I will forewarn you. I didn’t get a lot of pictures and most were from my phone (even though I did have my camera with me), but I had an amazing birthday, no matter how many pictures were taken. It’s funny, the more fun I have, the less pictures I seem to take. Here’s the recap.
I woke up this morning to breakfast in bed. This has been a tradition in my family that Michael has graciously kept. I remember as a kid sneaking out of my bed on birthday morning to see my dad working away in the kitchen on my breakfast. I would get shushed back into bed to wait, because it was a very important part of the birthday celebration. I love it to this day.
I worked a half day today, but I got a lot of well wishes throughout the morning. I really liked working this morning, getting things checked off of my list. I video chatted with my boss, who announced loudly to the office that it was my birthday, making sure everyone heard him. He’s so goofy, but I do love him and my work family so much.
At lunch, my friend Lori had told me that she was taking me to the Cheesecake Factory. I rushed out of work to meet her there, only to find my friends Sarah, Andra, and Tiffany were there too! It was such a nice birthday surprise. We had lunch, and then I opted for a little ice cream and candle instead of cheesecake. I knew where I was going that night, so I was trying to keep lunch pretty light.
After that, I got a manicure and pedicure at my favorite salon and took some time to read my current book, The Maze Runner (review for that soon). I really enjoyed spending this time alone with my thoughts. I find that as I get older, I am learning to appreciate my alone time and my moments of stillness. The mani-pedi was quite nice too.
Finally, Michael took me out to my favorite restaurant in Dallas. It’s this little Italian place called PaneVino. They make this amazing green salad (and I hate salad, so that really says something) and Margherita pizza with fresh basil. The place was really busy tonight, so I didn’t get many chances to talk to the waiters, but they really make you feel welcome. We got tiramisu at the end, and while we were paying the check, I told the waiter how much I loved the restaurant and that it was my birthday. His eyes got wide and he was like, “why didn’t you tell me!” As we were leaving, he ran up to us with a bag and a slice of his favorite dessert, Limoncello cake. He said that it was his favorite and that we must try it. It was such a nice surprise. I think that officially makes it my favorite restaurant in the country (we ate the cake, which was delicious, as soon as we got home, so I didn’t get a picture, but, trust me, it was amazing).
It was a spectacular birthday, full of the people and places I love here in Dallas. I am so blessed! I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me this year! However, according to an itinerary given to me during breakfast for this weekend, I have a feeling my birthday celebrations aren’t quite over yet….