A special day

Ah, birthdays… the one day out of the year to do whatever I want (within reason, of course) and have my husband agree with me FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Here’s what my day was like:

Rolled out of bed at 9am
Listened to missed phone msg from my mother-in-law singing
Received happy birthday text msg and pic from my sister
Had a blueberry sugar scone with coffee for breakfast
Played a game of Skip-bo with David. (David won)
Completed a quick revision for a client
Showered and dressed
Sprayed sealer on some pendants I made recently (more about that soon)
Began the 2.5 hour journey from Portland to Cape Disappointment, Washington
Received birthday phone message from my father-in-law on the Astoria Bridge

Arrived in the small town of Longview, WA around 1:30pm. Enjoyed a delicious lunch at a little restaurant called the 42nd Street Cafe (4201 Pacific Hwy, Seaview, WA, 360-642-2323). We chose it solely on a drive-by, but it turns out to be highly rated by big names like Fodor’s “Tradition merges with innovation” and Travel & Leisure “Excellent.” David ordered a cheeseburger and fries (natural, fresh, handcut) and I had a pot roast sandwich with fries. I also ordered beignets ( I was starving and hey! it’s my birthday!) as well as their ‘cafe au lait’ which consists of Café du Monde coffee with chicory which I’ve heard of but never tried. It came in a small french press with hot milk on the side. Chicory is the root of the endive plant (although our server said it was a bark) that is roasted and added to coffee, common in the New Orleans area. I’ve read that it tends to have a chocolatey flavor, but that is so NOT true. To be honest, the smell reminded me of pot.

After lunch we headed to nearby Cape Disappointment State Park.
First we walked the short trail to North Head Lighthouse. On the way we saw the coast guard helicopter floating near the side of our cliff, probably doing some sort of training maneuver. It was so unbelievable close. The ground trembled and the air vibrated hard, it was that close. It was cold and the coastal wind was whipping us so hard that none of my pics turned out perfectly in focus, the wind practically buffeted the camera out of my hands. This was my favorite of the two lighthouses. On the way back we stopped to check out the Lighthouse keeper’s residences which are now vacation rentals. I would so love to overnight here someday. Received birthday text msg from Marcy.

Then we went to check out the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. It was a nice 3/4mi hike, but for some reason it didn’t seem as interesting. On the way back Heather called to wish me a happy birthday. Skipped the interpretive center to save ourselves the $5/person entry fee. On the drive back dad called to wish me a happy birthday.

On the way home we stopped at a scrapbooking store in Seaside (hey! It’s my birthday!). David actually remembered me mentioning it on the way up. I spent a little time picking up some brads and eyelets and he didn’t complain once.

Finally made it home. Such bad weather, but worth the trip in every way.
Decided to head to the library before it closed to return books and pick up our holds.
Stopped at Baskin-Robbins on the way home to get my free birthday scoop (mint chocolate chip baby!)
Got home and played another game of Skip-bo. David won (again!).
Checked my email (yay for birthday emails!)
And finished the day with a nice massage from the husband. Yay for birthdays!

Okay, so this wasn’t supposed to be birthday cake, just a chocolate cake I happened to make this week. David cut a piece for himself (I was eating ice cream) and put in a candle for me to make a wish on after he sang happy birthday. He’s a sweetie, that David.


11 Responses to “A special day”

  1. 1 Sarah Jackson February 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Happy happy birthday! That sounds like such a glorious day. Tell David that he needs to let you beat him at Skip-bo on your birthday. That’s what my grandma does.

  2. 2 vanou February 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Joyeux Anniversaire!

  3. 3 Sarah February 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    It’s sounds like you had a great day!! Happy Birthday!

  4. 4 leslie February 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    a big happy b-day to you!

  5. 5 puremotif February 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    aww happy birthday!!

  6. 6 nicolette February 2, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Happy birthday!! You sure had a wonderful day!

  7. 7 Belinda February 2, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful day! 🙂

  8. 8 Geo February 5, 2008 at 12:33 am

    We spent time there last October and I loved all of those spots too. We also didn’t pay the five bucks! How lovely for you. Happy birthday.

  9. 9 Pina February 5, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Happy belated birthday! I think that birthdays are meant to be the way we want them to be. I don’t like watching people cooking and taking care of others (guests), falling tired into the bed in the evening and having absolutely nothing of THEIR day…

  10. 10 Victoria February 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Could a day sound any better?

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