Friday, August 14, 2009

the legend continues

Today I turn 31. In about an hour, give or take ten minutes.

My brother called me last night, around midnight, and a little tipsy. He was trying to come up with a new name to call me, and decided on Ethel. He ended the conversation with a suggestion that I address everyone today with "Howdy." And he gave detailed instructions on voice inflection and delivery. You should see the stuff he comes up with when he's on surgical pain medication.

We are about to hop on a train to suburbia to see my parents and tonight we'll be enjoying the stylings of Yo-Yo Ma under the stars at Ravinia. But I just had to post a picture of what I got from H:

Since he downloaded the original Legend of Zelda for the Wii, I've been playing quite a bit of it (you know, in between attempts to find a job and whatnot). I nearly beat the game when I was 12, but it's taken awhile to get caught up. So H made a puzzle of the map for the game with the help of his good friend Eric all the way from New York, who has access to a super-rad laser. It burned the image of the map into the wood and then cut out all the pieces to H's puzzle specifications. It's a crutch to help me beat the game, but of course I have to work for it. More pictures to come.




Thank you all for your birthday messages and wishes!

Love,
Cadiz

15 comments:

Teej said...

Happy birthday! Have a great time at Ravinia. In all my years in Chicago, I never made it to Ravinia. It's a crime.

justanothersarah said...

Happy Birthday! It's my brother's birthday today too.

Cheers!
Sarah

Noelle said...

Happy Birthday!

I have a real hankering to play Legend of Zelda now.

Willowtree said...

That is a such a cool gift! Happy Birthday!

The Casual Perfectionist said...

Oh, Happy Birthday!! I'm sorry I don't have a chance to comment more often. I hope you have a great day!

Becky said...

that puzzle is genius! and happy birthday, bloggy style!

cc said...

Hope you're having a wonderful birthday, Ethel!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Madelyn said...

Wow, H is the coolest! I hope you enjoyed your birthday . . . the 14th is the best day of the month to be born on by the way.

SupaCoo said...

that is a really awesome gift! happy birthday!!

Librarian Girl said...

Happy birthday to youuuuuuu.

Anonymous said...

I think H loves you!

Cofo said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

I hope you're enjoying your new name, and I wish you luck in your epic Wii (and employment) quest.

Lia said...

Happy belated, cadiz!

The map is really cool.

cadiz12 said...

Thanks everyone! I had a great day. And learned some stuff:

a) don't to go Ravinia for orchestral performances if you want to even whisper to your friends. people will threaten to maim you with their eyeballs.

b)zelda is awesome. (well, i've been re-learning that one)

c) it took us 4 hours and some minutes to do the puzzle, but it helped me learn the map a lot better--especially because the hidden entrances/heart containers were marked.

d) but i'm 31, so it'll still take me forever to beat the game.