Monday, September 15, 2008

Pretty Much The Best Birthday Ever

You wouldn't know it from the frustrating weekend I had, but my birthday turned out pretty amazing. Full of everything that I love, I couldn't have asked for a nicer day.

My lovely and amazing boss (and friend) shooed me out of work early (after giving me an entirely too generous gift), so I was home by noon. Terri had cleaned up the house and was in the midst of birthday planning. She had a few 'errands' to run so suggested we go over to Old Oakland for a little stroll in the sun, so she could do her last-minute things.

I wore my very fun "Night Owl: Mystery Book Store" T-shirt. I love this shirt.

Old Oakland is right off Chinatown in downtown Oakland. It's just starting to get all fancified, so there are some fun places to poke around. We went to a game store and got some dominoes and a two-person card game, then stopped in at a fancy grocery and got some interesting-looking pasta and very delicious pasta sauce. And some amaretti cookies that I am now hooked on.
Came home to rest up, and then Terri MADE ME A BIRTHDAY CAKE. From scratch. With homemade frosting. No-one has made me a birthday cake since my mom, I don't think. My best friend, long ago, perhaps. But certainly nobody romantic. So this was a fantastic cake indeed.

Terri's sisters were awfully sweet and sent me a fruit bouquet, so while she baked, I munched on melon and chocolate-covered pineapple flowers. Um, hello?? Who knew that was so yummy?

Then we had some gifts. Terri did very, very well. She created a Readers Paradise. Including this creatively-wrapped armrest pillow.
She also hit it out of the park with this amazing comfy robe. This is the absolutely the nicest, coziest, prettiest robe ever. I never want to take it off. She also included some comfy socks, a compilation CD of fun dance songs, and three books which will totally get me started on the right track for my October Scary Reading Month: Ghosts Among Us, Peter Straub's Ghost Story, and The Ghost in the Mirror by John Bellairs. And my amazing, delicious, beautiful chocolate birthday cake.

My mom also sent me some beautiful flowers which were a perfect backdrop for the candle-lighting portion of the evening.



And then came the eating part. And the tummyache part. But, I think we've discovered the secret to Birthday Baking Success: someone ELSE needs to do the baking. Thank you, my sweetie. And everyone. For a lovely birthday. Just perfect.

12 comments:

daisies said...

happy birthday :)

that t-shirt ~ so wonderful, love it!!

Nymeth said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had a nice day. That t-shirt is simply gorgeous, and the cake looks so delicious!

jessica said...

that is a damn good looking birthday cake. slightly messy chocolatey goodness. mmm. i miss american cakes.

Eva said...

Happy birthday!!! Sounds wonderful, and you definitely have a keeper in Terri! ;)

Anonymous said...

Ahem, I'm choosing not to be miffed that you forgot about the pink princess cake I made for your 30th birthday...

-Lara

PS: You know I'm kidding - I'm delighted you had such a lovely day!

Daphne said...

Oh my gosh, it's so funny because I was totally thinking about that cake all day because Terri was making the same kind!! So sorry! I actually loved that Barbie cake! You are the cake queen! :)

Carl V. said...

It all sounds amazing. Well done Terri!!! Happy belated birthday, I wish you all the best, but reading this post I see you've already gotten it. The wish is sincere all the same. Wonderful presents and a wonderful evening. It is nice to hear about a birthday done right.

And I love that shirt, I can see why it is a fave.

Kate said...

Happy belated birthday!!!

Susan said...

Happy belated birthday....thanks for coming to my blog so often, I've added you to mine now, and I have to say I love your title - 'Somewhere I have never Travelled" from my favourite ee cummings poem!!! :-) then, the chocolate cake....almost to die for.....then the t-shirt...are there any more for sale? Because that is fabulous and I want one and I have a best friend who really wants one (she dreams about owls!)!!!! Happy late birthday, Daphne, and your day sounded wonderful.

Daphne said...

Thanks, everyone! I got the T-shirt at Target, it was so adorable I couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...

ahem. I thought you said I was the birthday cake queen.

rebekka said...

Oooh, Edible Arrangements! I used to work there :) You're right, the chocolate covered pineapples are SOO yummy!