Day 277: Ten Months

This is an apparently little-known fact: the time that a woman is pregnant is closer to ten months than nine. When I make reference to this in casual conversation, I get looked at like I'm crazy. But now I must wonder what was happening TEN months before January. I was born last week, I know at least five other people with my birthday; I spent tonight at a birthday party and I also know other people with this birthday; And tomorrow....well, tomorrow is Ms. Claire's birthday. Ten months ago was March. This seems pretty uneventful...I guess it's Spring, but huh. The birthday girl at dinner tonight, a Danielle, got a phone call from her mother who was all teary because Danielle had been born. This did not happen to me. Apparently whatever happened with my parents twenty-five years, ten months and one week ago, the magic is gone now.

Speaking of babies, Regis and Kelly are currently running a fourth annual Beautiful Baby contest. This makes me uncomfortable for some reason that I cannot identify. The pics they show are of very very cute babies; but it seems somewhat like baby prostitution to send in pics of your dressed up adorable child to the loud Regis and self-consciously charming Kelly. I do not know why I feel this way, but I bet if Danielle's mother could send in a picture she would. I also do not understand the infamous Regis; he is grandfatherly, loud and in a lot of make-up. What a weird country this is.

I also woke up early the last few mornings, and so have been educating myself about daytime talk shows. I say "educating" but I actually just watched about ten minutes of them. However, in those ten minutes, Ellen, who is really really good at the whole talkshow thing, made a random phone call to a fan named Gladys or something. During the interview, Gladys interrupted Ellen with the explanation that "You know, Ellen, I love Jesus, but I do drink a little. Just to thin the blood."

Claire, I feel this is an appropriate toast for you on your birthday tomorrow. Too bad we do not have a friend named Ellen.

So here's an East-Coast but not yet West Coast birthday shout out to Claire!!! 25 it is!!!!! This is the year, Claire. What year exactly, I do not know, but it is that year. This is a picture of Claire being strong and impressive skydiving in South Africa last year. I feel this is a good way to represent the fact that we are old, but have still done lots and lots of cool things.

3 comments:

Katie Thomas said...

hi, I found a recent blog about your trip to Kenya-my husband and I volunteered there for 11 months (05-06), same program as Stephanie and Paul. Defintely amazing. Enjoyed your photos of the kids on flicker. email us if you'd like! briankatiethomas@yahoo.com -that's great you are going again this spring! would love to hear about it.

Katie Thomas said...

oh, and we were at Tumaini Children's center for the whole year, amazing place.

lawyer lana said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARA!!!! WOOOO!!! I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU!!!!

CLAIRE, CLAIRE, CLAIRE, CLAIRE....

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