Best. Birthday. Ever
My birthday was on Friday – yay! My brother and sister-in-law sent me a big, beautiful bunch of flowers, with a note that hoped I spent the weekend being spoiled by everyone. I have to say, mission accomplished, because I have just had a three day birthday festival!
My first, and incredibly special present, was from Pete – a couple of small paintings he did himself. There is something wonderful about a gift someone made, rather than bought, and when they have made it beautifully, it’s great!
I didn’t take the day off work, but that’s ok as I was spoiled there too – flowers, home baked cookies and cake, and an office lunch. [No commentary on the public service.] After work we met friends for drinks and dinner. It being my birthday, I didn’t have to buy a drink all night. Thanks everyone!
Saturday the birthday extravaganza continued with an early lunch with my parents at the National Library. A nice meal, presents, and a stroll around the terrace to look at the lake.
Saturday afternoon/evening was my birthday party – planned and executed with great precision by Pete. We had a bbq down by the lake – in Lennox Gardens for any Canberrans. We had plenty to keep us occupied – Frisbee, soccer, and the surprise hit [no pun intended] of the season – totem tennis! [Pat Rafter endorsed, naturally.] There was food enough to feed an army, including beautifully cooked rack of lamb. Competition from other picnicers for bbq space was fierce, but that’s ok, because Pete brought a bbq! The weather was great, it was good to spend time with everyone, and for the first time since childhood, I had a birthday party I didn’t have to organise myself.
On Sunday the birthday festival finally wound up with afternoon tea with my relatives. Over the three days I saw a lot of people, some of whom I hadn’t seen in a while, received numerous calls and texts, thoughtful presents, great food and drink, and generally had a fantastic weekend. All in all – Best. Birthday. Ever.