Let's just follow along with what they did.
Waiting for me on the dining room table this morning:
Huh! I wonder if I should pay attention to this card? The cipher reads:
What could it mean?
Inside there was a card:
Hm. Cooker. I went right to (eventually, after I tried to look in the oven. "PAPA! DON'T LOOK THERE!" ... *ahem*) the rice cooker.
Ooh! Korean Crispy Rolls! My Favorite! I haven't had these in a year! Present 1. On it was posted a note:
- Gravity makes you go _____.
- Nana Upstairs; Nana _____. (Tomie DiPaola)
- ♫ I like _____, I like tea ... 🎶
- Miami Sound _____. (Gloria Estafan)
Well, – shockingly! – this clue lead me down-stairs to the coffee-machine, and there by it was this:
Yay! My favorite! Present 2. And on it was this note:
I don't know about your Elvish script sight-reading? But mine isn't so good. So my dear EM, who had incidentally been studying the language, for, you know, that just-in-case need, volunteered to translate it for me.
It's amazing. God works in mysterious ways, doesn't He?
The translation ended up to be something like this:
So, off to the laundry room we go (me: wince-wince-wincing on my wimpy feetsies, having just run a 5-miler.) (Oh, poor me!) and, not in the washer! but in the drier was this:
Geddit? Dried cranberries in the dried ... um, drier? GEDDIT?
I haven't had dried cranberries in a while, either. Yay! Present 3. This was turning out to be a cool birthday, particularly with all the fun the kiddies were having.
On the dried cranberries (geddit?) was this note:
"COATRACK" if you read down, not across. sry. So off to the coatrack we go, and there I found Present 4:
The 'yogurt incident' was that EM had preheated the oven ... with my yogurt fermenting in there.
PSA: check your ovens before you preheat them, your yogurt, and all the cookie sheets stored in there! Sheesh! So, the oven had the last gift:
... which I am now wearing! A green, Jack Frost, collared tee and Captain America jammies! YAY!
Happy birthday, everyone! YAY!