Tuesday, April 5, 2011
My birthday surprise
First, a picture of the cake.
This is the first time since I turned 18 and left for college that someone made a cake for me. :) My amazing landlady did it.
This is me being stunned as I open a present.
A little backstory on the presents - my friends asked what I would like, so I gave them a wish list of books. Unfortunately it turned out most of those books were out-of-print or just hard to obtain, some requiring weeks to ship. Which I didn't realize at the time, since I'd made the must-have list a long time ago, and whittle it down gradually by buying myself one of those books every two years or so.
Obviously the time factor isn't important when I'm crossing off an entry on the list, but my friends didn't think any of those books would arrive in time for my party. I told them I didn't mind. If those books had been on my list for years already, more time there wouldn't make a difference.
But one of them did arrive. My favorite.
After that we all ate and drank a lot.
Then as we were lying around, too full (and buzzed) to do much else, one of my friends noticed I had a copy of David Limbaugh's Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity. It was the first review copy I ever received, so I kept it. She began reading it, getting very annoyed as she did so and reading out choice excerpts to us.
Another friend of mine is a huge Firefly fan, so I thought I'd show her an, um, unique take on the show. Warning : potentially offensive content. She started reading that and became even more incensed, reading out the worst comments to us while I polished off the rest of the wine and made doggie bags (fish cutlets, pineapple jam tarts, corn muffins and cake) for my friends to take home to their menfolk.
I later heard that the menfolk were pleased, but also bemused at the way we ended the evening. "It sounds like you all just sat around reading and got angry," one of them said as he looked at the David Limbaugh book my friend had borrowed.
But a good time was had by all anyway.