Last weekend was another whirlwind, which is pretty typical for May for me and my family. Friday was busy with daycare, Faith’s talent show, and teaching Jazzercise, followed by a final visit to my former father-in-law who was in hospice dying from cancer. That set kind of a solemn mood for the weekend, but it didn’t thwart my friends’ and family’s attempt to give me an awesome 40th birthday party!
Saturday morning I got up and got ready to pick up my first Bountiful Basket. If you aren’t familiar with these, you can go here for more information. Essentially it is a coop that distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, and artisan and sandwich breads every week. I was very pleased with my loot: Two bags of heirloom carrots, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, a small butternut squash, four or five red bell peppers, apricots, two mangoes, about a dozen potatoes, a pineapple, watermelon, a head of romaine lettuce, and two oranges the size of my head…for $15! Then I added on bread (four multigrain loaves and one jalapeno cheddar) and sweet corn (about 42 ears). (Wish I’d taken a pic but I was in a rush that day.) Now to get in the habit of planning meals around what I get in my basket (it changes and you don’t know what you’re getting, except for the add-ons). And I have some corn-shucking to do since I haven’t gotten to it yet!
I hurried home after getting my basket to head off to a day of shopping with Kim and Amber. Little did I know that was a ploy to keep me occupied while Brad and my mother-in-law and others prepared a surprise party for me! Normally I dislike mall shopping. I rarely find it fun to try on clothes, and malls generally only have a few stores that I’d actually like to go in. I’d much rather spend a day at Target (HELLO), Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods than a mall. And an outdoor mall? In Nebraska? Well, that’s great only a few months out of the year based on the weather. And again, there are generally few stores that I want to visit. But there’s a newer mall that we hadn’t gone to yet, and as I looked into it more I discovered several stores I’d like to go to, a WINE place and a CHOCOLATE place! Oh – And did I mention we got to go shopping without our children? All the fixings for an awesome shopping day!
|Kim, me and Amber|
We started with lunch at Wine Cellar 510. In a nutshell: Amazing. We shared the Cellar pizza (fig jelly, bleu cheese, proscuitto…and I can’t remember what else…DELICIOUS) and pitas with tzatziki dip, and a wonderful bottle of red moscato. THAT’S how you kick off shopping, my friends! You can bet that is about to become a regular occurrence.
|I’m getting hungry just looking at it|
After lunch we hit a couple stores, then stopped for a chocolate snack at Chocolaterie Stam. I had intentions of getting a bon-bon (or five), but stopped in my tracks when I walked in and saw the gelato! Dark chocolate with raw cacao nibs? DONE!
As we neared the last half of our shopping trip, Amber mentioned needing to be home for a graduation party by 5:15. Hmm…interesting. She hadn’t mentioned that before. 😉 We finished up our shopping and headed back to my house…and I gradually started to suspect that my friends were pretty little liars. 😉
Brad took my shopping bags and commented that he expected more bags (another strange comment and clue that something was up!). Amber and Kim “left”, and Brad and I headed in the house. Faith mysteriously wasn’t in there, because she was supposedly out back where they’d been working on a “present” for me. I did a quick change because I thought we were going to Lincoln for dinner with my parents, and then Brad led me out back to see what Faith was up to. As I neared the garage and saw the window covered by a tarp, I was convinced I’d been fooled. He opened the door to a garage full of family and friends shouting “surprise!”. It took me 40 years but I finally got my surprise party! That’s a feat to pull off for someone who plans everything herself!
|Faith at the party|
|Me and Brad|
|Decorations courtesy of my MIL! She did great!|
We enjoyed great food, friendships and even a fire…and some Fireball. 😉 It was a great day and I am so thankful to everyone for all the work they did to make this birthday special.
So how do I feel about turning 40? Not really sure! It’s a bit scary going over that hill, but I don’t FEEL very old. 😉 The weekend was so busy and with other things on my mind (like my ex–father-in-law), turning 40 seemed minor in comparison. I refuse to let much get me down and intend to make 40 amazing. I plan on this being the year to achieve my career goals!
In the meantime, I’m playing catch-up as always. 😉 On the agenda today: Taking care of all my veggies and fruit from the Bountiful Basket, and shopping for Faith’s birthday party and graduation gifts! Time to go be productive!