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Cake-tastic

I don’t know how true this is for everyone else, but for me March and April are very birthday-heavy. From March 20-April 16 my whole immediate family (mom, dad, sister, me) all have our day-o-birth. There are also at least 3 other family members and 3-4 close friends in that similar time span. I can barely look at a cake for weeks after the cake-a-palooza that is March and April for my family.

Today, I can now add a co-worker to that long long list of early spring birthdays. That said, I’m still glad that grown-up work-world has maintained some of the rituals of my childhood. Namely – that you get some form of a cake in the office on your birthday.

When I worked as a PA on Greek this tradition bordered on ridiculous. There are a lot of people that work on a TV show – cast, crew, office people etc. And on our show at least, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM got a cake (or pie or something if we knew they had a preference) on their birthday. We basically had a cake about once every two days. For MONTHS. Like I said, ridiculous.

Today though, was a birthday-day in the office and I was in charge of getting cupcakes from Frosted. We were trying out the place for the first time, and let me just say – DELICIOUS.

Red Velvet...YUM. Birthdays are the best.

I had a mint chocolate chip one (!!) and half a red velvet and now I think I might just burst.

Luckily I work in a smaller office now – I have no resistance to the wiles of cupcakes.

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It’s my little sister’s birthday this coming weekend and I’ve been struggling to find something. She is hard to shop for, and finding a good present is just HARD in general. I’m HORRIBLE at finding birthday presents (or even giving options for myself — sorry family!) I never have the slightest clue where to start, and then, when I come up with THE PERFECT BIRTHDAY CONCEPT, it’s impossible to find because I made it up in my head and it doesn’t exist, so it either takes me 200 years to make it or I find something similar but not quite what I KNOW I could find SOMEWHERE and I end up frustrated.

Gift-Giving Over the Years:

When I was in elementary school, every year seemed to have a go-to item. One year, I “supervised” and added tiny/easy details to personalized clipboards my mom would decorate for my friends. We were really craftsy when I was younger, so there were a lot of personalized/self-decorated things. First clipboards, then another year all my friends got jewelry boxes and so on, only venturing away from the go-to item if I was good enough friends with them that I knew they REALLY wanted something different. In the age of invite-everyone-in-your-class-to-your-birthday-party it’s tricky maneuvering that many parties!

Middle school was, for people I knew anyway, the age of Bath and Body Works. Don’t know what to get someone (which I usually didn’t)? What’s their favorite scent at Bath and Body Works then because there are ENDLESS soap/lotion/candle combinations. Scented candles or lotions are still a pretty good bet, come to think of it. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I received enough B&BW over a 3 year period to last me decades.

In college the only really EASY birthday is 21, because as a fall back you can always buy them wine glasses/shot glasses/promises of taking them to the ABC store so they can buy their first bottle of alcohol on your dime. Other than that? Headache.

When I worked in Disney it was pretty easy too, simply because living in the Disney-bubble meant that everyone got something Disney related at all gift-giving holidays for about a year. Tailored to personal taste there were Disney movies, books, clothing, stuffed animals (for the kid in all of us) or household decorations. Sparkly mouse ears and Finding Nemo DVDs for all!

Lately though, I’ve been a fan of the birthday “concept”. The 21st birthday is the most commonly known variation of that motif, and as I mentioned it can take me 200 years to figure out what to get and then actually FIND what I’m thinking of, but it has seemed to turn out pretty well for all parties involved lately. For example: A year ago my sister went to Paris and London with some classmates for Spring Break, so the Christmas before hand I got her European-travel themed things — a travel folio, calendar of Paris for the New Year, a couple of sightseeing books. Fun yet functional (at least that’s my attempted goal) and it’s really cool to get a few things that all go together in a unique way. I wish I had a picture of how I wrapped everything together because that’s half the fun for me — Christmas is the best because I’m a wrapping paper addict, no lie.

I would post a pic of the awesome concept gift I’m getting my sister THIS year, but 1) she hasn’t gotten it yet and that would ruin the surprise and I’m not going to be a party pooper on my own party and 2) the way I got things this year, they’re actually going in two separate packages so I didn’t really wrap it up in a fun way anyway.

But it is AWESOME, let me tell you.

Even if I had to give myself a few gray hairs to work it out.

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*Updated with pictures!*

Yesterday March 10, 2010 was the date of a couple important events.

One was my friend Kellie’s birthday! I hope she had an AMAZING day up in New York where she lives and an awesome time when she heads to Florida for a week as well (*jealous*). The second was D23’s first anniversary. To celebrate they had a party. To celebrate them celebrating I went! Granted Wednesday night (the middle of the work week!) was sort of a random time to head to Disneyland for a few hours, but it was a really fun time.

To those who haven’t heard me drone about it, and just for a one-time reference before it pops up all over the place, here’s a brief explanation of D23: It’s the only official (ie run by the Walt Disney Company) community for fans. In joining you get a magazine subscription (they are huge with lots of pictures that appeal to the “oooh! shiny!’ sentiment in me) and the opportunity to go to members only events (though members can often bring guests) and members only merchandise. I joined mostly for the magazine at first, but then realized that living in Southern California made joining a great deal — since both Disneyland and the Walt Disney Studios are nearby a TON of the events are right around where I live. Just this past year I went to the D23 Expo (basically Comic-Con but only Disney related), the premiere of Ponyo (the Jonas Brothers, Cloris Leachman and John Lassiter were there), the opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and got to see the Princess and the Frog on the Disney lot (Which is gorgeous. I wish they had a cottage there where I could live in a pretty 30s-Hollywood-meets-80s-modern bubble). A lot of the events are free, some marginally priced, some crazy expensive.

ANYWHO. So last night was the 1 Year Anniversary Party at Disneyland.

Fantasyland and part of Tomorrowland (Captain EO, since it’s new) were open after park closing for everyone to hang out, eat delicious desserts and ride rides with short lines.

Yumm...so much sugar!

I'd never seen this Michael Jackson classic before - definitely interesting! Though also really bumpy for someone with a stomach full of sugar...oy

They had character greetings with characters that normally don’t come out to say hi — I saw Clarabelle Cow, the Three Little Pigs, and the Country Bear Jamboree Bears for example.

Three Little Pigs đŸ™‚ and two other partygoers

There were also some celebrity guests, and therefore 10 bajillion cameras. Oy. So many flashes without even taking my own photo-craziness into account!

Some of the imagineers, as much as I wanted to meet them had garnered HUGE lines, but I got lucky and had some awesome conversations with a couple of people. Tony Baxter is an Imagineer who has had an incredibly successful and awesome career at the Disney Company. He started out as a lowly park popcorn seller! And then went on to work on Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and the overall look of Disneyland Paris.

Me & Imagineer Tony Baxter

Danny Roebuck from LOST (he plays Leslie Arzt for those that are more familiar with character names than actor names…it happens!) was really friendly

Danny Roebuck of LOST fame, and me

As was Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy!) He also makes photography a hobby, so we chatted and compared cameras for a few minutes, and talked about this video which he had seen and loved.

Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy!) Gawrsh!

Speaking of photography…I got an eye-fi card after reading about it over on my new favorite blog Marriage Confessions and seeing something about it on Apple, and  I last night was my first big trial run. Unfortunately, my internet was being funky and it didn’t work right and I was in too much of a sleep-deprived-delirium-state to fix it. But I took a lot of pretty cool pictures and plan on updating or adding a new post later tonight when I get it worked out.

I take ENTIRELY too many pictures to not be a total crazy over-sharer about them.

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