Thanks so much to everyone who sent me birthday wishes on Wednesday. I was positively overwhelmed by the outpouring of love. You all ROCK. Heck, if I'd known it was going to be so much fun to turn 50, I would have done it years ago :-)
On Wednesday evening, three of my best pals took me out to a wonderful dinner. Here we are:
That's Bobbie, Ellie, the birthday girl, and Chris. We had a fabulous time (even though the waiter knocked over the wine!)
Here is my beautiful meal:
The girls gave me some amazing prezzies:
The roses are from Chris, and Bobbie made me the adorable frog prince (so I'd have a date).
Chris also gave me a lovely assortment of "foodie" gifts, to go with the fabulous local beer one of my artists gave me. And Bobbie knitted this gorgeous scarf.
Ellie, who is my "partner in crime" (she and I started The Artisans' Guild together) is a potter, and gave me some pottery of hers I'd been eying (in my usual subtle fashion, she said pointing and nudging)
After dinner, we went back to my house and shared a bottle of champagne, some wonderful dark chocolate-chili cookies Bobbie made, and watched a hysterical tape of a Robin Williams HBO special from a few years ago. We laughed until we cried.
In the end, we had a wonderful time. And we may have gotten just a little silly...
All in all, it was the best birthday I ever had. Thanks to everyone!