April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

Today, we celebrated Akemi’s birthday by me going in to work for an 8:00 a.m. conference call, writing 7 pages of this latest script, and then sitting in on background extras and special effects meetings as well as a locations look-see. Oh, the office also had smoked meat for lunch and hosted a non-denominational Easter egg hunt.  Five large eggs contained clues that ultimately led to the Golden Egg containing the grand prize!  Line Producer Robbie David apparently made a pact with the eventual winner, promising to share the prize if either of them won – so I suppose now they both get to go to Red Lobster with Naomi and Drew and split the dinner special.

April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

Speaking of dinner – I gave Akemi the choice of where she wanted to go for her birthday dinner.  Her pick…home!  Where she cooked shio koji chicken, creamy polenta with roasted tomatoes and crispy basil, and kale salad!

April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

The flower delivery arrived just before dinner.

April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

My heartfelt birthday card.  Too late I realized that I had F’d up the length of their legs so I had to create this inspired rock to solve the problem.

April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

Cups!  Neko and paw are for her while the sloth is for me (which is seemingly designed to make it impossible to drink out of).

April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

She also picked up a couple of items for me – to give to her: a handy door stop and maple sugar.  Note: the door stop is too big for the door.

Mom, sis, and Daisy serenaded Akemi with their traditional off-key version of Happy Birthday from Montreal and then –

We ate way too many chocolates from Akemi’s favorite chocolatier: La Maison du Chocolat.  I went heavy pralines.

We’ll cap off the tonight’s festivities with doggy time and youtube videos!

17 thoughts on “April 18, 2019: Akemi Birthday Festivities!

  1. Sounds like a nice evening to me! Wish Akemi a big happy birthday for me and a big birthday hug!!

  2. Happy Birthday Akemi!


    And upon hearing that the Easter prize was a dinner to Red Lobster, I think you’re the actual winner here. 😉

  3. Happy birthday, Akemi! On the card, drawing a rock under a figure is an excellent save for leg problems. Another idea is to draw big clown shoes, but it doesn’t work in all situations. On eating fancy box chocolates, that was always a favorite thing to do with someone…especially when your partner might get a nougat that you like but she doesn’t. “Life is like a box o’ chocolates. Ya never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forest Gump. It’s a wonder you both aren’t bouncing off the walls eating all that rich chocolate. I always love reading your posts, as it’s like I’m living the life I wanted vicariously through a hero of mine. May you both have many, many more days of happiness always.

  4. Happy Birthday Akemi! I wish you joy, happiness and chocolate! That beautiful bowl of polenta is pure food artistry. I thought the mugs were homemade for a sec and was astounded at the leaps taken in your combined clay skills.

    I’m a little confused about the current WGA kerfuffle with agents, is this a “pencils down” situation like ’07, or are writers still working, just not returning calls from agents? Yet another reason it’s so cool that your shows get their scripts done up front.

  5. I’ve said happy birthday elsewhere, but nice to see how the day unfolded. The flowers are amazing and I’m sure the chocolate is out of this world. Sounds like you had a great birthday together.

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