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Thirty Years Young

Yesterday I officially left behind my twenties and entered my thirties.

Unlike many people, this doesn’t phase me one little bit . . . then again, turning 19, 21, or 25 didn’t either. Maybe I’m crazy, but birthday’s have never been a huge deal to me. That said, I’m not going to say “No” if just because I was born on a certain day people want to spoil me!

I was spoiled by everyone, what a great treat ūüôā At work my co-workers got a fruit tray, card and some cash (we always treat each other, but every year it still feels amazing), emails and Facebook messages from friends and family all over the world, a visit from Mikes Mom Karen, calls from my brother and parents, and a supper out with Mike. Oh yeah, and presents, can’t forget those as they are super exciting this year!

I guess I’ll start with the¬†gifts and then go into the amazing and wonderful supper Mike took me out for! Karen and Don (Mike’s parents) gave me a bunch of vegetable plants and herbs for my garden. I am going to have to do some more planting and possibly even pick up a few planters to make everything fit! Yummy! They also gave me a lovely card and gift certificates to one of my all time favorite stores, Planet Organic. My parents are buying me a new camera lens – guess it’s time for me to go spend a few hours at Henry’s¬†comparing and trying all the lenses I have been considering! Mike spoiled me rotten with a box of my favorite gluten-free cookies (from the cats), a gift certificate, a beautiful card and a tripod! It was a photography heavy selection and I couldn’t be more happy about it! Time for me to start getting a little better at this whole taking pictures thing!

Not only did I get spoiled with all of the above gifts, as I mentioned Mike took me out for supper. I had requested going to Chives Canadian Bistro for supper and boy did he come through! Not only did he make reservations he ended up getting us in the vault. See, Chives is based in an old bank and the vault is still there. What they have done is turn it into a small private dinning room and the wine cellar. So we got to enjoy and amazing supper with friendly service in near absolute privacy.

I don’t even know where to start talking about our meal. It was amazing, no wait, it was incredible . . . still not enough. Maybe divine is an appropriate description. It was just that good. Every bite I put in my mouth made me melt. The flavors were perfect, nothing was too strong, nothing too light. Everything was a perfect balance. The following was our menu (as pulled from their online Menu):

Appetizer:

ROASTED GARLIC RISOTTO CROQUETTE
Swiss gruyere, summer “ratatouille”, chipotle¬†aioli¬†

Entrees:

PAN ROASTED NOVA SCOTIA SEA BREAM (Kirsten)
Sour¬†cream and spring onion potato¬†puree, wilted market greens, pickled fiddleheads, cape breton¬†mustard pickles, gew√ľrztraminer¬†buerre blanc

“PICNIC¬†CHICKEN” (Mike)
Garlic and herb marinated chicken breast, smoked new potato salad, ham hock baked beans, southern slaw, cherry tomato salad, bourbon barbecue sauce

Dessert:

SUGAR MOON MAPLE¬†CR√ąME BRULEE¬†¬†

I would go back in a heartbeat. I also will now gladly recommend Chives to everyone and anyone. Added bonus, they mark on their menu which items are gluten-free, and which have a gluten-free option. What a treat for me!

All in all, I had an amazing thirtieth Birthday. Let’s hope they don’t go downhill from here!

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My life in bookform

Today I came across a really neat idea, to write a sentence for each year of my life.¬† Either the highlight of that year of your life, or some large historical event from it.¬† Since I can’t actually remember the first few years of my life, that one won’t work for me.¬† Historical events would be cool, but really, there are a TON of people on the internet doing that right now.¬† So, instead I’m going for the bestselling fiction book according to the New York times for the week of my birthday.¬†

Age 0, 1982 РThe Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum

Age 1, 1983 РReturn of the Jedi adapted by Joan D. Vinge

Age 2, 1984 – Full Circle by Danielle Steel

Age 3, 1985 РSkeleton Crew by Stephen King

Age 4, 1986 – Last of the Breed by Louise L’Amour

Age 5, 1987 РMisery by Stephen King 

Age 6, 1988 – Zoya by Danielle Steel

Age 7, 1989 РThe Russia House by John le Carre

Age 8, 1990 РThe Burden of Proof by Scott Turow

Age 9, 1991 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss (was number 2 the previous year!)

Age 10, 1992 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss (Wow, still number 1?!?!)

Age 11, 1993 – The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (interestingly Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is still on the list – number 5)

Age 12, 1994 – The Chamber¬†by John Grisham (and yes, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is on the list again – number 4)

Age 13, 1995 – The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (same as 1993 may have been on in 1994, I didn’t notice.¬† Oh and guess what? ¬†Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is once again on the list – number 4)

Age 14, 1996 РThe Runaway Jury by John Grisham (and yes, Dr. Seuss is still on the board Рnumber 6)

Age 15, 1997 – Plum Island¬†by Nelson DeMille¬†(I’m beginning to think I should just tell you if Dr. Seuss is ever NOT on the list – number 3)

Age 16, 1998 – A Widow for One Year by John Irving (still there, maybe because of high school graduation time? – number 5)

Age 17, 1999 – Hannibal by Thomas Harris (still there – number 6 – but so are the first two Harry Potter books – numbers 2 and 5)

Age 18, 2000 РThe Indwelling by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (yep, still there, and now we have three Harry Potter Books)

Age 19, 2001 – “P” is for Peril by Sue Grafton (after at least 11 years, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is NOT on the list.¬† There are also no Harry Potter books)

Age 20, 2002 РIn this Mountain by Jan Karon

Age 21, 2003 – The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Age 22, 2004 – The Songs of Susannah by Stephen King

Age 23, 2005 – The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd

Age 24, 2006 – The Husband by Dean Koontz

Age 25, 2007 РA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (amazing book I might add)

Age 26, 2008 – Nothing to Lose by Lee Child

Age 27, 2009 РSkin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton

Age 28, 2010 – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest¬†by Stieg¬†Larsson

Age 29, 2011 РHit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

Okay, I have to admit, that was WAY more interesting than I was expecting!¬† In particular that whole thing with Oh, the Places You’ll Go! showing up for at least eleven years.¬†

I had never even heard of several of these books, so I think I might have to make reading the New York Times bestseller for the week of my birth a life challenge.¬† At least I’ve already read a few!¬†

Oh yeah, aren’t you glad I’m 29 and NOT 92?

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