¡Feliz cumpleaños a Mí!Today is my birthday. What — is today important for some other reason?I didn’t actually bake myself birthday cupcakes. I baked the cupcakes pictured above — and a couple batches of Heath Bar brownies — for a cookout Sunday. But it turns out 10 people don’t really need two dozen cupcakes and as many brownies, so we had a surplus of desserts.I guess I went a little overboard because I was excited to have our HHE and all my baking supplies. Whatever.My birthday may be today, but the celebration began in earnest a week ago with the commencement of my birthweek, something Kail was skeptical of until he experienced it himself for the first time. I won’t list all of the gifts Kail got me because nobody likes a braggart, but I will share an anecdote about one present because a) I want to illustrate the range of gifts — small and practical to slightly higher-end, nicer things — lest you think I’m terribly spoiled (I am) and b) it’s funny.Googles: “Anatomically designed for an individual fit.”This is how the conversation went when I opened my present:
Me: Googles!Kail: And they’re specially designed for round faces.Me: How do you know?Kail: Because I Googled “goggles for round faces” and these came up.
When I write my memoir chronicling my adventures as a Foreign Service spouse, that is going to be its title.I guess I should explain that I have an abnormally large head/round face and it’s hard to find hats and glasses and goggles that fit. In fact, these are not the first pair of goggles that Kail has purchased as a gift for me: He bought me onion goggles for some occasion last year to prevent my eyes from tearing up while chopping onions. But my face is so round that they don’t sit flush against my face, allowing air (and onion vapors) to reach my eyes. I guess I can wear these new swimming goggles to chop onions.OK, I lied: I am going to brag a little. Behold: birthweek presents:Yes, that is a Hello Kitty Snuggie (well actually, it’s not the true Snuggie brand, but it is a blanket with sleeves) and yes, those are folders for commemorative coins because I once accidentally revealed to Kail (after we were already engaged, obvs) that I used to collect the different state quarters when they first started coming out. And I thought I had them in our HHE somewhere but I couldn’t find them so now I have to start over on top of the National Parks collection! And now you know that I’m a huge nerd, if you had any doubts before. Don’t judge me.Do you have a secret nerdy hobby that you were previously embarrassed about but are now willing to share with the interwebs? Or — separate topic: What are you doing to celebrate
my birthday Election Day?