I had a great birthday week. We went out for Russell's on 12/30 to Kubota, our fave restaurant in Japantown. We stayed in for 12/31. We had planned to go to Mike & Karen's NYE party but we were watching the newly released Star Wars blu-ray and just didn't feel like venturing out into the cold. Our neighborhood had way too many firecrackers and fireworks this year.
On Tuesday we had a birthday dinner with Brigid & Fiona at Chantilly. I wished I had taken a camera (or remembered my Droid that day... I didn't actually manage to remember to carry it all week) because the plating was so beautiful. And the food was amazing. I had fois gras, of course, followed by the day's special which was veal scallopini with chanterelles. We shared a bottle of champagne and I had a glass of Armagnac with berries & cream for desert. Soooo yummy. B&F were heading out to tour The Galapagos on Thursday so we had to feast in advance of the day. But hey, it made for a great week of celebration! And it was a really lovely dinner to share. I could get used to eating there more often. Oh, and I asked Russell if I could open the dress he had bought me for my birthday so that I could wear it to dinner. It is purple with a leopard print ballet top and long purple skirt and the rainbow jewel-tone scarf he gave me for Yule set it off perfctly. I wore my stone & pearl necklace inherited from Beki too. I *really* wish I'd remembered the camera!
On Thursday we had a nice singing group. Lisa stayed afterward and we chatted for an hour about her plans to head off for six months of backpacking through South and Central America. I hear the wild geese calling. I so admire how she manages her life so that she can take off every couple of years and go adventuring. Her last trip to Turkey sounded amazing too. I gave her one of the Daymakers packs so a little bit of me will be going along too.
On my birthday I spent a very lazy day mostly playing Warcraft. I have 50+ toons to get through the Dark Moon Faire at the beginning of each month now. Gah. I don't know whether to blame Blizzard for the irressistable profession quests or myself for my abject altoholism. Probably both. LOL
For a birthday dinner Kurt took me to the Grill on the Alley. A salad and a petite filet mignon (with roquefort herb crust) paired with a lovely champagne and ... a glass of Armagnac with berries & cream for desert. I can totally get behind making that a birthday tradition! They brought a single strawberry in whipped cream with a candle in it, so I actually got to make a wish. And then the strawberry & blackberry dessert had a side of creme fraiche so I sort of alternated between the sweet cream and the creme fraiche. *rolls eyes at remembered foodgasm* Yes, birthdays are all about eating and I had amazing meals totally observing my low carb boundaries.
I still have a touch of sinus ick (I see an ENT on Monday) and I have unaacountably sore left elbow and right shoulder joints. To the point of waking up in agony and having a hard time finding positions I can sleep in. So this whole getting old business does have it's downsides. *wry grin* But hey, I'm still willing to take it over the alternative.
Oh, and in the absence of pictures, recycling one from our anniversary in Sept. I need a me+Armagnac snifter picture.