May 12, 2010

Highs and lows

Last week had its highs and lows. The lowest point was definitely the 72 hours after I spilt water on my laptop and had to leave it switched off with my fingers crossed that it would come back to life after drying out. Thankfully (especially since I hadn't saved any of the revisions I'd been working on for book2) it did.

The high point was a belated birthday celebration with friends on Sunday for which Mr Fantapants contructed this:

A squirrel cake! How lucky am I?? The cake was a feat of engineering, carefully constructed from vanilla sponge, strawberry jam and spaghetti (raw spaghetti, that is, which ran through the middle of it, to keep everything upright), all held together with royal icing.

By the time we'd all had seconds and thirds, all that was left was this:

Thanks Mr F!

May 3, 2010

No words

I don't have the words to express how amazingly, fantastically, mindblowingly chuffed I am to be even vaguely connected to this.

What she did: the birthday edition

Yesterday was my birthday. I must admit, I've reached an age* when birthdays come around with such alarming regularity** that it's a bit hard to get excited about them any more, but this year my birthday weekend was so, so lovely, that it made up for the fact that I'm a year older.

For starters, even though we've lived in Melbourne for almost four years, this was my first birthday at home***. Also, my mum was visiting, and she and Mr Fantapants made a big fuss of me and took me for a delicious dinner and made delicious birthday breakfast and took me to the Ian Potter Centre to see the Rupert Bunny exhibition and VCE Top Arts****. And, of course, there were some very lovely and spoilsome presents waiting for me*****.

But some of my best presents were Freia related:
  • Skip made Freia's brownies (possibly the best looking batch yet) and posted photos to the Facebook group
  • I finally got my hands on a copy of this month's Good Reading Magazine, to read their full review
  • the M/C Reviews website also gave Freia the thumbs up (including the font it's typeset in, which I found strangely touching).
I don't think birthdays get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who made it so special.

*37 - I know, oldoldold, look away, pretend you never saw!
** as opposed to when I was young and wanted to be Older and my birthday felt like it only came every 2 years
*** in 2008 we were in Napier, NZ, which was heaven, but last year we were on a plane back from the States, which - take my word for it - is quite the worst way to spend your birthday
**** an annual exhibition of the best art from the previous year's VCE, always chockers with interesting ideas and works of a ridonkulously high standard
***** some wrapped in personalised 'Aimee' paper - too, too special!