January 31, 2010
I’m usually really into my birthday, but for no particular reason this year I was not; I would have been totally fine if it had come and gone sans celebration. But it was kind of a big one, number-wise, and my husband would never have believed that I really didn’t want to acknowledge it, so he coined January 30th Amanday (naturally). He planned the perfect afternoon that started at 3 o’clock at one of my favorite places in this amazing borough of ours: the Brooklyn Flea.
Here’s what went down: Michael made scavenger hunt cards that had 2 clues each with an opportunity for bonus points. Everyone’s card was different—each clue had something to do with yours truly and the gift could not exceed $10.
I walked around with Michael while our friends moseyed about, hunting for a $10 trinket and treasures for themselves. Here are photos of the brilliant finds (plus 2 unplayed cards to finish out the grid) followed by a list of their clues:
- Find a pin that’s cute as sin. (Aaron found a mink pin, thus accomplishing both clues 1 & 2.)
- Find something that’s warm, cute, cuddly or sweet.
- Find 35 of something.
- Find something that’s good in the kitchen. (Michael bought me a sweet apron.)
- Find something that let’s you play a game. (Lindsay found this chalkboard, drew a hangman game, added the dice and won bonus points with the ALK in chALK!)
- Find something that always brings a little amusement.
- Find something that stamps, cuts, snips, glues or clips.
- Find something that brings things together. (Jocelyn and Dave were so right that Nunu hot chocolate does just that.)
- Find something that rhymes with Amanda.
- Find something that’s too cute for words. (Micah got it: felt+owl+tissue holder=totally precious!)
- Find something that shows an owl. (Ami, being a Bklyn Flea newbie, was shocked at the plethora of owls. Therefore, I scored 2: a pin and a wood carving by an artist named MC.)
- Find something that’s always a hoot.
- Find something that starts with an ‘A’ and ends with an ‘A’. (Nicola accomplished both 13 & 14 and the bonus: the Alvara label begins and ends with ‘A’, red buttons look awesome with gray, an eraser goes with graphite, read: gray, and a playing card with the letters mAK, thus earning her bonus points!)
- Find something that looks better with a little gray.
- Find a moody photograph of Brooklyn.
- Find something that works well in different positions. (ah-chem)
- Find something that writes right.
- Find something that’s worth talking about.
**Bonus. Find something that has the letters AK or ALK on it.