First and foremost, I have to say the most splendiferous, exuberant, metaphorical-hug-filled, joyous, honoured, grateful, and shimmering thank you to everyone who emailed, texted, messaged, and blog-commented such wonderful birthday wishes to me yesterday. It was you who turned a rather lacklustre and potentially cry-worthy day into a day of smiles. Thank you.
I have just returned home from being treated to a wonderful birthday dinner by a gorgeous and dear friend of mine. The combination of hours of laughter, deliciousness, chatting, and one of the most aesthetically beautiful desserts I’ve ever been presented with has ensured that I’m now firmly in Super Happy Birthday Mode, despite it technically being the day after my birthday.
I’ll certainly tell you all about the dinner (and my brilliant friend Jess) in coming days, but what I really need to do right now is lie down flat on the floor until my food-baby settles and I can comfortably move off to bed. In the meantime, I thought I’d show you the birthday presents I’ve received so far…
My very first present came to me on Wednesday night at Gospel, and was from Libby. She gave me a lovely pair of purple earrings and the above cupcake, which was so pretty I almost couldn’t bring myself to eat it. Almost. But then I remembered that I’ve never in my life eaten an extravagantly-frosted cupcake like this, and so I happily embraced my inner girly-girl and delved into its pink swirls. (I also scooped some of the frosting onto my morning oatmeal. Wouldn’t you?)
I may have only entered the world of full-time work two months ago, but Good Golly Miss Molly! My colleagues know me well:
It was swoon.
And then my brother, the magnificent, talented, and generous E.TeacherLord who recently overtook Toby Abbott during the Puffing Billy race, sent me a large and heavy package that made me squeal in girly-girl joy upon opening.
Four types of flavoured peanut butter from America (which have only just become available in Australia via a single online retailer), a large bag of peanut butter-filled pretzels, a raw vegan nut bar, and an Ancho chilli-flavoured chocolate.
He knows me well.