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An Extended Weekend of Birthday Celebrations

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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My Saturday night began and ended at Liz’s birthday party. She is turning 30 and celebrated at Smoke Daddy. Dallas and Makai and I took the bus down to Wicker Park (our train station is still closed). This was Makai’s second time on the bus, but the first time was just with Dallas. We had a few drinks and some fun, but had to leave after a short while.

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Dallas and I had plans for Saturday dinner at Kai Zan. Makai got his first paid babysitter. It was a little strange, but he was with someone he knows who loves him, so it was fine. Kai Zan was delicious. We tried a lot of adventurous things. Afterwards we met back up with Liz’s party at Smoke Daddy again where we proved that three root beers (10% AVB) is not the limit, even when you’re pairing them with shots of Fireball!

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On Sunday, my parents, who were in the area for a wedding, came over. We went to brunch at Revolution Brewing and Makai got his own meal for the first time. It was a side of scrambled eggs, his favorite food. He LOVES eggs! We also got some good chores done, like finally getting the gate by the stairs installed.

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On Monday, my actual birthday, Dallas had to fly to San Francisco for work, but it was still a great day. I treated myself at breakfast and went to Intelligentsia for a great coffee and ham and cheese croissant. At lunch I ducked out to the nail salon for some pampering. And in the afternoon I got my annual flower delivery, which I completely forgot was coming until Amanda was standing at my desk with the vase of flowers. Very summery this year. Pretty colors. Lots of roses and daisies.

For dinner, I picked up Makai and met Jess at Lula. I’d never been there with Makai, but they were SUPER kid friendly (high chairs, plastic cups, crayons, and my biggest pet peeve lately – the waiter was awesome and DID NOT set things right in front of Makai so he could immediately swipe them off the table). The food was great at Lula, the weather was really a perfect summer night, Makai was well behaved, and best of all, I got to catch up with a good friend.

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And continuing on into Tuesday! At lunch I went to Eggy’s with some of my friends at work. We had to continue the birthday tradition by getting the poutine. It looks gross in the photo, but it is SO good. And then for dinner, Makai and I met Jen, Quinn, Kristin, Cousin and Donna at Longman & Eagle. Makai’s first dining experience at a Michelin starred restaurant. Ha. I wasn’t sure how kid-friendly Longman is, but they have high chairs and we sat outside, which is more casual. It was fine. Actually, it was great! Lots of fun with a bunch more friends, all while having a great dining experience!

Maybe 39 29 isn’t so bad! Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the texts and instant messages and cards and gifts and time spent celebrating. You have made this a great birthday!

Oh. And here’s my growing list of birthday flowers!
- 2013
- 2012
- 2011
- 2010
- 2009
- 2008
- 2007
- 2006
- 2005
- 2004
- 2003
- 2002

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Birthday Flowers

September 8th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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For the 12th year in a row my parents sent me flowers on my birthday! Every year the flowers are so different. This year there are a lot of daisies and lilies and instead of a vase, they’re in a cute basket. Lots of oranges and purples and whites. Very pretty! Thanks to Mom & Dad for my yearly flowers!

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Oh, and here’s an updated shot of my workspace. I don’t know how the birthday flower post became an annual desk post, too, but that’s it. I’m in the same spot as last year.

Birthday flowers from previous years:
- 2012
- 2011
- 2010
- 2009
- 2008
- 2007
- 2006
- 2005
- 2004
- 2003
- 2002

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Birthday Flowers

September 8th, 2012 · 4 Comments

For the 11th year in a row my parents sent me flowers on my birthday! I usually am expecting this delivery on my birthday, but this year I was busy at work and not thinking about it. And because my birthday is on a Saturday this year, my mom sent the flowers early, on Wednesday, so it was a big surprise.

For the week leading up to my birthday my dad was in Chicago staying with us and helping us paint four rooms in our condo. He played dumb even when I told him thanks for the flowers!

Every year the flowers that my parents send me are so different. Last year I remember they were very fall-like and this year they were very bright and summery. My mom remembered that I really like white daisies and made sure to get those in there. There were also a lot of yellow roses and flowers.

My parents also got me a new Packers shirt and honestly the painting was an appropriately timed gift. I don’t know why we waited four years to paint anything, but the rooms look fantastic now. I’ll have to post some before and after photos later.

Finally, as has become the tradition these past few years, here’s an updated photo of my work desk in Roundarch’s new office space.

In case you were wondering, my mom said that she’s used K&K Flowers for the last 5 years in a row. They do a great job, so check them out in the Loop if you need to get flowers! And thanks to Mom & Dad for my yearly flowers!

UPDATE: On the Monday after my birthday, Nintendo also sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

This is the 3rd year in a row that I got flowers from Nintendo. Thanks, guys!!!

Birthday flowers from previous years:
- 2011
- 2010
- 2009
- 2008
- 2007
- 2006
- 2005
- 2004
- 2003
- 2002

One more update: Got this free gift from Sephora and I love it!

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