Happy Birthday Dearest

20140912_161010I wrote this out much earlier but forgot to add the photos and post it.  So last weekend two weekends ago was Richard’s 26th birthday. We’ve decided that perhaps we’re too old busy for an entire birthday week but a whole birthday weekend is just right. I always feel like I drop the ball on birthday celebrations. I didn’t grow up celebrating birthdays so I’m not very good at planning out big to-dos; which is perfect because Richard doesn’t like big to-dos. This year we had what felt like a 3 day weekend together. I don’t have class on Friday and Richard only had one class early in the morning. It was a cold rainy weekend so we couldn’t do much outside so instead we decided to stay in almost all weekend, except to go get food. We had lunch at one of our favorite places, Queenie’s in Utica Square. Queenie’s food menu is pretty simple, think sandwiches, salads and a burger. We always split a delicious grilled cheese and anything else. But really we go there for the desserts. We split a little chocolate cake and a lemon bar. Our waitress went above and beyond making them both very pretty and extra tasty.

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Because of some other issues earlier in the day, we weren’t able to make it to the museum like we wanted so instead we built a fort. We made it super cozy with extra pillows and blankets. We ran to target and I bought Richard a few gifts. I’m not sure if I should call them presents since Richard picked them out and most didn’t get wrapped. I bought a battery pack for our dead X-Box remote and bought Plants v Zombies. I’m not a gamer at all. I only like silly and simple games that usually include repetitive tasks and beating a timer. Richard LOVES video games. The kind that involve shooting and memorizing some sort of map. Those give me motion sickness. After buying our supplies we returned to our cozy fort and played video games for the rest of the day.  We only stopped to go get soup from the Whole Foods up the street.

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The rest of the weekend was a perfectly lazy event filled with more yummy food (steak from Texas Roadhouse… yum!)and plenty of time in our fort.  We watched the OU football game from our fort on Saturday night.  Sunday Richard’s mom came over late that evening and brought a yummy chocolate cake.  I busted out the multiple boxes of Oreo’s I bought just for him.

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I’m thinking this fort building may be a new tradition in the making because Richard LOVED it. He got so excited when I pulled out sheets and he realized I was being serious about crafting our fortress.

p.s. Sorry, the pictures are so grainy… I really need to bust out our real camera more often just around the house.

I’m reading leave me alone…

While most people would consider a book a rather less than exciting present, I do not.  I got a trilogy of books for my birthday… of course the gift was given EXACTLY a month late but I won’t call out the late gift giver -cough cough Richard.

But before I tell you what the series is let me tell you about the amazingly sweet presentation and delivery which makes up for it being late.

I was given a box that was abnormally heavy.  I was sure he had put something inside to throw my guesses off.  I was betting it was a phone case he constantly complains that I need a proper phone case. I opened up the box to find this.

It’s a brick in a box… which kinda rhymes with the song… if you don’t know what I’m talking about then it doesn’t matter.  I turned it over to find this.

After I make out the scribbled handwriting, I realize what it is.  As I turn around Excitedly, he pulls these out from his hiding spot and gives them to me.

I’ve already finished the first one and am about halfway done with the second.  I know I won’t be productive until I’m done reading so I am going to read through them as fast as possible. Then I usually re-read just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  Sometimes rather than read an entire paragraph I get the “flavor” of it then move on.

Also before you judge my book choice let me just say I read to escape.  I love the classic romance novels like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte but I also love Harry Potter and… kind of secretly… The Twilight Series.

So far I’m completely enthralled in the Hunger Game series.  So I’d say it’s a successful gift and extra points for creative delivery.  Books are always a safe gift choice with me. Something about being immersed in an imaginary world for hours makes it more difficult to focus on reality once you put the book down.  And for a few minutes which world is which seems difficult to distinguish.