Yesterday, my friends Marie and Mike held an early birthday party for me. Marie, who is the party planning queen among our troupe, asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday a few weeks back, and it was tough coming up with something somewhat original. I mean, my birthday is actually Wednesday, the 27th, which makes an inconvenient time to stay up and drink/party for those of us who work the following day, which would have been everyone. Even I can’t stay up late, since I’ve got to be at the airport at 5 am in the morning Thursday to go to Seattle.
Since I’d be in Seattle on the weekend after my birthday, that left the weekend prior. I opted for something that would enable a small gathering of folks to get together and hang out. Thus, the idea for a cheese party was born. This was the e-mail I sent to my friends whom I invited:
Subject: for my birthday, we’re cutting the cheese
Hey there, movers and shakers.
Seriously, the cake was the shit: a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting lookin’ like a cheese round, complete with fondant mice and a fondant cat, just ‘cuz. I’m sure once people see the cake, and all the cheese, they’ll wish they were there at Mike & Marie’s, too.
Even better, Marie took all the leftover cheese and crackers and made a fabulous mac n’ cheese this evening that was superb, it was like the party continued the next evening with a guest who couldn’t make it the previous night.
I’d like to thank everyone who showed up yesterday evening, and a big high-five to Kate for the pillows, Mike and Marie for the cookbook and for hosting the event, and a squeeze for Hao… because he’s Hao.
But my birthday doesn’t end there! There’s the monthly office “cake day” tomorrow in my department for everyone whose birthday is this month (four of us), then on Wednesday, I have Ethiopian food to look forward to with my parents for lunch, and after that, Seattle and Debbie’s wedding! I might get to go out to dinner on my birthday, too. I won’t push it, though. At the very least, I think it’s high time I make some madeleines with my pan I bought last month prior to my wrist injury.
Happy birthday to me.