's been a while since I saw 38, or even 48.
    I love chocolate cake too, but if we don't have that we have carrot cake.
    I had sort of thought I knew what perspicacity meant but wasn't sure, so I had to look it up. Good word.
    And how cool that Lizzy is doing Italian lessons on her blog and you are learning.

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    1. Carrot cake is good, too! Cream cheese frosting, mmmm.

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  21. Happy Womb Emancipation Day!!! I have decided to make my own cake this year, so thanks for the validation. Yes it will be chocolate.

    What a deal on the houseplants. Yumm on the mushrooms. I'll have to check out the Italian lessons.

    Have a fantastic week!!

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    1. Ha! Womb emancipation! I celebrate that twice in March, too, but for others' emancipation from my own womb.

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  22. Happy Birthday Sarah!
    Finally, someone else who bakes their own birthday cake! And chocolate. Most excellent choice! My runner up to carrot cake. (or is that the other way around? lol)
    Italien food is my favorite. The language? I'll take French merci beaucoup. As to brussel sprouts, No. Never. Ever.
    Enjoyed your post!

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    1. You're the second person to name carrot cake as the runner up. It's a good one, too, but I always fall for chocolate. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  23. Happy birthday to you! YAY for birthday celebrations and to yummy mushrooms and NO brussel sprouts because they are truly revolting and nasty. Also total score for free house plants that don't need much water. Did you know that if you just don't water them, they'll tell you when it's time by wilting a little bit? Yup, you're welcome. That little trick has meant that the two that I have have lasted for like 6 years now. Really. Also I'm a vanilla cake girl. I hope we can still be friends.
    Enjoy your celebration today and for the entire month! YAY to 33 degrees!

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    1. Yes, yummy mushrooms and revolting Brussel sprouts. You understand.
      Hey, that's how I take care of my plants, too!
      I guess I can excuse your vanilla preference. I guess.

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  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SARAH!!!! May your day be filled with love, magic, surprises, and chocolate cake!!!! Loved your list! xoxo

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