Am not quite sure when my friends and I started commemorating our birthdays over an extended period of time versus just “on the day,” but it sure is fun to exult in multiple observances via lunches, dinners, and the convivial gaiety which ensues at whatever activity we engage. This year was particularly enjoyable due to the thoughtfulness of those I love who planned relaxing, delightful, and truly special gatherings. What matters to me is sharing time with those I care about in environments that are conducive for great conversation. I’d say, “mission accomplished” this year and “thank you” to all who participated.
While lovely gifts are often bestowed upon me, this year I was moved by the variety. I received some beautiful garments, as well as, special items which showed a lot of thought about what I love and care about from traditional to technical tools.
First, I was stunned to receive this photo from my sister-in-law, who matted and framed it herself. The photo is of a teapot my mother gave to her years ago, the cup and saucer were her grandmother’s, the book is a Jane Austen novel (one of my favorites), and Italian biscotti (a perfect tea cookie). The quote fits me to a T. too. “You can never get a tea cup large enough, or book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis.
12 week challenge
update…you’d think with all this celebrating, I’d be off track, but thanks to good planning, I still lost a pound (yay yay yay).
Week 3 – The key to my success this week was organization and advanced planning. I enjoyed a little bit of something special at every meal. Consuming small portions and lots of veggies helped me lose that additional pound. And more than that, I feel great, no more afternoon energy drains from eating foods that spike my blood sugar. The restaurants I went to this week offered perfectly good choices — they included Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach (Saturday’s special is my favorite chicken thighs with spicy peppers), Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern inside The St. Regis Hotel, Dana Point, and Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente. All wonderful restaurants.