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31 March 2009 @ 02:39 pm
Kate is glad to have a birthday party  
Yesterday was Kate's birthday. I made her pancakes and fresh-squeezed OJ for breakfast, and bought her a KitchenAid mixer (which I am assured is the only acceptable kitchen appliance to give as a gift to a significant other). She's been faunching after one for years... I just hope we can find a good place to store it.

In the evening we had a small party, attended by people from all our different communities of friends (writers, fans, square dancers, and, um, samonwry and Rory, who are friends via fan kate_schaefer but are not members of any of the above). We ate pecan pie from the recipe maryroninette had used in Chattanooga, which was tres yum, and played games including jelly-bean relay, charades, and a variant of "telephone" or "exquisite corpse" in which players alternately wrote phrases and drew pictures based on the previous picture/phrase without seeing any of the ones before that. The one that made birthday pie come out of Kate's nose is shown below (click to embiggen, and again to embiggen again).

The text, in case you can't read it, goes as follows:

  1. Kate is glad to have a birthday party
  2. Robespierre celebrates the guillotining of a Conehead
  3. Bastille day for coneheads
  4. Some monks assault the castle; others juggle; some lose their heads
Ulrikaakirlu on March 31st, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, "Robespierre celebrates the guillotining of a Conehead" is brilliant. Sounds like Kate had a lovely birthday. Belated happy birthday to Kate.
dd-bdd_b on March 31st, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
One does not STORE a Kitchenaid mixer; one builds a workspace around it. Like a toaster; it lives out, it doesn't just come out when needed.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on March 31st, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
That may be the only acceptable kitchen appliance as a gift in Portland; here in the Northeast, a high-quality ice cream maker may also be appropriate.
Steve Hutchisonfoomf on April 1st, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Actually, IIRC, it's also allowed to present someone with any requested appliance, such as a fuzzy-logic rice steamer, or a bread maker, but only if this was requested.

I have heard that it's marginally allowed to present some extravagant but sometimes needed thing, like a powered rotary slicer (like they use in a deli) or a food processor.

Oh, and any sufficiently exotic attachment for the Kitchen-Aid might not provoke the Wrath.
chiefwireheadchiefwirehead on April 2nd, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Are you sure it was Kate and not the new mixer squirting ravioli out it's nose. Eew.

DD_B has it exactly right; that's the only thing that worked for us.
Kuckily the KitchenAid Mixer is big enough to store things in as well.