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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My birthday celebration

I know you have been anxiously awaiting my birthday recap, but I've gotten a little behind on my to-do list. You'll have to forgive me for falling behind on my blogging - both posting and visiting - 'cause this week has been pretty busy AND fun with my BFF still in town.

I remember I told you a little bit about my 40th birthday and some of the things I'd gotten so far. Here is the rest:

As you know my birthday celebration began on September 1st when my teenager daughter said she was going to cook dinner every night (good gift, huh?). So by Friday the 19th, I was in full-swing, enjoying-birthday mode. My BFF came into town on Thursday and on Friday we didn't do much of anything (that I can remember), but played one of my favorite games (Scrabble!) that night.

I hate to admit it, but he beat me in the first game of Scrabble. It's only because he got lucky. I demanded an immediate re-match and beat him... I must add that we've played another game since then and I beat him again! :D

Here we are in the van running a few errands. Don't I look like I'm having fun? (No, I was not driving when the picture was taken. We were sitting in a parking lot.)



On Saturday, the day of my birthday, I had a chance to sleep in a little and when I got up my BFF gave me a box wrapped in silver paper with a cloth ribbon. I opened it to find:


Juicy Couture!!! And it smells fabulous. He so rocks because I had mentioned to him a few months ago that I loved that scent and he got it for me. Needless to say I have been smelling yummy since that day.

That same morning my teenager also fixed me breakfast. Here's me trying to hide behind my gigantic coffee cup... Amber (the teenager) prefers me to drink a regular sized cup of coffee, but in honor of my birthday I was allowed to indulge! (What she doesn't know is that I've had a large cup of coffee every morning since then. ... And you better not tell her!)


Now, for the moment you've all been waiting for. (Insert drum roll here.) What secret were the teenager and the BFF keeping? They had made reservations for me to eat at a restaurant I've always wanted to experience.

The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View, which is Atlanta's only tri-level dining complex featuring a revolving upscale restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory View Level that has a 360-degree panorama of the magnificent Atlanta skyline. The Sun Dial is 723 feet (73 stories) above the city.

I had the oven-roasted Scottish black pearl salmon with English pea potato mash, fava bean succotash and sweet corn broth. Sorry, I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture of the food, but you can take my word for it when I say it was mouth watering. My BFF (don't worry, you'll find out who he is soon enough!) had the roasted Ashley Farms organic chicken forestier with mashed potatoes and wild mushrooms, which he said was really good.

It would be remiss of me to forget to mention the beautiful display of red roses that were waiting for me on our table. I was surprised and pleased... all in all it was a great dinner.

Check me out on the observation deck. Both pictures were taken within minutes of each other - one with a flash and one without:



After dinner we went to the movies at the Atlantic Station theatre and saw Righteous Kill. It was an okay movie... just a little slow. This is us waiting for the movie to get started.



Although I neglected to get pictures of it; I have to tell you that the teenager and I went to Spa Sydell and enjoyed full-body massages and facials. Both were the best I've ever had.

I've loved and appreciated everything I've received and experienced during my birthday celebration, but it would not be complete without a little chocolate:


(Those are my favorite... okay, yes, every chocolate is my favorite!)

Finally, to celebrate my birthday with all of the children, we had cake (guess what kind!) on Monday night.




Before I end this post, I know you've been wondering about this MD BFF... well, I've kept him a mystery because he's actually Frankie. You know him: The Frankie who comments on the majority of my posts. He thinks it's funny to comment and pretend like he doesn't really know me, but after all the wonderful things he's done for me I thought you should find out who he is. Here he is: My BFF since 1986. Good friends really do rock!

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