August 18th, 2006

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Secret movie

So tonight Caleb called me over to go watch a Madonna movie that came with a CD he just got. I thought -- and he thought -- it was a featurette. But no, it was over two hours and was a movie, I'm Going To Tell You A Secret. Awesome stuff. Much more spiritual and less kinky than Truth or Dare, which I love, but still great. Bravo, Madonna.
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The bouquet of bouquet

Last Saturday I got myself a bouquet at Publix. It was an especially lovely one and a steal at $7 or whatever. Anyway, it was gorgeous and still is, and as a bonus, it's now stinking up my whole place. When I got it, there were half a dozen white lilies in it, still closed, but now they've opened and they are SO stinky. It's that sickly sweet smell. Not that I'm complaining exactly, but it's amazing how strong the smell is. I'm clear across the apartment, which is L-shaped, and it's like the flowers are in HERE. Talk about intense! Luckie has jumped on the table several times this week, which she rarely ever does since she's not allowed, and every time she smells the flowers. Flowers so potent they interest the cat!

Book frenzy

My book pile has grown like a population of guinea pigs this week. I was almost through my pile when I had to get a book for book group and suddenly, well, now I've got STACKS. If I don't want books, I should stay away from and any bookstore. Because I just can't stop. Especially since I can't have chocolate or any indulgent foods now -- must have a vice :)

Right now I'm reading Clive Barker's Imajica. Here's what else is in store for me, order unknown:

The Merro Tree - Katie Waitman
The Odyssey - Homer
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Ward No. 6 and Other Stores - Anton Chekhov
Funeral Games - Mary Renault
The Praise Singer - Mary Renault
The Satyricon* - Petronius
Death's Master - Tanith Lee
The Crimes of Love - Marquis de Sade
When The Legends Die* - Hal Borland
Parable of the Talents - Octavia Butler
Mind of My Mind - Octavia Butler
The Age of Missing Information* - Bill McKibben
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy - Barbara Vine
7 Alien Nation tie-in books

* Re-read

I don't know how long this book-reading frenzy will last -- I tend to go on a tear for 2-3 months and then give it a rest -- but I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

From thefridayfive - Birthdays

With my birthday coming up Tuesday, this is quite apt!

1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake?

Always. It's terrible luck if you don't, just like you MUST wish on the first star you see.

2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes?

Probably, although not like I sit around waiting for such.

3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g., love the attention, just another day, don't want anyone to know my real age, etc.)

I love birthdays, especially mine :) I'm an attention-whore, love parties, cake, surprises, and I don't care about my age too much. What's not to like?

One reason my birthday so pleases me, I think, is that all growing up, 'til I went off to college, I was never at home on my birthday, but always off in the wilderness camping with my parents -- the family vacation was always the third week of August. On my real birthday, I'd get instant pistachio pudding and some small present my parents stuck in their backpacks. There wasn't any cake or party or anything. Actually even when I got home there usually wasn't a big party either, because my birthday's in August, outside the school year, and it was harder to invite friends. But now that I can celebrate ON the day, without being in the middle of nowhere, I appreciate it!

4. Tell us a favorite gift you've received, or something you'd really like for your next birthday.

I'm going to be excessive and name several wonderful gifts I've received:

1) My parents normally did not spoil me with toys or expensive stuff, and I didn't ask for any either, so it's strange that I recall several times getting really awesome presents from them -- expensive presents I hadn't asked for but really liked. Like when I was 13 or 14, an electronic keyboard. I also got a camera and a CD player on my birthday. On all occasions I was shocked, but then I think it was the fact I DIDN'T ask for such luxuries that made them get them for me.

2) When I was 17 or 18, it was the day before my birthday and I was (see above) out in the wilderness camping with my parents, plus my oldest sister and her son. We had paddled across a lake to go up a trail to visit a stand of virgin forest. To be brief, on the way back, I stepped into a yellowjacket hive a dog had dug up, and go stung like 50-75 times on my legs. Ow :( Once I was out of harm's way, my mom had me slather my legs with cool lake mud, to soothe the hurts. After paddling back to the campsite, my sister announced that I was getting my birthday present a day early because I looked so pathetic, all covered in mud and crying. (Oh, and it was raining out, so I was soaked.) The present? A "honeycake" (think: Winnie The Pooh) she and her son had baked me for my birthday. She'd been hauling it around in her backpack. And it was yummy cake.

3) Last year Caleb got me a hilarious birthday present that completely surprised me: A toy set of two German cops catching a Porsche for speeding. I saw it at a department store in Germany and had shown it to Caleb, going on and on about how hilarious it was, with the Polizei wagon, tiny speed camera, the two cops, and the Porsche. Caleb later snuck out of sight and bought it. The set's been on top of my TV ever since. It's hilarious!

4) Oh, and of course, last year, day before my birthday, I got LUCKIE! Well, nobody GAVE her to me, except God or some higher power. It was ordained, I just know it.

5. What flavor cake?

For almost every birthday I've ever had in my life, I've had the SAME cake: an angelfood layer cake stuffed with pineapple and strawberries, then stuck together and covered over with homemade whipped cream, dotted with sliced strawberries. My mom always made that for me because a) it can be made in 20 minutes and b) she didn't want to bake in August and this cake requires no baking. I love this cake so much I've made it many times myself. Last year, I think Caleb made it FOR me. This year I have no idea what's happening because Caleb is planning something and I'm not allowed to do anything about cake. We shall SEE!