It’s My Birthday. Share 365 Awesome Things!
I got older today. Which doesn’t really distinguish today from any other day, but today is when we celebrate it with cake and presents and jokes about the gray in my beard.
What I want today is for you to share something awesome. It could be a cool fact about the universe, the best book you read last year, something great that happened to you or your friends, or–if you happen to be a LEGO executive–a contract for your new goblin- and princess-themed sets based on my books!
The Challenge: I would love to see 365 Comments of Awesomeness, one for every day of the coming year. Which may seem like a lot, but I HAVE FAITH IN YOU ALL!!!
April 15, 2013 @ 10:47 am
Mobile Frame Zero.
Open source (CC licensed) mech combat minis game, where the mechs are made entirely from Lego bricks that you (let’s be honest here) probably already own.
April 15, 2013 @ 10:54 am
Space elevators like the one Liftport will build from the surface of the Moon to orbit.
April 15, 2013 @ 10:55 am
And of course, Happy Birthday!
April 15, 2013 @ 10:57 am
The sun is shining and the kids made it out the door without squabbling. It’s small, but it makes a pretty awesome start to my day.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:00 am
Celebrated my birthday yesterday! Yay for April babies! Woot woot!! Happy Birthday Jim. 😀
April 15, 2013 @ 11:01 am
Happy Birthday(again) Mr Hines. Have the Isle of Eigg off the west coast of Scotland. Well, have some photos and videos from when I was excavating the monastery of St. Donnan last summer.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:05 am
P.S. Here’s something funny for you ala cover poses: http://petapixel.com/2011/10/04/men-photographed-in-stereotypically-female-poses/
April 15, 2013 @ 11:09 am
The crabapple tree outside has buds all over it. ALL. OVER. IT!!!
Quantum Fairy Tales
April 15, 2013 @ 11:11 am
This auto-tuned song made from the interview with Kai, (the homeless, hitchhiking surfer who used his hatchet to stop an assault committed by the man giving him a ride.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0_6yH7jVgA
Rashda/Mina Khan (@SpiceBites)
April 15, 2013 @ 11:14 am
Happy Birthday! Wishing you all kinds of wonderful! I discovered the feel good website of Marc & Angel via twitter: http://www.marcandangel.com/
They have posts that are full of common sense and inspiring. Love exploring their website when I need a pick-me-up.
And here’s a bonus: Miss Millennia Magazine that seeks to encourage, empower and inform young women.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:16 am
Awesome birthday wisdom… compliments of Lebanese philosopher, Kahlil Gibran.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:17 am
Video and text chat programs that let us have real-time communication with awesome people who are far away!
April 15, 2013 @ 11:18 am
Already that you get older only today is totally awesome by itself; unlucky me gets older any day ;-).
Concerning awesomeness, here are my candidates:
– Somebody let the door open and the april fool joke escaped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dofacvjRkc
– Firefly is always awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znxFrgql5dc
– Awesome fast: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kVhUHMrJqes/UWvih298j3I/AAAAAAAAQ84/uCygyMnV_Tw/w497-h373/OR21jyu.gif
– Awesome cute: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YD6OYF3jewI/UWuiCnJQ3XI/AAAAAAAADzc/RDpmnX7xtAo/w497-h373/photo.jpg
– and of course that Codex Born is nearly ready:
April 15, 2013 @ 11:18 am
I’m not going to do these as separate comments (unless you come back and ask me to), but…
1) I should be getting my copy of Race to Adventure! from my FLGS no later than 5/7. (I couldn’t kick into the Kickstarter campaign, but I’ve been showing off a print-n-play copy for most of the last year.)
2) I have just very quietly put out a feeler on behalf of somebody who’s been having a rough time at work lately. He doesn’t know it yet, ’cause I don’t want to point him in the company’s direction if they aren’t interested.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:19 am
Happy birthday again! The UW – Madison puts on a great little show for kids of all ages, called The Wonders of Physics. It’s held yearly at the Madison campus but they also take the show on the road to spread the wonders of physics to kids all around the country. (Link if anybody is interested: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm) We’ve seen the show already this year but I’m excited because they’re coming to my kiddo’s school tomorrow night. 😀
And of course, there was that spontaneous round of applause at OddCon when you and your cover parodies came up in Kevin Hearne’s GoH speech/slideshow. 🙂
April 15, 2013 @ 11:19 am
Summer is coming, even with 3 feet of snow on the ground, summer is coming and it’s gonna be awesome.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:20 am
My cat plays a game with me wherein she comes up behind me and bops me on the head; when I turn around, she springs straight up into the air and runs away. It’s terrifically cute.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:26 am
Take your kid to the “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery” show, then, too. (Also at UW-Madison.) Even better, get your kid’s school to contact SPICE through the Institute for Chemical Education and have them come do a show, too. [These are the chemistry equivalents of what you just mentioned.]
April 15, 2013 @ 11:29 am
Happy Birthday, Jim! My awesome thing to share is the book I just finished reading by Julie Czerneda. It’s called A Turn of Light and it’s one of the loveliest fantasy novels I’ve read.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:33 am
Awesome thing: Being able to spend time with awesome people and make beautiful music together (in the non-euphemistic sense, i mean. we’re actually singing together. . . just to clarify). And well, I’ve been able to do a lot more of that this year. Including actually singing in a (amateur, admittedly) production of my absolute favourite opera. That rocked pretty hard.
In a “the universe is awesome” alternative Awesome thing – the “discovery” of the probable actual existence of the Higgs-Bosun was super-awesome.
Jim C. Hines
April 15, 2013 @ 11:34 am
Sweet! I forwarded your comment to Julie, because I know she’ll appreciate it 🙂
April 15, 2013 @ 11:37 am
I forgot this totally awesome flying model of the USS-Enterprise NCC-1701-D
April 15, 2013 @ 11:38 am
In six weeks, I am going to take my first trip in four years to a non neighboring state. I am going to go to Colorado and it WILL be pic. And yes, Jim, my camera is coming with me.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:44 am
Here is a fossil pterosaur named after the four-year-old who discovered it. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/2013/03/18/daisy-morris-isle-of-wight-dragon/
April 15, 2013 @ 11:49 am
I just went to my first science fiction research conference- and had a great time.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:49 am
Some things that made me happy:
At the end of 2012, a friend let me read their first novel (in draft) and it was one of the best books I’d read all that year.
This year, there’s a kickstarter to republish all the Uncle books.
And on a Lego note: I have a colleague/friend whose daughter wanted (and got) a Very Large set for her 17th birthday, which the entire family have been building.
Daniel D. Webb
April 15, 2013 @ 12:01 pm
I give you the Temples of Humankind, a network of stunningly decorated underground chambers in northern Italy, based upon childhood visions experienced by one person and excavated by himself and a few friends. Some pictures here:
Many happy returns, Jim!
April 15, 2013 @ 12:05 pm
No matter what happens in life, there will always be new stories to hear and to tell. 🙂 Happy Birthday!
April 15, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
Cool! Thanks for the info — I’ll check them out!
April 15, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
After watching the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time, my six-year-old son very seriously asked why Leia was the only female character in the movies. I love that he’s discovering the problem of the Smurfette all on his own.
I also recently read a very good YA novel: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
April 15, 2013 @ 12:54 pm
The Braves are leading the MLB for the first time since 2005.
April 15, 2013 @ 1:05 pm
There’s a pip in one egg at an eagle nest I’m watching. So either today or tomorrow a new eaglet should hatch.
April 15, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
I celebrated my birthday last week by making music with friends! We had a lovely open improv session punctuated with laughter and finished up with tasty chocolate pie. I’m still smiling thinking about it!
April 15, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
Free time while the sun is shining means writing outside today. WOO HOO!!! Happy Birthday!
April 15, 2013 @ 1:33 pm
Happy Birthday! I hope it’s okay to list more than one awesome thing… ever since I read this post earlier I have been seeing awesome things all around me:
— The weather today has been lovely and warm and sunny and I walked by some trees that smelled like my childhood summer camp
— I had a phonecall with my 91 year old rather frail grandmother whom I love very much but didn’t contact very often, for whatever reason, until last year. Now we talk weekly and I’m so glad I’ve gotten back in touch with her.
— I get to submit comments for my awesome co-worker’s performance review and I’m looking forward to saying really nice things about him, which he deserves!
— I walked by a guy with his wrist in a cast, which doesn’t SEEM awesome, but it made me think about how amazing medical technology is and how much it’s improved so many people’s lives.
— And speaking of, I have a dentist checkup today and I’m actually looking forward to it, because my dentist is really friendly & not scary, and the last time I needed a cavity filled he actually did it for free, which was unexpected, and, you guessed it, awesome.
— and finally, one awesome thing that isn’t all about me (like the song, haha.) (“You’re so awesome, this song is ACTUALLY about you.”) Did you know back when electricity was new, people were still figuring out how to do streetlights best–so they decided that the moon lights things up pretty well & maybe they should make an electrical one! http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/03/tower-of-light-when-electricity-was-new-people-used-it-to-mimic-the-moon/273445/
April 15, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
My daughter just wrapped production in her first high school musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Seeing the energy and passion and work she and the entire cast and crew put into things made for an amazing – six shows in four days – weekend!
April 15, 2013 @ 1:35 pm
I’d have to say discovering you was one of the awesome factors of my past year.
And this is pretty awesome today: http://jezebel.com/dad-schools-dummy-who-says-buying-princess-movie-will-m-472931667
April 15, 2013 @ 1:44 pm
After about half of a year being roleplaying game-less, I’m finally a part of a gaming group again. Pretty psyched about getting to goof off and tell stories with wonderful people again.
April 15, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
So many awesome things to choose from! But I’ll go with warm purring kitties.
April 15, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
A wife who loves me, sunshine and lollipops!
April 15, 2013 @ 3:01 pm
I’m commenting on the website of a man who is a true ally to women in our struggle against misogyny. HOORAY!! Also, I have a red pinwheel. 🙂
John D. Bell
April 15, 2013 @ 3:18 pm
Many happy returns on your birthday! I will be sure to buy you a drink or two (your choices, ethanol and/or caffeine optional) at Penguicon the weekend after next!
(Free drinks – not the epitome of awesomeness, but hey, it beats a blunt stick in the eye.)
David M. Crampton
April 15, 2013 @ 3:26 pm
We bought a house! With a yard! That the kids can play in! So far, it’s totally beating out the rental house with no yard that we lived in just prior to this, and the kids are SUPER excited for a non-cold non-deluge day in which to run around the yard like the crazy munchkins they are.
April 15, 2013 @ 3:40 pm
One of our faculty members at the nursing school I work at is known for doing odd things with his facial hair to raise money for charity (e.g., growing a fu manchu mustache to raise money for DonorsChoose). The awesome thing is that this year he took it a step further and shaved his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. And what makes it doubly awesome is that one of his brave students did it too. They raised about $4,000 for child cancer research.
April 15, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
Indoor “skydiving” in a vertical wind tunnel:
And Happy Birthday!
Stephen A. Watkins
April 15, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
I had a mini-epiphany last week. Very mini, but still. I may never get published in any meaningful sense – because REASONS that are irrelevant here. Many of the contributing factors are outside my control; some are nominally within my control (if you can take a retroactive view of control a la “if you had done X ten years ago instead of Y, then there is a probability of some indeterminate value which is theoretically greater than 0 that things would be different today”, etc). If I dwell on it, this makes me unhappy. But what is under my control is that I am happy for the time that I have with my family while I have it. So I realized, I can shift the focus of my attention on things that make do make me happy, and are actually within my control. I’m imperfect at this, but I find I’m some degree happier with the time that I have.
Stephen A. Watkins
April 15, 2013 @ 3:48 pm
I shard this since I figured “being happier” is an awesome thing. Not as awesome as some of the above things. But awesome to me.
Jim C. Hines
April 15, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
That is absolutely awesome! Thank you for sharing it.
April 15, 2013 @ 4:04 pm
Birds made a nest in the wreath on my porch door, and there’s 2 eggs in it.
April 15, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
My awesome thing is I found out recently that my two siblings and their spouses and my one nephew will all be moving in June to be an easy 3 and 5 hour car trip from us as opposed to 9+ & 12+ hours driving or an expensive plane ride that they are now! One is locating close to my parents and the other close to my other sibling, so lots more opportunities for visiting which is awesome 🙂
April 15, 2013 @ 4:36 pm
Happy birthday! Did you know that rhinocerous urine contains calcium carbonate, presumably so that their urine marks will last longer in the wild? This means that rhinos can make stalagmites!!!
April 15, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
If you don’t mind today’s current events intruding: Today I am very happy for the incompetence of bad people. Because of it, fewer good people were hurt.
April 15, 2013 @ 4:57 pm
Last Thursday, after a terrible day in clinical practice where I failed two competency tries, I nailed a calcaneus (your heel bone – also something that I had never seen actually come in to the department before) and a thumb competency. So ended the day on a good note. While my class mate may have more competencies than myself at this point, I have the calcaneus which we may not see again for a year.
April 15, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
Saturday I had macadamia nut pancakes at a Cuban restaurant for dinner. So much yummy! Plus, I was nice and shared bites with everyone at the table.
Also, my kitteh’s theme song is John Denver’s “Sunshine On My Shoulder” because she walks into sunbeams, pauses for a while to stare at nothing, and then walks away.
April 15, 2013 @ 5:36 pm
Yes! Seconded. A wonderful ally and an even better writer!
April 15, 2013 @ 5:39 pm
The joys of persistence. After six years of heartaches and headaches, I am about to complete my graduate school career by turning in revisions on my completed dissertation.
Also, my dog’s face never fails to light up when she sees me…even when I don’t have treats hiding in my pockets. That’s true love 🙂
April 15, 2013 @ 5:48 pm
Happy birthday! I had a book come out today, so I get to think of it sharing a birthday with an awesome author> ^_^
April 15, 2013 @ 6:41 pm
Happy birthday! The IRS accepted my tax efile. I’m a law-abiding citizen! It’s a bigger, scarier thing if you’re doing it for the very first time, I promise!
April 15, 2013 @ 7:12 pm
My rosebush is in full bloom!
We’re getting a tax refund!
(sings) Everything’s coming up roses.
April 15, 2013 @ 7:29 pm
It’s AWESOME that it’s your birthday today — that means there’s something happy to celebrate on tax day. 🙂
It’s also awesome that my cat had kittens. They’re so cute & teeny!
Other than that? My mind is still stuck in the Monday & Work loop, can’t think!
April 15, 2013 @ 8:21 pm
I watched this today and it made me smile. http://vimeo.com/7937986#at=0 And we really need to smile today.
April 15, 2013 @ 9:05 pm
I heard Friday that a publisher is still considering one of my short stories. A “maybe” gave my weekend a little bit of extra awesome ; )
April 15, 2013 @ 9:16 pm
Rocket dice are super awesome http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/springboard/rocket-dice?ref=live
You share a birthday with da Vinci and Euler two of the smartest people ever!
May a horde of happy goblins bring you ogre parfait (with layers and purple fungus flakes!) for your birthday feasting!
April 15, 2013 @ 9:45 pm
Happy Birthday Jim!! I hope you have a great day. April babies rule!
Tomorrow is my birthday and friends have been coming out of the woodwork today to wish me a happy day.
April 15, 2013 @ 9:46 pm
A wife who loves [you, sunshine, and lollipops] or [a wife who loves you], [sunshine], and [lollipops], inquiring minds want to know? 😀
April 15, 2013 @ 9:50 pm
My brother and his girlfriend have rented an adorable new house, and my girl and I went to visit them the other night and spent half the time talking up Sir Terry Pratchett’s novels.
It is sunny here for the first time in a week! Glorious sunshine!
And the new TV show Defiance, about which my writing partner has been squeeing nonstop for several months, airs this evening.
Happy birthday, Jim.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:10 pm
The best book that I’ve read thus far this year was A Memory of Light, the final book of The Wheel of Time.
Today I started reading one of your books – The Mermaid’s Madness – and I’m really enjoying it about 80 pages in.
And lastly, something awesome that happened, when I went to college there was a large bakery just off campus, and occasionally when I was walking from one class to another across campus I could smell the bread baking. I love that smell and it always made for a great day when you could smell the bread baking.
April 15, 2013 @ 11:16 pm
Last week I received my goblin omnibus in the mail, reading them all again and loving it just as much if not more than the first time through.
I am earning a lot more money than I ever thought I could with a skill that I learned before I even started kindergarten. And every time I practice it I feel connected to my mother, grandmother and great grandmother whom I am named after and have never met.
Large families who lean on and support each other. Who use the tiniest excuse TO see each other and have an open door policy with no ‘call ahead’.
and misc. things like surprise brownies for breakfast, music that makes you want to roll the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs, poetry that touches your soul, the ability to read backwards, FLIP FLOPS, letting yourself go a little crazy for a small portion of each day, charcoal pencils, “and of course the occasional work of fiction”. Not to mention movies so great that they make you quote them over and over. 😉
April 15, 2013 @ 11:16 pm
It was a very sunny day in Seattle, and I saw two people wearing polka-dot pants. (A pair each. Not two in one set.)
April 16, 2013 @ 1:03 am
I’ll share two awesome things:
1) I’ve enjoyed discovering and falling in love with several new authors over the past year, including one who seems a wee bit obsessed with goblins.
2) Visited my grandmother this weekend for the first time in a shamefully long time since I only live a few hours away, and got to witness her finish her dinner. Which seems like such a small thing, but it’s been years since she’s willingly eaten more than five or six bites at one sitting unless it was chips or dessert (of course, she’s diabetic), which has made for many occasions where she feels like a victim and we feel like bullies. So hurray for the recent change in medication that is already yielding such positive results.
And while it didn’t start out as such, thanks for providing a few minutes of playing the “Glad Game” on a day featuring such un-glad events.
April 16, 2013 @ 2:20 am
That wonderful first spring day where the air is fresh and clean after being stuck inside all winter. The sun is shining and breeze is just barely moving and the insects are still scarce enough you can leave doors and windows open without making your home too cold. Everything seems briefly to make anything possible. Real life will loom again tomorrow, but a fresh breeze smelling of new growth will be cheering in smaller doses for about a month.
April 16, 2013 @ 4:21 am
Happy birthday! It’s awesome that we mark trips around the sun and call them birthdays. It’s awesome that there are good people in the world. It’s awesome that summer is on its way. It’s awesome that we have technology to interact with cool people we will never actually meet.
April 16, 2013 @ 5:18 am
A belated happy birthday!
Two awesome things from the past two days:
1) My youngest girl learned to walk this weekend
2) Eleven years ago yesterday my now husband and myself officially got together 😀
April 16, 2013 @ 5:21 am
I discovered Doctor Who this year!
Happy escaping the womb day.
April 16, 2013 @ 6:01 am
Two things here, one just about me, one about the universe:
About me — just managed to complete the first draft of my first novel (I’ve previously written only non-fiction books and short stories) and get it off to the publisher. I need to do a lot more work on it, but two of my favourite writers are beta readers and they seem to like it.
About the universe — http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0302076 . That shows that infinite information processing is possible even if the universe keeps expanding. Which suggests in turn that there is reason for actual infinite optimism…
April 16, 2013 @ 8:44 am
Favorite news this week: The Piano Guys are coming to Royal Oak in October! 😀
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April 16, 2013 @ 9:30 am
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April 16, 2013 @ 10:01 am
Happy belated birthday!
An awesome thing is taking a walk on a sunny day, through sparkling new snow, accompanied by either a beloved pet or beloved human, enjoying the day.
April 16, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
I have the most awesome, understanding boss in the world. She is personally driving me to and from work while my car gets repaired following an accident.
I also made pad thai for the first time this weekend and am very pleased with the result. I am not much good in the kitchen, so this small accomplishment is an awesome thing for me.
May the rest of your year find you surrounded by love and family. And lots of praise when Codex Born is released!
Many happy returns.
April 16, 2013 @ 2:23 pm
Looks like the tally’s here. Came in from G+. 🙂
happy birthday! I got my name in proverbial lights in the end credits of a game I tested for. Felt really good. 🙂 (http://www.cognitiongame.com)
April 16, 2013 @ 2:34 pm
Happy birthday, sir! Here is a totally awesome music video from OK Go for their awesome song “This Too Shall Pass”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w
April 16, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
Yesterday I went for a seven-minute walk up and down the driveway. It was great, ’cause it’s the longest I’ve walked since starting physical therapy for my knees.
Here’s wishing you lots of enjoyable walks through the coming year!
April 16, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
It seems rather trivial but I finally was able to afford an iPad last week. Now I can now “speak” to my best friend in the car instead of having to wait until we are at our destination. The voice on the ipad sounds very similar to the voice on my primary communication device, so it even sounds mostly “like” me. 🙂
Jim C. Hines
April 16, 2013 @ 8:44 pm
Doesn’t sound trivial to me. Thanks for sharing!
April 17, 2013 @ 9:05 am
Happy birthday! I hope you get a Uruk-Hai scimitar because it definitely has some awesome uses in everyday life: http://themetapicture.com/uses-for-an-uruk-hai-scimitar/
I’m definitely addin it to my shopping list. 🙂
April 17, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
I don’t know about awesome, but some of the smallest things leave me amazed and grateful. My mother used to tell me that the thing in life that she appreciated most was water. She grew up on the Indian River so she loved being around water. But it wasn’t just the natural beauty of water she was referring to. She loved the fact that we have easy access to as much clean, running water as we could possibly want for drinking, bathing, cleaning, playing, etc. Before she first told me, I took water for granted, but she was right: water is wonderful.
Oh, and my niece won $100 on a scratch-off ticket. 🙂
April 18, 2013 @ 12:59 am
Sorry I missed your birthday; hope it was happy! I’ve been following various links to your blog for a while now, and have found it both enjoyable and enlightening, so when I ran across Libriomancer today, I picked it up. I love the first 55 pages, and once I finish it, I expect that I’ll recommend it to all my librarian friends (and I’m on the board of my county’s Friends of the Library) and SFF-loving friends.
A couple of other semi-awesome things:
I walked in Relay for Life Friday night after work, which inspired me to resume my exercise program, which I had basically dropped for about seven months.
My hometown’s Azalea Festival this weekend actually coincided with the azaleas blooming! (It’s usually too early or too late.)
April 19, 2013 @ 12:09 pm
I found a great new book series called incrypted it has a strong kick butt female lead. Also in the first book here cousin talks about being late for professor Hines’s class this made me think of Mr. Hines and in my mind it was him.
Jim C. Hines
April 19, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
Seanan writes great female leads. (I enjoy her writing in general, for that matter.)
And given that she’s a friend, your assumption about the Professor may not be entirely wrong 😉
April 19, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
Sweet that just made my day. The fact that you know her and that I figured it out from one word in the book makes me think I just went up a level in bookomancy.
April 19, 2013 @ 6:13 pm
I am way late on this: so Belated Hippo Birdie to you, Jim!
Awesome things 1, 2, and 3:
1) Just saw my endo today and all my autonomic systems are running like they’re supposed to.
2) I have managed to train one of my guinea pigs to come when chirped at for a treat (The other pig, however, is having none of that.)
3) Although I have not started the process of facing the scary white page (or blinking cursor) yet, I have a character in my head who WILL NOT shut up. Which is only awesome if you’re me, but hey! I’m me, so it’s awesome!
April 19, 2013 @ 10:34 pm
I just got a job, after 6 years staying home with the kids. Two years ago my husband lost his job, and we were about 2 months out from not being able to pay the mortgage. And, strangely, after two years of both of us looking, he got a job three days after I did. We’ve still got a hole to dig out of, and we’re not making near what we did, but we can pay the mortgage next month, and THAT is awesome. Also, hippos have pink milk which includes a natural sunscreen. Nature is awesome.
April 23, 2013 @ 5:04 pm
“Nobody expects a baseball innovation, especially not two matronly ladies casually enjoying breakfast in the Drift Inn Café in the heart of Yachats, Oregon.” And so begins the saga of the Yachats Smelt and their entry into major league baseball; all of it based on bad hearing and bad assumptions. My spousal unit, Dave Baldwin, has enjoyed your books so much that I thought you might enjoy his humor as well. The first episode is at http://www.snakejazz.com/smelt/?p=55
April 26, 2013 @ 5:06 am
I’m quite late, but happy belated birthday, Jim!
My awesome thing is that, after placing an order from SFBC a bit ago, I got The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer in hardcover yesterday! I’m so excited to read it. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by you so far!
April 29, 2013 @ 12:59 am
Happy belated birthday from a new fan.
– After being separated by visa issues for 6 months from my husband, I and our little girl are getting reunited on Saturday.
– Tea exists.
April 29, 2013 @ 1:42 pm
This is absolutely late, but…
You and my boyfriend have the same birthday.
And that, sir, is awesome. I will be passing that on to him today. He should be pleased, since we both adore your writing.
Is that awesome enough? If it isn’t…
Bank of America totally managed to save me from fraud; some jerk in Stockton, CA had my debit card number and tried to spend SIX HUNDRED AND SEVEN DOLLARS…
And BOFA was like “Oh Hell no.”
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June 27, 2013 @ 7:29 pm
May I simply say what a relief to find somebody that actually knows
what they are discussing on the web. You actually understand how
to bring an issue to light and make it important.
A lot more people have to look at this and understand this side of the story.
I was surprised you’re not more popular because you surely possess the gift.