This year a bunch of places that I've signed up with in the past sent me emails with coupons for free food or percents off their goods for my birthday.
Today's free lunch was courtesy Red Robin's birthday club :) In my purse is a coupon for a free Coldstone Creamery creation. And then there was the coupon for a free lunch special at Knockout Pizza, which unfortunately expired today as they only gave me two days in which to use it. But it's the thought that counts!
My sister spent the day (and a lot of money) entertaining me and my usual lunchtime suspects. She took us all to Le Peep for breakfast as lunch, which is always a favorite with me. Then we went to dinner at Tajima's, which our Japanese community rep Midori had recommended to us for its okonomiyaki. Very tasty! Barb and I followed this with a visit to Mitsuwa to look at Japanese groceries and sundries, which remind us of Hawaii every time.
I bought a tetsubin (cast iron tea pot) for myself; I've always wanted one, and this one is gorgeous, with a little stand and two tea cups.
And then, there is the new love of my life: my pink DS lite! Yay! Rob very thoughtfully had it sent to my office last week and I took it with me on my trip, playing the heck out of Animal Crossing every chance I got. Once back at work, Paul let me borrow his Animal Crossing game, SimSlayer Joe lent me his DS and I went fruit foraging in Paul's little town :) Now I am the happy gardener with every single type of fruit in the world!
Combined with a wonderful weekend, the magic bay leaf dinner and cookies by Chris and all this goodness in the form of food and DS-ness, this has been a marvy-cool birthday.
Thank you, y'all! :)