G and K hosted family dinner last, celebrate mom’s birthday edition. Any fears I had of my son starving to death because he was not into cooking have disappeared. They bbq-ed chicken breast, tri-tip, corn on the cob. K made mac and cheese (from scratch) and C brought a bowl of homemade pasta. I swear all of them are far better cooks than I am, because everything was absolutely delicious.
For a gift, the 4 of them had gotten together with the pups and had photos taken. A’s cousin is a hobbyist photographer, and it was the nicest, most thoughtful gift. There really is nothing I needed, until I saw this, and now I cannot imagine how they can possibly ever top it. There are two collage frames – one for each couple and their pets, although there is a 5×7 in each of the 4 of them and the dogs. C inserted pics of the cats and her dog that died last year as well. What an amazing gift. Now I just need to decide where to hang it.
M and I today drove up into the mountains and went on a 5 mile hike. It was overcast and started to sprinkle and then lightly snow, but we were dressed appropriately and fine. This is a new place for us and we plan to return in another few weeks to explore further. Elevation starts at 8800 feet and then climbs to the summit of 10,100. The first 2.5 miles – we did that today – was a steady climb but not really that steep. The second half is more challenging, and I just did not have it in me today with the rain and the snow. But soon we will return and tackle that.
We ended our day with a trip to a large mall with stores we do not have locally. A couple of pairs of shoes later, dinner at an italian place we both love, and a pleasant drive back home. It was a perfect birthday. I am so lucky and so blessed.
Tomorrow I get back to work and normal life. M has plans for a long run in the mountains with friends and plans to work on our front dirt pile as well. But tonight I had a final piece of bday cake (the rest is going to the office tomorrow) and to enjoy my first day at a 54 year old. So far it’s really good. Remind me of that into the future when I am whining about some less desirable aspect of my very rich life.