My Birthday Week

I just had my bday celebration. Not a party with guests and what-not but a celebration nonetheless. With people who matter in my life.
On my bday itself, I had breakfast with my MIL and TheFisherman. It was a nice break from the routine of dropping the kids off to school and the everyday mundane tasks. For dinner, I made my own chocolate cake and fresh noodles (for long life). I decided to make one my own this year, instead of waiting for somebody else to get me one.
And maybe that’s what makes this year different. Because I stopped expecting and just did what I wanted. Before, I would wait for whatever TheFisherman wants to do, for him to surprise me with a nice dinner someplace else. Not that I ever mentioned it to him, nor did I give him any clues that I
wanted to at least spend some time with the whole family in a different way. But at the back of my mind, I was secretly hoping.
This year, I decided to just go ahead and do it.
The next day, my gym buddy D asked me to come over to her house after gym, sweaty and all to check out her new granite countertop. And in the course of the conversation, she grilled some meat, tossed a salad and opened a bottle of wine. The meat was cooked perfectly – tender and tasty, the vinaigrette she did was made with vinegar she bought with her from her trip to France last month. It was really good with just the right amount of tanginess. We had rose’ wine to wash it all down and some capuccino afterwards. Such a relaxing day indeed.
The next day was the weekly walk with C, my other friend. It was such a long walk with a lot of wisdom, advices and venting. Just what we both needed.
The day after that, one of my close Aunts came over to have lunch with me at my home.
Friends and family called, texted, emailed and snail mailed me greetings.
I am so fortunate to be blessed with these people in my life.
Is this the light at the end of the storm? Who knows? Maybe it is. Or maybe it just made me realize that I am still loved and blessed.
Happy birthday to me.

image credits: No, I didn’t have this cake nor did I make one like this, not even close. But hey, I can dream, right? ; ) Read more about this awesome cake here:

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm  Comments (13)  
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  1. oh well, as the saying goes: Celebrating birthdays is not merely a convention. Birthdays are occasions to celebrate one’s growth, maturity, and development. πŸ™‚ Birthdays remind us that the gift of life is the most precious and important one. πŸ™‚

    Happy happy birthday to you, Mary. πŸ™‚ am speechless as to what to say to comfort you. here’s tight *hugs* from me, to you.

    God bless!

  2. Dear Mary, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and, you are not alone. Kudos to you for counting your blessings and for telling the whole world.

    I know you can find that strength within. You’re a mom.

  3. Hi Feng,
    Thank you so much. Hugging you right back! πŸ˜‰

  4. Hi Jeannie,
    It’s so funny because I was just thinking about you. There was an article on the Washington Post today about hostas and I thought of you.
    Thanks for the well wishes. πŸ™‚

  5. Belated Birthday Greetings, Mary!

    Looks like you had a great birthday celebrations with your family and friends πŸ™‚

    That’s a cute cake parang sayang galawin at kainin hehe.

  6. Belated Happy Birthday Mary! I’m happy that you were able to celebrate your birthday with the people who matter to you.

  7. Happy Birthday Mary!! And at the end of it all what you will remember is being with the people that matter the most. May this year be everything you want it to be πŸ˜€

  8. Belated Happy Birthday to you.

    May you be showered with blessings and your wishes may come true.

    Hugs to you, Mary.

  9. Happy birthday to you Mary! It is great that you gave yourself a treat and found ways to make your day specially nice. Sometimes we do need to find the initiative to get out of our holes and see for ourselves that there is still a beautiful world out there, and there really are people who care and love us for who we are. I am glad you had a wonderful birthday week!

  10. Hi Maps, Thanks. I am so blessed indeed. Onga, ganda ng cake. I don’t think I’ll have the heart to eat it. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Tina,
    Thanks. I am so glad to have spent it with people who mattered too.

    Hi Cookie,
    Thanks! I wish this year will be a great one for me. Still wishing for that iPhone though. πŸ˜€

    Hi Julie,
    And a big hug to you too! Thanks! πŸ˜‰

    Hi IA,
    Amen to that! Thanks for the well wishes! πŸ™‚

  12. belated birthday greetings!! my late birthday wish for you is that on your next birthday, you’re going to have that fabulous cake!!

  13. Thanks Anne! How I wish I can afford that cake!

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