Despite the fact I have written about 20 posts in my head in the last ten days, I still can't come up with a good title for this post. Probably because it's a fairly incoherent mish-mash of photos and thoughts. Written while I'm numb with sleepiness. Here goes!
I airily tossed off the phrase "Evan had taken me out to eat" a few lines back like it was no big deal. But it was definitely a big deal. It has been a LONG time since we got to go out together, and this time, we really lived it up and went to bc, a fancy restaurant in Syracuse. It was absolutely awesome. I splurged on an appetizer (I did share nicely) of two humungous sea scallops. They were buttery and perfect, but it was the garnish that made me moan in food ecstasy-- leeks and mushrooms in a brown butter/thyme sauce. I think I would have licked the plate, given any privacy. Then, Evan had a filet mignon with a green bean / potato hash with bacon that looked glorious, and I had (in the words of the menu) a "homemade potato gnocchi, wild mushrooms, short rib and truffle ragout". It was tender, exotic, and everything someone wants when they have made 47 dinners in a row at home. Before supper, we met at a restaurant supply store and bought a bunch of little kitchen gadgets I have been yearning over for a long time. Then, home to a bunch of sweet kids that were eager to give me my birthday card and sing "Happy Birthday!" to me over a vinegar cake. All in all, about as lovely as birthdays get.
Well, that's it for photos, and you might be spared some of my drivel, since I will fall asleep on the keyboard here pretty soon. It's been very busy here, I miss the Januarys when Evan was unemployed. Sure, we were flat broke, but Daddy was home! Now that he's been working straight through, there is a lot of nights when he's not home until late. Definitely don't want to complain about his business being a success, but I do feel a little nostalgic for the other years! :-)
I'm so grateful for our fairly uneventful life right now-- a house over our heads, food on the table, sweet kids in our arms-- we sure are lucky people!