Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What a day!

It was a truly lovely day, and I thank all of you who sent me wishes and greetings.

I had a quiet morning to myself, geeking on the computer and relaxing.

I went out for a nice lunch with Tracy.

I stopped at the Bookmobile with the kids after school and picked up a book I've been wanting to read.

I baked a red velvet cake from scratch and frosted it with homemade cream cheese frosting.

I ate crab legs sent by my grandma with a loaded baked potato and asparagus for dinner, accompanied by a J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling. Delicious.

I received a bookshelf for my bedroom and a belt/waistband clip case for my cell phone/MP3 player/radio so I can use it at the gym.

I was serenaded by 4 of the most handsome gents a girl could want.

I talked to my parents, my grandma, my mother-in-law, and JLo on the phone.

I spoke to my friend Beth on the phone, too, and we reminisced about old times and old friends and how sometimes we don't see the magic that is happening right before us. The magic that sometimes we are a part of that still, somehow, we don't recognize for what it is.

Let me tell you something, people. I am 39 years old today and this I know is true:

These are the good old days.

Today, tonight, this week, this month -- right now. Really. Someday you will look back on today and miss it. It's so hard to see it in the moment, but I see it so clearly right now. This is the time of my life. My husband, my kids, my friends -- they make my life so very rich and abundant.

Thirteen years ago tonight I promised forever, not really knowing or understanding what that promise meant, or the richness of the love that was to grow from that bright, shining, eager love I felt that night.

What gifts I have been given. What love, what miracles, what hope I have today.

If you're reading this, you are one of those blessings. Even if we've never met, even if we never will. The fact that you are part of my life through this silly little log of my life amazes me daily. Even if I know you and our relationship is not what it used to be (yes, I know you are still there...) I am grateful for what you have taught me -- even the painful lessons. Even the ones that make me ache inside for myself and members of my family who have been hurt and betrayed by you. I don't have to like you to realize that you, too, have been my teacher -- though you have taught me more about how NOT to live than the reverse. Everyone who leaves a comment, no matter how small or seemingly innocuous, lets me know that I am part of something greater than myself. Something almost beyond words. Blessings beyond measure.

And I am grateful for all of these blessings.

I leave you with a couple views of my most delicious cake recipe. I will post a link tomorrow; I didn't bookmark the site but I can't search for it now as the wine has gone completely to my head. (Yay!)

And yes, it was THAT good. Seriously.


  1. I am so glad that you had such a nice birthday and anniversary. I can't wait to see you this weekend!!

  2. It looks and sounds like it was wonderful!

  3. Glad yo had an awesome birthday! That cake looks so dang good

  4. I know you had a wonderful day but I still have to send you all the good wishes I can for a wonderful year and many more to come.