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First and foremost many thanks to those who came to my little birthday get together on Saturday. I know I wasn't much of a hostess thanks to the whole lost dog thing but I tried to spend at least a bit of time with everyone and despite the craziness I hope everyone managed to have a fairly good time. I know I did :) There were many gifts, much food, a lost dog reunited with her very grateful owner and another viewing of X-Men: First Class...with which I must now admit to being utterly, hopelessly obsessed.

Seriously, I'm supposed to be writing Breakout Kings fic and all I've got spinning around my head is this scene of Charles in the hospital contemplating life after the beach scene. I mean I've always adored Charles Xavier but I've never before been utterly nuts about him. I'm devouring C/E fic like there's no tomorrow. I'm going to have to see the movie at least one or two more times before it's out of theaters because it's going to be a long wait until it comes out on video...
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So I had the first of two planned birthday dinners Friday night and the original plan was to hit this fantastic vegan restaurant down in Sunnyvale. Well we arrived only to discover the restaurant was reserved for a private party. Sure that could've been spelled a rather sad end to yet another birthday (mine are notoriously tragic, seriously it started when I was 17 and came down with chickenpox just before my birthday and has continued in that trend since), but [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf mentioned there was a great Indian restaurant right around the corner so we all trekked over.

Ok the first sign you're in a really good Indian restaurant? An autographed photo of Amitabh Bachchan hanging right in the doorway. When I pointed it out to [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene and we both squealed like fan girls. Then looking around the place we were in absolute awe, the decor was stunning, I mean just an amazing ambiance. Kind of like having dinner in some Hindu temple. One look at the menu assured us we were in for one helluva meal.

Oh my god the food, I could write sonnets about the cashew sauce on one of the Kofta dishes alone. Yum! [livejournal.com profile] windrose, [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene, [livejournal.com profile] tersa and I ordered three actual meals and a bunch of naan, ours was the less spicy end of the table while [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf, [livejournal.com profile] phillipalden, [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain and [livejournal.com profile] lizzzie_lou turned up the heat. There was much sharing of dishes and general enjoyment and then she walked in.

We were just sitting around chatting when, as if responding to some unknown signal both Aelf and I looked over to see a belly dancer in pink crossing through the restaurant. We exchanged a glance that clearly said we were sticking around to see her dance and I declared with a very self-satisfied smirk, "Happy birthday to me!"

When she danced over to us she realized we were all totally into what she was doing and having done the restaurant performance thing myself I can tell you there's nothing nicer than getting positive feedback. It's a much better fuel than relying on adrenaline alone. And nothing sucks the life out of a performance faster than an apathetic crowd. So I made sure to grin and make eye contact and clap along with the music, and we pretty much had a gorgeous belly dancer all to ourselves.



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We were all howling with laughter and cheering each other on as we took our turns in the middle of the restaurant. Adriana, for that was the enchanting creature's name, was chatting with us between dances and was delighted to hear that Aelf and I were dancers. She invited us up to the city for a Sunday night Arabic dance party she does and mentioned she teaches classes so we might just look her up for a workshop. She was fun and cute and we made sure she left with a bunch of tips.

What might have started out a little rocky turned out to be one of the best birthdays of my life. When the dessert arrived with a birthday candle in it everyone told me to make a wish and I could honestly say I couldn't think of anything else I could possibly want. Still can't :)

Wackiest moment of the evening, though, was when she and Aelf were discussing shimmies and she looked at me and asked if it was all right if Aelf touched her hips to feel how she was doing it. I had one of those "Did she just ask me that?" moments before smiling and nodding in a confused manner. I only later worked out that she must have thought we were a couple and then I talked to Aelf and she commented that someone had mentioned we were "partners" and Adriana had interpreted it that we were a couple rather than dance partners.
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First and foremost, thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, gifts and greetings. I can't say that 40 feels all that much different than 39, or 30 for that matter. Save a few more pounds and a whole bunch of gray hairs, of course.

Had a lovely lunch with my Bollywood dance instructor V- yesterday up in Hayward. She made an amazing veggie meal with just the right amount of spice while we watched some Bollywood flicks. I loved it when she said one of the movies was going to be "Devdas", which is one of my faves and the only one I currently own (yes, I must buy a copy of Dhoom 2 when I get the chance). She also told us she knew several of the dancers in the film (one apparently lives in Cupertino!) and that her guru sang one of the major songs in the flick as well. I was floored by the sheer awesomeness of this. How in the world do I get so lucky with my dance instructors? Seriously, not only are they crazy talented and fun to hang around with, but have the most amazingly cool lives.

And today I had a great brunch at Baji's where I received a very cool mix (and [livejournal.com profile] cyranocyrano I didn't have most of those songs!), an OSH gift card (which OMG will come in so handy, yes [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain paint and blinds are on the top of my list...the pink must go) and a lovely meal ([livejournal.com profile] elo_sf's ninja check paying-fu was quite strong). Since then I've chatted with most of the family and gotten a butt-load of packing done so I'm feeling pretty secure about the move. Now if I could just get an actual move in date I'll be happy, keep those fingers crossed!
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I came home last night to receive an arm full of boxes from the apartment manager. I guess the post office decided to delivery everything yesterday. My sisters went a little nuts this year (color me shocked < /sarcasm >) but such lovely stuff! I got this lovely resin Nightcrawler in action pose (part of the Dark Phoenix set apparently, so you too can re-enact the XMen having their asses handed to them by Phoenix), some "formal" ninja shoes (for all your upscale ninja-related events), a literal pile o' books including one I'd been intrigued by since I saw it in a proposal we sent out, "Skullduggery Pleasant", and two beautiful cards. Thanks so much for everything!

I'd also like to thank [livejournal.com profile] elo_sf for the first edition (signed no less) copy of book 7 of Tales of the City. And yes I promise I'll read the whole series now, starting at the end and working my way back ;)

Also a big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] jakejr for the mix. I'm about halfway through it and have decided it's my new political blogging soundtrack. I fear I'm going to hear the righteously indignant scream of "What the fuck, motherfucker? What the fuck were you thinking?" in my head far, far too often. Can't wait to see the liner notes on this one!
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I can't even begin to tell you all how cool it was to receive my dream birthday gift this year. Millions and millions of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain who got the word out and collected stories, edited them, and bound them all for me. And an even bigger thanks for finishing the wonderful and long awaited "For the Pleasure of Severus Snape"! By the Lady it is a lovely read, one of many I received this year!

Aelf wrote me the hilarious "Daniel Does Azeroth" in which Daniel Jackson gets sucked into the online gaming universe of World of Warcraft:

Jack scanned the apartment as he entered, only half-listening to Daniel's enthusiastic chatter about the game. Empty pizza boxes and take-out boxes littered the counter of the usually immaculate kitchen, and there was a decided...funk about the living room that told of bodies unmoving and windows unopened. "Have you left your house all week?" Jack asked, interrupting a diatribe about something called guilds.


Then I got the amazing [livejournal.com profile] odogoddess's luscious Snupin story, "I Still Do":

"No, you fool," Snape said without real heat. "Slytherin, remember? We know the meaning of the word 'circumspect'. We would have been careful and it would have been...glorious."


I was absolutely floored when I saw [livejournal.com profile] enuffistoomuch's name at the top of her incredible original fiction "Ruff":

While a mess of a human, crumpled and slightly wheezing from some honest obstruction in his lungs, he was no more a distraction to her inner thoughts than any dead body would have been. But the mere fact that he'd thrown himself into her freshly laundered linens body and soul was enough to irk. Abby's jaw set with the thought and started the daily march of aging lines all around her mouth and eyes. A sigh escaped her lungs, washed over the room and went unnoticed, as was the order of the day. If her body language could speak it would give the most inept of viewers the impression that she wasn't at all enamored with him. At least, not any more.


I got to read my first ever wonderful Harry/Seamus slash fic by [livejournal.com profile] phillipalden titled "Thoughts of Seamus":

Hogwart's is a massive castle, with all manner of secret rooms and out-of-the-way places, and Harry and Seamus put many of them to use. When Ron wondered why they kept running off togehter they told him they were working on a project involving spiders. Upon hearing the word 'spider' Ron wanted no further information. Hermione said nothing and gave no outward sign of what she might be thinking, which worried Harry.


As a Wiccan I was especially delighted to read the intense original short story "The Horned Man" by [livejournal.com profile] chiabrit:

She blinked again clearing the sun spots snapping back into her own reality like a human elastic band. Her eyes sought out the man she had seen and caught him smiling and turning and walking away. Her breath caught as she saw the shadow he cast as he walked away the unmistakable crown of antlers on its head.


I actually squeed aloud when I saw [livejournal.com profile] pikabot's name at the top of the delightfully twisty-turny "Jurassic Effect":

Miss Sparring turned sharply and began walking away. Larry followed, but stopped first for one last look through the glass. He stared down at the world's first, and only, human time traveler.


And last but not least "For the Pleasure of Severus Snape", which even came with a cover drawing! I got to read the beginning and middle of this one as it was originally being worked on and have been waiting for the finale for a long time. I certainly wasn't disappointed:

And finally, finally, I knew what he'd meant about the Dark Mark on his arm. I knew what it meant to feel as if you belonged to someone. I knew what love was, and it was much different than what I'd been imagining it to be.


Again, best birthday gift ever! I'd like to thank everyone who participated, I just can't tell you how much this means to me!
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Sorry, but this does seem to be more of a "birthweek" celebration this year, I tend to get handed things, respond in a puzzled fashion for a few seconds, then say, "Oh yes, right, thanks!" I must thank [livejournal.com profile] odogoddess and [livejournal.com profile] chazpure for the wonderful Jamba Juice card! I am currently putting it to very good use with my new favorite Grape Escape one. Yum!

Many thanks as well to [livejournal.com profile] jakejr for my copy of "V for Vendetta", which I'll be receiving soon. I'm totally serious about us sitting down to watch it together, hon, and my inner anarchist is doing a happy dance in celebration already.

And of course, [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene who got me a beautiful, hand signed print by an artist whose works I was unfamiliar with before, but am definitely intrigued with now. The piece is called "The High Priestess", which just happens to be my significator card in the Tarot deck. It's gorgeous. She also found this graphic novel version of Oscar Wilde's "Salome", a particular favorite of mine. The artwork is just stunning and I can't wait to get a chance to read it cover to cover.

Actually had the time last night to CLEAN MY DAMN APARTMENT, for the first time in forever. It felt disturbingly satisfying. Also dismantled my Frankensteinian A/V hook up so that it's all down to one dvd recorder and the cable box. Tossed my VCR into a box with some other random stuff and slid Dumbledore ([livejournal.com profile] ravenmb's TiVo that I'm babysitting for a few months) into its place. Hopefully with her help I'll get it up and running on Sunday and be back in business.

Sadly, because of my new set up, I wasn't able to record "Hex" last night, which might have been worth having for the lesbian sex scene at the beginning...but that was about it. When the best thing you can say about a show is that the only semi-interesting character in it is dead, you probably shouldn't be watching it. I just don't like the characters, don't really give a damn about the story, and couldn't care less about the whole mystery behind all the goings on. And if anybody watched it and can explain to me the physics that govern ghosts in that world, can you please comment me here? As far as I could tell they were just all over the place without any rhyme or reason.

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