Just in case you've never been to the Midwest before, this is what it feels like to be surrounded by corn.
So, my birthday was very nice and mellow - just the way I wanted it. I worked all day, received some very sweet birthday texts from the wedding date guy and some messages from my friend C. who lives in Fort Madison and FMDM., almost my whole family called me and left messages and I got various other texts from friends and all the attention I could ever want...And I'm the youngest child, so it's hard to get to that place with me.
After work, I went to the Farmer's Market and to the Co-op. It's such a social scene in this town, so it's impossible to run down and get a few things and leave. I ran into my friend Ashley and her man and her gorgeous little girl. She was on her way to the same cookout where I was headed, so we chatted quickly and I bought my fresh basil and the few things I needed at the Co-op and dashed home to make the cheese tortellini with pesto and sour cream mixed together and fresh spinach.
I got to K.'s boyfriend A.'s house and the spread there was insane. There were tons of salads and breads and sauteed beets, and shish-kabob and salmon, and hotdogs for the kids and sangria and what my friend W. called Tarjitos (which is based on my name and it was like a mojito but with vodka instead of rum). Everything was wonderful.
There were tons of little boys there who were happy to play warriors with me and I gave myself the super power of being able to heal myself from all my wounds. But then the oldest kid there said we could only have so many lives and that totally screwed with my awesome super power. Stupid older kids and their rules...
Anyway, I ate amazing food, I drank a couple of really nice drinks and got to use my special karate chopping action and Kung-Fu grip. In other words, my birthday was exactly what I wanted. And best of all, it's not over until I say it is, and Friday I still get to go on a girl date with my daughters to see a matinee and eat appetizers for dinner. Hip hip, hooray!