Birthday! Anniversary! Meme!

It’s been a rather zippy few days here at the Fish residence! (That being said, it’s always speedy, just sometimes more than others…). Let’s see… to begin : Happy Birthday Mr. Fish!

Mr. Fish is one of those kids who really, I mean really has a difficult time with birthdays. I get rather excited because it means cake and presents and yummy food and people having to be extra nice to me :). He gets morose, melancholy and even down right cranky as the days tick away and his birthday approaches. I do understand. I had a much more difficult time watching the birthdays from 25 to 29 pass me by, but something sort of “clicked” when I hit 29, and I realized that dreading birthdays, or anything, really, just sort of spoiled the moments leading up to and after, but didn’t change anything, because, well, change is inevitable I guess.

To ease his birthday bitterness, I asked him what birthday treat he wanted, and he asked for the too-good-to -be-true Lemon Bars from VCon. This is the fourth time I’ve made them, and I still have no food p*rn to show you, because we just go through these things so fast it’s crazy & never have a chance to snap a pic. However, to satisfy your desire for eye-candy, here is a shot of the cupcakes I made for our 4th Wedding Anniversary, which is, or was, the day before Mr. Fish’s birthday :

This was the first time I’d made the marble cupcakes from VCTOTW, and they were really, really delicious. They were also very fun to make with the Guppy because they get a little messy at the end, and that means a lot of finger licking (we also observe the 5-second rule in our house. We’re dirty birdies.)

Next is a little Meme-love. Yoga Mum tagged anyone who’d had green tea a few mornings back. I ‘ve been swapping my morning espress for green tea in solidarity with Ricky who has been doing a cleanse. Maybe I’ll be able to knock it for good? Anyway…

Here’s the low down:

1. Post the rules of the game at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

What were you doing five years ago?

I’d just finished my Masters Degree in French Literature, was teaching French for a US University Summer Programme in Paris, and was preparing to begin working as an English language assistant for two years at a University in Paris. I was also about to meet the future Mr. Fish.

What are five things on your to-do list for today?

1) Try to find some time to read “Millénium, Tomb 1: Les hommes qui n’aimaient pas les femmes” by Stieg Larsson. Great read.
2) The dishes (that’s just perpetual…)
3) Yoga & lifting w/free weights
4) Work a little on this bag which I am making as a messenger bag, not a diaper bag! (Thought I should clarify).
5) Write lesson plans for Wednesday’s & Thursday’s classes (last day of classes is the 23rd! Yippie!)

What are five snacks you enjoy?

1) Fresh fruit (not original, but true!)
2) Smoothies without too many seedy fruits
3) rice cakes with almond butter & molasses (an idea given me by our coolicious Ricky)
4) fresh baked cookies hot from the cooling rack
5) a homemade raw bar from the freezer all coldish, burrrr!

What are five things you would do if you were a billionaire?

Okay, this says billionaire so I could come up will way more than 5, but here’s a few…

1) Pay off my student loans & my sib’s student loans/debt & my parent’s debts
2) Buy a home with extra bedrooms & bathrooms so my family could visit and stay as long as they liked (oh, the tickets would be my treat, too!)
3) Put money aside for the Guppy & my nieces’ & nephew’s education & set up a scholarship fund for young women at my high school in the U.S.
4) Invest enough that I could live off my fundage and devote my time to creating a non-profit organization for women- not sure how I’d organize it, but it would provide grants for education, training opportunities, quality, affordable child-care, small-business loans, as well as creative and moral support for women with goals, but who need help with the logistics of their path.
5) Create a quality health-care programme for all the school-aged children in the two U.S. cities I lived in (hey, I’m a billionaire…I have enough!)

What are five of your bad habits?

1) I’m too sensitive.
2) I take everything seriously.
3) I’m terribly hard on myself.
4) I stress about things I cannot change.
5) I try to do too much at the same time.

What are five places where you have lived?

In the U.S., two:

1) Michigan
2) Arizona

In France,

3) Paris
4) Versailles
5) near Tours

What are five jobs you’ve had?

1) Paper girl (when I was 9. Did I mention I lived on the Canadian boarder? Sub-zero temps, snow…oh, it was up hill, too! lol! )
2) Entertainment Listings Editor for an artsy weekly
3) Dance teacher
4) Waitress
5) Research assistant

Five people I tag:

Because I share her disdain for tagging, I am shamelessly stealing this idea from Yoga Mum over at Yoga Gumbo I tag you if:

1) You had a smoothie today.
2) You’ve never made your own seitan.
3) You have more than one tattoo.
4) You wish you were taller.
5) You’d like to take a nap.

Please let me know if you do this! I know some of you kids dread these puppies, but I like learning more about you! :)

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26 thoughts on “Birthday! Anniversary! Meme!

  1. Cool Blog! I’ll likely do this meme later this week, as I have more than one tattoo and I could always use a nap.

    I’m actually an entertainment listings editor at an artsy weekly right now. Ha! I’m also a reporter for the same paper, but small staff, you know…

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Fish! And I do love those marble cupcakes. I made them for our last vegan intern at my paper when her internship was ending…

  2. I hope Mr. FIsh had a great birthday.

    I love meme’s you learn so much about your blogger buddies! I’ve done my fair share and don’t really want to do them personally anymore, but I enjoy reading others’.

  3. Happy Birthday Mr. Fish! I have the same bad habits (as well as many others). Thanks for the meme post! I finally can post one of my own (have more than one tattoo).

    Those marble cupcakes look awesome. I’m going to have to try that myself when it’s not so hot in the kitchen :). Yum!

  4. Katie- I’m not that unselfish…I only mentioned the first five things I’d do. Once that was out of the way, I would totally spoil myself with an all-day shopping spree in my favourite book stores, massage, new running gear, dropping a ton on pretty fabric… :)

  5. Happy Birthday to Mr. Fish and Happy Anniversary to both of you! Hope they were both great (with those baked goods, I’m sure they had to be!).

    And thanks so much for the green tea solidarity (sounds sort of like a line in a poem, there)–I’ve been drinking more mint tea than green this week, out of necessity! ;) And I’m sooo glad you like the rice cake/almond butter/molasses combo! (Can’t wait to eat one of those next week after the cleanse.. . . .).

    Loved reading your meme as well–fun to learn all these things about you (of course I am totally envious of the entertainment listings ed job!).

  6. Yogamum- yes, totally (though I have never tried it!). I’m planning my first seitan cook-off this weekend. Email me if you want & I can send you the recipe!

  7. Happy Birthday Mr. Fish! **begins singing infamous “Happy Birthday” tune** and Happy 4th Wedding Anniversary!! **wonders why there’s no infamous “Happy Anniversary” tune**

    The marble cupcakes look AMAZING – perfect anniversary treat. And the treats that you made for Mr. Fish’s birthday SOUND amazing ;0)

    Okay, I’m scared – your 5 bad habits are the same as mine!! And as vegan addict’s, as well, haha :0)

  8. Oh! Your five bad habits are exactly what I would chose as my own!

    Those marble cupcakes would make a nice addition to my lunch today…

    It’s funny how you mentioned missing the “courting and beginnings” of a relationship on my last post…My partner and I have been together for 13 years, and I don’t think those feelings have ever disappeared! I guess he and I are well-matched!

    Happiest birthday wishes to Mr. Fish!

  9. Thanks for the kind words on my “rustic” pancakes! Those marble cupcakes look very good.

    I’m gonna have to try making those, my baking skills aren’t what they should be :)

  10. Happy Birthday to Mr. Fish and happy anniversary as well! Those cupcakes look awesome, and I’m imagining the lemon bars right now….

    I really liked this meme! It was kind of different and I really loved the way you tagged people. And, being 5’2″ I have always wished I was a little bit taller, so I’ll get around to this one soon!

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