Yesterday marked a special occasion ’round these parts: the birthday of yours truly.  My lovely daughter thought it was appropriate to remind me that now that I’ve hit 35, if ages were rounded I’d be forty.  Wasn’t that sweet of her?

Lucky for her, the round upableness of the new number I’m sporting didn’t bother me.  I chose, instead, to focus on the many blessings in my life.  Here’s how I spent my day.

7:30 am – Jeff and I went for our regular three mile weekend walk, though we were forced to take a different route.  Why, you ask?  Oh, just the small matter of a mountain lion that has taken up residence in our neighborhood.  Yes, you read that right.  There is a mountain lion loose in our neighborhood.  What?  Is that not a common problem in your subdivision?  Here is a picture of it.  You’ll have to excuse the photo quality; it seems the photographer didn’t find it advisable to get close enough for a winning shot.

9:00 am – I was treated to a delicious breakfast made by my talented husband.  Homemade Belgium waffles topped with poached pears and whipped cream.  He’s a keeper, right?

10:00 – We watched the first quarter of the Cardinals vs. Vikings game before pausing the DVR to resume later.

11:00 – We loaded up the minivan (including my mom, who came to visit for the week and spend my birthday with me) and headed down to Willcox to visit a pumpkin farm.  This was the second birthday I’ve spent down there.

2:00 – Having chosen and paid for four pumpkins, we piled back into the car.  En route home we made a brief detour at a local winery we’ve never tried.  The kids watched a movie in the van while Jeff, my mom and I sampled wine inside.  While we were there, we noticed a poster advertising a wine festival in the park downtown and we thought we’d stop by to see how it was.

3:00 – As it turned out, the wine festival was perfect.  We spent two hours there.

6:30 – We finished watching the Cardinals game.  That loss to the Vikings was the one and only downer of the day :(

8:30 – I opened gifts and then tucked the kids into bed.

9:00 – There was just enough time to snuggle onto the couch for an episode of Breaking Bad.  We’re totally hooked.

All in all, thirty-five is looking good, wouldn’t you say?

8 Replies to “thirty-five”

  1. I love that your kids watched a movie in the car while you sampled wine. You are so our kind of people.

    And Breaking Bad, I believe, is the first tv show we’ve ever had in common.

  2. Happy Birthday! 35 should be a GREAT year with a start like that. And why haven’t I thought of the dvd-while-wine-tasting plan?? ;)

    1. They were delicious! He thinly sliced them and then sauteed them in butter, molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg in a skillet on the stovetop. I’m not quite sure why the recipe called them “poached”; I would lean more towards sauteed.

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