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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Birthday Weekend Report

I hadn't really planned to do anything special for my birthday this year--let's face it, turning 53 (gasp!) isn't exactly one of those big exciting occasions. But then people kept saying, "Why don't we...?" And somehow I ended up with plans for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

None of it was very fancy, but all added up together, it really made for a stellar birthday.

Friday, my friend Ellie (who runs The Artisans' Guild with me), took me and our mutual friend Bobbie, whose birthday is May 2nd, out for a shared birthday lunch at the wonderful Cajun restaurant down the street from the shop. I had this insanely good burger topped with bacon and sauteed onions and apples...

Ellie also bought me one of the best, most appropriate cards I ever saw...

 On Saturday, my fabulous blogger pal Rebecca Elson, from The Magical Buffet, came up from Clifton Park (about 2 hours away) with her husband Jim, who is an absolute sweetie. As was the amazing cake they brought with them from a local bakery, Dolce and Biscotti. It was a Guinness stout chocolate cake with Bailey's buttercream frosting. OH MY GOD. They also took me out to lunch at The Farmhouse, a terrific restaurant about 3 miles from my house, and then we just hung out and talked and talked and talked. It was a lovely day.

Then on Sunday, the actual day of my birthday, I spent the morning working in the garden with my best pal Ellen and then in the afternoon went to the movies with my friend John to watch Tom Cruise blow things up in Oblivion. Neither of those activities were particularly birthday oriented, but being with friends was the thing that made them great. Well, and John bought the popcorn :-)
All in all, it was a wonderful low-keyed three day celebration, topped off with lots of lovely birthday greetings both online and off. It made me feel all happy-shiny to know I had such great friends. There is no present better than that.


11 comments:

  1. Happy belated birthday. All those things sound just fine. You know as we get older its the little things that make the days special. I just had my birthday lunch with my best friend and spend a few hours at the beach, a whole month and a half later. That's just life. Friends are wonderful, glad you have a great bunch.

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  2. It sounds like a perfect Birthday Weekend to me! Did you get to read a little, too? :o)

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    1. Of course! Reading gets slotted in every day...

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  3. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

    Glad you had such a wonderful weekend! Yes, spending time and laughter with dear friends is the best way to go.

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  4. Glad you had a great birthday weekend and I've just got to say - I WANT THAT CAKE!!!!!

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    1. CAthy, I'd share, but there isn't much left :-)

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  5. Sounds like fun!
    Weirdly we have another thing in common - I had my 53rd birthday just a few months ago - treated myself (or rather, my partner treated me) to the trip of a lifetime to Middle Earth for the whole of January, which is a pretty dismal month in the UK, so much enjoyed on several levels :)
    T'other Deborah.
    PS, went to a banquet last night with friend wearing the lovely necklace you made - looked fab :)

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    1. Happy birthday, other Deborah! You went to Middle Earth? I thought Tolkien made that up!

      And I'm s glad you like the necklace.

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    2. You'd think so, wouldn't you? But the Air NZ flight announcement clearly says: 'Welcome to this Air Middle Earth flight'.
      ;)
      And we visited Hobbiton and had a glass of cider in The Green Dragon...

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  6. Glad you had such a good day. Belated Happy Birthday!

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  7. Congratulations on a Happy Birthday! What a lovely way to spend your Birthday weekend! Eating food you like, spending time with friends, and doing what fancies you. Surely the key to youthfulness and longevity!

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