So yesterday was my birthday! Such a different birthday from last year! Last year was just miserable. Daniel and I both were sick, and Daniel didn’t seem to understand that just because I said we should wait to celebrate my birthday until we were well didn’t mean to ignore my birthday entirely, and I felt too sick to be understanding about the fact that he was feeling too sick to even try to fuss over my birthday. Yes, even in my mid-twenties, I can unfortunately be that petty. 😛 But that evening, despite not feeling well, he tried to make up for the necessarily low-key birthday I had had by bringing me out to coldstone creamery for ice-cream. We got the ice-cream, went back down to the parking garage – and the car wouldn’t start. We ate the cold ice cream in a cold parking garage, coughing constantly, while we waited for AAA, which, by the way, we had to sign up for on the spot because it turns out it had expired right before our wedding and we hadn’t remembered to renew . . . Oh, what a birthday that was! Of course, he brought me out for a very nice dinner two weeks late when we were finally well. 🙂
Yesterday, however, was delightful! Oh, I had to work all day, of course, but that was okay. 🙂 It is fun getting in the groove of things in my new job, and planning travel to different states! Daniel ran down to the little cafe in our apartment building to buy me an egg and cheese croissant sandwich for breakfast – my favorite breakfast sandwich that I rarely treat myself to – and that evening, Ben, Ashley, Daniel and I all went to Ruth Chris Steakhouse for happy hour. They have a surprisingly reasonable happy hour – and the waiter recommended this Cabernet Sauvignon that was just divine! Afterwards, we went back to the apartment and played games and ate ice cream cake! Ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, which has always been a wish of mine! It was soo good – I can’t wait to have more tonight! Screw the diet! 😀
Ben and Ashley gave me a lovely Thomas Kinkade calender, which was perfect both because I adore Thomas Kinkade and because I refused to buy a 2015 calendar on the moral grounds of it being too expensive for pieces of paper. . .
Mom had sent gifts back with me from Christmas, so I opened those too, and she gave me a lovely tea mug that has a strainer that sits right in the mug so you can use loose leaves, and some beautiful gloves that still allow me to use my smartphone!
Daniel gave me his gifts later – he already presented me with a certificate to get a mani/pedi, but had two additional gifts. He told me to open the small one first, which ended up being a beautiful diamond necklace. But the second gift! That was what got a squeal out of me! It was a gorgeous quill pen and ink set, complete with several different types of nibs! I literally squealed with delight, as previously mentioned. I know it is incredibly odd for a girl to be more excited over a quill pen and ink than a diamond necklace – but can I help it that I am unusual? What I love most about this part of the story, however, is that my darling husband knew that I would like the quill pen more than the necklace which is why he saved it for last! How many husbands know something like that, I ask you??
Anyway, as if all that loveliness wasn’t enough (I am saying lovely a lot, aren’t I?), Daniel is bringing me to a bed and breakfast by Monticello next weekend as part of my birthday celebration.
What a lovely life God has blessed me with.