Tuesday, February 7, 2012

the birthday lowdown

After the whole frozen pipes debacle, I unwrapped my presents.. a Kindle from The Husband and Fifty, and from my mother; The Complete Works of Jane Austen in hardcover. There's something funny about receiving a kindle and a book that weighs five pounds on the same day. Alas, I love them both as well as the other present my mother sent...


That's right. Now I have my very own Mr.Darcy to swoon over (and not that poor man's Mr. Darcy in the Keira Knightley version, the real Mr. Darcy as he should be, as in Mr. Firth). This is the gift that keeps on giving because I get to make The Husband watch it while I shout, "Oh Mr. Darcy!" in a hoity toity accent. Fun.

We went out to dinner just the two of us and as I was getting ready, I had a truly horrible realization... The Husband and I hadn't been out to dinner alone since we were in Texas at the end of summer. Poppycock you say! But you know, January is January. December is Christmas and preparing for Christmas. In November we went out in Avignon with friends, and out to dinner in Dublin with Friends. Disco Gayle was here for a month between September and October, so no date night time there, and there you go, Texas in August.

The saddest thing... we can't even count our last dinner in Dallas at The Landmark because the manager of the hotel, who had some sort of man crush on The Husband, crashed it (oh, have I never told you about him - it was a wee strange, but he was very sweet, hung out with us the ENTIRE night, which meant we drank for free, but it also meant that we were not alone. Romantic it wasn't).

And there you have it, our last 'date night' turned out to be at Chilis in Texas. That's gross. If I had known that my hankering for southwestern egg rolls would turn into my last dinner out with The Husband for five months, I would have picked another restaurant.

So I was so excited about our little dinner date that I had not one, but two Kir Royales before dinner, which I think was totally allowed considering... as well as that oh so delicious bottle of Vacqueyras, and the génépi digestif.

Dinner was so wonderful that I didn't even care when I came home to find the pipes had frozen again.

bisou

24 comments:

  1. There is only one Mr Darcy!!!! You lucky thing you can watch him whenever you like!!!!!
    I am so glad you had a beautiful evening xx

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  2. I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday-dinner on the most wonderful day of the year! Frozen pipes doesn't sound all that wonderful though...

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  3. I had my first Kir Royal this weekend! It was good!!! Happy Birthday!!!!

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  4. your last dinner in texas was at chilis? LOLLLLLLLLLLLL. sorry...what is sad about that is i would give anything to eat chilis right now. even the bottomless chips and salsa (ok...i just need mexican food like yesterday).

    but on a better note, happppy bday. happy late bday. and if you want some unfrozen pipes, head up my way. sadly norway is probably warmer than where you are right now!

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  5. Wait. Chilis? And wait? When was your birthday? ouf, happy belated! (Admittedly, a hot bowl of chili sounds good on a cold day like today...)

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  6. I love that Fifty was in on the gift too! My mom always creeps my cat Charlotte into the gift too and when I try to thank her, I just get cat bitch face from her.

    Enjoy your Kindle, I hear they are addicting! A reading addiction? I say that's the perfect addiction to have! :)

    Sounds like you and The Husband had a lovely night...try to do it more often!

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  7. Well, as you now have a Kindle, you might like to know that for today only you can get 'Speak Swahili Dammit' free on Amazon here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Speak-Swahili-Dammit-ebook/dp/B00502B5WA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328605388&sr=8-1
    and an hourly listing of all free Kindle books on Amazon here: http://uk.kogrid.com/

    Glad you had a lovely romantic dinner. :)

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    1. Did you read 'Speak Swahili, Dammit!', Sarah, and, if so, did you like it?? James Penhaligon.

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  8. I love that genepi liqueur, we just had it in Italy, where they pick the stuff. Yummo.
    And good to see you have P&P (proper version), wet white shirts ahoy!

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  9. Ah Fifty is very thoughtful :-) Belated happy birthday.

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  10. but Southwestern Egg Rolls are SO good!

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  11. I had to do a bit of googling to figure this all out. I took a guess that bottle of Vacqueyras was wine, but the Genepi and Kir Royal had me stumped. The Kir Royal sounds wonderful and I'm going to try making it for my next girls night.

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  12. Sounds like you had a very nice birthday celebration except for the frozen pipes. I think getting both a book, DVD, and Kindle from your mom and the Husband can be somewhat attributed to a generation and technology gap. I am sure you will enjoy them all.

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  13. So glad that you had a great birthday!! A Kindle? Luckkyyy lady!!

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  14. Frozen again? Sheesh, that stinks!
    And... did you download Hunger Games yet??
    Oooh I think I like the other Mr. Darcy better! Don't hate me!!

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  15. We always have Kir Royal when in France. Yummy. And Colin Firth, as Mr. Darcy or himself...swoooon. Glad it was a lovely birthday.

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  16. Happy Birthday! Glad to hear you guys got out to eat finally.

    Btw, Mr. Firth is totally the best Mr. Darcy hands down. swoon

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  17. Perfect birthday!! I could go for a Kir Royale right now. And maybe some Southwestern eggrolls too.

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  18. Booze makes everything better, doesn't it? I wonder if I could pair a kir royale with my green chili with chicken I made last night (speaking of Chili(s))...Glad you finally had a date nite! xo

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  19. Sounds like an amazing birthday. And February is such a neat month. HAPPY {belated} BIRTHDAY!

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  20. I love Pride and Prejudice as well - I have yet to see the "original" version though! Pretty much everyone who's seen them both {that I know} says it's better, so I reeeeally need to watch it lol.

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  21. happy belated birthday!! i'm so glad you finally got some dinner with your man without someone crashing it!!!

    and books and virtual books - perfect gifts if you ask me! :)

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  22. I swear we were separated at birth. I heart southwestern egg rolls (in a, I would never admit that...kind of way).

    Happy Birthday sweets!!
    xo

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  23. Hey the MR Darcy on the kiera knightly version aint that bad! hahaha. Happy birthday!

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