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I'm lying in the big chair, hand on chin, thinking. Anders is typing away at something in the computer room. I suddenly think, "Good lord, it's the first of August. I have a birthday coming up soon." Then I make my brain hurt with trying to remember how old I actually am, which birthday is this, how old will I be in 10 days? The answer I come up with doesn't seem to be right. I count in my head from the last big one, adding for each year since then: one, two, three? Is that right? Three?

"Anders," I call, not moving my head from the arm of the chair. "How old am I going to be on my birthday?" Figuring he's lived with me and my math disability long enough, he'll take a question like this in stride, and he does.

"29," he answers, with absolutely no hesitation.

"Oh!" I start laughing and sit up. "I love you, honey."


This is the middle of my first week of vacation. So far I have read 3 books, painted 3 coats of paint on a sofa, table and 2 chairs, emptied and cleaned and neatly tidied the pantry, cleaned out and tidied the 2 big computer room closets, edited the recordings of 8 cassette tapes into their separate songs, gone for 3 walks, cleaned out the bill-paper holder and filed all the documents therein, transferred the content of one section from the old website to the new, gone grocery shopping, talked to my mom, my sister and my brother, and directed Anders in the removal of all the plants except 5 from the front garden bed. He dug the whole thing up today and dumped the top grass layer along with most of the overgrown weedy garden into a giant container that is hulking in our driveway. He's planning on laying down rocks and making it very pretty and best of all, weed-free. The to-do list on the desk in front of me has only 8 things on it!

What? This IS my idea of a relaxing vacation!

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Go Fish
mood: busy
music: XTC—That's Really Super, Supergirl

Congratulations! You youngster you

29 is the best of ages, or so I've heard.

But of course I wouldn't know, having just hit puberty myself! ;)

Ps. You DO look lovely with that everlasting mane of curls, even though yr a boring twentysomething.

Re: Congratulations! You youngster you

Cheeky whippersnapper! XD


Well, darn! I was figuring I was only 45 on my birthday last month.....BUT, if you're 29, I guess I might need to add a few years because I know I wasn't just 16 when you were born! :) Love, Lizardmom

You're still just a baby, mom!! :D

Good thing you're only twenty-nine or you'd be VERY tired!

The energy of yout'! :D

I'm so pleased you just gave us all a lovely heads-up about your b-day. I might even be able to get something in the mail for you.

Also, holy crap woman. Have you been reading what I accomplish on my vacation??? NOTHING. YOU?? EVERYTHING. gasp. *bows down in homage.*

And... I love this guy's photos and I immediately thought of Karin when I saw these shots:

Oh you, it wasn't a solicitation! It's just naturally on my mind :) And you are accomplishing lots, my dear, it's just in a different sphere. As I told Marilyn, I seem to be hardwired to keep busy. I sit down at intervals and read or whatever, but the itch to move and do things starts going after a short period. Good thing I read so fast!

Oh, Grasshopper, you have so much to learn (re vacation)... ;)

Heh. I know. I seem to be hardwired to stay busy. But I did putz around an awful lot, too! I swear! And read! :)

I think all those born on the beginning of a new decade: 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990 and so on, have an advantage when it comes to calculating their biological age. Those born in the year 2000 have an even easier task ahead of them!

it's amazing how many women never age beyond 29. :-)

It's a gift. :P

Ok, if I put in an order ahead of time, how about you spend a vacation here at my house "relaxing." You relaxing on vacation would get more done at my house than I can manage working my butt off for two weeks straight. I guess I don't have much to offer in return. Hmm, how about Moose Wellies?

OMG those wellies are AWESOME! hahahahaha!!

As for the rest of it, I'm afraid you'll have to get in line :P


Is your birthday on the 10th? My mom's birthday is on the 10th. As for the organizing, there's something really satisfying about it and it will make your return to work that much easier because now, you won't have to think of all the things that need to be done at home (although, there's always something to be done at home, isn't there :)


Yes, it's the 10th :) Today the kids and I went to IKEA and bought a coffee table and Martin helped me put it together, then he and I cleaned out the playhouse (eek! spiders!)

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