Yesterday was my birthday and it totally rocked my heart. As promised, I did get to sleep in. Kind of. Amia was sick and up several times during the night, so actually we all slept in late. But still. Then Suzanne took me to a surprise store to begin my birthday activities. Turned out to be the Banana Republic outlet store, which offered me a pair of swim trunks and a tie (no this is not my new ensemble) at surprisingly reasonable prices. And while we were there my Dad called. By the by, from ANGOLA. That was cool. It'd been over a month since we've spoken, and he's due to a much welcome return next week.
THEN, I found a pair of dress shoes, for like next to nothing, along with a complimentary shoe horn. I asked if they had any, and she said, Throughout the store we have them. But any I can take?, I asked. Oh, (russling around), you can have this one. Sweet!, it's my birthday, I said. Happy Birthday!!!, she replied. You're our 1 millionth customer!, so you can have anything in the store you want for fre....Husayn, Amia's ready to go, wake up, Suzanne said. Ok, let's go. To lunch on us!, Liza exclaimed. Sweet!
Then, most of the family, including Kansas family, came into town. And my juggling is going well. And Amia is ridiculously cute.
Now here's the dealmaker. Suzanne and I went to dinner. To a tapas bar. To the same restaurant which was host to my second favorite eating experience of all time. And they did not disappoint this time. Grilled eggplant with shrimp, parmesan and goat cheese. Lamb and pork meatballs with goat cheese (in the middle like a Twinkie), sliced, roasted almonds, and tomato herb sauce. Roasted chicken with garlic cumin mayonnaise. It was delicious. Excquisite. You know how sometimes in movies someone will take a bite of something and in their minds travel to the place from which the food comes? I did that. I actually flew over some rolling Spanish hills. Yes, this was my third greatest eating experience of all time. And the best part was that we got to spend some quiet time together to talk about life, and when the check came it was actually cheaper than if we'd gone to Applebee's or something. Yes!
Then presents, and cake, and Return of the King on PS2.
My friends, I won in so many ways yesterday they're too numerous to count. All I'm saying is my 30s are looking pretty good to me right now.