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03:49 pm: Milestone 40
Since I can't spend all of my time dwelling on the disaster at work, I invited my neighbors and their friends to come over for dinner and games next Friday to celebrate my birthday. I spent most of Thursday morning getting some of my backlog of dishes cleaned and put away, then worked in the yard for a while in the afternoon.

On Friday, I spent the morning running a bunch of errands. I'm hoping to put together a Mexican meal, so I stopped at the nearby Mexican grocery store to pick up the necessary ingredients for making tamales and various other things. I also have several artichokes ready to be picked in the front yard, so I'll probably make something with those.

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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:April 11th, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday in advance! I am a bad friend, I can never keep track of birthdays.

Also, 40? Enjoy your youth. ^___^

May you have a delightful day of your birth! Have you chosen games for the evening yet?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 12th, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
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Also, 40? Enjoy your youth.

Thanks! (I'll be about 10 years older than all my guests...)

Have you chosen games for the evening yet?

Not yet, but I'm thinking possibly Scoville to go along with the Mexican theme.
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 12th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Happy pre-birthday! Your celebration sounds like it will be tasty and fun.

This inspired me to look up the dates for SF's international chocolate salon, since I think it fell on your birthday the year we attended together. But it was in March. I need to put a reminder in my calendar for 2016. So far away.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 12th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I need to put a reminder in my calendar for 2016. So far away.

I think they have one in the fall as well. <checks> This year it will be November 22. If my schedule weren't changing, I'd be able to go, but since my schedule is currently still in limbo, I can't say at this point.
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From:amilyn
Date:April 12th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
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HAPPY 40th!!

I hope work works out well.

Your garden and fruits...SO awesome!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 12th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Your garden and fruits...SO awesome!

I need more people to come visit me so I can share...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 13th, 2015 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Happy almost-birthday! I hope you had an awesome party.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 14th, 2015 12:29 pm (UTC)
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I hope you had an awesome party.

It will be on Friday, but thank you.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 14th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Haha, wow, I can read, really. For some reason commenting on the post a couple of days after you posted it made me think the party had already happened. Well, in that case, I hope you HAVE an awesome party.
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From:jojobruin
Date:April 14th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
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wow, it's really been a while. happy birthday!

thanks all your help, my blueberry and raspberry plants are growing better this year. I still play Dominion and in fact teach friends who come over. =P

I'm returning to Japan for medical conference in June and started contacting people I knew in Japan. I came across an entry from a blog written by a guy in JET for 3 years. It kind of reminded me of what you wrote of your experience teaching in Japan. It was very insightful. Here it is in case you are interested. http://thisjapaneselife.org/2013/11/06/expat-friendships/
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