Birthday # 49

The day before yesterday was my 49th birthday. First of all, thank you so much to everyone who sent greetings. I was overwhelmed and moved by all of them

Hubby and I started the day gently, planning to go to Olive Garden for lunch. Well. We got there and the parking lot was chock-a-block!

We had already decided to go over the road to The Tilted Kilt for a bevy afterwards,0824141527-00

(only one, since hubby was driving), so headed over there to see what they had to eat.0824141527-01

Whilst Tiffany served us with our drinks on the spacious and airy patio, I ordered fish ‘n’ chips, and hubby ordered the Irish stew. Let me tell you, both were delicious and ample servings. So ample, in fact that neither of us could quite finish.0824141510-00

So it came time for us to move along, and we paid for our lovely meal, giving Tiffany a good tip for being a perfect hostess. I made an off-the-cuff remark that it was a reverse birthday present.

“Whose birthday?” Tiffany asked.

“Mine.” I blushed.

“Oh my goodness! Why didn’t you tell me earlier? We have something we do for that.”

How was I supposed to know I should have blabbed about my special day right off the bat? I blushed some more, and wondered what she had in store for me.0824141512-00

I didn’t have to wait long. After a five-minute pause, she carried to our table an ice-cream-topped brownie with a candle on top. Then posed with me for a photo.0824141513-00

I think, if you look hard, you can just about see the blown-out candle, but not the ice cream. I was both relieved – I’d had no idea what was in store – and humbled by this gesture. To me, it was a nice touch 🙂 We shall definitely be visiting The Tilted Kilt again.

Onward to the Mall, where I was instructed to seek out some black shorts, (to interchange with my ONLY other pair of khakis. This, dear reader, is easier said than done. Let me assure you most emphatically of that. I had been searching for the article in question for some weeks, without success. The shorts were either too long in the leg, too fancy, (I like plain things), or the wrong material, (I like cottons, canvases, etc.). So. We enter the second store, Express clothing, and lo and behold!WP_20140825_002 There they were in the sale section.

Hallelujah! I supposed that all good things are worth the wait and grabbed them, after making sure they fit, before they were gone.

On we trekked, in search this time of liquid refreshment. No. Not beer, water in my case, and Dr Pepper in hubby’s. I was parched. We walked past Hot Topic, chatting away and I turned.

“Ooh lookie. Doctor Who stuff!”

Of course, we went in, and this is what we ended up with:WP_20140825_006WP_20140825_004

A tee-shirt and a pendant each. As you see, the one I chose is a T.A.R.D.I.S. (Of course it is).

Hubby chose a Weeping Angel, but it did not manifest onto the camera so well. Perhaps it’s for the best, because every Whovian knows that you Don’t Blink when a Weeping Angel is in your sights!

Onward and moving past Spencer’s. We decide to enter and I find a tee-shirt with a skull. WP_20140825_003Now, anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I like things with skulls on. Hubby bought the tee for me and then we noticed what it actually said.

THE WALKING DEAD.

One of my favourite TV shows. Double Delight! So. We head home, safe in the knowledge that I had enough birthday presents for the next ten years…

I planned to post this blog yesterday, the day after my birthday, and that is another story, which I shall briefly impart:

The other week we bought a TracFone. On the 24th, I took photos, (those above), with the article. Yesterday I attempted to move them to my computer. Simple job, right?

WRONG.

My computer kindly allowed me to install driver software for the new phone, when I had plugged it into a USB port. Then refused to recognize either one…three times. I messaged our T-Mobile “smart phone” with the photos, only to have the “not so smart phone” accept the text, but refuse to show the pictures. Somewhat frustrated, I phoned customer support, who were little to no help, and decided to try the email option. That didn’t work either!

Close to giving up, I noticed a Bluetooth option on both phones. The Trackie and our T-Mobile. Once I got it working there was success! However, it was far too late to do anything about it. Hence, I am posting this blog today.

Cover 1 TEL fourth draftThe whole farce left me so annoyed and lost for time that I didn’t have time to work on THAT ENGLISH LADY, my W.I.P., yesterday at all. Better get a wriggle on with it today…

That way it can, hopefully, soon, (or soon-ISH),  join my other books and become available for all you lovely readers to buy.

On that note, toodaloo, until next time 🙂

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