"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Sunday, April 26, 2009

That Special Day

As it turns out, today (Monday) is my 39th birthday! So the question is, will I stop the aging process at this moment in time or continue the graceful path past the big 40 next year?
If I was in Virginia with my parents, or if my mom was visiting me here, this is the cake I would be having.

For the birthday? I brought home a glorious, beautiful, brand new computer (laptop) and a giant monitor (23" which is way giant and nice and cheap at only $199). Productivity has already increased twentyfold. So I'm spending the birthday staring at my wonderful computer, revising on my wonderful computer, blogging on my wonderful computer. Maybe getting a piece of cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory, and rounding off the evening with taking the kids to swimming.
Life is good.

I did treat myself to a few great books on Friday including Life as we Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Love this book so far. Seriously. It's hooked me from word one. Of course the entire concept is awesome, so it had the deck stacked in its favor. But still. As soon as I finish typing this, I'm reading some more.

For those of you who've read The Emerald Tablet, you know it's set in the world of Lemuria, the giant continent which sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Thank you to author Stacy Nyikos for taking this fun, fun picture straight from Oklahoma.

So I've read 25 books so far this year. Some good. Some great. And on Wednesday I'm going to come up with my top five. Oh, the decisions! Want to join me? So many great books!

Happy Monday!


Windsong said...

Happy Birthday!

Congrats on the laptop and computer screen. Isn't it amazing how productivity can increase the way it does?

*will gladly join in the book fest*

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday!

Why stop the path at 39? You might miss something really cool! :-)

Vivian said...

Very cool license plate!

And a BIG Happy Birthday to you, PJ! Wishing you a fantastic day filled with many magical moments.

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday, PJ! Enjoy your new computer and cheesecake! (I love Cheesecake Factory!)
What a great license plate!

Lady Glamis said...

That picture is awesome!!!

Hey, my mom says that her 40s were really, really great. So keep going! Congrats on a cool book and a new computer and monitor. I'm oh, so jealous!

Have a great birthday!

lotusgirl said...

Happy Birthday!! Congrats on the new stuff!! I want to get me one of those huge-o screens.

Keri Mikulski said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! :) Enjoy!

Christine M said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy the new laptop!

Anonymous said...

Okay, honestly, I've always thought of you as under 30--from your pic! So you pick whatever age you want and just be there! And I have to say the forties have been my best years for me.

Have a great birthday. :)

Kimberly Derting said...

Happy Birthday, PJ!! Enjoy the day (and your computer!). Oh, and some cheesecake, gotta have the cheesecake!!!

Angela said...

Happy birthday, and enjoy that new laptop. Boy what I wouldn't do for a piece of that cake--it looks fabulous!!

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes, everyone!

Windsong, I am amazed with the increase in productivity!

LOL, Rebecca! Yes, I think my 40s will be great!

Loved the license plate, Vivian! It's perfect!

Cheesecake rocks, Kelly! I'll have a bite for you!

Getting older has been a wonderful experience for me, Michelle! And I'm still so young which is the best part!

The screen was cheap, Lois, and totally worth every penny! Yes, get one!

Thanks, Keri and Chris!

What a great compliment, Becky! under 30 would be so long ago :)

Two votes for Cheesecake! Thanks, Kimberly!

The cake rocks, Angela. It is the best in the world. At least I have the picture!

adrienne said...

Happy Birthday!
But tell us, how do you really feel about that new computer?

Miriam S.Forster said...

Sounds like a fabulous day! And I agree with you, Life As We Knew It is amazing.

Happy Birthday!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Adrienne! The computer rocks :)

Thanks, Miriam! I love Life as we knew it. It's wonderful!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Happy Birthday!

New computers are just like new gym shoes - you can write faster and better. It just feels great! Enjoy your new toy... I mean tool.

beth said...

WHOA! What a cool license plate!

And happy happy birthday!

Kelly H-Y said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Have a wonderful day ... sounds like it's going to be a good one! Aren't BIG computer screens the best?! :-)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Happy Birthday!

The new computer sounds awesome and what a great fan with the license plate :^)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Tricia!

You're going to love that book! I'm totally into these end of the world type stories. Have you been watching LIFE WITHOUT MAN series on the history station? Fascinating stuff on what would happen if man disappeared.

Have an awesome 39th birthday!


Jim Danielson said...

A very Happy Birthday!!!

D.A. Riser said...

Well, since you're in Texas -- feliz cumpleanos, PJ! I hope I said that right. Anyhow, being another year older makes you wiser, so I expect even better stuff from the blog.

SIDE NOTE -- On your birthday (TODAY!), guess what came in the mail? A copy of the Emerald Tablet. I can't wait to read it!

PJ Hoover said...

Nice comparison, Nora! I can do everything faster! I wish I'd realized this earlier!

Thanks, Beth!

Big computer screens rock, Kelly! And thanks!

LOL, Sherrie! I love thinking it's a fan of mine :)

Thanks, Kim! I haven't watched that on TV, but it sounds like great book research!

Thanks, Jim!

Gracias, Dan! Now I feel under pressure on the blog thing. I'm not sure I can do much better :)
And I hope you like The Emerald Tablet! Thank you so much for buying it!

Have a great evening!

Lynnette Labelle said...

Happy B-day! Hope it was a great day for you and that it continues into a wonderful week.

Lynnette Labelle

Christina Farley said...

Happy Birthday! Wow! So fun. I'm interested in finding out what your top books are.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Lynnette! I hope you have a fantastic week also!

I'm excited to list what my top books were, too, Christina!
And thanks!

T. Anne said...

Happy Biiiithday to youu!

Trisha Pearson said...

Happy Birthday PJ!

I have to tell you, when I saw the cover of The Emerald Tablet and read that it was set in Lemuria, I got goosebumps. It is very intriguing. I'm so kicking myself for letting my husband take my car today because I'd run over to Barnes and Noble right now if I didn't have to drive his truck. Tomorrow. You'll have another reader tomorrow. I can't wait!

Lauren said...

Happy birthday!!! Congrats on the new computer. So exciting :) Monitor sounds really nice.

That cake looks really yummy. Maybe you can get your mom to make it the next time you see her.

Robin L said...

Happy Birthday,PJ!

And dear gawd, what kind of cake IS that?? It looks wonderful and I now have a huge craving for cake!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, T. Anne! Only 364 more days until I have another one!

Oooh, thank you so much, Trisha! I appreciate it! So I take it you're a fan of new age stuff? So many people have never heard of Lemuria!

That's exactly what I'm hoping on the cake, Lauren! When she reads the blog, she'll remember, and when I visit this summer I can have my cake and eat it too :)

Thanks, Robin! We grew up calling it Mom's Yum Yum cake. Creative, huh? It's angel food on the inside, and cool whip, cream cheese, and pudding on the outside! Nice!

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Mine was Tuesday - the day after!

Looks like you had a good time!

Bless, B

Shelli said...

what kind of computer did you get - Im jealous. I stil;l have "lucifer" and he is always acting up!

Trisha Pearson said...

Hi PJ,

Yes, I guess I am into New Agey stuff. I told my kids about The Emerald Tablet and was shocked when they said they had never heard of Lemuria! That will soon be fixed though - I ordered The Emerald Tablet from Amazon today. (I get to read it first though lol)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Bethanie! And happy birthday right back to you!

Oooh, Shelli, I got an HP Pavilion laptop and it rocks! It is so much machine for $650. Nice!

Thanks for the order, Trisha! I hope you like it! And it's a great way to teach the kids about the sunken continents!

Happy Wednesday!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Happy Birthday....albeit a little late! Hope the cake was good, whatever you ended up choosing. Then again, how can cake be bad? Just writing about it makes me want to have a piece really really badly! And no, I 'm not trying to put off doing revisions. Not at all. Just...want...cake!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Stacy! The cake was delish (though not the one pictured). Next year is the big 40 for me!

Heather Zundel said...

Happy Birthday - four days late! That does look like a very awesome cake. Sad you didn't get to eat it though.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Heather! At some point I will!