Thursday, July 2, 2009


Good morning.
I was just sitting here on the morning of my birthday drinking my homemade chamomile tea
(I highly recommend growing Chamomile.
It smells nice in the garden and has pretty white flowers and, after you harvest about 50 flowers you can make a delicious cup of tea.)

and perusing blogs.
I don't feel particularly old, but I must look it.
On Tuesday I went to scope out the restaurant that we're going to tonight to make sure they had dairy-free options, and my Elder Hug-a-Bug told the chef "It's my Mom's Birthday on Thursday!"
He looked at me and said "29?" with his eyebrows raised.


That's the kind of thing I say to 65-year-old ladies at the store.


Oh well, if nothing else, my experience will help me stop making comments like that.

I woke up to a lovely surprise from my dear parents, they left a beautiful card on the front door for me.

Now, I would like a present from you the reader.

I would like to get to 33 comments today, so let me know what you're reading this summer, would ya?

I am reading A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
It is as funny as I remembered it to be.
I read it in High School, but it's clearly been a while since I've been in high school.

Have a great morning,


  1. Happy Birthday Jess! I didn't even think you were 30, so there. I'm reading/listening Gulliver's Travels as part of my summer classics project. It's amusing and reminds me that plus ca change etc.

  2. Happy Birthday! And thanks for being so sweet and leaving comments on my blog.

    I hate to disappoint with my reading list, but it's been limited this summer to things like the directions on the back of the bag of dry grout mix.

    Of course, my favorite magazine arrived last week and I've been anxious to get some time to sit with it. It only comes quarterly and it's such a treat. Are you familiar with Brain, Child?

    Thoughtful and fabulous. Lori Malvey gifted me a subscription a few years ago.

    Have a great day!

  3. Here is comment number 2!
    Happy birthday!!!!! Your tea sounds delicious and you totally don't look a day over 28.5 :)

  4. I am reading two things. I am reading "Assault on Lake Casitas" (which is a rowing story...of course) and "Valley of the Horses" by Jane Auel. An oldie. Never read them before (the series) but they are entertaining enough for summer.

  5. Happy Birthday! I'm reading a Sookie Stackhouse book, "All Together Dead" by Charlaine Harris. I highly recommend the books over the tv series "TrueBlood": Harris is an awesome writer and the show does not do her books justice.

  6. happy happy birthday, jess! i couldn't agree more, everyone should plant chamomille... i love seeing where it pops up from year-to-year.

    sheesh, you do look 29, so that was a complement! :)

    i'm starting "history on a personal note" by b. kirshenbaum this weekend. short stories, to help me decide if i want to try out her novels...

    have a wonderful birthday! you're younger than me, kiddo!

  7. Ahaha, yeah, I've progressed from people thinking I'm younger because I truly did look much younger, to people guessing I'm younger to be kind 8-) Happy Birthday!

    Hmm, between books right now. Just finished Incognegro and waiting for The Counterfeit Countess by Eva Ibbotson to come in at the library.

  8. Happy birthday!!

    I'm apparently reading and listening my way through the Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry this summer. Brain candy and all.

  9. Oh my goodness! That's too funny! 29? wink wink Sorry, I'm definitely having a laugh at your expense.

    It's so sweet of your parents to drop off a card. They are too cute.

    I'm currently reading Great Expectations. It's awesome. It's kind-of creepy.

  10. Best wishes! Must be dreamy to have a summer birthday...
    Summer reading: Knitting and Tea (would be appropriate for you today)
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (to be ready for the movie to open)

  11. Happy Birthday! I turned 37 on Tuesday ;) I am reading "Playing with Fire" by Katie MacAlister. I just finished several Dark Hunter novels by Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1-#7 and about to start #8. Before that it was Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #17) Yeah, I know I read a lot of series books ;) I think I am going to attempt to read some Jane Austin in the near future though.

  12. Happy Birthday! Chamomile tea isn't my cup of. . .you know, but the flowers are lovely.

  13. Happy happy happy! 33? You don't act a day over 23... ;-)

    My life is a one-trick pony right now: I'm reading (and reading, and looking away and reading again) a certain script and score. Sigh. Leisure will come with August.

    Hope you have a marvelous dinner tonight!

  14. Daddy is reading"Pride and Predjudice and Zombies", and I'm reading emails!

  15. Happy birthday!! Next year I want to put chamomile into the garden along with my would smell so terrific! my summer reading these days is anything by jodi picoult.

  16. Happy birthday to you! Right now I'm reading In the Woods by Tana French. It's suspenseful and really well written. Have a good day!

  17. Happy Birthday,
    I just finished Fannie Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven.

  18. I'm a little late, but wanted to add my Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading your blog. I'm currently reading Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West. Hope you had a happy day!

  19. I am so sorry I missed your birthday -- happy belated! I don't have much time to read in the summer, but I'm sure there are others who helped you out!

  20. I said it on flickr but I'll say it here too - Happy Birthday!!! For my vacation reading I got I Love Dirt and Sewing Green. Neither are fiction obviously, but for some reason I don't have the capacity for fiction right now. Maybe it's that I only get 5 minutes at a time to read which is absolutely no good for fiction but just fine for a book of essentially lists and a book of projects.