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.


Maria Zannini said...

Beautiful cake! You have a very nice neighbor.

I don't know that I'd enjoy getting angry over readings, but if there's enough liquor involved, I can try.

Unknown said...

I had never thought about a book making one angry until I submitted a title to my high school english teacher for review. She looked at me and said "You'll love the book but it will make you very angry." I couldn't even finish the book because it made me so mad. But that's a good book - one that makes you feel something.

Anonymous said...

Happy B-Day! Glad you had a blast, sorry about the book.

Loren said...

Great. Looks like you had a very good time.

David Limbaugh's book looks like something that US right-wingers do a LOT of -- whine and whine and whine about how persecuted they are. What big babies.

Charlotte Jane Ivory said...

Happy belated birthday! I reckon that sitting about with good friends and sharing our rantings is one of the best ways to spend an evening :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, the party sounds pretty fun.

I've seen the Firefly feminist rant before and yeah it upset me. Then I decided that the author of said rant must be one of those super feminists I'd rather not associate with. It's a good show, the characters are three dimensional. I don't find it demeaning in the least.

Come on, a female veteran can't call her superior 'sir'? What's this lady want to happen in the military?

JH said...

Haha, I remember that review. Good times.

Happy birthday!

Marian Perera said...

Maria - I think what was enjoyable was getting righteously indignant together. :)

Sara - Thanks for sharing that. It makes me want to do a post about books that couldn't be finished because of the emotion they caused (as opposed to books that made readers doze off).

Ralfast - Oh, nothing to be sorry about. Us writers do get worked up over books. :)

Loren - Yes, it was a great time. I'm looking forward to when I have my own place and can throw a party on an even bigger scale.

Charlotte - Absolutely. If we'd had more time I would have taken out my collection of Chick tracts.

Dominique - Oh yes, she's a radical feminist all right. I doubt there are any shows, movies or novels she'd approve of - but it seems all the more ridiculous to claim misogyny in Firefly. A show with four competent and intelligent female characters, three of whom are very confident in their sexuality as well.

Jordan - Thanks! Still love your review.