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03 June 2013

Unbirthday tea

As Lewis Carroll's neologism in his Through the Looking Glass, an unbirthday is "an event that can be celebrated on any day that is not the person's birthday." People who love celebrations may be into unbirthdays regularly. I am. It keeps me counting blessings and looking at life positively.
"Statistics prove that you have one birthday, just one birthday every year. But there are three hundred and sixty-four unbirthdays. And this is a reason to gather and cheer." 
An unbirthday is also
"when you acknowledge that it is, indeed, the date of your birth, but refuse to acknowledge that you have aged."
and to you!

 

~ Sally's Blues and Maiylah's Food: sticky rice sweet coconut balls ~

It is also suggested that an unbirthday is "the day of a sibling's birthday where you also receive presents/money in order to keep the peace." 

I didn't know about this before but I have been buying gifts for my fur kid when the biological one has a birthday, and vice versa. When CJ turned nine I decided to join in the fun with my boys by having an unbirthday; albeit a working mom style one, spread and ongoing.

The local delicacy is the saving grace of the plastic water glass and paper coffee cup - served as snack during a 15-minute research conference break (intense and seemingly endless; not to mention quality control meetings here and there). When things go this way, as they usually do, the answer is an unbirthday.

~ My World: Business Faculty meeting, TRU-STech 18, Bangkok Campus ~

Never mind that it's punctuated with research thingamabobs: Epistemology. ANOVA. Enthnography. Multiple regression. Theoretical framework. Gimme the darn findings already! A long shot but it's nice to wish sometimes.

Plowing on - content validity, strategic communications, deception analysis. Crack! I need tea!

~ Mellow Yellows: it's strawberry milk tea time in my nook ~

And another unbirthday. So I made a little detour to Asia Books from bank errands the other night and got myself the latest Dan Brown thriller. Don't you just love the feeling of holding a 'just out' book in your hands?

~ ABC Wednesday: unbirthday treat ~

I read the prologue aloud to myself, heart skipping at the mention of Uffizi, huddling in the shadows...; then halted unexpectedly on chthonic, laboring beneath the earth.... How is 'chthonic' pronounced anyway? Anyone?

~ Ruby 2: Inferno ~

They are behind me unyielding, closing in. 
They do not understand what is coming.... 
Ungrateful land! 

The pressure to publish is floating around my nostrils. "'Seek and find,' the woman repeats" (Brown, 2013). Back to research mode. The load does get lighter when fueled by unbirthday tea.

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for reminding me about unbirthdays. Today is mine!

    Happy Blue Monday, Hazel.

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  2. Beautiful pics. I played too. Mine are here and here.

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  3. I love the idea of having an un-birthday. Strawberry tea is delicious but I've never tasted coconut balls and they do look yummy. Great photos. Yes, persevering through hard work has great rewards!

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  4. Unbirthdays are so much fun!

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  5. I am hearing this for the first time.

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  6. I am looking forward to reading that book.

    Liz (mcn)

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  7. I'm smiling here. The more birthdays the better!

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  8. Fun post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. Well, Happy UNBIRTHDAY to all of us.
    Great post and clever too.

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  10. unbirthday--i love it! we need to reward ourselves everyday.:p

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  11. I am in favor of unbirthday parties!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  12. Great idea for any day of the year...and for a simple get-together with friends. Celebrate life!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  13. A great idea to celebrate everyday as your unbirthday! I'll remind my family so they can clean up after dinner! :)

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  14. Oh happy unbirthday to you, to you! Best way to recover from that workday, I imagine:) Also, your workday sounds like mind a little, been running multiple regressions all day! :)

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  15. What a fun, bubbly post! Love the idea of celebrating an unbirthday!

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  16. I told my dad I haven't been reading lately and he said if I do anything at all I need to read that Dan Brown novel.

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  17. Never heard of an unbirthday, but it is a very good idea to introduce it here !lol !

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  18. I love unbirthdays! Thanks for this post! It's brilliant and funny!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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  19. This is the first time I heard the word unbirthday, very interesting.

    Universal Wrap
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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  20. i like the idea of that, so from here on, unbirthdays it is! love the strawberry milk teacup.

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  21. Happy Unbirthday! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  22. Happy Unbirthday to all of us! We all need that! :P
    I got the Inferno, too (kindle edition), but haven't gotten round to reading it yet. maybe soon, when we get into our routines again. :)

    appreciate much your taking the time to share and link over at Food Friday, sis

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