I didn’t put on makeup today.
I didn’t fix my hair.
I didn’t do much of anything.
I’m going to blame it all on Post-birthday, Gin and Tonic, Sleep Deprived, Sugar Overload Syndrome. Putting it simply, I had a birthday party last night and I stayed up too late. There were numerous cocktails poured last evening, but I managed to slip under the radar by having only two over the course of the night. I indulged by having many glasses of iced tea.
The party was somewhat last minute and we didn’t work on the guest list much. However, we did have some great friends come and the food was great. Nate made Greek food and it was delicious. I will be posting a few of the recipes later at the request of several guests. My two main gals came last night – Keely Sue and Angee! Even Angee’s hubby Matt was able to come! We’ve all discussed that posting “bad” pictures of each other on our blogs isn’t acceptable behavior, so I will be editing to show the very best face of each. We thought about signing contracts, but decided a simple “code of conduct” should keep us in line. According to the treaty, if Keely doesn’t approve of this next photo of her, I will have to remove it or face consequences.
The highlight of my entire night had to be the thoughtfulness of Angee. Earlier this year, I was looking at old family photos with my cousins Lindsey and Le’Erin and we came across several photos of me through the years with my birthday cakes. Several of them were chocolate with M&M’s on the top. Lindsey made a comment to this effect: “You poor, poor thing. You only got a cake with some M&M’s on top of it?” She really cut deep. I mean, I love chocolate and M&M’s. I thought my grandmother made me those cakes because she loved me, not because it was easy. Besides, Lindsey was spoiled with her professionally decorated, fancy cakes!
Angee heard about this exchange and we had a big laugh. Yesterday, she showed up with this cake! What a doll! And, I know that Angee made me this cake because, just like my grandmother, she loves me! Lindsey, if you are reading this, I think you should show your kiddos you really, really love them and make a chocolate cake with M&M’s on top! 🙂
Here’s my cake when I was six!
I was also completely blessed by so many great gifts. I decided to photograph them together to post for everyone to see.
One gift was a mix CD of music from Keely. A mixed cd is the ultimate gift among my friends. It’s so personal and thoughtful. Keely’s mixes are especially good. It’s her mixes that sometimes have me driving along singing at the top of my lungs, “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life, the facts of life.” Today’s cd did not disappoint! While running errands today, I was excited to hear, “Islands in the Stream.”
Have you ever seen one of these? I hadn’t. Angee’s dad is an amazing woodworker and she had him make this. I love how simple it is!
I was also happy that Precious Roy came to the party. We discussed his many nicknames and I tried to capture the coolness of Roy in these sunglasses. I’m not sure a photo can do him justice. Let’s just say that “Chopper” is a great friend and we were so glad to see him!
We ended the night with a few tunes from Lisa Curl and Nate. I’m wondering if Lisa will continue to play my parties for free food. I sure hope so! Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes and remember – A diplomat is a man who always remembers and woman’s birthday but never remembers her age – Robert Frost.