Yesterday was a pretty awesome birthday.
We started out the morning with my favorite naughty breakfast – gluten-free cinnamon apple crepes rolled with cinnamon cream cheese from Original Pancake House. My arteries are hardening just looking at the photo again. Mmmm…and yes, that’s bacon in the background. What kind of birthday would it be without bacon?
Then I had to go to work, but that turned out to be okay because my officemates got me an orchid and a card for my birthday! I’ve always wanted an orchid plant, but hadn’t gotten around to getting one for myself.
I had to work really hard to stay focused on my projects yesterday because all of my kick-ass internet friends were sending me birthday tidings on Facebook (and I kept checking in like an excited puppy dog …Oooo – who sent me birthday wishes!?) . And Greg made me a (digital) science-y cake and JT got me a (digital) frog dissection cake! Oh – and the best thing: Special and just for me and on my birthday, President Obama came out in suppport of gay marriage! (Sorry all, he was waiting for my birthday – that’s why it took so long.) I’ve seen a lot of cynicism from people that he should have said it sooner, with less equivocation about “evolving”, that he’s only coming out now for political gain…blah blah blah. I say who gives a rat’s ass – let’s move with this! Let’s use this to get working on getting rid of DOMA and establishing marriage as a civil institution that is protected for all citizens who want it.
But back to me.
I wrapped up the specific things I needed to get done and skipped out of work a little early to get on with the full-time birthday celebrating! The Hubby and I decided to spend the evening at the Mall of America so that I could go to Sea Life and the amusement park. The Hubby isn’t a fan of aquariums, so I arrived early to walk through and take photos before he arrived.
After Sea Life I had a few minutes to burn so I ducked into Barnes & Noble. While I was shuffling around in the $2 discount bin I found a copy of Christopher Hitchen’s Letters to a Young Contrarian. Score! Happy birthday to me.
The Hubby arrived and we headed over to the main event: The Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank Ropes Adventure Course!
When we arrived we were the only ones in the rope course (I always recommend going to the Mall of American on a weeknight rather than a weekend if you don’t want to be in a crowd). We were strapped into climbing gear and had a heavy-duty strap with a …I’m not sure how to described it…. a smooth disk that fit into a track system attached to the harness. As long as we were in the course, we were on the track. The course had smooth, wide planks that were relatively easy to cross, but it also had single wires (picture a tightrope) that I chickened out of crossing. I’m not afraid of heights and was really looking forward to the “big kid jungle gym”, so I was surprised at how scared I was once we got up to the first platform. There were no handholds for most of the crossings and no fences or net barriers. It was just me, the strap on the track (which I hung onto for dear life) and the plank, rope or wire. After about 20 minutes though, the Hubby and I were running around the platforms like monkeys. The Hubby got a few photos of me up there:
Weeee! I’ll be doing that again soon.
Then dinner. I settled on Victoria Amore’s in uptown Minneapolis. It’s a dimly lit, intimate restaurant that serves decent Italian (and gluten-free pasta). While we were there, the Hubby gave me three new science and nerd t-shirts for my birthday! One had a drawing of Einstein, another a print of the old-school Nintendo controller, and a red shirt had a print of the periodic table of elements on it. Sadly I have to return that one because he bought it from Urban Outfitters, which is a company that I don’t support because they’re transphobic, thieving thieves and the CEO of UO has contributed to Rick Santorum. Yuck. Keep your shirt, guys.
After that we came home, watched an episode of Family Guy and fell asleep on the couch (we were exhausted from the ropes course!)
Yesterday was a pretty awesome birthday.