Doug's birthday was today! We've been busy playing together all day long. It was a wonderful day! It felt like my lucky day because we were together most of the day alone! Doug slept in until 8 while I took the kids to school and did a little this and that at home. We spent some time in the hottub in the morning, which has become one of my favorite parts of the day! Love it! We watched two squirrels chasing each other from tree to tree and laughed and oohed and aahed at their ability to "fly" from tree to tree. Love our new backyard!
I had listed a few dressers that we no longer need on a local Facebook classified page and we had a lady coming to look at one at 10. She bought it and we offered to deliver it since we had to deliver our three day old exploded stove to the appliance salvage guy at that end of Logan. So, we loaded up some boxes for Doug's mom, who is moving this weekend up to Idaho to her new husband, Norm's home. After a short visit and a birthday hug from Mom for Doug, we headed up to Smithfield. We had a few stops to make there. One included picking up some things at Smithfield Implement, which we always referred to as the Smithfield Mall. It's a 100-plus Hardware/Dept/Cowboy/YouNameIt store that has more than Wal-mart, better prices and the money stays local, so Doug loves it. Oddly, you can't just run in and grab a bolt that you need... you come out with appliances and gadgets and all sorts of fun things!
After that, Doug opted for lunch at Black Pearl. He cracked me up! A few weeks ago, Michael, the owner, was making sushi, slicing an avocado. Doug saw the avocado and that's what he ordered for lunch - a fresh avocado, some wasabi and a bowl of rice. He liked it so much that he ordered it again today. Mike delivers it with fresh cilantro surrounding it. Doug was in heaven.
We had several more errands, including a stop at Sam's Club, where we ran into and spent over half an hour each, talking with two of our favorite people/old neighbors from Smithfield. Sandi's 99 year old mother had just passed away and she shared some special final experiences with her mom. I adored her mother... she looked like what I would imagine Mrs. Claus to look like. Just darling. I was touched that Sandi shared such personal experiences. She's always been someone who I love to listen to. Dorothy is wife of the "other Doug Corbridge" and she and I share a special bond far deeper than both being married to Doug Corbridge, living on the same street and following each other through the valley for decades. We agreed that she'll come for lunch when I get the house all ready! That's motivation alone to hurry and get finished! We never see each other that we don't just gab and gab and laugh and cry. I adore her! A highlight of the day, indeed... seeing two special friends!
After a few more stops, we came home, connected with Liza on Facetime and gave Doug his new birthday gift ~ a new suit! He was very surprised! I'd not even worried about a size, but just picked one out, bought it, wrapped it and knew that we'd have to go back in to have it altered. When we were done visiting with Liza, we headed straight to town to let him pick out his suit of choice and it looks great! It's being altered. I called him James Bond all night!
After our quick trip back to town, we came home and had his favorite meal for dinner... grilled salmon, baked potatoes, spinach salad and for his dessert, fresh berries. I did talk him into having the fruit on angel food cake. He was in heaven. Dinner was divine! One of my favorite things that Doug ever says is when I ask where he wants to eat, his answer is always "Sophia's Kitchen". I'm happy to oblige!
Now, it's 11:33 and we are, all five of us, gathered in the den, sitting in front of a roaring fire, watching Into the Woods on Blu-ray. I love this moment. I love this man! I love life! I love my life!
No birthday interview... we just have not slowed down long enough to do it. Maybe in the next few days, but maybe not. Tomorrow, we will work on the house and we're hoping to buy and plant a few cherry trees! Life is good! Live it joyfully!