Last weekend was my birthday.
It was actually a pretty awesome week all around, because I was able to get the house back under control and my new Scott Sigler book came and so did my shiny replica of The One Ring. They weren’t specifically birthday presents, but it was close enough that I counted them as “the world’s” birthday gifts to me, via serendipity and money I’d already paid.
We also went down to my parent’s home for the dual reasons of important community events in the community we hope to join in Alexander County after the elections (they’re all so nice, and I so want to go back to that area of the country). The funnel cake and pancakes and people were awesome, and I got to see my family. The weather was crappy, and we hid from it a lot, too.
Giftwise, I got the sword from the GenCon entry. I also got a lovely bag from Poetic Earth from my parents, there (in that, we’d discussed it, and I bought it and they paid Eric for it later, way). I’m really pleased with those, but the important part is the love. I got great cards from my parents, inlaws, and grandma(inlaw)[I know there should be dashes there, but for some reason the editor is NOT ALLOWING, and I’ll look at this problem, later]. I like feeling loved, and get SO VERKLEMPT when I read greeting cards. It’s pathetic. I could do a whole series of entries on how I’ve got the squishiest hidden center, ever. However, I digress… I picked up a gorgeous jacket with the most beautiful embroidery EVER at the Missouri Botanical Gardens gift shop from my MIL/FIL when we all went to the Japanse Cultural Fair there on Sunday the 2nd. I also got some money from Grandma Madsen. My Aunt Debbie and Uncle Mike called and wished me a happy birthday, as did my Aunt Nell and Grandma(well, second hand, but I get it. Love her. Love them all.) So… yeah… full weekend.
The storms let up enough to not get too wet at the Japanese Cultural Fair. Eric and I had gone for my birthday two years before and loved it. Our favorite part (then and now) was the Taiko drumming group. I really wish there was a group in our area that was taking learners, because it looks SO FUN. We also got to see various crafts and performances and martial arts displays. The gardens themselves are also just gorgeous. We plan to go next year, too, if we can.
I wish I’d taken more pictures, but some things just can’t be covered that way. The man who makes the sugar sculptures and tells the stories can’t be really accurately displayed like that. He’s just always in motion, as is the display of top “acrobatics.”
This year we missed out on the cooking demonstrations, but those are really well done and you learn a lot of techniques. At least, you do if you’re relative newbs like my husband and I. You also have to look at raw meat, which I’m not the best at, but I don’t have to touch it, so it’s all good.