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Birthday is over and 100 things that make me happy 
8th-May-2008 09:59 pm
I am now 28 years old! Yay!

Thank you:

This has been the quietest birthday ever, but it was still good. It is always good when you know you have family and friends who love you enough to say 'happy birthday'. (^_^)

I didn't have birthday cake or candle blowing, but we had an orgasmic dinner at the Verve Cafe on Edward Street.

I had one of the day's special - salmon risotto with baby capers. While the SO went with a much safer chicken and fetta pizza. And instead of having dessert as we usually would, we had the calamari entree instead (I don't have the stomach to have a starter/entree, main and dessert). All washed down with a bottle of bubbles.

The SO promised cake tomorrow at Le Bon Choix. I am looking forward to it! (^0^)/

And to remind myself of what I should be grateful for and what makes happiness for me, here's no.29 of my 101 things to do in 1001 days.

A list of 100 things that make me happy

  1. Having parents who really care about their family more than themselves
  2. Knowing my family is alive, healthy and relatively happy
  3. Having a chat with the siblings
  4. Knowing that the siblings and I can get along better now than we did in childhood
  5. Remembering our wedding
  6. Seeing the SO after a day of work
  7. Cuddling with the SO
  8. Saying goodnight to the SO before falling asleep
  9. Going for a drive with the SO
  10. Chatting with girlfriends at cafes/restaurants
  11. A night out at Zouk with the girls (except on Mambo Nights - never again!)
  12. Having a laugh with friends
  13. Being politically incorrect/sarcastic and still be understood
  14. Petting furry animals
  15. Watching animals in action
  16. Playing with kids (I can play rough with boys as much as with the girls)
  17. Feeling a fresh breeze against my cheek
  18. Smelling burning incense or scented candles
  19. Listening to fresh jammin' music, like Muse, Fallout Boy, etc.
  20. Listening to my favorite JE bands' songs
  21. Watching fireworks in the night sky
  22. Singing along to a song I know the lyrics to
  23. Soaking in a warm bubblebath with lots of bubbles
  24. Smelling the scent of oncoming rain in the air
  25. The crisp smell of sun dried laundry
  26. Lying on non-prickly grass and watching clouds go by
  27. Comments from people who like my graphics work (icons, wallpapers, etc.)
  28. Wriggling my toes into a plush carpet
  29. Trying out a new restaurant
  30. Having a good meal with amazing flavour
  31. Being inspired by food websites iike e-obento, VeganYumYum and Cupcake Bakeshop
  32. Sipping a hot cup of tea (no sugar, no milk)
  33. Biting into a warm muffin/bun/pastry/pie/pastie
  34. Drinking hot mocha
  35. Learning how to cook a dish well
  36. Preparing a bento box
  37. Trying out a new receipe successfully (broccoli & onion quiche on a potato crust was one)
  38. Having the SO praise a new dish I whipped up
  39. Reading a good book
  40. Getting my paws on a new Terry Pratchett novel
  41. Watching new movie trailers on .mac
  42. Watching a highly anticipated movie at the theatre
  43. Playing a song well on my electone
  44. Watching a new episode of stupid funny jdrama
  45. Finishing a jdrama series
  46. Watching Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
  47. Finding a soundtrack/album I like
  48. Meowing to a cat, who meows back
  49. Looking out into breathtaking scenery
  50. Spending a day at the beach
  51. Visiting a new country
  52. Exploring a new city on my own
  53. Reading train wrecks from lightlybattered
  54. Trying on a garment that not only fits me well, but looks good as well
  55. Taking a photo that is exactly as I pictured it in my mind's eye
  56. Attending an event with lots to photograph
  57. Checking out CuteOverload
  58. Checking out Daily Coyote
  59. Receiving a package/letter/postcard (not a bill) in the mail
  60. Having warm feet on a cold day
  61. Completing a Sudoko puzzle
  62. Wearing my favorite BPAL scent: Coyote, White Rabbit, Archangel Winter 2007
  63. Testing new BPAL scents
  64. Flipping through girly mags
  65. Earning ribbons on Poupeegirl
  66. Getting great Poupee items from uploads or the shell spring
  67. Cleaning the apartment
  68. Grocery shopping in a farmer's market
  69. Getting a pay cheque
  70. Spending that pay cheque on something I've been yearning for
  71. Having money left over to save for a rainy day
  72. Watching my bank account increase
  73. Having a beer after work on Friday
  74. That warm buzz after a pint of beer
  75. Not having a hangover from drinking the evening before
  76. Playing with my dolls: Caleb, Colette, Kiera and Laeticia
  77. Sewing outfits for them
  78. Doing faceups
  79. Discovering perfect props for the dolls
  80. Drafting photostories for them
  81. Selling a doll outfit I made
  82. Reading a letter/email/PM from someone who hasn't been in touch in awhile
  83. Reading a new Sinfest strip
  84. Making handmade cards
  85. Having the handmade cards well-received
  86. Fiddling around with Photoshop & discovering a new technique/tool
  87. Finding a great scrapbooking layout design
  88. Finding beautiful digi-scrapbooking freebies
  89. Finding and buying gorgeous fabric
  90. Shopping for cheap pretty haberdashery
  91. Learning a new craft technique
  92. Updating LJ
  93. Getting to know people via LJ
  94. Finding the perfect icon that says what I feel
  95. Online window shopping
  96. Browsing vintage clothing shops
  97. Oogling pretty sparkly jewellery in shop windows (eg. Cherie at Far East, Tiffany & Co.)
  98. Re-watching great movies (eg. Labyrinth, American History X, Last Unicorn, Flight of Dragons, It)
  99. Shopping in the homeware section of a departmental store (god, I've become domestic! The horror!)
  100. Daydreaming
9th-May-2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Mel! *feeds cookies and cakes*
9th-May-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs*
9th-May-2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday!
9th-May-2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! (^_^)
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9th-May-2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (^_^)
9th-May-2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Argh! I wanted to wish you a very Happy Bday too but it got lost in the foggy reaches of my mind >< So Happy Birthday, Mel!!

It's your birthday, so don't feel down;
Don't think bad stuff and frown;
Your life should be filled with mirth;
Just look what you've done since your birth.

You started out really small,
Now you're really filled out and tall.
In the beginning you would just cry,
Now you can laugh if you try.

You've done quite well since your start,
So as you grow older take heart;
Keep up the good work and don't be a jerk;
Stay happy till you're an old fart.
9th-May-2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
*LOL* Thank you, dear! *hugs*
9th-May-2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm sorry I didn't manage to say this earlier, so happy belated birthday Melissa~! Your dinner looks awesome, and I hope you have fabulous cake tomorrow. :D
9th-May-2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Heh, no worries! (^_-)-☆
Thank you very much! (^_^)
9th-May-2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh that risotto looks so gooooood..
9th-May-2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
It was! So creamy, but terribly salty and tart due to the capers.
9th-May-2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
happy birthday dear!
9th-May-2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs*
10th-May-2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Eep! Happy Belated Birthday Mel!!!
10th-May-2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you!!! *chuus back*
10th-May-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!! ^_^
10th-May-2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (^_^)
10th-May-2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! =D
10th-May-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (^_^)
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10th-May-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
And heh, it's always good to hear that my photos don't cause the sore eyes. (>_<)
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