Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Encore une fois


I used to like birthdays and now it seems I don't. It started last year and continues and I have no explanation for it other than age. It is mine today and I mainly spent it sulking in the attic. This is the kind of thing my mother would have lovingly and firmly slapped me down about, the birthday sulking.

I look lovely for 68, so it's a shame I am 39. I have a large spot on my nose, eye cream induced pink eye, pronounced jowls and have been suffering from recurring attacks of vertigo/dizziness.


You have to google a really long way before you find a scary reason for attacks of vertigo/dizziness. They all seem to be ear related. Dull, but non-fatal, which is a relief.

My family have amused me considerably. L gave me a card he had made detailing the many evils of quinoa:

Prog Rock gave me a second hand short story anthology and a CD of carols (?). F has taught me how to say "Who is the master of the small dog? I am the master of the small dog" in Chinese (very difficult, you basically say five variants of the same word at one point). My sister got me a very sweet teeny weeny clay nativity, because she knows my fatal weakness for Christmas stuff:

I also got a Flemish trucking birthday card (tag line "Nu ben jij de MAN", now you're the MAN) and BINOCULARS. Oh, how the Wanstead Birder, he who coined this blog's tag line, will laugh. I did actually ask for the binoculars: I am too shortsighted and eye-strainy to see the tiny brown birds in the back yard properly and I want to. What? Shut up. I'm sixty eight, you know.

We have been to the Chalet Robinson (restaurant on island in the lake in Brussels park, accessible by weeny ferry) for chips and salted caramel sundaes, as birthday tradition demands. Look how pretty it looks in the dark:

 The geese were particularly vicious, roaming around in a pack, honking and aiming for tender calves.

Apart from the on-the-day sulking, everything is fine, really. I know this probably sounds a bit grudging, but I'm quite suspicious of professions of domestic contentment and personal/professional fulfillment, because obviously they summon certain disaster in their wake. So, sssh. I'm ok. Don't wake the kraken.


Anonymous said...

Here's a quick Happy Birthday - may the last 75 minutes of the day be excellent and sulk- free.
Very nice birthday card from L. We don't eat quinoa ourselves but may adopt "mets redouté" to refer to the dreaded lentil soup.
Even with google translate, the truck card is, um, Dutch to me. But I learned this: Gelukkige Verjaardag!

vivien y said...

Happy birthday! - saw a field full of Canada geese between Newtown and Welshpool today, unexpected and stunning en masse

cruella said...

Many belated congrats. I'll be 50 (!!!!! #¤%&/) next year, I doubt that a wee day of sulking will suffice then. Or maybe it will all be over if I start sulking now, along with Everything Else?

Great gifts from Prog Rock! I'm very much looking forward to Friday's carol service here in Guangzhou with kids from the British school as well as a Chinese choir of youngsters who no doubt will be pitch perfect in all aspects. They sure know how to get kids to perform!

cruella said...

I found you a present: http://karin.ratata.fi/blogg/article-53024-339871-julkortsinpiration-i-massor

Never mind the Swedish (author is Finnish but as you may or may not know there is a considerable Swedish speaking minority in Finland), scroll down to CHRISTMAS PARADE. Many excellent ideas involving domestic animals.

Margaret said...

Oh, happy birthday! It's OK to sulk. Do you know why? Because it is your party and you'll cry if you want to.

Anonymous said...

i am 62 and birthdays suck! started about 50. wish i could be grown up about it. not going to happen. happy birthday!

Patience_Crabstick said...

Happy Birthday! I'm 45, so to me, 39 seems very youthful. Quinoa is dreadful, so your son is very sensible to warn you about it.

annamariatuckett said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Had lovely laugh in train today remembering your Swiffer anecdote from Kiss and Ride - tried to turn it into a cough to look less insane, as one does.

Waffle said...

Anon - Oh man, happy Swiffer days. The kiss and rides have gone horribly downhill recently.

Anonymous said...

Dear Waffle:
I think you might enjoy this book, I just got it in the post today and am really looking forward to reading it: Butterflies in November by Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir, translated by Brian Fitzgibbon

Mouselegs said...

Happy Birthday from your biggest lurker fan! That sounds creepy, I know. I'll add that I'm entirely nonthreatening 44 year old mother of three hiding from the world in a small Dutch town and only communicating with outside world via Facebook while avoiding the locals by finding their language impossible to reproduce in an intelligible manner. There is my run-on sentence for Thursday. On to my next challenge - how to make dinner out of leftover sausages and mash and half a roasted chicken breast. Every day is a challenge. Keep on keeping on down there in Belgium. I appreciate your travails!

Rosie Redfield said...

If your vertigo is 'positional' (worse when you move?), it can often be fixed by a simple series of movements that flip the little position-sensor particles in the inner ear back where they're supposed to be.

Many sites recommend seeing your physician for this, but it's very easy to do yourself. This video is good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa6t-Bpg494

SUEB0B said...

Ah, my sister shared her birthday with you. She was a delight, just like you are.

Kate said...

Alas! When I read the sentence 'I look lovely for 68, so it's a shame I am 39.' I guffawed and woke the baby.

Olivia said...

Salted caramel? Sounds like a great birthday.

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