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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me — sort of, Part II

Today is my birthday again! Woohoo!

My parents sent a GIANT bouquet of beautiful flowers to the newspaper. It's sitting on my desk just where it obscures my view of the newsroom. :-)

Last night I had dinner with Ben at Laudisio's, the restaurant Reece takes Kara to in Extreme Exposure. We had a delicious meal of chicken saltimbocco with mixed green salads and rosemary potatoes. For dessert, nothing less than Laudisio's amazing creme brulee. It's a totally culinary orgasm.

Today, I got the flowers, then had lunch with two wonderful women who were my professors when I was a lass studying Classics (Latin, ancient history, classical archaeology) in college. They treated me to lunch at a nice restaurant near campus. We had a lot of catching up to do, i.e., "What have you been up to for the past five years?" Or something like that.

I gave them each a copy of Surrender and Hard Evidence.

They're really such wonderful women and were so supportive of me when I was a student with two tiny kids, only dreaming of writing at that point.

Thanks for all of your wonderful birthday wishes from yesterday. They mean so much to me.

I finished twiddling with Chapter 18 this morning, and I'll probably resend it to my Novel Testing Committee, i.e., Aimee. ;-)

I also got started on 19 and hope to finish it tomorrow. Early tomorrow I'll be getting in my car and driving to Glenwood Springs, passing Vail along the way. I'm spending a weekend in Hotel Colorado with my mum. We've talked about getting away for years and have never done it. So now we doin' it. I'm really excited and looking forward to relaxing in the hot springs, chatting with my mom and writing when she's asleep.

Well, back to work. I'm blogging from the office right now, trying to keep up.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. We had sunshine today and the roads are now clear.

7 comments:

Debbie H said...

Happy Birthday to you again!!! I love getting flowers, especially when you get them at work! That was really nice of the ladies to take you to lunch, it means so much to stay in touch with those who believed in you when you were struggling.

Ben is such a sweetheart! I'm glad you had a great dinner with someone you love.

Cherish all the moments you can get with your parents. I'm 51yr old and have in the last 5 years lost both of my parents with my mother passing last Nov. Take lots of pictures, give lots of "I Love Yous" and lots of hugs!! Enjoy the the time away to recharge your batteries. You certainly deserve the time off.

Karen said...

I lost my mom when I was 38, so I know what you mean, Debbie H. It's weird, it kinda feels like you're an adult orphan.

Anyway, on to happier thing. Pamela, have a GREAT time. I don't know anyone who deserves a little get-away more than you do.

Have fun with your mom.

Pamela,

Happy sort of birthday to you!!! Have a wonderful day!

Patti

Thanks, Debbie, Karen and Patti. :-)

Sadly, my trip just got cancelled. They're expecting snow and blowing snow in the mountains, and the passes between here and Glenwood are restricted. We decided we'd rather wait until spring than worry about one of us getting killed in a car wreck.

But I'm bummed. I was sooooooo looking forward to the time away and to time with my mom. She's facing some health concerns, and that's one of the reasons we wanted to do this now, just to do it and have the memories now.

I guess I'll stay home from work tomorrow anyway and write. Not as fun as soaking in natural hot springs with my mom, but that's what happens when you live in the mountains.

Debbie, I'm so sorry for your losses. You, too, Karen. :-(

I'm very lucky to have both parents. My mom and dad are 63 and very active. l've often thought they'll outlive me.

Patti, so good to see you!!! I hope all is going well with your writing and that you're not pushing yourself too hard.

Rosie said...

Aww, what a wonderful birthday. You should have posted a pic of the flowers!!!

Your dinner with Ben sounds wonderful. From what I've read about him, you have one heck of a kid there. You are very lucky!

And I'm so glad you got to hang with your old professors. It's cool to still maintain a friendship even after you have left school.

Again, Happy Birthday, sweetie!!!

Hugs!

Libby Loo said...

I'm sorry your trip got cancelled. Damn Colorado roads! I hope you got to have some fun this weekend, though.

Your professors sound like amazing women, that's great you're still in touch!

XOXOXO

Michelle said...

Sorry the trip got cancelled. I did a video Skype with Mom this morning. I guess it's better that ou guys do it when you can really relax and enjoy it and not worry about bad roads and sick kids.

Michelle

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