and my birthday week begins.
since the baby stayed inside a bit longer, my sister and brother-in-law were able to come to my first birthday dinner. the one with my dad. we had wine at my loft and then we had mongolian barbecue at the only place in town to have mongolian barbecue. you know the place. (important side note - um, my loft was PERFECT for entertaining and drinking wine.)
after dinner, i had a martini at vivace. have you been there? talk about a strange atmosphere. all of the men look like they stepped out of the godfather. italian-looking sport coat across the table from a woman in fringed leather. and then there was the lounge singer who was so bad, i thought it was a cd until he started walking around shoving the mic in people's faces. classy.
sunday i road-tripped to grain valley. i know, right? but hey, i'd never been there. and i was accompanying my favorite person. so, it worked out. and then i discovered the mall of all malls - independence center. it was like being on vacation. i hate malls. but if i need to go to one again, i'm going to go there. it was big and clean and it even had the buckle.
tomorrow is my actual birthday. i'm turning 28. shocking, i know. and as long as that baby stays in my sister a bit longer, i'm getting a massage and a birthday dinner. friday is my birthday dinner at my mom's and then saturday, i'm celebrating again. see, last year i didn't do a lot of celebrating. at all. and this year, i plan to do things differently. i have many blessings to be thankful for and i am surrounded by people who love me. and that's the best gift of all.