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sara's birthday

As Sara blew out her birthday cake candles on Friday, I had a flashback to when my sister was still pregnant with her. Jeff and I used to kneel beside Ruth, avidly watching the surface of her stomach bulge and ripple. It was better than watching Aliens (and without the gross bits, too).

I remember how small Sara was as a baby, how strange it was to see my little sister holding a baby of her own. I had pretty much zero experience with babies, and was terrified about holding Sara...what if I dropped her by accident? What if she broke? I remember the first time I took her for a ride in the stroller by myself, my white-knuckled grasp on the stroller handle, the surge of panic every time she made a noise.

I remember rocking Sara to sleep, the damp warmth of her head on my chest, breathing in her milk-baby fragrance. What would she be like as a teenager, I wondered? Rebellious and wild like Ruth? Easygoing and a model daughter like me? (stop laughing, Ruth)

Our friend Scott Dixon is staying with us until tomorrow. Yesterday, we went to see Planet of the Apes with Scott Murray and Parki. Highly disappointing flick; I had been hoping for something more from Tim Burton.

Went to Bombay Palace for dinner last night with Jeff's dad and his girlfriend, and our friends Harry and Jean from New York. After dinner, they visited the apartment to check out my harp. We'll be going on an overnight canoe trip with Harry and Jean next weekend in Algonquin Park.

I've been spending most of the past few days finishing up the hiking trip menu, and doing experiments/taste tests with the dehydrated ingredients. So far, dehydrated dinners include chicken with mushrooms on rice, couscous, fruit & nut curry on rice, Huron stew with dumplings and cornbread, beef jerky stew with dumplings. Desserts: fruit cobbler, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cake, pudding, chocolate bars, cheesecake.

I'll be spending most of today putting together meal packages to take on the trip, but will be taking a brief break to see Jurassic Park III with Jeff and ScottD. We have free passes, and are hoping that it will be better than Planet of the Apes (fingers crossed).

Hey, I've registered! I'm going to make some "My Life In A Nutshell" t-shirts, and needed a shorter URL.

Today's Blatherpics:

- Sara as an infant.

- Sara and I having a tea party (without tea) at Wasaga Beach.

- Birthday cake cutting at Sara's birthday party on Friday. She turned 7.

Feel free to suggest a daily poll question.

Today's Poll:

Have you ever walked out in the middle of a movie? (because it was so bad)

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