happy bixie

Dearest ______,

I have this slight obsession with throwing surprises.

So when Vhop mentioned that she was planning one for Bea two weeks before the latter’s birthday, a theoretical hand went shooting up inside my brain going “Me! Me! Pick me!”

If we were studying Birthday 101, I would be that annoying student right in front of the class who answered most questions and volunteered all the time. I can’t help it: I want everybody to have an amazing birthday.


True to form, I volunteered to do the decorations.
I find this task very fulfilling simply because:-

1) For birthday decor to become truly meaningful- akin to designing a real house- it ultimately has to bear meaning to the person you create it for.

2) In the process of finding what other people love, you eventually discover or remember the things you actually love about them as well.


For Bea (a.k.a. Bixie), it was, and always will be, all about the music. It is in her very essence, such that dreams sing to her at night and during the day, the world moves around her in diversely exciting cadences.

Our co- conspirators Leslie (chef du jour) above and Jawo (Handy Man) below.

I asked Vhop to print out Bea’s favorite musical faces for the intended musical mural. Bea’s own striking photos on stage were surrounded by Bjork, the Velvet Underground, Anna Calvi, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrision, St. Vincent, Warpaint, etc.

I learned a thing or two from one of my favorite sites on the internet today, Oh Happy Day!
Yet another co-conspirator, our tape cutter Pepe, at rest.
A staggering amount of Noms by Leslie (who started cooking the night before).
I love these little things that pop. I bought a pack of 12 for less than 2 bucks at a party supply shop.
And that’s me, hooray. Not the one in the long robe. The other one.

I’ll allow the pictures to speak for themselves from hereon.

Needless to say, it was a successful surprise party. And those are always, always good for the heart (surprisers’ and surprisee’s alike). More so to anyone who’s as appreciative, giddy, and happy as our recent birthday girl:










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