I deviated from my “blog everyday” schedule to take a bit of a breather around my birthday, which was last Friday. I tend to get very thoughtful around my birthday, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. This year, I was a bit worried about being too morose, so I opted to avoid writing and potentially delving into those negative emotions. I knew it wouldn’t be productive.
Here’s what I did do:
I had birthday cake that was a layer of almond cake and a layer of red velvet cake. It’s as delicious as you think it is. However, I learned the hard way that the flowers are not made from sugar!
Before the cake, I got a little crafty in the kitchen. I decided not to go out for my birthday. Instead, I made prosciutto wrapped lamb burgers stuffed with goat cheese. There are no pictures of those because I was too busy eating them. I used a recipe from Giada De Laurentis. She did not have goat cheese in her recipe, however. That was my own addition because OMG GOAT CHEESE.
Here’s what I got:
I got these adorably awesome port wine glasses. The tails/stems are straws! You sip through them….. uh, you can also blow bubbles in your wine… not that I would do that because that would be uncouth…..
I also got flowers, a Doctor Who/Adventure Time mashup t-shirt, an octopus ring holder, a Shiba Inu mug and a pocket watch necklace, gold dragonfly wall decor and my nephew made me a song!
There was also a little Mahjong
My brother’s son, Steven, spent part of my birthday with me. He’s 8, so I barely have enough energy to keep up with him…. luckily, he is easily distracted by Minecraft.
Saturday, I spent with my sister, Sharon. We hadn’t seen each other in a while, so we spent most of the day drinking coffee and catching up. It’s really amazing what spending time with people who love you unconditionally can do for your spirit.
I rounded out my birthday weekend with two rousing games of Mahjong. Exciting right? I won both times!! I’m talking about real Mahjong, with actual tiles, not the solitaire version you find online. It’s quite difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite fun.
First it was just Sharon and I and then 3 of her 5 daughters joined the game…. which is always wonderful. My nieces hold such a special place in my heart. It’s a gift to spend time with them. We have so much in common that we’re all able to have more than an aunt/niece relationship, but a real friendship. Not everyone gets that and I’m grateful to have it.
So that’s my birthday recap! I hope all of you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a good start this Monday.