Birthday!

Sunday, October 16th, 2016 09:11 am
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
My birthday was October 6, so I'm 44 now. It sounds a lot older than 43.

In mid-September, [livejournal.com profile] etrace said, "My mom wants to know what to get you for your birthday. We looked at your Amazon list, but she doesn't like it." "She doesn't like it?" "Yes -- nothing on it is anything she wants to get you."

We've had this discussion before, and part of it is that she has this notion that anything that's been on the list for more than a few months is Not Interesting. (For me, the fact that I've wanted something for over a year without getting it might make me MORE excited about getting it, not less. But whatever.)

So I looked at my list, and... huh, there was not much on there that I would be excited about getting for someone, either. Except for the Hamilton soundtrack, which I still had never even heard but was dying to. I promoted that back to the top of the list. Everything else... enh. So I spent a few minutes looking for things that were more fun/indulgent, and put those on the list. Only, then, [livejournal.com profile] etrace and [livejournal.com profile] jessruth got me all the new fun things, and my gift from MomTrace ended up being... a renewed subscription to the New York Times crossword app! This was genius because I really did enjoy doing it every day until they doubled the subscription price in early 2015 and I gave it up.

My dad, meanwhile, gave me some cash for my birthday -- also a couple weeks early, because he was having retina surgery in the meantime (oy!) and was not going to be able to visit for most/all of the month of October. I ended up spending ALL OF IT on clothes, because I've replaced most of my pants by now but I have still been trying to squeeze into my old shirts, and it's exhausting. But more on that topic in a later post.

I get my birthday as a paid holiday off work (yay!), but since that Monday and Tuesday were Rosh Hashanah, and then my birthday was on Thursday, I thought it would be better to take the Friday instead. Oh yeah, and SisTrace and her younger son (now age 20) happened to be coming up from Louisville from Thursday to Sunday, since she had a long weekend. So I worked that Thursday and then we all went out for deep-dish pizza; came home, put tired baby to bed, and had birthday cake and presents. And then on Friday I got to go out for a WHOLE AFTERNOON by myself. I got a pedicure (the first since Aria was born) and a haircut; and I went to Starbucks and got my free birthday PSL; and then I went to Kohl's and had the luxury of puttering around trying on clothes for like 2 hours. It was delightful. The only problem is that now I want to do it again. :-}

And now I have listened to Hamilton a couple times, and while I wouldn't say the appeal stems from the music per se, I can begin to see how people get obsessed with it and how transformative it is.

Also in there, there were holidays and tonight is Sukkot, and those all merit a separate post too probably. One of these years I would like to start building our own sukkah, but this is not that year.

I am home!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 10:00 pm
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
From an amazing weekend of birthday/yomtov/HONK! festivity.

Also, newsflash: I am now 40 and, unrelatedly, registered to vote in NYC. (But I still have to trade in my MA driver's license, which officially expired on Saturday. I'd tried, but it turns out that first I have to replace my Social Security card, which is, for anyone eligible for a SS card, a mandatory adjunct to the process of acquiring an NYC driver's license. Feh.)

I can't possibly thank everyone enough for all the various special efforts made to help me feel loved and celebrated (not to mention hosted and fed). When a whole houseful of dear friends and loved ones sang Happy Birthday for me, my heart was filled to overflowing with joy and gratitude. That's completely what I wanted to take into my new decade.

Also also, I am tired :-} Gonna call my mom to report in, finish unpacking, and head to bed. Pictures gotta wait.
chanaleh: (leaves)
Just now posting this because my dad was visiting from Indiana the last 3.5 days. We had an awesome time -- lots of running around touristing, since he'd never been to New York City in his life, but also enough time to sit and talk, which was a very good thing.

Also, I am taking a couple of personal enrichment classes in the month of October, so if you want to make plans with me this month, Monday's your best bet. :-}

Also also, October is the month of birthdays!

Moadim l'simcha! )

Um... wow.

Friday, October 7th, 2011 04:19 pm
chanaleh: (little Erica)
My brother (in Mountain View) just sent me a Kindle for my birthday. With an additional gift certificate for some content.

This is... well. Let's just say it's an unusually generous offering. I asked him if he was trying to make up for 6 years' worth of presents at once. :-}

Wow.


... We have a somewhat complex relationship history. We're not exactly estranged, we just don't really talk, like, ever. And it's been like that for decades. And I think a lot of it is really my fault from, like, very early in our lives, that we've never really resolved or addressed.

I think the point may be that this is part of the Yom Kippur work I need to do. Not all of it, but a significant part.

Shabbat shalom, y'all, and gmar chatimah tovah. May we all be sealed for goodness in the new year.
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
Leaving momentarily on a jet plane BoltBus for Boston, so if anyone wants to meet up for dinner or at HONK! or for any other festivities between 6pm and midnight tonight, let me know :-}

Also, October 6 is my birthday, I'm looking for folks to come eat cake with me! -- Um, in NYC, that is. )

OMG it's October!

Friday, October 1st, 2010 11:23 am
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
My favorite month! And not only because my birthday is the 6th. )

Note that I don't usually do birthday shout-outs, but for October, since it's so crowded to begin with, it seems appropriate to be thorough. :-)
chanaleh: (snoopydock)
I posted a locked entry about this last week, but for the benefit of all my dearly beloved lurking readers:

Last Tuesday, I moved out of our apartment. :-/ Email me if you need the details, up to and including new address. I'm not going to post much more about it, publicly, anyway. (I apologize to those who have already emailed or facebook-messaged me and are awaiting reply. Computer and interwebs are not yet set up in the new place! I will try to write or call in the next couple days.)

This Tuesday (tomorrow) is my 37th birthday.

This highly emotional confluence of occasions calls out to be marked with food, drink, and the love and support of my friends. Will you join me?

Details behind the cut, with clicky-poll for RSVPs! )

Oh, I almost forgot: NO PRESENTS! Really, you needn't. Your attendance is gift enough. I will in fact be trying to give away books, CDs, and other trinkety stuff that needs new homes! If you simply CANNOT bear the thought of arriving empty-handed, please note that I have a kosher home and would be happier with a bottle of crappy kosher wine than of any more fabulous real wine. Hard liquor, though, often requires no kosher supervision. ;-)
chanaleh: (leaves)
I'm 36 today!

There are approximately 25 stoplights [ETA: apparently there are actually 21 on the route I usually take] between my house and my workplace. Today, I only had to stop for 4 of them; all the rest, including every one on Prospect St., I sailed through on the green. Let that be a good omen for the coming year.

Plus, the weather is clear and crisp and cool, and I am wearing my purple-and-green Stripey Knee Socks of Awesomeness.

Busy and happy pre-birthday weekend included:
• dinner with the gang at Fasika after shul on Friday;
• a houseful of company starting Saturday afternoon ([livejournal.com profile] jessruth and [livejournal.com profile] yaddie728 for the festivities, and [livejournal.com profile] ladypsyche for less fun reasons, although we eventually got her to the festivities anyway);
• nice low-key party (sad only for the number of key players who were unable to make it), chez [livejournal.com profile] ablock, wherein I learned to make Brandy Alexanders in the Blender of DOOM;
• making brunch for everyone in the house Sunday morning;
Cirque du Soleil! (technically an early Chanukah present from the TigerParents, rather than a birthday event) with my beloved husband, plus [livejournal.com profile] muchabstracted, [livejournal.com profile] lyriendel and [livejournal.com profile] towk;
• Menschen rehearsal with tasty homemade birthday cupcakes, wherein everyone was basically pleased with and excited about my draft layouts for the CD liner booklet;
• mostly getting packed for our trip (we leave Friday!).

I'm planning a birthday dinner outing for tonight at 7pm, and cake at our house afterwards. I've only heard from about 7 people for the former and 3 more (plus a couple of "maybes" and one "if you're still going when I can get over there!") for the latter. Anyone else who's thinking of coming, please advise. :-)

Of course, then I found out the Elephant Parade is TONIGHT, leaving from Vassar Street at around 8pm. Man! In honor of my birthday! Had I known, I might have scheduled things differently around it, or planned for dinner to be in that vicinity instead. :-P I don't think I can comfortably move dinner any earlier, though, and I have really gotten my heart set on the Cantina. So, we'll see. Maybe we'll eat (and drink?) quickly, and run over to catch a glimpse of the elephants after all, before returning for cake at 8:45.
chanaleh: (leaves)
One of the few good things so far about the play being over: I have my "autumn" silk scarf back (it's been on duty for the past month as my Act III sash). I expect to find myself wearing it every day for the rest of October at least.

The fact that most of us went to see [livejournal.com profile] gilana and [livejournal.com profile] ironpoet in Shakespeare in Hollywood the very next afternoon helped ease the transition slightly.

Unfortunately, I missed [livejournal.com profile] coraline's birthday party and [livejournal.com profile] elements's housewarming, both on Saturday afternoon/evening. But I was glad I made it over to [livejournal.com profile] justom's on Sunday evening before going home to collapse.

I am sad when I dwell on certain things I will (already) miss. But otherwise the post-show withdrawal has not set in too hard yet.
If nothing else, I have some Margaret-related books in which to wallow at my leisure.
I think I need a couple days of getting to bed by 10:30pm.

It seems too soon to start scheduling further reunion gatherings, but it is on my mind. :-}
Don't forget that [livejournal.com profile] ablock is hosting a joint belated-October-birthday party on 11/4, to which all and sundry are invited.

The [livejournal.com profile] pmrp Tomes of Terror live staged radio dramas take place in a week. The Monday show is looking more likely for me. EDIT: ... To work house, that is. :-)

The [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst Cabaret takes place in just over a month.

The inimitable [livejournal.com profile] journeystar offered to help set me up for tickets for The Onion Cellar. 8-) I'm looking at a party of table seating for Thursday 12/14, 7:30pm. Will advise those who have expressed interest.

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