Day 54 of Project 365: Birthday treats.

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Right now I am so sated that I am having a difficult time coming up with something to write. We just got home after dinner at le Bistro Montage where I had gluten-free mac and cheese with roasted garlic and bacon. Mac and cheese is my favorite comfort food, and this version was particularly excellent.

I love my birthday. I always have, ever since I could remember, and aging hasn’t dampened that at all for me. I’m proudly one year older because it means I still get to go on adventures and write more stories and spend time with wonderful humans like you. Yes, you!

FunkyPlaid took a photo of me today that is one of the me-est photos ever taken, so it is today’s bonus photo.

Wishing my favorite person in the world a Happy, Happy Birthday. Lots of love to you, @cygnoir.

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Thank you for the birthday wishes.❤ They made my day!

Writing from: a cozy living-room in Portland. Listening to: Spotify’s “Electronic Concentration” playlist.

A line, a wrinkle, a sigh, a sign.

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FunkyPlaid at Barcelona Cathedral
You genuflected outside the gothic cathedral
the day after I got officially old.
My nose was running and cold and
I turned from the great grey edifice
to see the only familiar face
for miles. On that face,
the expression I tried to capture:
irreverent yet strangely penitent,
maybe just tired from walking
or overwhelmed by unfamiliar vowels
or musing how new it feels to feel this old.

That birthday lip dub again.

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I learned a new acronym today: ICYMI (In Case You Missed It).

For FunkyPlaid’s birthday last year, I enlisted the help of his wonderful friends and family all over the world to create a lip dub to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”. ICYMI, here it is!

It is a wet and chilly evening in Edinburgh, but we are warmed by birthday wishes and belly laughs.

Don’t stop believin’, a lip dub for FunkyPlaid.

Screencap from Don't Stop Believin' Lipdub
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After 299 emails, 5.09 GB of movies, weeks of very little sleep, and so much iMovie-bashing, I present my birthday gift for FunkyPlaid, a lip dub of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, who lent moral support, who tolerated my dithering over the choice of song, and especially to the Gamescape crew who stealthily set everything up to show him the video at the store tonight.

(He was floored.)

I regret not being able to include more of everyone. There was just too much rock for one video.