It’s My Birthday!

Woo hoo!  Turning 32 doesn’t happen everyday, now does it?  Nope!

I started the weekend off (Halloween) in a pretty blech and bleak mood, to be honest.  I’m not a Halloween fan and didn’t have any plans, so I just went home.  I had packed up Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet so those helped take my mind off things.  Fallout 3 freakin’ rules.  I haven’t played Little Big Planet and am a little afraid to, as I have a feeling I’ll get seriously addicted.

Oh yeah, I still haven’t uploaded and messed with all my pictures, so that will still have to wait. I’ve got pics from Vegas, DC, and Madonna (!) and just random ones too.

Then on Saturday, I met up with Larry and we had a great evening, first going to the restaurant where we had our first date (awww…..) and then walking a helluva lot, first through Times Square, then down to the Meatpacking District (no snide remarks here, people) where all the very trendy clubs and bars are (where we got mistaken for cops by some drug dealers, ha!), and then finally over to Union Square.  We ended up at a fairly trendy bar called Coffee Shop (I’m not kidding) and had some very nicely priced drinks there before heading back.  On Sunday, Larry made me breakfast (he’s a dynamite chef) and then we met up with Shelly at the WinterGarden Theater on Broadway to see Mamma Mia!!!!  Yay!  It’s the musical I’ve seen…a lot.  And it doesn’t get old.  Afterwards, we all went to a restaurant called Blue Smoke that has FANTASTIC BBQ.  Plus there is some hellaciously good Mac & Cheese there.  In fact, it reminded me a lot of that bbq place right near Nellis that I can NOT remember the name of.  What the hell was it called?  But the Mac & Cheese there was delish too.

And now today is my Birthday.  It’s nearly over now, but it was a pretty decent one.  Not bad for the 32nd, and considering it was spent on a Monday and at work.  So I’ve been sick though the past few days with a crappy cold and I woke up as expected with a bunch of phlegm to clear out.  I know, gross.  At work though, I got there and saw that Rockefeller Plaza had been transformed in to NBC’s Election Plaza – it’s pretty fantastic looking.  And now 30 Rock is bathed completely in Red, White, & Blue and the rink has an Electoral Map underneath the ice.  Anyways, this morning I was able to make some serious strides in solving some work issues that have been bothering the hell outta me the last week or so, which was a welcome victory.  Then some awesome coworkers picked up Magnolia Bakery cupcakes for my birthday!!!  How sweet is that?  These things were delicious, and apparently (and deservedly so) quite well-regarded in the dessert circles.  In the afternoon, there was a ‘meeting’ about Super Bowl clearances I was supposed to attend but it was a ruse to get us birthday folk there for cookie cake!!!!!!  I Heart Cookie Cake.   So yes, the birthday at work was pretty sweet.

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes and the birthday greetings.  Much love and thanks to Mom & Harv and Larry too for the gifts too.  Thank you so much!!!

Here’s a gift that I’d like to get from the U.S. tomorrow though:  Elect Barack Obama as the President.  And from California, please vote NO on Prop 8.  Thank you in advance, as I know the right thing will be done.

Oh, and here’s a link to last week’s Insider Recap article for the Amazing Race:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8478.art&page=1

So, here I go with 365 days till the really cool birthday age of 33!  LOL.

And as a present to you all, here are two fantastic videos with Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones – the first, we shall just call:  Puppies.

And this one, we shall just call, Kitties.

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