Boyfriend’s 39th Birthday

Early Beginnings

I did my best to make my boyfriend’s birthday extra special this year because I couldn’t even remember what we did for his birthday last year. Turns out, we went to one of his favorite restaurants, House of Prime Rib with a group of our friends. This year, we got a little more activity going. First things first, I woke my butt up to move my car for street cleaning at 8 am. Then, since I was already awake and excited about his birthday, I went to the grocery store to get supplies for breakfast. And I mean breakfast! I made him what I believe was a full Irish breakfast, baked beans, eggs, bangers, bacon, Irish soda bread, orange juice and of course, Barry’s tea. I even baked a little cake, but it looked somewhat pathetic to me. I realized whilst whipping up the batter that I didn’t actually have anything to bake it in. and yes, we did just move in, but I swear that I used to have baking supplies of all sorts. Of course, I could be making that up in my mind.

While I cooked the things that needed less attention, I hung the Star Wars themed banner that still has yet to be taken down; I cleaned a little bit around the house and took out a lot of trash and recyclables. Needless to say, I was slightly relieved that he slept until noon because I didn’t realize how much I’d wanted to do. I had to lock the cat out of our bedroom to try to assure he could sleep as well as possible. She likes to get rowdy when she thinks the hoo-mans need to wake up and pay attention to her. When he finally got out of bed, I was so surprised that I spilled coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor!

He was slightly astonished when he saw the spread I made for him, but didn’t get the full effect until he put his contacts in, as he’s very blind. When he realized the banner was Star Wars themed, he got even more excited, knowing that this breakfast was a good way to start his birthday, even though he had claimed he didn’t want to make a big deal out of the occasion. I’ll skip the details of the card I gave him, but it was slightly sappy and also funny.

Skip a few hours of getting ready for the next part of the birthday celebrations.

We went to his favorite restaurant in the city, if not the world for a pre-Giant’s game dinner. Now this was only the second time I’d ever been to Kokkari Estatorio, but I had already decided that it was “no longer his favorite restaurant…it’s OUR favorite restaurant,” the first time he took me a few months ago. So I was flabbergasted that I was able to make the reservation only two weeks ahead of time and decided to snap up the time slot. We had an amazing meal, which I’ll describe at another time. We had the best server in the building; I’m sure of it. He was sassy, fun and decided for some reason that he liked me too! And even though we ordered no dessert, he brought us a free chocolate cake for d’s birthday. I thought that was very sweet, especially since at my restaurant we don’t have a complimentary birthday dessert

Let’s Go Giants!

Let’s fast forward to being at the Giant-Dodgers baseball game: it was over quickly, but the one highlight was the event of the foul ball that came our way. I was sitting on the boyfriend’s lap for a second, when all of a sudden, he practically pushes me off to try to reach for this random object flying toward us. I’m somewhat bad at watching sports when he distracts me by being super cute, so it definitely didn’t process that there was a foul ball coming toward us until it was over our heads. He claims that he could’ve caught it. Luckily, he loves me a little bit more than catching a foul ball. But he also has a story about how he dropped a full beer that he’d just bought to catch a ball, now that stories have been combined, he’s told people the last few days that he didn’t want to be the person who dropped his girlfriend to catch one. However, in my attempt to get out of the way of his efforts, I landed with my ass on one of the armrests and I now have a huge bruise in the middle of my butt cheek. And it’s painful…

The Next Day

The best part about all of this was when he told people we saw the next day that it was his best birthday since he was five years old, went to the Irish premiere of Return of the Jedi, and sat next to the actors who portrayed R2D2 and C3PO. (Did I mention he’s a huge Star Wars fan?) I feel like that’s impossible, there have to have been even more awesome birthday celebrations in those 34 years, but I’ll take the credit! I did do my utmost to make it a special one. Now I just have to start planning next years’ birthday now to be able to exceed expectations. What would you want to do if you were turning 40?

New House, New Job, New Start

An Exciting New Chapter

Hey there! So, I’ve been going through a lot of changes recently, I’ve already written about my new job at the Cliff House, but let me update. It’s freakin’ awesome! I love all my coworkers already and everyone is so welcoming and kind and willing to teach me things. Nobody cares that I don’t have a culinary arts degree, or that it’s basically my first time actually cooking in a restaurant. Everyone is willing to help me out because they know (at the very least) that if I can do this stuff, it means less work for them. I really am just infatuated with my new career. I made a good choice to give up Grad School for this new life.

I also moved into my new home on the first. I’m really excited about that too because it means no more awkward feelings and no more stress over wondering if someone is going to go off on me for no apparent reason. I’m not totally enthused about the location at the top of a humongous hill, but it’s better than stress…Also, my roommates are decent people and not batshit crazy…

Basically, I’m having a great new start to my life, except for the fact that I apparently was blessed with a summer cold…ten days before my birthday….Not stoked about having to work like that, but there is a Walgreens down the way from my house where I’ll be getting some DayQuil on my way to work…Hopefully it will be less hellish today.