2011 Birthday Recap... A Teeny Tiny Bit Late.

I logged onto WordPress this morning with the intention of complaining. This blog is called Pretty Pessimist, after all. What's a blog called "pessimist" without a little pessimism?! I've decided, however, after making the rounds and visiting other blogs, that I don't want to complain at all. Phoena's recent attempts to be more cheerful have inspired me to be more cheerful, so rather than complaining about the plethora of things I could (be sure, I definitely could) complain about, I'm going to talk about my birthday. Yes, I know it's been, like, two weeks since I turned a year older, but I figure now's as good a time as any!

So this year, unable to settle on one thing I really wanted--I changed my mind about a half a dozen times--I finally decided that what I really wanted was to add to my dice collection. You may or may not know, even those who've know me a long time, that I collect dice. I know what you're imagining, a box filled with opaque six-sided yatzee-ish dice, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Here's what I mean...


The above collage represents the actual sets I've recently added to my collection over the last two weeks. I didn't take any of these pictures, rather they came from Amazon.com and DarkElfDice.com, but I did make the collage! Thank you, Picassa! So you see, while I do have a whole lot of d6 (a whole lot), I also have a whole lot of other sets, too. After adding these 11 sets, I've got about 75 sets of polyhedron (multiple sided) dice--that's an approximation, remember. One set is anywhere from 7-9 pieces (d4, d6, d8, 2 d10, d12, & d20). That's a lot of sets, and that doesn't even account for the sets of d6, which are 36 dice per set! Oh, and the d10's, which come 10 to a set!!

Clearly, I'm hooked on dice collecting and what better way to celebrate my birthday than with something I love!! I should admit, though, that two of those sets haven't even arrived yet. They should be here today... I am so excited! Oh, it just occurred to me that you might not know what these dice are used for, and to avoid looking like a geek without a cause, I should say that these dice are used for role playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons (2nd ed. AD&D and 4th ed., only, thank you very much!). Okay, that just made me look like a bigger geek, didn't it? That's alright, if there's one label I don't mind carrying around, it's gamer... evidenced by my ownership of this shirt and this one.

Let's see, aside from my obsession with pretty, shiny, little polyhedron what else? Matt took me out to eat. We went to Chilis, which was good, but not great. Of course, it's always good, not great, so we've come to expect it and anyway it was my decision to go there. We were going to go to Pastafina, but I felt so casual, that Chilis really suited my mood much better. And, in celebration of my birthday I had a Tropical Sunrise Margarita. If you haven't had this, go to your nearest Chilis and try it, it's remarkable. Really, you have to try it. It's second on my list only to the Sunset Passion Colada at Red Lobster. Delicious!

After dinner, we went and saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. It was a really good choice, the movie was amazing. I don't think fans of the Potter franchise could have been more satisfied with it, at least, I don't think I could have been. We saw it in 2D, rather than 3D because, well, my eyes cannot hack 3D. Because I lack depth perception, 3D gives me migraines. So, we skipped the migraine and saw it in regular old 2D, instead. I was actually surprised our theater was even showing 3D at all. They're moving up in the world... of course, so are the ticket prices. I paid $10 for two tickets for a 7:00 showing. I know, I know, that sounds like a bargain, but when we moved here 7 years ago, they were $6 for two non-matinee tickets. Matinee's were literally $3 for two tickets. Now, they're $5. Yes, I'm complaining about $5 and yes I realize I sound like those old folks who complain about the price of everything.  Moving on now.

Oh, and the Thursday before my birthday we went out and ate with Melanie and Joey, then went to their place to play Munchkin. We'd never played before, well Melanie had a long time ago, but most of us hadn't so it took us a bit of time to get use to it. Munchkin is basically a card game that makes light of role playing games. You get to kick in the dungeon door, which means you draw a card. After that you either fight the monster or loot the room. There're a whole lot of things you can do, and it was a killer good time!!  My only regret is that now that we've played it, I'd have liked to own it. That's a problem because it's a game for 3-6 players. There're only two of us, so that's a no go. And, other than Melanie and Joey, we don't really know anyone into it, and why buy it as long as we live here when we can go play it at their place?! Anyway, there're like 10 or so expansions for the game, which I'm sure would be a killer good time, too!

And, while we were there, they gave me an awesome birthday present. Knowing how much I love Marilyn Monroe, they got me one of those awesome retro-ish metal signs that you hang on the wall of Marilyn Monroe. Looking for a picture of the one they got me just now, I couldn't find it, but I did find that there're a whole bunch of other designs which I might start collecting. Someday, when I have a home office of my own, I'll hand them with my NaNoWriMo posters (which I'm behind on collecting, too). Unfortunately, the NaNo posters are going to cost me an arm and a leg to frame... but that's a discussion for another time.

Let's see, what else?  Oh yeah, Betty Crocker sent me a little desert e-cookbook to celebrate my birthday and I thought I'd pass it on to you. So, if you want to download it, click here and when it opens use CTRL + S to save it to your computer. Voila!

Now, if you've gotten to the end of this, I applaud you. I know I can be a bit long winded, but you know, writing about something uplifting has made me feel more, well... uplifted! There just might be something to this put your best face forward and smile thing, after all. Waking up with the water off was pretty annoying, but now it's back on, I didn't complain about it, and I got to write about something I enjoyed. Win-win!

PS. I really need to work on that whole starting sentences with a coordinating conjunction thing, I know! ~.^

4 comments

  1. To be fair, I'm only trying to be more cheerful because my blog is called HAPPILY Phoena (as that's how I generally sign emails), and my blog was just a lot of whiny crap the last few months (years?). lol Yours is still Pretty PESSIMIST and so you don't have to be "happily"!

    I still haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies. I should probably watch them. Won't read the books, though, because I'm embarrassed to go to the children's section of the library. Ha ha!

    I've never played Dungeons & Dragons (or Munchkin), either. CLEARLY I'm missing out on life.

    Thanks for the ebook cookbook. I collect them. I haven't been trying any new recipes lately, but I come fall I will. I just don't like to cook much in the heat. If I cook anything, I cook frozen stuff that cooks in three simple steps or something.

    I don't exactly understand the dice obsession, but I'm glad you're happy with your new dice! :-)

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  2. I wish I had some pretty colorful obsession so I could be all quirky and eccentric like you! I just asked Clint, "Do I collect ANY thing?" and he said, "Nope. You're pretty boring."

    Although in my classroom I do collect giant stuff. I have a giant pencil, giant pen, giant calculator, giant paper clip, giant thumb tack...etc. Every year my students pick up on my "giant" fetish and will surprise me with more over-sized stuff. But as far as collections, that's about it. I need to come up with something more eye-catching to collect. Like precious gemstones or something...

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  3. You may have a point about the Pessimist thing. Naming my blog Pretty Pessimist is like permission to gripe. No one can say they didn't see it coming, it's right there, in the title! Unfortunately, even after my bad start/good start, the day turned out not so good. Maybe I should have just skipped the good mood and gone right to bitching, at least then I wouldn't have ended up disappointed by the outcome!

    You should read Harry Potter... but then I loved them, so I'm biased. I don't think the librarians would judge you. I like the movies almost as much as I did the books. I cried like a baby half-way through the 7th installment. I get too attached to characters and Rowling isn't averse to dispensing of characters when needs be.

    A lot of people have never played D&D, so don't feel bad! I'd never played it until I met my husband. I'd known people who had played, but I'd never been terribly interested. Then, when I met Matt, and he was so into it, I decided to give it a shot. He bought me my first set of polyhedron and my first cube of d6 and I was off! Now, I've been gaming for 12 years and we play about a half-dozen different systems, not just D&D! As for Munchkin, I'd never played it until a few weeks ago, but it's crazy fun!!

    Your welcome for the cookbook, I collect them too!!

    And the dice thing... I don't know how to explain it. I LOVE THEM!! :D

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  4. You are NOT boring!

    Wait, You really don't collect anything? Like... nothing?! That makes you quirky right there. I've never met anyone who doesn't collect something. My mom collects Angels, my sister collects tea sets, my dad collects John Wayne memorabilia... I could go on. For myself, dice isn't my only collection but it is the one I'm the most proud of. Weird, I know. I also collect lighthouses (though I haven't gotten any in years) and candlesticks (love them!!), and when I was younger, I collected those porcelain masks that hang on the wall. I'm like the opposite of you... I seem to collect everything! Even in WoW I'm a collector, I have LOTS of pets!! lol

    I think the giant stuff counts, though. Although, that's more a teaching thing and less a personal thing, right? They're for your classroom.

    I do like being called quirky and eccentric, so thanks Jodi!! :D

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