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Yesterday was our birthday. caffeinediary, digitalusrex, greenisgood, tinder and I all reached our fifth fifth year, which I hope will be fruitful since I like square numbers. According to my Friends view, kafkadreams, storyofherlife and bugfish celebrated other-numbered birthdays as well.

Vogon took the midget and I to lunch at La Madeline, which was an interesting new experience (too noisy inside for my taste, especially with a cold) and I had a chocolate-filled éclair. That was good.

I found out later that afternoon that wanderingrogue, who I met last summer at a party mountain_hiker hosted, was celebrating her birthday too, so I resolved to have another dessert for her. I had hoped to find some creme bruleé, but I wasn't quite brave enough to make it myself so I had some raspberry fudge from Knott's Berry Farm for her instead. Mmm.

I screwed up my birthday karma this year by spacing my sister's wedding anniversary, which I am now trying to absolve by finding something both tasteful and paper-related. Right now I am torn between two luxurious but practical items, so I hope Vogon's taste can help me decide that tonight.

As noted in past entries, my psoriasis was mostly in check before we went on vacation, but I forgot to pack the OTC treatments I was using in my bag. I've been alternately applying Psoriasin gel and Flexitol Heel Balm since getting home, but it's officially worse now. There were several clear breaks in the skin around my eyes today, so I've applied triple antibiotic ointment and am hoping for the best. It hurts to blink so much that I'd lie down and nap if Laurel had actually taken a nap today instead of playing quietly in her room.

On that note, we made a chart for the refrigerator marked with each time Laurel has to sleep before school starts. She puts a sticker over each number after she wakes up, so right now she could peek in and tell you she has to sleep nine more times (five nights and four naps) before the first day of school. It's helped a lot since "When do I go back to school?" seemed to be every other sentence from her after we finished school registration on Monday.

And since I forgot to blog it over the weekend, Biko ate people food for the first time in the several years she's lived with Vogon this weekend! After I finished a bowl of grilled peaches and ice cream, Biko was sniffing at the empty bowl so Vogon suggested I coat the back of the spoon in the mix of juice and melted ice cream in the bottom of the bowl and offer it to her to sniff (she sniffs the majority of what he and I eat at home). She sniffed it as I expected her to, then licked the back of the spoon clean. Weird.


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Aug. 10th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
I like all of the pictures from the trip. Might as well just post a link to them, rather than trying to post all of them. You could maybe include a couple like 720-23 (now ya see, that cuteness is a natural protection -- it keeps humans from eating their young), 718-38 (even though it makes me look like I'm pregnant because my back is arched in a weird way from almost falling over) and 718-67 (you already know I think that one makes you look hot).
Aug. 10th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
Um... I took that photo today and posted it to my LJ ScrapBook space to help illustrate the chart for anyone confused by my awkward phrasing.

I haven't posted a link to the vacation photos yet because I want to finish typing out my trip journal and captioning the photos first. I haven't done either yet because I don't feel up to it when Laurel actually does nap and I'm doing other things (TV, cleaning up, sleeping) after she goes to bed.
Aug. 11th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for keeping Laurel out of my hair tonight so I could caption the photos. Until I get around to announcing them in a separate post, the URL is http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddharmonic/sets/72157605266867298/ and the specific photos you're referring to are:

Laurel's fairy accessories     Kevin and Laurel flying a kite     Melissa and her quickdraw sunscreen

Edited at 2010-10-20 06:31 am (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Sorry I spaced and forgot to wish you a happy birthday on the actual birthday this year...
Aug. 10th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
Holy Mackarel! Talk about spaced out, all that time on the phone and I completely forgot to say "Happy Birthday!!" yesterday!!

Happy 18th Birthday!!!

Aug. 10th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to us!

Leonines represent!

Aug. 11th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
I love La Madeline. I like their tomato basil soup and potat gallette (sp?). Also their fruit tart is pretty good, too.
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
Happy Late Birthday!
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh, she is such a smart little girl.
Aug. 11th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
So, I take it Laurel is completely potty trained now - she's getting to be such a big girl!

Sorry I'm late.
Aug. 14th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
Yep, she's only had one potty accident since her birthday. I'm thrilled and she's so proud of her big girl underwear that she keeps it on her bathroom counter. (Next time we go shopping I'll be looking for a basket or something to keep them in. It makes sense to keep them in the bathroom for now since she puts on a clean pair and PJs after her nightly bath.)

The flowers are cute! Thank you!
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
grilled peaches and ice cream?

wait, let's go back a bit.

peaches that taste like peaches, and not just funny colored apples?
Aug. 14th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
Fresh peaches, yep. Vogon spotted them at the grocery store and bought a couple. Along with a pineapple, he peeled, sliced and grilled them. It was new to me but very tasty.
Aug. 15th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
i first had grilled pinapple at scott's house, and adored it. but grilled peaches.....that sounds wonderful. if you can find them that actually taste like peaches.

i've had peaches i picked off the tree from an orchard in georgia. to die for. i don't think my kids know what real peaches taste like. what a pity.
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