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Birthday Epiphanies All Around

January 21, 2016

160120_Roz-B-day-Selfie-SepiaBrushCRI think I'll let the journaling on the birthday selfie say it all. (You can click on the image to view an enlargement. And Yes, I drew in my tri-focal lines.) 

This sketch is on an 11 x 15 inch sheet of Wave paper which is cheap drawing paper that's almost as absorbent as Kleenex®. I used sepia and red Pentel Color Brushes (dye-based, fugitive, fun!), while standing in front of the bathroom mirror.

Yesterday was a great birthday. Dick left me with 4 pieces of almond toffee in dark chocolate. (We have to dole it out or I wouldn't be able to stop eating it.) It was a fabulous day. I worked Saturday and Sunday so I could take today off. The few minutes I did use the computer Facebook bombarded me with b-day greetings from friends far and wide. MANY, MANY THANKS. That's very fun. I appreciate every single note!

I didn't even mind riding on the indoor bike! (It was about 18 degrees.)

Dick came home early and took me to Gorkha Palace in Northeast. I went ages ago with my friend Tom for the lunch buffet and was blown away by the variety of flavors. 

It's even better at dinner time.

The waiter brought out small crackers to munch on while we waited. Little rectangles of crispy-puffiness. They made me smile.

We had samosas which are one of my favorite things in the known universe! They were the best vegetarian samosas I've ever had, and the best samosa period, in 25 years!

The plain naan was a thing of rare beauty and deliciousness.

We shared a vegetable curry that was delicious, simple, and rich and a shrimp dish full of zucchini (and lots of shrimp). The vegetables in both dishes were cooked perfectly so that they were tender but not mushy. The staff is attentive, but not intrusive.

Birthday or not I can't remember having a happier meal in a restaurant. I started humming!

I was so happy (and a little high on the orange Fanta I drank with my meal) that I sang my birthday song as we turned into the alley—"It's my birthday…" (Don't worry you'll never have to hear it.) Dick laughed.

Earlier when we were leaving the alley I had turned to Dick (who was driving) and with barely contained eagerness over the fact we were going to the Gorkha Palace, asked, "How come we don't go out for your birthday, but we go out for mine?"

And without missing a beat he said, "Because you're a princess."

    • Julana Schutt
    • January 21, 2016
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    A belated Happy Birthday, Roz! Glad you had a good one. We’re nearly twins. :-). My husband loves Indan food, too. And his birthday is coming up, come to think of it. Our local Indian buffet is called Amul India. The range of flavors is great, and the service so good.
    Wish you many happy returns of the day!

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    Julana, thank you. I was actually born in East Asia across the international dateline and my paternal grandmother got the call the day early so she always believed that was my birthday. No explanations would suffice. So I start celebrating early!

    Hope you can go out had have a great b-day dinner with your husband on his birthday!

    • SusanLily
    • January 21, 2016
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    “How come we don’t go out for your birthday, but we go out for mine?”

    And without missing a beat he said, “Because you’re a princess.”

    Dick’s response made me catch my breath and sigh. Sentiments like that make the best presents.

    Happy Birthday, Roz!

    • nina
    • January 21, 2016
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    what a great day! Happy Birthday, Roz – wishing you more days like this – or at least close to this one 🙂

    • Mary
    • January 21, 2016
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    Oh Roz, Happy Birthday. I just loved your post – it really was extra special. Thank you for sharing – Dick’s Princess comment made me smile really big! That was a good birthday. Many, many more!

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    Happy Birthday, Roz! Good Indian food is such a delight for the senses. Do you ever draw your food?

    • Julana Schutt
    • January 23, 2016
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    ☺️ You’re the only person I know with two birthdays.?

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    I do draw my food upon occasion, but usually it’s partially eaten, because I don’t like to eat cold food. I love food too much. Often I’ll take a photo if I’m out, because I want to eat it hot. Not too long ago I couldn’t even pause to take a photo.
    http://typepad.rozwoundup.com/roz_wound_up/2014/09/things-to-do-before-the-zombie-apocalypse.html
    I do a lot of candy paintings!

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    Thank you Mary! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Thanks nina!

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    SusanLily I think you’re right.

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    All the more reason it’s important that I keep up the push for the Birthday Month!!!!

  8. Reply

    So glad you had a good birthday Roz! Mine was Saturday. I enjoy your blog and am still in Sketchbook Skool, LOL!

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