Tuesday, October 03, 2006

35 and counting!

sometimes birthdays come and go without a trace. and yet sometimes birthdays come that will be burned into your memory......whether good or bad.

this past weekend i was blessed to celebrate my 35th birthday, and some definite memories were created. some even captured on film!

the weekend actually started out with a dinner at guapo's in tenley town with my former work team. my old boss was visiting from the uk, so we all got together for old time's sake and downed some 5 pitchers of margaritas. what a great way to start things off!

i then made my way home to be welcomed by brad who was there waiting with a room full of balloons, a cake, a bouquet of flowers, and many many presents. i was treated so special and it was a perfect way to end the evening.

brad and i woke up the next morning and were invited to a dear friend's house for lunch. rolando had made us a very special lunch consisting of tomato basil bisque, and a chicken pesto pasta dish. all accompanied by wine, bread and followed by tarimisu. we were stuffed! thanks, rolo, for such a wonderful birthday treat!

saturday evening, i went to dinner with a small group at one of my favorite restaurants in dc, thai-tanic! yes, the name is funny, but the food is amazing and cheap and the drinks are tall and strong. it was probably a good think that we went to dinner and started with a full stomach, because little did i know how much i would actually drink before the night was over. if you've never been to thai-tanic, try it! it's on 14th street in logan circle. i highly recommend the panang and you can't go wrong with their pad thai. YUM!

we then strolled over to halo where i was met by many friends who came to celebrate the evening with me. halo is a great space and is known for it's fabulous drinks. i think at one point i was drinking a cocktail with two others on deck. thanks friends!!!! all in all, i believe i had 5 cocktails at halo in addition to the two we had started out with at thai-tanic. then came the shots! yes, my friends, what would a birthday be without shots? we made our way upstairs in halo and i had two shots, almost one right after the other. at this point, i'm a little fuzzy on who actually purchased them, but i just remember there was a group of us all enjoying them. whew!
so, now if you're counting, that was 7 cocktails and 2 shots. so what's next? yup, you guessed it, FOOD!

a small group of us made are our way to the diner in adams morgan. at this point, i'm not really sure what i ordered, but it did come with fries and i remember ripping into those. with all the hustle and bustle in the diner (that place hops), the conversations were lively and the laughter was strong......as you can tell by this picture. at some point, we decided to leave and brad drove us home since he had just joined us at halo after the completion of his performances at the kennedy center.

the next day, brad and i joined another group of friends for brunch at rosemary thyme's in dupont. it was a gorgeous day and brunch (including bloodys) was just delicious! it could have stopped there, but oh no. then 6 of us decided to head to g'town to go see jackass 2. this movie is a whole other blog unto itself....go see this movie.

after laughing for about 2 hours, it was off to chorus rehearsal and then after rehearsal drinks at halo once again. funnny how things come full circle.

we concluded by going to dinner at the melting pot in dc last night (monday) and celebrated birthdays for me, brad and tom qualey. bick's birthday is coming up in 2 weeks, so it'll be time to whoop it up again!

so, thank you all for making my birthday weekend so memorable!!!! it was truly amazing and just another reminder of what special friends that i have in my life. i truly count my blessings every day and thank you so much for your friendship.

be good to each other!