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21 October 2011 @ 06:44 pm
Old, old, old...  
The birthday remorse has settled in. I know, I do this to you about every other year, don't I? Age is just a number, and all that other blah-blah we trot out, but still... 48 is a pretty big number. It's hard not to think of it as being practically 50. :(

Happier thoughts: I've been sharing this picture around here and there, but I think you allll need to see it. It's not from icanhascheezburger, surprisingly enough, but maybe that's because it's cute rather than funny:


Fat, plushie-toylike penguin:

I want to hug that penguin sooooo bad!
31(96.9%)
Meh.
1(3.1%)
!! How could you! I'm afraid of penguins. *cries*
0(0.0%)

Okay, then! The kids are both out of the house until about 8pm, so HalfshellHusband and I have things to do (including eating dinner in peace, with no complaints about the contents). Happy Friday!

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LindaMlinda3m on October 22nd, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I want to hug him and squeeze him and name him George!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Hee! I know-- I think I could hug that penguin practically forever. It is SO CUTE. :D
eponin10 on October 22nd, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Dude. He's so fuzzy!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
I think his fatness just makes him fuzzier. Does he not totally look like a toy instead of a real penguin? Plumpness!
realpestilencerealpestilence on October 22nd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I want to hug the penguin, but I suspect it's cuter in the picture than it is in real life.


You are 48 years of awesomeness, jsyk. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bad Robothalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
It might be, but I'll be that penguin-keeper hugs it all the time. Plus, it's a baby penguin, so it's probably okay with that. I'm so envious of that keeper

Thanks for the encouragement!
nrrrdy_grrrl on October 22nd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I have to stay in the present or I get all morbid. I've been morbid about my age since, like, high school. So obviously, for me, it's not an accurate reflection of reality.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
I spent so many years wanting to be older (all my friends were older), and now it's just, "Slow down! Where's the rush?!?"
(no subject) - nrrrdy_grrrl on October 22nd, 2011 04:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
nrrrdy_grrrl on October 22nd, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
Oh crap: happy birthday. I think you're amazing and I am still impressed that you're on my flist.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you. I'll cling to that and try to keep a sense of perspective. Gads, but it's hard after about 40. :0
brigid_tanner: Happy Birthday-cupcake candlebrigid_tanner on October 22nd, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday! I'm a few years ahead of you, and really, 50 is not bad. It's that much closer to senior citizen discounts! LOL!!

I bet that penguin bites....it's too cute not to be dangerous :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Huh?halfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Bites? BITES? Baby, why you gotta be like that? :(

My husband has reached one of the senior discount ages (55), though the one major area that's covered is food, and he still wants to eat the biiiig portions. Even if sometimes he shouldn't. ;)

Thanks for the birthday wishes!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
He IS awfully cute, isn't he? I've seen a lot of cute penguins, but that one is way over the top.

And thank you! :)
dearpeterxoneal: Neal smirkdearpeterxoneal on October 22nd, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
He's beyond adorable but is he healthy??? Reminds me of those really fat cats that are over fed by their owners. Still, I
want to cuddle the stuffing out of him. :P

Uh, old? It's called seasoned my dear.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
I think he probably is, because he's still a baby. They never seem to look like that as adults.

Seasoned! I like that idea much better. :)
Maz (or foxxy!): Super Squirreltuesdaeschild on October 22nd, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
However big you feel your number is mine's bigger!! You young whippersnapper! :)

The podgy penguin is adorable so thanks for sharing...and enjoy a peaceful dinner with HSH. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Lovehalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
He's incredibly cute, isn't he? It's hard to believe he's real and not just a really big toy. :)
jeyhawkjeyhawk on October 22nd, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
I want that penguin to come live with me and my cat. I would knit him sweaters and hug him every night.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Haha! I know-- one chance to pet him would not be enough. I want that penguin in my life!
Gretagretazreta on October 22nd, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Belated happy birthday to you! I think 48 is a fantastic age. Think of all that percolated awesomeness and wisdom and style you have now.
(I'm 38 in a couple of weeks... and that feels OLDISH as well, I think it's just the number 8. Next year will be oh so much more stylish for both of us).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I think my style is probably a negation of style- at least in RL. ;)

And approaching the big, round numbers is always hard, isn't it? Though I think I had more trouble with 30 than 40!

Thanks for the words of encouragement! :)
heliokleia: DANCING PINGU ICheliokleia on October 22nd, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hehehe... c'mon, my dear Mme Venus... do you really think there is just one LJer out there, who would seriously vote for "...I'm afraid of penguins..."??^^
*cackles*

Aww... what a cutie, hm?^^ Thank you very much for sharing, darling; now I can't get this lovely image out of my head for the whole day, meep!^^
*grins hugely*

- About getting "old"...
Look, with my two-year-difference, I'm right behind you, so you're not alone in this, my dear old friend.
...And, bite meh; but I don't feel like being near 50 [except when climbing stairs, etc... :( ] currently; we're in "our best years", as to say it with a German quote.
*nods**nods*

So let me then wish you a glorious weekend, my dearest Mme Venus and I'm sure you & HalfshellHubby enjoyed your *coughs* "peaceful" dinner; didn't you?^^
*winks & hugs* ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
do you really think there is just one LJer out there, who would seriously vote for "...I'm afraid of penguins..."??^^

Well, I like to cover all the bases, including potential penguin-phobes. I see someone actually clicked the "Meh" button, so some people are clearly immune to the explosive dose of cuteness concentrated in that baby penguin. ;)

So, you're following right behind me in age, eh? 46 wasn't bad... I was 46 twice, thanks to skipping 44 and getting confused. :0
cindy: penguins - the big chill (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on October 22nd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
i love how fuzzy baby penguins are. he looks like a plushie! and if i was his keeper i'd be touching him alllll the time. also there would be hugs, because come on, he's perfectly shaped for tem.

just remember: age is not important unless you're a cheese. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
This baby penguin is especially plushie-looking. It's the extra fuzzieness and fatness. I'd hug him mercilessly, if I were his keeper. Because I am weak.

I think age is only valued if you're cheese or wine or art. Beats the alternative, though. ;)
the key of the day and the lock of the night: bookskittenlocknkey on October 22nd, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Happy belated b-day, hon.

Your not allowed to feel old. I'm only a couple years behind you and am refusing to give in. *grins*

Penguin \o/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I keep trying not to let it get to me, but the "mid-forties" years are gone beyond denial. I'm in my late 40s. :0

Isn't that penguin cute? So fuzzy!
happy is as happy does: take a siphappywriter06 on October 23rd, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAY!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! The actual day was great, and I'm trying to keep from getting sidetracked on the number. Some days are easier than others.... :)