Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday Five: Las Mañanitas

Friday Five: Las Mañanitas
Mother Laura at RevRalBlogPals asks the following:

Éstas son las mañanitas These are the morning verses
Que cantaba el Rey David, That King David used to sing,
A las muchachas bonitas To the beautiful young ladies,
Se las cantaba así. He would sing them like this.

(The Mexican birthday song, sometimes sung as a dawn serenade).

Youtube Mariachi version here. Piano music and eleventy-zillion more verses here.

My forty-third birthday next Wednesday will inaugurate the "Birthday Madness" season in the Grimes-Honkanen household. The next day Katie will turn five and just over two weeks later, on Feb. 3, Nicholas will be eleven. In the middle, on January 30, we celebrate the gift of Grandma Di; Nicholas and I were both due on my Mom's birthday but I was uncharacteristically early and he was little late. We will be doing a trip to Disneyland to celebrate them all in a couple weeks; in the meantime I offer this birthday-inspired Friday Five.

1. When is your birthday? Does anyone else (famous and/or in your own life) share it?

My birthday is February 7th. Thomas More and Charles Dickens were born on February 7th. I have family born in February, my son on the 15th and my granddaughter on the 22nd.

2. Do you prefer a big party or an intimate celebration for the chosen few?

I kind of like intimate over the big deal parties. If my birthday were in the Summer I would like a large outdoor picnic type party.

3. Describe your most memorable birthday(s)--good, bad, or both.

For some reason, my thirtieth birthday was hard. Most of my birthdays are low-key events. It is nice to have them remembered though by friends and family.

4. What is your favorite cake and ice cream? (Bonus points if you share the cake recipe). Or would you rather have a different treat altogether?

Cake is good. Put butter cream frosting on it and it almost doesn't matter what kind of cake it is. Recently, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is a favorite.

5. Surprise parties: love 'em or hate 'em?

I'm game. I neither love nor hate them. They can be fun.

Bonus: Describe your ideal birthday--the sky's the limit.

Since the sky's the limit, how about a birthday that reverses age! I guess that's a little to far fetched.


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