Jan 8, 2017: Sloppy Birthday to Me!

It’s my birthday, so we had a huge, fancy, exciting day!!

Just kidding. It’s my birthday and we’re getting the Storm of the Century, so we did very little.

Sort of just kidding again. It is my birthday and we are getting rain, so I can’t say we did much of anything. But the predicted Storm of the Century has turned out to just be a rather sloppy, windy, rainy day. Which is pretty typical for California forecasts. They’ve been telling us for days to stock up on sandbags and that flooding was possible because we were supposed to get two or more inches of rain (which is a lot for here—we typically get about a quarter inch per storm…maybe half an inch). But here in the East Bay, none of their dire predictions have panned out.

Anyway, it’s all good. We couldn’t top last year anyway—when our plans for my birthday went awry, so we decided to pack up on the spur of the moment and go to Disneyland. That was so much fun, and there’s no way we could top it this year, so it’s all good. We’ll whoop it up on Theo’s birthday, when we meet with Congress. (Won’t be whooping it up much on Sam’s birthday, as I’ll be two days post-surgery, assuming all goes well and I get my surgery on 2/2 as planned.)

Poor Chris, though. He likes to go out of his way to make my birthday special because he knows I love birthdays. Plus, waaaaay back when we were dating, for his 29th birthday (the first we were a couple) I made him a mix CD that he loved, and he claims that is when he knew he was in love with me. 🙂 And then the next year, his 30th birthday sort of got lost in the shuffle because his sister was getting married the next week, and I made a big deal out of his birthday and planned something really special for him. So ever since then, he has made it a point to do the same for me—try to make birthdays really special. And this year, all of his plans didn’t work out for one reason or another—mostly weather-related, but some for a few other reasons. But he did come up with one excellent idea: building a fire in our never-used 24-year-old fireplace and making s’mores! And so we did. We went out to lunch at a tasty local restaurant we like, then we wandered Target for bit (with Chris taking the boys so I could browse in peace). I hit the gym after we came home, and then we built a nice fire and made s’mores! Theo loved it, and Sam loved the idea of it, though he pretty much thought graham crackers were evil, chocolate was nothing to bother with, and marshmallows were good for taking one tiny nibble out of and then handing to me!

My sister sent me adorable pug shoes!

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I treated myself to a new pair of LulaRoe leggings!

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I ate a yummy lunch of a little steak (my doctor would be so pleased with the iron!), some brussels sprouts, and a beet salad with goat cheese:

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The guys built a fire:

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Theo was in awe and Sam looked mischievous:

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Harry Potter pose. Lumos!

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S’mores makings!

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Burnt is best!

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Sugared-up glee:

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Hmmm, who made those tiny teeth marks, Sam???

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This is how classy people clean up a food mess on the floor!

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Anyway, other than birthdays, what did we do? Not much on Saturday, as it was rainy too. We did take Theo to the Home Depot kids’ workshop, and he made a neat little toolbox. And we want to Dos Coyotes for lunch—yum!

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I went back to work this week (as did Chris), and as usual I have overscheduled myself. But I am planning to mostly take the summer off again (due to Sam hopefully participating in CRP again), so I’m stockpiling paychecks to be able to do that. 🙂 And so, I’ll be writing twelve books in the next two months, as well as editing an 800-page tome and teaching two classes. And having relatively major surgery. So if you don’t hear from me for the next two months…well, you’ll know why. Luckily, the recuperation from my surgery is mostly just not lifting or driving, and the doctor says after a couple of days I’ll be fine to sit up at my desk and work, so that shouldn’t impact things too much.

I admit that I’m living in fear of getting sick before the surgery and having to reschedule it. Our schedule is so packed between now and mid-April that I’d have to push it out a long way, and I’m so eager to just get it done with! Flus, colds, stomach viruses, and the like are running rampant around here, and I think I’m just going to seal us in a bubble the week before the surgery so I don’t catch any of it! Kidding…sort of. The kids are in school and exposed to all manner of germs, so there’s not much I can do about that. But man, I hope we are all healthy come early February, so I can get this over and done with! The problems that led up to the surgery are getting progressively worse, and I need to just have it over and done with.

Anyway, if you missed it, I had two blog posts yesterday. One is a sort of book review with a political bent—click here if you want to read it. The other is a story of something that happened at Sam’s school—click here if you want to read it.

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. I’m going to look positively at this blasted rainstorm: It will keep things nice and green for us! The different shades of greens and blues in the mountains are really spectacular around here when we’re getting enough water to keep stuff green!

Random pix for you:

We hit StarBread for their delicious Señorita Bread one day. Soooo good! It looks plain, but it’s oh-so-delicious.

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Handsome boy got a haircut!

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He wanted a selfie, of course:

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I came downstairs one night to find Chris making me a big pot of homemade vegetable soup that I can freeze and eat while he’s out of town for work. What a guy!

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This didn’t photograph so well, but it was tasty! Korean rice cakes with shrimp in a spicy sauce:

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The little usually dry creek at the bottom of the hill below Theo’s school has water in it! Can’t wait to see what it looks like after this weekend’s rain:

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Theo now posts angry notes on his door when he gets sent to his room. (Or sometimes writes us manifestos.) This one was particularly amusing to me:

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Oh, these were yummy! Mediterranean-inspired veggie pitas with fried purple potatoes:

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Violet, staring at a big, gross moth on our kitchen light:

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Zoe the lovely:

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These were super yummy too! Potato and artichoke quiches with romaine salad and oranges:

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I have to take extra doses of iron between now and my surgery to avoid going in for an IV infusion of iron. (I run super low on it.) We couldn’t find a medicine cup, so Chris suggested we use a shot glass for it. Super classy!

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