How to Celebrate a Birthday

Apr 17

How to Celebrate a Birthday

As I mentioned in my last post, yesterday was my birthday. I have been incredibly blessed with a husband and children who seem to take great pleasure in celebrating my birthday, and yesterday was no exception. Let me give you the “blow-by-blow”

First of all, I awoke to hilarious cards from each member, and purple clothing (see yesterday’s post)
I then attended a fascinating business presentation where I won an MP3 player and a notebook computer (possibly 2 – I find out tomorrow about the second one)
I came home from that adventure to more gifts (there were 5 “sets” of gifts – one for each decade!) These gifts were two CD’s – one was The Best Of Chicago 40th Anniversary which was in honour of a really fun evening we recently had at WhiteSpot (long story) that revolved around one of their songs, and, of course, I’ve always been a fan, and the other was Light & Gold from Eric Whitacre, because I was recently SO impressed with his presentation on TED and the resulting Virtual Choir he created. This CD has the song “Sleep” which is his latest virtual choir creation as well as the Lux Aurumque piece from the first one. These two CD’s were accompanied by a $50 gift certificate to Amazon so I could add more books to my Kindle!
If that weren’t enough, I was then whisked off to lunch at the Cheesecake Cafe with a dear friend whom I haven’t seen in AGES, and we talked for 4 hours, catching up, reconnecting, laughing, and me shedding the odd tear. It was wonderful! Lunch was amazing – spinach salad, sweet potato fries, and a “to die for” mushroom soup.
I staggered home from that and was presented with some of my favourite treats – “Bresse Blue” cheese, Bruschetta topping and crackers, and THREE Bourneville chocolate bars!! l
I sat down to recover from this, and after an hour or so, I was presented with gift set number four – some DVD’s that I’ve been wanting: Little Women (Collector’s Series), Dear Frankie, Mao’s Last Dancer, and The King’s Speech (which is still enroute as it’s not released yet)
Shortly after this, my parents and brother arrived, and then Tom presented us with an incredible meal: Mini Beef Wellingtons (appetizer), followed by a Salade Dauphinoise, which is the specialty salad from Grenoble, where we lived for the first 6 years of marriage, and has lettuce, walnuts, swiss cheese, and crumbled bacon, topped with a dijon mustard sauce. That was followed by a fabulous seafood fettuccine (I am passionate about seafood) full of shrimp, scallops, and salmon. To top it all off, he made his famous pavlova, with orange segments placed to spell “50” and then had sparklers on top (yeah, 50 candles would have killed me, and singed Tom’s eyebrows off, so sparklers were better…)
After dinner we watched a movie with the family (“Bambi” on blu-ray as my parents wanted to see the newly revised version of it) and as it we were getting settled, I got my last gift set – walking pants, a walking t-shirt, and NEW VIBRAMS (my old ones from 2008 are almost worn through!) and boy, I’m gonna need them to walk off all the pounds I gained just from today!

The incredible thing about dinner, is that Tom has been working very hard on losing weight (he lost 14 pounds in his FIRST WEEK on the Metabolic Weight Loss Diet) so instead of eating any of the delicious food he made, he simply served us. The man is amazing. I SO do not deserve him!

What a wonderful day! Each gift was so thoughtful, and I felt celebrated, spoiled and loved from the moment I got up, to the moment I flopped, exhausted, back into bed. I told my husband he wasn’t allowed to spoil me like that again until my 100th.

It is wonderful to be part of such a loving family. I am so very blessed.

Here’s to a new half century – may I be as much of a blessing to those around me, as my friends and family are to me!

Darlene




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