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20 October 2009 @ 06:06 pm
The Post-Birthday Reckoning  
We went out of town to Apple Hill on Sunday for my birthday. That's an apple-growers' area about an hour away that features crafts, LOTS of treats involving apples, and the opportunity to buy specific varieties in bulk. Mainly, it's atmospheric.

I bought some Gravenstein apples (which have never been available there before, and I was lucky to get them-- my local store didn't sell them). I also had an apple fritter, half of a cinnamon&sugar apple doughnut, and apple slices with caramel sauce (Lauren has braces again and can't have caramel apples). Christopher found a couple of birthday presents for me there (boy, it took me forever to buy a clue and get out of the craft booth so HSH could help him buy a penguin ornament), and a good time was had by all, other than the eventual regretting-of-the-treats. ;)

Yesterday, I kicked around with HSH, including going to a coffee house and buying a new camera (there are hardly any with viewfinders anymore, and I don't like the LCD-only ones because of the glare). No good movies were showing at the right times, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. Then there was biking in the garage to QAF (rainy day), and a somewhat late dinner with cake and presents. Very nice day, and turning 46 "again" was a little weird, but better than 47!

I received so many wonderful messages and emails and v-gifts from all of you, which were much appreciated after this last year. ♥

I also got extra userpics from beascarpetta, which (*flails*) will allow me to go totally nuts on some of the icons I've been randomly lusting over. I need more penguins, and I want to upload chicky's book icon, and other SPN and text-based stuff!

deirdre_c wrote me a Sam/Dean drabble, Cold hands, warm heart (PG) that was both funny and cozy.

dotfic wrote Old Rules (Gen, G), a 5x05 coda drabble, with wonderful brotherly snarkiness.

celtic_forest did a haiku remix of my SPN Badfic entry here: Silk-lingerie Salvation

badboy_fangirl did a Jensen and Dean picspam with some of my favorite pictures.

and clair_de_lune wrote a gorgeous Michael/Lincoln Prison Break ficlet, Oblivion (R). The mood and description are so tangible in this story.

Thanks to all you for making it such a special day. Many hugs to each of you!

Genevieve: brothers by sezmsgenevieve on October 21st, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh God, now all I can think of is the Simpsons episode with their version of Apple Hill, which always makes me crave apple related products. Not the boring things I have sitting in our fruit bowl, but exciting things like fritters and cider. Darn you, post-birthday girl!

I hope you had a very good day on your birthday, and yes, after the year you've had, you so deserve it. Wanna swap drabble requests? LOL.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
There are SO many years of the Simpson's I need to catch up on! I came to them late, and I've still missed too many episodes. Though the "Treehouse of Horrors" this year-- with the bad theatre production of vaguely comingled musicals-- had multiple levels of irony, AND the drooling aliens in the audience. ;)

I try to resist the fritters, because they're deadly, but god-- fresh, and with extra cinnamon! Who could resist that? Lauren's comment on the doughnuts was that they could have been better, because "All I can taste is the cinnamon and sugar. I can't taste the apple" and my thought was "How is that bad? Extra cinnamon all the time!"

I'd happily swap drabble requests, and I noticed Supernatural had joined your list of interests, so I could branch out in that area if that appeals more! :D
Genevieve: homer phobia by mediocrechickmsgenevieve on October 21st, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
I will never stop loving The Simpsons. Ever. *g*

As for the apple donuts, they are obviously wasted on the young. LOL. Like the time I stopped to pick up a couple of chocolate topped donuts from our version of Krispy Kremes called Dreamy Donuts, and the young guy behind the counter apologised for them being a bit 'unset' because they hadn't been able to thin out the Lindt chocolate with the usual generic stuff, so it was pretty much 100% squishy Lindt on the top of these donuts and did I mind? Uh no, that's fine, said I, and bought half a dozen. LOL.

I've always had SPN on my interests, actually. I've been a casual viewer for ages but never did the fandom thing. *g* I was actually thinking more along the lines of a nice "Westmoreland and Michael" have a chat over the chessboard in S1" drabble. Because you write the best Westmoreland ever. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
:D I wondered if Westmoreland would show up in your request! He made an appearance early on in the S1 M/L slash series I wrote (paralleling canon), because who could pass on a fabulous character like that?

*prepares to get thinky* :D
jeyhawk: jensen: deanjeyhawk on October 21st, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
*HUGS* I suck for forgetting your birthday. Belated happy birthday honey. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's okay! And you weren't the only one, on LJ or elsewhere-- my younger sister forgets my birthday (and most, I think) about 50% of the time. :0

Thanks for the good wishes, and I know yours is coming up this month too. :)
Vel'ithya Tevrielvelithya on October 24th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Shit, did I wish you happy birthday yet? I haven't been on LJ for a couple days, our internet's been shaped over here. If not, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (and sorry!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 25th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! And it's okay, I understand the workings of RL. I am frequently their victim!
Deadbeat Nymph: sammy nosedeadbeat_nymph on October 28th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Your birthday festivities sound great; I'm glad that you had some fun. Apple Hill sounds particularly lovely. It reminds me of what my friend and I used to do every year at this time: We would drive out to the middle of nowhere to find pumpkin patches and apple orchards. We'd turn down the pre-picked pumpkins, which were always so perfect, and take the offered wheelbarrow through the patch, looking for the weirdest, coolest pumpkins. We'd fill up the trunk and the back seat with as many pumpkins as possible. Then we'd go for apples. Southern Ontario is apple heaven, and we'd get all kinds, and plenty of them.

I love Montreal, but there are just some things that I can't do here (at least without a car). I miss those pumpkin and apple filled days, and while of course I can get plenty of apples and pumpkins here, it's the atmospheric quality that you mention that's missing.

Your post reminded me of those lovely times. Thank you.

(Have I ever mentioned that Hallowe'en is my favourite holiday, or that autumn is my favourite season, and October especially is my favourite month? What a wonderful time to have a birthday.)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 28th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love your story about your past autumn trips.

It's MY favorite time of year too, though I miss the Oregon weather that heralds October (not quite the same here): bright blue sky, crisp cold air, lots of tree color, and the smell of leaves.

We get a little more of that by going to the foothills, where the color is at least prevalent and it smells like autumn.

I'm sorry Montreal is limiting that way-- buying store pumpkins is not REMOTELY the same as choosing your own pumpkins from the patch (especially if you want the weird ones). The atmosphere is everything. :)

Last year, Christopher's teacher gave each of the students a tiny decorative pumpkin. Christopher loves those as much as I do. Come November 1st, HalfshellHusband dumped it in the greenwaste bin. NOOOOooooooo! Pumpkins can proudly be displayed through Thanksgiving, especially the little bitty cute ones! Bummer. :( :(