I did not have an opportunity to celebrate my 40th birthday last year - I was very sick with what my doctors told me was an unusual virus that aggressively attacked my inner ears, making it almost impossible for me to sit upright or walk. I spent my birthday in bed - I spent several months in bed. It was awful. I didn't even think about my birthday, then - I just wanted to be well so I could go back to work, so I could drive, so I could clean my own house!
As if to make up for last year's birthday that never was, my sister-in-law, Tonia, and our mutual friend, PJ, planned the perfect day for me! I had so much fun - I cannot remember having such a joyful birthday in many, many years. Not to say that my birthdays are disappointing! I have just never made a big deal of them - it has always been enough for me to watch chick flicks all day, scarf all the junk I want, and not cook for anyone - that's a sweet deal for me (and all I ask). So, you can imagine how delightful it was to have a day out with the girls - and to be spoiled rotten in the process!
The girls took me first to the Dublin Pub for lunch. Of course, I ordered the fish and chips and washed it down with a glass of beer! Tonia had the pub's very savory Guinness stew, and PJ ordered the Classic Boxty - I was the only one who cleaned her plate (and yes, I sampled their food, too!) because the other ladies chowed on some General Tso Chicken and potato wedges on the way to Dayton from Columbus - lol!
And, don't you know the girls came bearing gifts! As if a scrumptious lunch and good female company wasn't enough! The moment I opened the door, PJ presents me with these beautiful yellow roses (my only vase mysteriously disappeared, so I had to put them in a wine kraft); then, Tonia passes me a box with a silver and garnet heart pendant necklace inside; and, that wasn't all - Tonia knitted me a neck warmer, dish scrubby, and a dish towel!
After lunch, we headed to Hancock Fabrics in hopes of finding PJ the perfect burgundy colored fabric for her ball gown. One thing I like about Hancock Fabrics, in contrast to JoAnn's, is that Hancock's usually has a finer grade of special occasion fabrics at more reasonable prices - they market toward the more professional costumer and their fabric stock reflects this. To make my point, PJ found a very fine burgundy/red iridescent drapery fabric on clearance for $6 a yard. I wish I had a picture of it to post - it's simply lovely and the quality is excellent. PJ is delighted with it. Unfortunately, Hancock Fabrics has closed all of their stores in Columbus, and only one store remains open in Dayton (I imagine the Dayton store will not be closing down anytime soon - let's hope! - they do good business).
From Hancock's we trotted over to our favorite thrift store, and here, all of us hit the jackpot! Tonia found a 1930s White sewing machine in its original cabinet, with all the attachments, original warranty, and instruction booklet for $20! OMGoodness! (One thing I like about White is that their machines do not use a belt - they are gear/flywheel driven, so there is no issue with trying to find a replacement belt). PJ found two pairs of 1700-style mules for her costume, and I found my mom a Gibson's teapot (circa 1910) for $5 in beautiful condition!
All of this shopping worked us up an appetite, and as we were pulling out of the thrift store there happened to be a Sonic across the way. Since PJ and I had never had Sonic, we opted to try it on Tonia's good review. Three burgers, three cheesy tater-tots, and three sodas later, we were stuffed to the freaking gills! Uuhhgg! Fat from dinner (and Lord knows everything else we ate) and happy with our purchases, we headed home!
What a wonderful day! What a wonderful day! Oooo, and better yet, the beautiful husband is on vacation this week - I love having him home! It's wonderful to come in from work and have him here! I am so blessed - no doubt about it! Happy Birthday to me!