Thursday, March 25, 2010

Birthday Recap

Today is Elissa's last day here with me :( So sad.

(We've already planned a Nashville trip for me and a visit to Chattanooga for both of us, though... We like to plot. We're like Lucy and Ethel. Or Lucy and Lucy, as Lissa's boyfriend likes to say...)


My birthday (days) in pictures!!

March 23rd: I turned 25!

We went to lunch with Andy and Suzie at Surin West - SO yummy! Here's me and Mark outside the restaurant after lunch

Mark had to go back to the library and do some reading/work, and we all headed home to eat cake. Yummy! It was a strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. (I changed shirts, because it was hot.)

Looking cheesy...

We finally got patio chairs! Now we can eat outside!

Andy and Suzie

Me and my BFF :)

Then Lissa and I headed into downtown Homewood to wander and look around. She might kill me for posting this picture, but I don't care :)

One of the places we went was Penzy's - an AMAZING spice store. If you have one in your area, you should totally check it out. I got some curry powder, some spice du provence, and some AMAZING cocoa powder. Like, God might serve it in heaven. Or make things with it. Or something. Next on my list to get there: extracts! Double strength vanilla (I DIE), almond, orange, lemon, oh my yummy goodness...

And then, that night (curses to me for not making pictures - do you guys ever do that? Not make pictures, because you're too busy actually DOING whatever you're doing to get your camera, then totally, totally regret it later?)... Matthew (Lissa's boyfriend) came over and we ate dinner together. Lissa and I made yummy pasta - we dubbed it April's Birthday Pasta, per Matthew's request for a name. It was angel hair pasta, asparagus, mushrooms, grilled chicken, and sundried tomatoes in a white wine cream sauce (complete with garlic and my new spice du provence!)

We ate outside. By candlelight. On my gorgeous patio table. With Frank Sinatra playing in the background. It seemed like something out of a movie. It was perfect.


Anyway, nothing I can do about it now, so moving on.

My birthday presents from Mark came a day late. TOTALLY worth the wait. A pretty, breezy, precious sundress from J. Crew - quintessential summer!

And a close-up of the lovely fabric. I love it! It's so pretty!

And - I finally have some cute black flip-flops! (That actually go with the dress quite well.) Aren't they cute? Thank you, dear husband, for feeding my new J. Crew addiction :)

Our plan was to go see Alice in Wonderland in 3D. That kind of didn't happen... because we shopped all day long!!

(I think I might be able to get away with posting this picture because it's worse of me than of Lissa.... squinty squinty!)

I totally said "Screw you!" to winter and wore a sweet cotton-knit sundress. And it was perfect. Perfect sun, perfect weather, perfect company :)

I bought another one of those favorite-ever bras from VS. And some jewelry from Charming Charlie's, which may or may not become my new cheap jewelry obsession... And then we went on an intense search to find Elissa a spring dress to wear on her date with the boy.

After much searching, we finally found one (PERFECT - white seersucker, looked amazing on her) only to realize that there was a tear in the seam. The nice lady (rather talkative with a rather annoying voice, but hey, if she's helpful...) gave Lissa a discount on the cute sweater she found to wear with it, and found another store close-by which had 2 of those same dresses in her size.

So I headed home to eat, and Lissa ran out and picked the other dress up.

She got home, and it wouldn't zip. Absolutely. would. not. zip. The same dress in the same size at the other store fit PERFECTLY and zipped with no problem. The new dress was mislabeled. And Matthew was on his way. Elissa had NO other appropriate clothes...

So, in a frantic scurry, I called Matthew and told him that we were having a wardrobe crisis, that Lissa had to leave and fix it and she would be back. She dashed out the door, and was leaving as Matthew pulled in. He is a good sport (I think he thinks we're funny) and she came back a little later in her cute pretty new dress (this one fit - thank GOD they had another) and looked adorable! Crisis averted!

Aren't they cute?

My friend is so pretty!

Yay for friends!

So today, I'm not sure what we'll do. I want to go to Cantina since we didn't get to go on Monday night, and I'm sad that Lissa has to leave :( But what a good birthday it has been! And, to make it even better, next week my best friend from college, Kristine, is coming to visit! Happy day! I love my friends :)

(And my sweet, sweet hubby who I get to see all the time. So glad at least he's not far away from me!)


  1. What a wonderful birthday!! I love all the shopping/clothing! Elissa's dress is really really cute. And I love her man's suit, too! What a smokin' couple.

    I love Penzey's! One opened up in the Bay Area recently. I make a lot of my own infused salts, and I love the little jars they sell. (And, of course, their spices--they have everything!) Btw, did you know it's pretty easy to make your own vanilla extract? Just split a vanilla bean (or two), warm up some vodka slightly, pour the vodka over the bean (s) and let them rest (preferably in a place that gets sunlight!) for a while, several weeks or so. I've been making my own for a while now and it's AMAZING, especially because I let it get really really strong. Then you can just keep adding vodka to refill it when it gets low!

    P.S. I just love that study about the hill from the NYTimes too. I think I teared up a little when I read it the first time too. I definitely sent it to all my friends :)

  2. aw it looks like you had such a wonderful birthday! i'm so glad!!
    that dress is cute cute cute! as are those j crew flip flops. i saw them in the store and immediately fell in love with them and how many things you could wear it with!!
    a trip to nashville?? HURRAH! nashville is my fave!

  3. Wow! That's a great birthday!!! I'm so glad for you!!
    Love your dress!! It's so cute!!!
    And that cake... hmm YUMMY!!
    and YAY for good weather!!

  4. That sun dress is gorgeous & the shoes too! You look so cute in it :-)