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Operation Half-Birthday: Success


Cake close up
Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

Because Kate’s actual birthday fell during the Great Windpocalypse of ’06, causing days of power outages across the city and so on, it’s fair to say her birthday was kind of a bust. I promised her that we’d do a “make up” party and yesterday was the day.

We started by getting up early to try to go get passport stuff sorted, only to find me tearing the house apart looking for her passport and my certified copies of the divorce decree and parenting plan. To my immense frustration, I did something “smart” with my paperwork (putting it in some “safe” place I’ve still not uncovered) and while I eventually turned up the birth certificate, I’m just going to go buy a second certified set of copies at the courthouse tomorrow because I have NO idea where I “safely” put my others. I’m a dumbass.

Chris went off to play in his bi-weekly-ish Spirit of the Century game and Kate and I took the bus up to the SIFF Cinema where we watched Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. A little surreal to hear them talk about Baghdad and Basra (and how the people of Baghdad suffer under cruel invaders who need to be forced out) under the current conditions. Kate declared it was “better than that other one” (referring to our excursion to see Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast at the SIFF theater back in March).

On the way to and from the theater we listened to the last bit of the audio book of The Amulet of Samarkand (which we’d been listening to in the car on the way to Vancouver until Kate was no longer allowed to travel). We finished it up and I must say it was a very enjoyable book. Reader Simon Jones absolutely MAKES the audio book. He’s great. I’ve become a big fan of certain readers in the audio book circles and I’m adding Simon Jones to my list of favorites immediately. He reads the next two books in the series as well, so I’m definitely going to be listening to the whole trilogy.

We got home just in time to pick up the Flexcar and the cake and dash off to the Family Fun Center. Kate picked out a Pirates of the Caribbean cake. Funny that the character of Will Turner was such a non-entity to her that she kept referring to the figures on the cake as “Jack Sparrow and Orlando Bloom.” I have an unbelievably large amount of cake left. I may ask Chris to bring it to Flying Lab to get it out of the house!

The kids had a great time at the Fun Center, playing laser tag, dousing each other on the bumper boats (once it stopped raining), riding virtual roller coasters and eventually conning some of the parents who attended into paying for tokens so they could win tickets for a large amount of cheap plastic crap at the prize counter. Multiple kids told me the party was “awesome” and thanked us repeatedly for inviting them on their way out the door. Kate thanked me profusely as well. I warned her that I don’t intend to do another big party like this before she turns 16 and for now, she’s satisfied.

Today we’re SIFFing it again. This afternoon Chris and I catch “Japanese psycho-thriller” Retribution and tonight the whole family is going to go TEKKONKINKREET.

15 comments to Operation Half-Birthday: Success

  • This is completely random, but the Greek Festival this weekend has put it on my radar: do you have a good recipe for moussaka? I’ve nabbed your pasticcio and Greek meat/tomato sauce recipes, but moussaka is my fave and it would be nice to be able to make it every so often and not have to wait all year until the next festival!

    • I’ve officially put in a request to my sainted mother-in-law for her recipe, which will likely mean she’ll have to sit down and make it from scratch while jotting down notes like she did for the pasticcio and the meat sauce, bless her. It could take a little while, but I’ll be sure to post it when it arrives.

  • This is completely random, but the Greek Festival this weekend has put it on my radar: do you have a good recipe for moussaka? I’ve nabbed your pasticcio and Greek meat/tomato sauce recipes, but moussaka is my fave and it would be nice to be able to make it every so often and not have to wait all year until the next festival!

    • I’ve officially put in a request to my sainted mother-in-law for her recipe, which will likely mean she’ll have to sit down and make it from scratch while jotting down notes like she did for the pasticcio and the meat sauce, bless her. It could take a little while, but I’ll be sure to post it when it arrives.

    • I’ve officially put in a request to my sainted mother-in-law for her recipe, which will likely mean she’ll have to sit down and make it from scratch while jotting down notes like she did for the pasticcio and the meat sauce, bless her. It could take a little while, but I’ll be sure to post it when it arrives.

  • This is completely random, but the Greek Festival this weekend has put it on my radar: do you have a good recipe for moussaka? I’ve nabbed your pasticcio and Greek meat/tomato sauce recipes, but moussaka is my fave and it would be nice to be able to make it every so often and not have to wait all year until the next festival!

  • This is completely random, but the Greek Festival this weekend has put it on my radar: do you have a good recipe for moussaka? I’ve nabbed your pasticcio and Greek meat/tomato sauce recipes, but moussaka is my fave and it would be nice to be able to make it every so often and not have to wait all year until the next festival!

    • I’ve officially put in a request to my sainted mother-in-law for her recipe, which will likely mean she’ll have to sit down and make it from scratch while jotting down notes like she did for the pasticcio and the meat sauce, bless her. It could take a little while, but I’ll be sure to post it when it arrives.

  • This is completely random, but the Greek Festival this weekend has put it on my radar: do you have a good recipe for moussaka? I’ve nabbed your pasticcio and Greek meat/tomato sauce recipes, but moussaka is my fave and it would be nice to be able to make it every so often and not have to wait all year until the next festival!

  • I’ve officially put in a request to my sainted mother-in-law for her recipe, which will likely mean she’ll have to sit down and make it from scratch while jotting down notes like she did for the pasticcio and the meat sauce, bless her. It could take a little while, but I’ll be sure to post it when it arrives.

  • Ah! Thank you! Joe (who is Greek, but doesn’t have many chef relatives left) will be thrilled.