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I owe you all a long post, but this isn't it. So much has happened, good and bad and sometimes good turned into bad.

To top it all off, my 49 year old cousin had a stroke the other day. *sigh*

I'll post about my very interesting August after I finish a fic I owe.

I also owe a post on the books I've read for July--several--and August--maybe one.

Life. It is interesting.
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My friend and occasional beta! I hope your day is full of love and cake! Leave a prompt and I'll write a drabble gift for you!
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One of my very first friends in fandom, I blame credit her for my HP fic obsession. I still remember LupinBabe. *cough*

Love and hugs and all good wishes for the coming year! (And cake. Can't forget the cake.)

If you leave a prompt, I'll gift you with a drabble, my friend.

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[livejournal.com profile] mundungus42!

May your day be filled with singing silly songs, puppy cuddles, Mr. 42 cuddles *ahem*, and loads of good food and beer! I hope you get to do what you'd like today!

Leave a prompt, receive a drabble back as a gift!
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Voila! Hubby with his didgeridoo. )

(He loves it, btw.) He also loves his Mythbusters tee shirt which says: "I reject your reality and substitute my own" on the front. :D
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I'm grateful for sucking up. Today is my birthday and my hubby did not get me a card. Or a gift. And he was reminded...via a countdown...that the big day was approaching.

Not that he didn't already know because he had tickets for Rifftrax Live which we bought a month ago. AND he was off work on Monday and Tuesday.

So, no excuse.

I do have to say (full disclosure) that he did make me a card which was sweet.

So, today I got breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants, was taken upstairs and shown a mighty good time after we got home, got my haircut paid for, went out to the Rifftrax, then was taken to a nice restaurant for dinner after.

:)

Also had several cards in the mailbox when I got home and a couple of mentions on the [livejournal.com profile] hgss_digest just to top off the day.

So, it started off crappy but ended up well.
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I hope you have a fantastic day doing everything you want and topping it off with loads of cake and ice cream! (Hopefully not TOO many candles...) Prompt me for a drabble gift! {{HUGS}}

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I hope it was a good one!
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Had a great time in Florida this past weekend! My dad made his famous BBQ ribs, we laughed much and ate WAY too much. I think I'm still full. Oh and there was a massive Scrabble tournament which was a blast. Here's a few pics.

My sister, in the midst of her epic rib-eating. She ate an entire rack by herself. (I told you my dad's ribs were legendary!)


Me with the wand of the old ones and my own personal cake from my dad.


My sister and me showing off the gifts we received from our mom.


And we were lucky enough to have yet another cake, homemade from Mom! It was delish!


That's all for now...

BTW...hubby and I are house-hunting...send good thoughts our way!
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My mother tells me that when I was almost five, I told her I wanted a baby sister for my birthday.

Since Mom was pregnant at the time, there was a 50/50 chance of my wish coming true.

So, on August 15th, my sister was born...two days before my birthday.

Now, when we were younger, we usually had to celebrate our birthdays together on the 16th...I mean, why have two cakes two days apart...the family coming over...etc when it can all be done on one day?

I have to tell you that in those days, neither of us liked it much. We sort of felt gypped out of our own "special" day.

However, as we got older, we continued that tradition.

After I moved, we realized how much we had come to love spending our birthdays together...and we missed it terribly.

Well, this weekend, we will get to do it again, finally. We are meeting at my father's house in order to celebrate our birthdays.

Hubby and I are leaving after work to begin the journey down. My sister and her husband are already there.

I can't wait.
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Happy, happy birthday to my dear friend, [livejournal.com profile] islandsmoke!

She has been a friend, and my number one bestest beta for years...I don't even remember how long we've known each other, that's how comfortable our friendship has become. It seems like I've known her forever.

So, happy birthday, sweetie! Here's some animated font for you!

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I know it's a big one (40, EEK!) but you can handle it. I love you!

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Of the pics from my grandson's fourth birthday celebration!

The birthday boy:
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His baby sister:
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The baby has changed so much since our last visit...she says "da da" quite clearly, giggles, laughs and coos...she has two teeth on the bottom. She can sit up unassisted and is trying to crawl.

This little girl was a slow starter, but she's catching up by leaps and bounds.

More pics later.
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For my birthday!

I may have mentioned that my sister and I have birthdays which are two days (and five years) apart. Hers is 8/15 and mine is 8/17. From the time she was born, we have celebrated them together, usually on the 16th.

The last time we were together on our birthdays was five years ago...when I was 45 and she was 40.

We have been talking about getting together for my big one this year (50...eep!) but it didn't seem as though the stars would align properly...and then...

...this morning she called. Her hubby asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she told him she wanted me. (Awww.) So he handed her his credit card and told her to book a flight for me to come down to Orlando! Two days in Disney World! Park Hopper passes! No kids or husbands! YAY!!

And it's less than two weeks away. I'm so psyched!
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After gift giving, we journeyed to Nashville to see Spamalot.

Oh my god how we laughed.

If you have the chance to see it, run, don't walk to the theatre if you can.

We bought the soundtrack and a tee shirt for hubby.

Then we went to dinner at the Chop House and now are home.

A lovely day.

Lisa~~So sorry I didn't get a card out in time...it will be late...but check your email for your gift.
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Why do the days seem to fly by when I'm not working? I can't believe that five days have already gone by and I have to go back to the office today.

*sigh*

On the other hand, it's [livejournal.com profile] snegurochka_lee 's birthday today!

Huzzah!!

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It's my mom's birthday!

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My sister and my mom

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Today (or should I say yesterday, since it's after midnight?) was my birthday. I try not to work on my birthday as a rule (been pretty successful, avoiding working on August 17th for 17 years...except for a half day three years ago) so I spent the day puttering around the apartment with the cats.

I wasn't in the mood to finish my crack!fic, so I added some lace to one of my blouses, played on the computer and did not get out of my pajamas until I had to get ready to go out to dinner.

Hubby, me, the kids and the grandkid went to Carrabba's Italian Grill and had a lovely meal. (Well, once the kids actually got there. They had car trouble, so hubby and I waited for 45 minutes--with a screaming baby at the table next to us--for them to arrive.)
I asked the waiter to take a picture... )

The kids look a bit stunned, don't you think? Poor things, they had a rough time this evening...the compressor went on their a/c, which is bad since we've had two straight weeks of 100+ temperatures. My son is going to try to repair it (with help from a mechanic he has befriended here) and I hope he can get it done because otherwise, they will be suffering.

Here's a picture of my dessert )

Which was awesome and I couldn't finish it, so I brought the rest (along with the rest of my supper) home with me.

The loot...a check from my mom, hubby is having my engagement ring repaired and paid for dinner and, if you look closely, you can see beside my plate in the picture--Season Two of the Muppet Show! Squeee! My sister told me she has posted my gift, so I'll be extending this birthday a little. :)

Tomorrow afternoon I'm having dinner with a good friend I haven't seen in ages. Can't wait!
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Happy Birthday, Mom!

Mothers and daughters
Were daughters and mothers
Not so long ago.
We give and take
And take and give
Along time's endless row.
Love is passed
And love received
To be passed on again:
A precious heirloom
Twice, twice blessed,
A spiritual cardigan.

I'll put it on
And treasure it,
The me I have received,
And when the roles
Reverse again,
I'll have what I most need.

So may our love
Go on and on,
A hundred thousand years;
Mothers and daughters,
Daughters and mothers,
Through joys and other tears.




Hope your day is full of fun and family! Now, on with the photo show!
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Enjoy your day!
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I always take my birthday off--so in the morning, hubby gave me the traditional two cards--one mushy and one silly. The mushy one made me cry! It says: To the woman I'd marry all over again...through all the changes life and love have brought us, one thing will always remain the same--you mean the world to me. It was a wonderful reminder that he (for some reason I'll never understand) loves me as much as I love him. I am so lucky to have found such a wonderful man.

Anyway, I drove hubby to work (so I could keep the car). I picked up some breakfast on the way home (McDonald's sausage, egg & cheese McGriddle-yum) and was playing around on the computer when there was a knock on the door. It was the UPS man (drool--is it a requirement that the UPS delivery folks are all gorgeous? I mean, really--) bearing gifts!

My sister dragged me into the 21st century by buying me my very first cellular phone. Yep, I'm one of "them" now. It's a TracFone, so I don't have to fool with any kind of service contracts or anything--and she was kind enough to purchase some extra time for me, too. I put the sim card in and the battery and then plugged it into the charger.

Next, I worked on the pictures for my previous entry--which took several hours to compose. The time passed swiftly as I looked through and at all the pictures of my sister and our family and friends. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for me, so it wasn't a chore at all--I enjoyed every minute of it.

When I finished the LJ entry, I got into the car and went to the UPS depot to pick up a package that was there (we had the sticker on the door a couple of days before) which was one of my gifts from hubby. It was two bottles of my favorite cologne, Amarige by Givenchy they came together in a set, the large 3+ oz bottle and the small 1 oz which is suitable to carry in one's purse.
Wonderful gift. Oh and he gave me chocolate, too. Some Guylian Twists chocolate truffles. YUM.

After I got back from UPS, I checked the mail (cards from family, two of which were bearing gifts of cash--W00T!) then I fooled around online some more until it was time to get ready to go get hubby from work and go out to dinner. So, I got showered, dressed and perfumed (hee) and then picked him up. At first I thought I wanted to go to Outback, but then I heard that the new Carrabba's accepted "call ahead" requests--so I decided that's where I wanted to go. I had heard so many good things about this restaurant, but I had never been.

Everything I heard was proved true, and better.

The staff is friendly, they are knowledgable and they don't try to push the most expensive things on the menu on you. I had a glass of their homemade Sangria to start and hubby tried the Italian beer on their menu. Then we ordered a bruschetta appetiser which was so good, I'm still thinking about it today. The bread was grilled and practically dunked in extra virgin olive oil then spread with a pine nut and herb pesto and topped with fresh mozzarella, diced tomatos and fresh basil.

OH. MY. GOD.

It was so good. Now my natural instinct, on seeing anything green and leafy is to brush it off...but I sucked it up and tasted it...and I'm so glad I did. The bread was crunchy, the toppings were flavorful and the olive oil practically ran down my chin...it did run down my throat...heaven.

After the appetiser came the salad, luckily there was only one because Hubby ate it. I do not like Romaine lettuce, and that's what was in it. So he happily ate it. The house dressing was awesome, though. Oh, and they give you a quarter loaf of wonderful Italian bread, too.

Then we got our entrees. Now I have to say that each course's arrival was perfectly timed. The bread, then the appetiser, the salad and our entrees all were served just when we were ready for them and before we began to wonder where they were--if you know what I mean. Yet we did not feel rushed in any way. The service was fabulous. Anyway, our entrees. Hubby had their homemade pizza with all his favorite toppings. Oven baked with freshly made dough. He was in heaven. I had one of their daily specials which was not on the menu--I can't remember the actual name of the dish, but it was chicken breast, flattened and seasoned then grilled and topped with a light mustard (very light, there wasn't much of it, which was actually perfect) sauce and diced tomatos. It was served with a side of spaghetti. My mouth was, as Emerill would say: happy, happy.

And it wouldn't be a birthday without cake, so we also ordered dessert. (We did not eat all of our entrees--in fact we still have the leftovers which will be lunch today.) The dessert was called "Chocolate Dream"...and they were not lying. It is a fudge brownie brushed with Kahlua then topped with chocolate mousse, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Wow. That's all I have to say about THAT. We devoured it. Even my hubby, the man of "don't care about dessert" ate half. :)

I guess what I'm saying is...if there's a Carrabba's Italian Grill anywhere nearby---run, don't walk to partake of their wonderful food.

We came home, all full and satisfied...watched some tv and then fell into a feast-induced coma. hee.

Yesterday, Hubby went to work and I lazed around the house...well, got the laundry done, dishes, etc. But basically just lazed. :) Oh, and played my new obsession: Diner Dash 2.

Guess that's it for now...oh, the paperwork is done, Hubby is the proud owner of 6.9 acres of land...next step toward the house is...to the bank!

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