Every mid-October, the Birthday Week celebration for my dear wife Karen kicks in.
I’m a fan for the extended celebration, for her. (My December birthday as the older of our pair, I tend to want to mark on just that day.)
Yee-hah 2015 started before the birthday proper. It included a requested trip to the Red Lobster.
Karen judiciously ordered the Four Course Dinner, much enjoying her salad and New England Clam Chowder and fried shrimp entrée. She even wisely asked our friendly waiter to pack the brownie, sans the à la mode portion of the listed dessert, in a to-go box for enjoyment at less full moment in the Little Bitty.
Me, though, went whole Bubba on the endless shrimp feature. They tell you to order two to start, and I went with the new-fangled Pineapple Coconut Habanero and fried shrimp. The first version had a kick to go with its sweetness. I liked it less and less as I ate, leaving a few in the serving bowl. The fried shrimp was delish, as expected, and all of them were gone. Next up came garlic scampi and fettucine alfredo. I devoured those, too, to become one stuffed celebrator.
Come a few minutes after midnight, I had to bring out my wrapped gift. (Well, in a nice silver gift bag with red tissue paper, actually.) Karen really liked the picture from that will display photos I took this summer during Colorado trip for her First Family Reunion.
Another Birthday Night included a visit to my bowling league. We ate Stromboli from The Pies Guys beforehand. Karen brought a box of donuts and cookies that friends had delivered at work. And good friend Diane Monthie brought her a gift bag of a candle and handle lotion. They obviously had a good time chatting as we rolled.
The first gifts, though, were purchased the Saturday that kicked off Birthday Week, up at Forest Hollow.
We’ve placed the pottery dish made lovingly by Bruce Thomas next to our stove, for busy spoons to rest during cooking.
The earrings, complete with birth stone opal, were made by good friend Cathy Thomas. Karen put them on for me before heading out to work. The big reveal shows why I bought them, in every way.
And it’s not over yet. Today we meet my terrific daughter Elisabeth and great boyfriend George Three for brunch at the local Cracker Barrel.
What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received, and why? What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever given, and why? How long do you celebrate your birthday, and what’s your best story about getting that year added on?