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Happy Hobbit Day!

Friday night was really swell.

Mom dropped me off at Joseph’s a little later than we’d hoped, but after being lost for a half hour or so, we found a long driveway surmounted by the sign, “No admittance except on party business!” We knew we’d found the right place. :D
Joseph’s garage was adorned by a big banner stating “Happy Birthday, Bilbo!” in true Hobbit fashion. I’d never seen so many Ringers in one place, except for the Boston Exhibit! It was really thrilling. I brought my new Limited Edition FotR and the FotR Complete Soundtrack, and Joseph had fun with those.
Before long, the Tibbetts family arrived, and I spent most of the evening with Anna and Regina, and also Amelia and Rebekah, her sister.
The evening officially began at five thirty or so. We all clustered around the food tents, and after a rather amusing prayer (said with an Irish accent and asking that Bilbo have a nice birthday) we all turned at the sound of shouting in the direction of the cornfield. Suddenly, Merry and Pippin (or Michael and Benjamin) came charging out with their arms full of vegetables, closely followed by Farmer Maggot (or Joseph) wielding a very real pitchfork!  The Hobbit duo jumped up on the table, grabbed pewter mugs, and began to dance and sing “Hey Ho to the Bottle I go!” to much hilarity. We made them repeat the stunt again, and then delved into dinner.
It was a potluck affair, and we had everything from Hobbitty mushroom soup to Lembas. I brought scones and fresh mushrooms, yum. The food was fabulous. During the meal, Joseph came over and helped Anna, Regina, Amelia, Bekah and I figure out the trivia. I got most of the answers, he helped with the ones I didn’t get, and then Bekah, who was cheating on my answers the whole time (), and I competed to use the Elvish clues to find the Ring. I helped her up into the Party Tree, left her there, and then dashed to the correct spot (after a little help from Farmer Maggot) and found the Ring. Had much fun being chased around by various and sundry people who wished to steal it from me, then handed it over to Joseph and joined the others to play Spud.
We did that for a while, and then graduated to Red Rover. Red Rover not being a game I’m particularly fond of, I soon quit and wandered over to find something to drink. There was a very amusing cider cooler, wrapped in brown paper with boards drawn on it- made a fine barrel.
Not long after, the rest of the group came over, and we were treated to another skit. Merry and Pippin entered the scene, again being pursued by Farmer Maggot, and after shaking him off the trail proceeded to sing the other Hobbit drinking song, which we very much enjoyed. Then it was time for cake! The Falcos had borrowed a bakery and produced the most lovely cake- it was huge and three layers, covered with strawberry and roses, and had exactly eleventy-one candles! It was delicious, too. As soon as we finished, we all began to set up a clamor- “Speech! Speech!” Joseph jumped up on a box (which was accompanied by a root beer bottle and other Hobbit accoutrements) and delivered, word for word, Bilbo’s birthday speech, from the book, of course. We all cheered at the appropriate times (“…and Proudfoots!” “Proudfeet!”), and acted confused at the infamous line, “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like half of you half as well as you deserve.” (or however it goes!) At the very end, he delivered the lines, “I bid you all a very fond farewell. I am going now. Goodbye,” fiddled around very obviously behind his back, and then with a “woosh!” jumped off his box and ran away as fast as he could. I’m sure the cheering roused the neighbors!
After that, most of the guests went back to finish the game of Red Rover. I and two others, Nick (who had very kindly given me his sweatshirt when I complained of being cold) and Joey, chose not to play, and talked under the tent instead. I found this really amusing- if you want to know more, ask me personally, but I won’t go into it all now.
Before we left, most of us went out into the cornfield once more. Joseph’s house was perfect for a Hobbit party- in the country, with trees on one side and corn on the other, and meadows covered with purple and white wildflowers. It was really beautiful- I’d never been there before. So we went out into the cornfield in the dark, some of us holding hands tightly and laughing, the younger boys trying to scare the girls with animal-like squeals and growls, and rarely succeeding. I rode home with Anna and Regina, and as Amelia lost her keys, we brought the two of them home as well. It was a nice car ride, I like them all so much.

All this to say that between the AU ball and Joseph’s party, what started as an extremely stressful and unhappy day ended as a very relaxed and enjoyable one. I had a wonderful time- and the party made me decide to reread The Hobbit, which I think I shall go do right now. Good night!

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dé·jà vu

http://hannah.tedpearson.com/?p=194

 I spent the night at Krissy’s house last night, after a swing dance. This morning when we got up, we went about the chores, but I was just getting in the way as Krissy tried to hang up the wash. So, jokingly, she said, “Oh, just go play on the rope swing.” I thought, “why not” and ran off to do so. If you’ve read the post I linked to above, you’d think I’d have learned by now. But no. On about my fourth turn, I swung out over the ditch and the rope snapped. Unfortunately the swing is situated above a hill. I feel a few feet, still moving forward, and landed very hard, flat on my back, scraping through saplings and leaves along the way. I was really taken off guard, and it was only after I landed that I shrieked to let Krissy know something was up. She dashed down the slope, where I had got myself up and was leaning against a tree, completely winded. It was not a pleasant sensation- hurt rather a lot. …and still does. >.< I came home a little earlier than expected, and though I don’t think I need to see a doctor, I’m not exactly up to exersize, either. I’m pretty scraped up, and my back hurts quite a bit. I have to laugh, though. Krissy’s family used to have two rope swings- well, now they have none. I brought home the rope this time. I don’t know if I vanquished it or it vanquished me, but either way I have my trophy.

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Busy Day

…oops. I need to do better about updating.

Yesterday I did my schoolwork. Then I made fresh egg pasta for dinner, baked Than a cake, made seven loaves of bread, and spent an hour writing out a week’s worth of meals for $4o or under. I felt very productive by the end of it.

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