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birthday w Kylei Heather Topaz Sydney Allison Hannah Sande Jacqueline / BTFP & truth-or-truth jenga


icon: "effervescent (a cartoony gif of neon multicolored bubbles bouncing chaotically and occasionally falling to the bottom)"

I had maybe the best birthday of my life! Kylei came over to Topaz' the night before (great because I didn't have to worry about them being late) and on the morning of my birthday Sydney and Heather came over and the five of us went to Big Trees together. The energy in the car was almost too much! Odd Squad is me, Topaz, Heather, and Kylei, while me, Topaz, Kylei, and Sydney are all violet spirits, so it was this complex pattern of two overlapping quads that almost makes a pentagram, and every single one of us is a silly, playful person. Loud! bouncy! I haven't felt that much playful energy probably since I was in high school, maybe ever.

Allison met us there, with a present of dragonfly-shaped mirrors (dragonflies and mirrors are both sacred to me), but couldn't stay long because they had to go to work. We walked in a little ways, enough that Allison got an introduction, and they said they want to do plein air painting there (which would be very fun for me if I could come along with a book or something). Then they left and the rest of us wandered through the forest, taking photos and playing. Sydney and Kylei had stick swordfights, and Topaz got Kylei to hold sticks for them so they could kick them in two. It was not at all my usual kind of forest visit, but it was cute and fun and I enjoyed all the glowy energy.

Then we stopped at Trader Joe's because Topaz begged (and while there Topaz got me blueberries and dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and Heather got me ginger chews). We made it through and out in less than 20 minutes! Then went to Sweet Tomatoes (probly my favorite restaurant: I make a mountainous salad) and back to Topaz' where everyone sort of lay around with full bellies and snoozy brains. Sande and Jacqueline arrived and Sydney left (they had homework & other obligations). Kylei left not long after Jacqueline arrived because they wanted to go to another party (which I would have been annoyed by if they hadn't already spent like 7 hours with me). Sande brought blood orange & mango & kiwi & other fruit, and sliced it up for us when they arrived. It was my first taste of blood orange and WOW is it unique! I love it.

We started playing truth-or-truth jenga* with the intention to do crafts after, but it took way longer for the stack to fall than we expected! I belatedly remembered that Abby and Hannah were supposed to vidchat in, so I set up the hangout, but Abby didn't show (I figured they had assumed it wasn't happening when more than half an hour passed w no invite). Hannah did, and played with us (I pulled the blocks for them). It was really fantastic! Sande and Jacqueline hadn't ever played before, but they answered thoughtfully and openly (at least that was my impression). And it was so, so, so great to have Hannah there! It was Heather's first time meeting Hannah and they had a strong positive reaction, which made me happy. Sande and I had a 'sloof' (saying the same thing at the same time) which also made me happy because I'm rarely that in-sync mentally with someone. And Hannah explained that the word (which came from Hannah and Nick) is 'fools' backwards.

Overall it was very sweet and included nearly all of my favorite people and two of my favorite activities (being in nature and deep personal sharing) so I think it was my favorite birthday so far (it is hard to tell because my memory is so bad I only have vague ideas to compare it to.

*this is jenga with 2 questions on each block. You pull a block, read the two questions, and pick one to answer yourself or ask of someone else.

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ragnarok_08 ══╣TFP ★ elita-one╠══
Glad that you had a great birthday :D

belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
thanks!
wantedonvoyage ══╣╠══
Happy birthday!

We always hit Sweet Tomatoes on our annual Florida trip, HCD and The WorkHusband both love it. We don't have them here.

Also, blood oranges! Yum! I have some in the fridge right now and you're reminding me I should be eating them!
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
I loooove my giant salads! <3
re_vised ══╣╠══
Happy birthday! It sounds like it was a blast.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
thanks! it was!
webgirluk ══╣pic#124969441╠══
Belated Happy Birthday. I'm sorry that I missed it as whilst I knew you were an Aquarian like me, I didn't know precisely when yours was and didn't receive any online alerts to tell me. What date was it? Anyway, your birthday sounds fantastic enjoying deep times with good friends. The question Jenga game sounds like the exact sort of thing I'd try to arrange in a group where I knew everyone well and used to play similar types of games a lot here at LJ in the past. I love how you have two different group variations of the Odd Squad and the Violet Spirits. I always find it fascinating when new groups of people mingle as I wonder how the connections will go. I don't get to experience this in person all too often but I always find the lj linkings interesting and who is linked with who.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
I don't publish it publicly but it was between 2 and 3 weeks ago now ;-)

Oh I love that about LJ linkings too! I want to have more interconnectedness all the time!
lusimeles ══╣╠══
Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had such a grand time <3 I love the idea of truth-or-truth Jenga. You and your friends seem like a really neat bunch.
belenen ══╣creative╠══
thanks!

I think we are, certainly they're amazing. I am so super lucky!
fishness ══╣╠══
happy birthday! I'm glad you had a good day :)
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
thanks!
soundofsunlight ══╣happy╠══
Happy birthday! I am glad you could spend the day with so many people you care about, and had such a wonderful birthday celebration! I also love the idea of truth-or-truth Jenga.
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
thank you! I was delighted :D
meteorology ══╣╠══
Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. It sounds like it was very uplifting :)
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
thank you! it was!
raidingparty ══╣╠══
And many happy returns of the day!

I've heard of some Jenga-variations like that.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
thanks!

yeah there was a truth-or-dare jenga that was a thing in my old circle, but that was more sex-and-scare stuff rather than get-to-know-you stuff. That's why I don't really like the dare part of the usual game.
kiwi ══╣╠══
OMG Trader Joe's peanut butter cups are, honest to God, one of my favorite things. On earth. I once told Ben that I'd trade him for a barrel of them and he said "no worries, I'd do the same."

And I didn't begrudge him one bit.

(Also, so much love for blood oranges.)

Happy belated birthday! :) I believe in birth months, for the record...
belenen ══╣amused╠══
haha! I'm glad y'all are on the same page there ;-)

thanks!
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