To kick things off, Eddie and I went to Sip This for a reading to support one of the poets in the group I run. The reading was a lot of fun. Eddie actually took pictures. It started late, and we were both wondering, What's Dd waiting for? (She's the host). I was nibbling on Eddie's crescent when Dd started talking about my birthday being the next day. Then everyone sang happy birthday. Unexpected, but fun! Then out from the kitchen came a guy with a waffle. Oh my. Really unexpected, but yum! Later on, Dd told me she'd looked at my blog to see if I'd mentioned what kind of waffles I like, but then simply picked one she thought I'd like after not getting any info.
FFR: I like all waffles.
|Multitasking...and look at that waffle!|
|Oreos, vanilla ice cream, Belgian waffle, birthday candle|
At 8 AM, we were in the car, on the road to the city. I wanted to see Lightness Of Being, the Public Art Fund exhibit in City Hall Park. The only trepidation arose from the knowledge that there might be a clown on a bench sleeping. It's one of those out-there human art pieces, you know, like Tilda Swinton in a box or something.
FYI: Brooklyn Bridge is closed. Take the Williamsburg.
A wide variety of aesthetic:
|Now that's a pretty big banana|
And then we did some experimenting with Eddie's camera functions:
|In our defense, he could be art. Maybe he was subbing for the scary clown.|
After coming home from seeing all the art, we headed to the mall to collect two of my birthday freebies. I got mascara from Sephora (the cashier's mom's birthday was the same as mine!) and a sample fragrance from Bath & Body, though that was a Facebook freebie that happened to fall on my birthday and not an actual birthday freebie, but it was free so who cares.
We came home and I began my MOOC on Coursera about Modern Poetry. In my introduction, I told everyone it was my birthday because I'm a 12 year old. The instructor wrote back, welcoming me to the course and wishing me a happy birthday.
Then it was time for dinner! Eddie and I grabbed my brother and headed to Lumix to meet SMM, AF, AK, and J. We were seated at a hibachi table. I haven't had hibachi since I was in like 7th grade. The chef was the most entertaining guy around. Fire in the hole--BAM--he set the grill on fire. Then he made a volcano out of onions, made the onions steam and move while blowing a train whistle, had a doll of a boy squirt water at us, and then he flipped zucchini at us so we could catch it in our mouths. Eddie was first up and missed every time, but that was good because he doesn't like anything green and would have spit it out. I missed every time and one got caught in my hair. My brother missed and one landed on AK's plate. She missed every time and they were all over the floor. J? Caught one! AF caught one! SMM caught one on the first try. They had the advantage of seeing all of us go first, I'm pretty sure.
The food? Delish. I ate the soup and the salad and the two shrimp that come with the meal and Eddie's two shrimp that comes with his, and then my rice and my veggies and some of Eddie's veggies and one of my brother's shrimp and my chicken. Ummm, the plate was a square foot jammed with food, and I ate almost all of it. My brother even said, I don't think I've ever seen you eat that much.
Then some sort of odd hip hop techno music started booming through the restaurant. I thought to myself, that doesn't go with their decor....but then I saw the train of servers heading to our table and a candle and then we all realized the odd hip hop techno music was a birthday song. Eddie had mentioned briefly to the chef that it was my birthday, and from that came a free fried iced cream. It was the size of a softball, had two blueberries next to it, a side of finely sliced apple, whipped cream, and then underneath, some orange something or other. Omigod, I was in heaven and somehow made some room to eat half.
FYI: Hula hoops come in different sizes. Eddie and I were using one from the set, and I was really upset because I couldn't do it. Then I realized that they were different sizes. I picked up the small one and I went for a minute straight and he was crying from laughing because I kept screaming the whole time LOOOOK I'M DOING IT I'M DOING IT I CAN STILL DO IT OMIGOD LOOOK AT MEEEEEEEE!
No one tried to hula hoop.
Then my parents appeared. They always make an appearance at a party. Eddie brought out a cake with candles and people sang and I blew out the candles and cut the cake awkwardly because the cake cutter I have has the serrated edge on the wrong side. The candles were crammed into the cake and some wax had spilled over but everyone said it was edible still, so I stopped picking it out. Some of the spillage was due to the candles breaking when Eddie put them in the cake. He admitted, I just shoved them down in it. It was still pretty.
As far as birthdays go, this one was pretty much fantastic. In fact, I feel younger. Yup, that's right. Younger. Except for feeling like I weight 478 pounds from all the food I ate in the past few days. Aside from that, I'm like, what 22, 23ish? Sounds about right.
A big thank you to everyone who made my day wonderful.