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Happy Birthday to Me

Posted on 2009.09.20 at 17:35
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So I turned 40. That's old. My dad called me Friday. "I'm depressed," He said. When I asked why, he replied, "Wouldn't you be depressed to if you had a 40-year-old son?" HA HA.

As it turns out, the anticipation was the worst of it. Many people I've spoken to about this had a hard time turning 30 - not me. I was a rising star at 30, but 40?

As my MIL is in town to spend time with her grandbabies, cattitude and I spent the day together where I realized that I've spent my entire life working for exactly what I now have - that being, everything I've ever wanted; perhaps I just don't know how to slow down to enjoy it? With that in mind, my soul calmed and we had a great afternoon.

As we were walking the Stonebriar Mall in Frisco, I was speechless when I saw that in the last three weeks, they'd opened an Apple store! Apparently my expression was quite amusing, and my lovely wife bought me an iPod Touch for my birthday - especially when she found out this meant she would no longer have to share her netbook with me!

The Stonebriar Apple Store

I discovered that the issues I'm having with the Nano's battery is the battery itself. It no longer holds a charge longer than 45 minutes. The average life is 18-months and it cannot be replaced. Mine lasted 12. Fortunately, everywhere I use the Nano I'm near power, so I've added the USB/power jack to my backpack's contents, which allows me to listen to it while its plugged in. CASE: CLOSED.

But I do so love the Touch, and I marvel at its design. I'm amazed at all it can do and the flexibility it affords me. It makes my wife's netbook look like a mainframe. Outside of the pricey iPhone's ability to connect without a wifi location, its perfect for my needs. My, but I'm spoiled aren't I?

Thanks babe.

Lastly, with all the talk about cake, I decided to make one. Now we usually make them from scratch, but I decided to build upon an existing box cake by adding a package of butterscotch pudding mix to the yellow cake mix, and an online recipe suggested four eggs and 3/4 cups more liquid. I did all of this without announcing it to anyone, and ended up undercooking it with the added ingredients - it failed to rise.

My wife and her mother gave me dubious looks as they served up this lumpy, flat cake - even the kids didn't like it. But they sure enjoyed the fanfare surrounding it and I enjoyed that.

In short, I got the whole cake to myself ;)


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xx_adamo_mangie at 2009-09-21 00:42 (UTC) (Link)

My present to you is a grand ol' THANK YOU for everything you've done for me! Maybe you're unaware, but I really admire you, and the best advice I've ever gotten from anyone was when you told me to take risks with my life.
You're probably my favourite person on LJ =)

Lucky bastard and your sexy iPod touch.
ehowton at 2009-09-21 04:01 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, thanks. I don't know what to say. (And it is sexy, isn't it? I have some sexy wallpaper for it too, although wholly inappropriate for work ;)
kat_rowe at 2009-09-21 01:18 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, as long as the cake was still nummy :)

*hugs you* Happy birthday. Sounds like a nice one :)
ehowton at 2009-09-21 04:02 (UTC) (Link)
Oh it did not disappoint. And thanks!
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2009-09-21 01:40 (UTC) (Link)
Awesome image for the Nano homescreen. And happy birthday, brother.
ehowton at 2009-09-21 04:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude.
exorhi at 2009-09-21 02:08 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I went to that Apple Store two weeks ago. It was so freaking busy, but I assumed that apple stores are always packed.
Grats on finally getting your iTouch!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-09-21 03:01 (UTC) (Link)
I assumed that apple stores are always packed.
You are wise beyond your years.
dawaioser at 2009-09-21 03:48 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday and how could anyone not like that cake? There's seven pounds of decadent fudge-frosting on it. Yum.
ehowton at 2009-09-21 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
It was fantastic, really. And moist? Damn woman, you don't know moist until you've undercooked a cake with a package of instant pudding in it ;)
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-09-21 05:04 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday! :)
ehowton at 2009-09-21 12:58 (UTC) (Link)
anakngtinapa at 2009-09-21 09:20 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday! Cheers to 40 years of awesomeness. :)

And that cake looks good. Really. :P How could anyone not like that?
ehowton at 2009-09-21 13:10 (UTC) (Link)
It's a mystery!
vember at 2009-09-21 12:05 (UTC) (Link)
Happy birthday! Nice itouch and cake (My mother and I are fans of undercooked yellow cake, actually - I'll have to tell her about the pudding idea.)
ehowton at 2009-09-21 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'd avoid butterscotch in a yellow. 'Lessen you're seeking a really unique flavor. Hell what am I saying - everyone ought to try it at least once!
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ehowton at 2009-09-21 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I try to not use the word, "deflated."
wardlejew at 2009-09-21 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a splendid day. See Birthdays aren't all bad, especially when you get an iphone and an a icake. Maybe you are on to something there with the flat cake.
ehowton at 2009-09-21 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
Nothing says "Over the Hill" like a dead cake.
ex_crowy at 2009-09-21 19:24 (UTC) (Link)
A late happy birthday to you.
ehowton at 2009-09-21 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you ma'am.
sacredyuja at 2009-09-21 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
Happiest bday to you! [dam i'm late!]
ehowton at 2009-09-21 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Hey thanks! (And you're not really late - I kept it under my hat until yesterday).
thesweetestnote at 2009-09-21 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful Times. I am filled with joy to know you had a great 40th. I'm six years off and can almost feel some type of dread. But much like 30 - it will come and go and I have no choice in the matter so... It's something I'll try not to think about till after it passes.

Your cake looks magnificent! I'd have a piece if I could ;)
ehowton at 2009-09-21 22:34 (UTC) (Link)
After about thirty-six I felt like a ticking time-bomb. Oh well! T-miunus 10-years to 50.
ehowton at 2009-09-22 02:27 (UTC) (Link)
Look what the cat dragged in! Thanks dude. Life treating you well?
irulan_amy at 2009-09-22 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Belated Birthday!!

That cake doesn't quite look perky, but it sounds yummy. I like the idea of adding pudding!
ehowton at 2009-09-22 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Oh, the cake was delicious. I highly recommend it!
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