|The making of my "full deck"
||[Apr. 26th, 2010|09:58 am]
First of all, thank you all again for the amazing birthday surprise. It really was incredibly touching to receive all the cards. I am going through them and making a list of everyone who participated and describing the card that they sent me, but that is going to take a couple days, and I know there are still some on the way, so I want to be sure and get all of them in my list. I will post it as soon as I can, because you all deserve credit.
Ferrett said I should tell you my plan for them. They will be added to the decor of my studio, where I can see them every day and be reminded of the love and joy you all bring to my life.
In the meantime, bear with me while I write about the weekend itself.
The weekend was kind of crazy, starting with Rock Band Thursday night, which broke up a bit early when our out-of-town guests, Joan and Brent, arrived a little after 10 and had to put their toddler son to bed. But instead of going to bed ourselves, we stayed up visiting until after 1am. Which would have been fine except I had to be up at 6 to go to a conference south of Akron. And of course, getting to bed late made me stew about not getting enough sleep, which made me not sleep....
Friday was conference, then dinner and watching a movie. Bed about midnight with plans to go to the grocery store around 10. Ha! Didn't get out of bed until 11:15. Then the party started at 3 and went until about midnight - one of the best birthday parties ever: just a house full of really great friends and lots of talking and laughter. I banned Rock Band for the evening, so there was lots of conversation.
Sunday morning we hung out with Joan and Brent, play-tested a game that Brent is developing, and then said goodbye to them at about 1:30. Then we went into "frantic cooking mode" because Ferrett was hosting his writing group and they were due to start arriving at 2:30. Ferrett got the main dishes started and I baked bread and made the vegetables, then cleaned the kitchen after they ate and resumed their writing critiques - cooking for 14 takes a lot more pots and pans than cooking for 2!
So as you can see, it was a busy weekend. And I just didn't have the brain power to start going through the cards a second time and doing them justice. I will, though, because they are wonderful and amazing.
In the meantime, let me thank everyone who came to my party and made it a fun-filled afternoon and evening. Particular thanks to jeanniemac and her husband, Brent, who came in Thursday night from Bethesda, MD, to spend the weekend with us and brought their adorable son, Ian, who is almost two and heartbreakingly cute.
Thank you the second goes to katspaw156 and meyerweb.com, xhollydayx and cynic51, and to tychaios, all of who provided the cakes that really are the whole point of birthdays. Thanks so much, you guys!
(You know, it only now occurs to me that the dessert list did not include "...and ice cream." Demonstrating once again that I really don't like ice cream.)
To hooloovooo and celticcowboy68, thanks for bringing the Hamster Dance card. While this might seem to be something usually inciting strangulation, it kept children Ian, Carolyn and Rebecca happily occupied dancing when the card opening got to be a bit dull for them. (Also, thanks to katspaw156 for the silly but entertaining crepe paper ball that unwrapped, revealing silly, Crackerjack prize presents and the crepe paper streamers and confetti that gave a festive look to the living room for the rest of the evening.) Also, they gave me Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the gift that evinced the longest squeal of delight for the evening. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
Thanks to gieves and darlox for making it to the party despite being stuck in the UK four extra days due to the volcano and only arriving home the day before. Going back out of the house at that point? Heroic!
A special thank you to bec76 for the gorgeous necklace she made me. I love it, dear!!! And to zodarzone for making me laugh.
(Oh, and to butterandjelly and tychaios for the playing card leis they made me. They were awesome!)
And HUGE, ENORMOUS, GIGANTOSAUROUS thanks to my sweet and wonderful weasel, who not only organized this amazing celebration of my birthday but also gave me a stunning necklace from Earthenwood Studios. It will be debuted at PenguiCon next weekend, believe me.
And to everyone else who came to the party: thanks for making my day special. Now I actually have to get a little work done, then I promise I will get to work on the cards.