In addition to all the holiday fol-de-rol goings on, I also had a birthday. A big birthday, as in one that ended in a zero.

In the weeks leading up to it, I felt decidedly unfabulous, to be honest. All those hours of lost sleep, and I was starting to wonder if I was going to survive turning 40 at all.

We all started to get healthy, although Claire and I still have a lingering cough and some major head congestion. That bit is mostly me. I haven't had a properly functioning right ear in over a week. According to the doctor, I had an ear infection, which passed and left behind inflammation and congestion. Things being what they are, the congestion can't pass until the inflammation goes down. So, for the last week, I have felt like I've got my head at the bottom of a can.

Still, my birthday was a pretty glorious celebration. A true birthday week - starting off with a fantastic new camera and a great birthday dinner and red velvet cake at Pio Pio with the family. Then my very best friend in the world came to visit us for the weekend AND the husband threw me a birthday dinner party at our favorite restaurant. I cannot say enough about the staff at 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria. Cannot. Will not. They helped us plan a casual dinner for 18, with delicious food, freely flowing drinks and a cozy space. Thanks Edward and Trevor!

If the remaining 51 weeks of the year are as good as this first one was, I think it's going to be an awesome year.

Family birthday dinner, PioPio, Queens


Doing My Best said…
Happy birthday!! That DOES sound like some nice celebrating!! And tell us more about that delicous-looking cake in the picture =)...what kind was it? And did it taste as good as it looks?
Anonymous said…
Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday! I am glad the new year is starting off well. The dinner sounded wonderful.
Painless Mama said…
I never answered you - I'm so sorry. It was a red velvet cake from my favorite local bakery. Unfortunately, it was sort of dry and not very red inside. Disappointing, in the end.

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