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After a lazy morning, Erin and I went to Rockefeller Center to have brunch at the Rock Center Cafe. The head chef from one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Seersucker, was guest chef there. The prix fixe menu was delicious beyond words. I think he's there until the end of the month. Go!

Then we went to the Top of the Rock. If you love tall buildings, there is no better view in the city. Attached, please find the requisite couple photo, a panorama, and me in front of a radome.

While there, I got a text from Alex V., saying that he and Kitri were in our neighborhood, having a few drinks at our local German place, and asking if we could drop by. I said maybe, as my aunt Kathy was in town and we were going to have a small birthday dinner for me, so we couldn't stay long.

Erin and I took the train home, dropped off some stuff and went to the restaurant to say hi to Alex and Kitri. When we got there, they suggested we check out the downstairs, as we had never seen it before.

"Surprise!" I heard and reflexively ducked, extraordinarily embarrassed for accidentally triggering someone else's surprise party. As my eyes adjusted to the light, I saw one familiar face, then another, and another. People from Science, TKD, and even my extended family came into focus. I had not set off someone else's surprise, but my own!

To recap the party itself would take far too long, and make for slow reading (imagine the list of begattings in the Old Testament), but I am so very grateful for everyone who showed up, and I'm extra grateful to Erin, the mastermind I am extremely proud to call my wife.

Entertainingly, my aunt Inge was there, with whom I share a birthday (albeit 50 years apart) and who, unbeknownst to her, had her own surprise party scheduled for the next day. Needless to say, my family is done with surprise parties for a while!

If I was paying attention
My dad didn't have a solid dinner plan for our (fictional) party - he usually plans this stuff way in advance.
My mom read out an email where her sister said "see you Saturday", despite the party I knew about happening on Sunday.
My aunt from Boston coming to town itself - although I thought it was because we didn't do any swims by her this summer
When we stopped by the house on the way to the German place, there was stuff for Manhattans out - only my mom's side of the family drinks Manhattans

In short, well done everybody. I've always wanted a surprise party and you all delivered in spades. Thank you thank you thank you!
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I would like to thank the following for showing up to my birthday gathering this weekend (in no particular order): [livejournal.com profile] queenbast, her Gabe1, [livejournal.com profile] faboo, [livejournal.com profile] malaul, their son Liam, [livejournal.com profile] ellf, his Lauren, [livejournal.com profile] ladyravn, [livejournal.com profile] jcholewa, Alex, Kitri, [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet, [livejournal.com profile] faery_kat, her Isaiah, Laura, [livejournal.com profile] last_soldier, [livejournal.com profile] stoneliongrowl, [livejournal.com profile] catmandux, Montgomery, Jeff, [livejournal.com profile] angst_pirate, and [livejournal.com profile] quem98. Also, special thanks to my sous-chefs [livejournal.com profile] stoneliongrowl, Alex, and Kitri. And an extra special one to the last two in that list for showing up early and helping with cooking and soda buying. And finally ultra thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet for being her wonderful self and providing what I couldn't to the party: cleavage and beer.

I promised shoutouts and they have now been delivered! You'll also be tagged on Facebook when it picks this up as a note.

It appears all had a good time, which was the goal. There was cake, so I know I'd call it a successful party. I enjoyed cooking, and still felt that I could abandon the grill to make quick little social stops without getting overwhelmed by either side of the equation. The only thing I could have used more of would have been snuggles, but then again, that's always the case ;-).

Sunday was a little stressful with the removal and cleaning of things from my parents' house, but y'all were well-behaved, so nothing broken, nothing stained. Had various transportation horrors on the way home, and again from my place to the Ren Faire up at the Cloisters, tossing me straight into badmoodsville.

Now I am running on low sleep and have tons of leftovers in the fridge. Yum!

How was your weekend?

1 Normally I'd be against the possessive form here, but it's simpler, especially when I do not know people's LJ names. If it offends you, then ignore it ;-)
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Thanks all those who wished me well on my 24th Birthday!

Remind me to sleep more so I can enjoy my own festivities better? Thanks.


Mar. 20th, 2007 11:14 pm
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I'm at work, slowly working. Fun is happening a lot lately: new friends, exhibition/promotion test today, sleep dep silliness and
other goodness.
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(4:27:21 PM) Me: this is awesome
(4:27:35 PM) faboo: you in a small white box?
(4:27:36 PM) faboo: a guess
(4:27:42 PM) Me: not really
(4:28:19 PM) Me: so, have I mentioned that Ed (austin boss) has hired this group and a few others to startup the austin call center?
(4:29:48 PM) faboo: nice :)
(4:29:59 PM) Me: well its true
(4:30:18 PM) Me: anyways, one of the guys called me up after I mentioned that the standing plan was to shut down the nyc office in a few months
(4:30:34 PM) Me: and asked for my resume for embedded work and help file development
(4:30:50 PM) faboo: most rock and roll
(4:30:53 PM) Me: (he works in this rapid prototyping group)(
(4:31:52 PM) faboo: most nifty
(4:32:48 PM) Me: he offered me a project
(4:34:18 PM) faboo: so, you know this guy pretty well? or does he just realize how awesome you must be?
(4:34:34 PM) Me: both, I guess?
(4:34:59 PM) Me: its just rewriting the helpfiles for this online thing. should take 20-25 hrs, and he's expecting to pay me somewhere between 15-20/hr
(4:35:24 PM) Me: http://www.eventuality.com/

So, my question becomes, what is a resonable rate for freelance helpfile rewriting? And for technical writing, in general. (*cough*[livejournal.com profile] rosefox*cough*)
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Happy Thanksgiving all!

I am thankful for this year, and I am thankful for each and every one of you.

I'm up in Massachusetts with the family up here. It may be the last time I see my Grandfather (yay metastizing :-P).

I'm glad to see my family this time of year. I hope you are all also having good times.

Remember the love and give thanks.
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I got free Opera. You can, too, if you hurry.

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Five good things about me or that have been happening to me:
1. I'm excited about going in for Jury Duty on Monday.
2. I'm just finishing up a tasty meal with Erin.
3. Erin just asked faboo to buy her beer in the most amusing way.
4. I feel like I've finally got my shit together.
5. I've finally started to think about The Rest of My Life. And not panic.
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