Why? Because I can. And because it's my birthday, and I plan on having chocolate with all three meals. (Note: with, not for all three meals...when I was younger, that might have seemed appealing. But now that I'm an old fart, the thought makes my teeth hurt. Not to mention my digestion. Need more prunes!)
Mr.Q is taking me yarn shopping shortly, for my birthday present. Which confused my mother: "Why is that special? Don't you do that anyway?" (OK, maybe she wasn't so much confused as being a smartass. But still.) Yes. Yes, I do. But it's nice to have it sanctioned once in awhile!
Meanwhile...one reason I've been so busy and far away from Blogland this week was a visit from my Baby Brother and his very cool Significant Other. They stayed with us for a few days while they got the last of their arrangements together for an extended trip overseas - 6 months in India, then a few months of walk-a-bout in Asia. Life's rough!
It's his first real experience travelling, and I am supremely jealous. Also very proud of him, for learning from his big sister's experience. ("I wanted to go before I got all tied down with student loans and stuff like you did!" Thanks. I think!) Seriously, for all that he's a stinker and still thinks it's OK to give me wet willies, I'm totally stoked for him. Not to mention the silk yarn they said they'd try to find me in Nepal.
Here he is, just after getting through the kerfuffle of acquiring his Indian visa. He really looks very bored with the whole thing:
He pretty much looked like that all night. I cooked them up a big farewell dinner, and the sister formerly known as the Princess Bride came in for a family supper:
It was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. But it occurred to me the next morning, fragrant as we all were from the 3-bean chili...that maybe it wasn't the best choice just before a long international flight. Close quarters and all that...oops! My apologies to the people sitting close to them on the flight.
A nice sibling photo:
A photo bearing more resemblance to reality:
We really do look a lot alike!
Now - off to fortify myself for an afternoon of yarn shopping! I have something pretty specific in mind, so we'll see how that goes. I am also the wee-est bit...well...hungover. There were a couple of folks at work with birthdays close to each other, so we went out for a couple of drinks last night. Sure, I only had a couple drinks - a couple of times! Yikes. I don't remember that being an issue when I was nineteen....sigh. (*gigglesnort!*)