On January 23 I turned 37.
I’m normally very vocal about my birthdays but this year I felt quite about things. Not due to my age, not one bit. I just feel quieter this year. This hasn’t stopped me from having many birthday festivities, though. I mean, I still get Birthday Week and this year it has sort of stretched into a Birthday Month and a Half. When my parents stayed with us in early January, my mum made me my favourite birthday meal. Then I had a friend in from out of town and along with some other friends, we had a birthday dinner (that I cooked) on January 19 – which is actually my sister’s birthday. (And sister mine, if you are reading this, I still need to get over there and give you the hand-made card and your gifts! Oops.) Shawn got me my presents early and I have been playing with one since. I just had another birthday dinner this weekend at my in-laws’ place and in February I’ll be celebrating once more with other friends as one of our group will be back in town for the weekend. I was taken to lunch by my two bosses on my actual birthday and then we had a group lunch for myself and another coworker on Friday.
Birthdays come with a lot of food and cake.
So, here are some photos of the last couple of weeks, just so I have a place holder on my blog when I look back years from now to see how I rocked my entry into my 37th year.
A treasure hunt was set out for me upon my return from work on January 17. The surprise as the end was my very own Cards Against Humanity game. Shawn had this printed up and then he and a coworker cut up the cards one afternoon. I had this in time for my dinner party on the weekend. I will not tell you how long it took me to figure out the riddles to the next clues… ugh. I felt so stupid! haha
The BIG gift (which my in-laws’ chipped in on) was this here fancy pants DSLR camera! I have been looking at the Canon Rebel for a few years now and could never justify the price but I have wanted a decent entry level camera for some time. A well-timed sale and my research into what I wanted to use, yielded the Canon Rebel EOS T31. I still have a ton to learn about how to use this, but I have been having fun experimenting with it so far.
On the morning of January 19 I went out to a fancy Japanese paper store with my friend Dylann, who is to blame for my current card-making obsession. I’m all about fancy paper, stickers and hand-made cards now. My husband is thrilled. It was super snowy that day and the roads were horrible, so of course I was having people over for dinner and we needed to use the car a lot. I know how to pick the days.
Dylann and I needed food before we set to crafting and we ended up at this place without even a sign on the door. I posted this photo on Facebook and a friend named it for me. The Sparrow. I think, anyhow. I even checked in ON facebook in hopes that the GPS thing would pull up the name of the place. Anyhow, the food was so good I am STILL thinking about it over a week later. It had gluten free options, too. People keep telling me it’s a place for hipsters, but by golly, if that’s the kind of food hipsters eat? Just call me a hipster.
I made the Betty Crocker gluten-free birthday cake and it was so good. In fact, I think I might like it better than regular birthday cake. And this, my friends, is a BIG DEAL when it comes to me and vanilla birthday cake. I fought with the icing, but it turned out ok in the end. As I was cursing and swearing at the icing as I made it, Dylann patiently ironed all the scraps of paper I bought at the paper store. Dylann is a treasure I am so glad I found.
Jinx is a delight to experiment with my camera on. Sophie doesn’t stay still enough to get a photo, but Jinx will hold poses forever. I was thrilled with the detail that comes out when I use my new Canon camera on the dogs. Absolutely thrilled. (Click photo to enlarge a little bit. I don’t have the full-sized photos up though.)
Sophie is the complete opposite of a delight to photograph. I’m surprised as anything when I manage to capture a clear shot of her that isn’t her bum or a tail zooming off camera. I caught her this Saturday RRRrrroooooooOOOooing at Shawn as he pretended to chase her around the yard. Yesterday’s -18C temperature felt almost spring-like after coming off a week of -34C. We spent quite a bit of time outside in the back yard.
One of the things I am most excited for with my new camera is the possibilities I have for capturing sunsets. I know you all know I have an obsession with sunsets, so you’ll not be surprised when I realized how wonderfully this camera captured them.
This sunset on January 24 was EXACTLY how I saw it with my own eyes. I cannot wait for more glorious sunsets to come this year. I might even get some of these printed up and made into art for my walls. Man, I love sunsets.
My mother-in-law also made me the Betty Crocker gf cake (yum!) and I was just enamoured by these candles. They were just so cute! Little cupcake things… of course I had to play with my camera before blowing them out. I am impressed with the low-light results with this camera. I love my camera.
Oh, I also started Operation New Age New Hair… on my birthday I cut it after my shower. I was going to wait for the weekend but it was driving me crazy. I don’t know how you people with long hair do it. Mine was just reaching the top of my shoulders and I couldn’t do anything without inhaling it or eating it. Ugh. So Wednesday night I cut all the pink ends off. My plan was to bleach it and then dye it bright read (like real red, as in a primary colour red) and black, but the store is out of red dye. Until they have it in stock I didn’t know what to do… but then… the bleach turned the purple in my hair a bright pink. I slept on it for a day and then decided I will keep it like this until my dye is back in stock.
I feel like bubblegum and JEM! I finally have Jem hair, after decades of dreaming I could be a cartoon character! If any of you recall the doll from the 80s she had these yellow-blonds roots and then the pink… and that’s how my hair has gone just from bleaching it. I LOVE IT! (This was right before we got in the car on the way to my in-laws’.)
Can I just take a moment to be all excited about the fact that I am starting to have muscle definition in my arms from doing push-ups every day? I might not have lost all the weight I wanted to by now, but by golly, I have nicer arms than I ever had. Yay for muscle! Now if only it didn’t weigh more than fat… hmm.
And to conclude this very long post.. a photo of all three dogs from Saturday night…
Aren’t they precious? It’s very interesting when someone goes near the front door at my in-laws’ place. One of the only times Sophie wil stand still AND because she was focused on the door, she didn’t notice I was taking a photo. HA!
And a PS -
Without fail, when my father-in-law gets a new hat, I will notice it (but not realize it’s a new acquisition at the time) and I will steal it and put it on my head (I put a lot of things on my head. It’s a thing.) I happen to think I look rather adorable in this one, if I do say so myself. It goes very well with my new pink hair. Happy birthday to ME! (Ok, I left the hat there and didn’t take it home, but I think I need one just like it. Yes?)