What I got was a short shift at the library, which was wonderful because I've been chomping at the bit to go back to work and be around my people there.
Alicia bought me the Hunger Games prequel, knowing I was still holding firm about not reading it. She says that now if I change my mind--which she is convinced I will--I won't have the excuse of not owning it to stop me. She is probably not wrong, lol.
I came home from work to find two huge bouquets of flowers and cards waiting for me. One bouquet was from my family, and the cards they picked out this year were fabulously funny. I laughed a solid two minutes at Craig's. The other was from my friend L who also dropped off what she claims is part one of my gift. It was a great surprise.
Then, my cake got delivered. It turned out soooo pretty:
That's not buttercream frosting, but cream instead, which is so much lighter and not nearly as sweet as buttercream (in case you haven't figured it out, I'm not a fan of buttercream, lol). The cake itself was chocolate with strawberries in the cream layers inside. It tasted as good as it looked. We actually had cake first because Alicia had a meeting at the time we would normally eat dinner. So cake at 4pm, then Craig grilled steaks for us for 7pm. It's my birthday, and I get to set the schedule, right? I might even have some leftover cake for breakfast in the morning.
Then, it was a couple hours of quiet television, and now I'm getting ready to go to bed. I really couldn't have asked for a better day. I had messages galore from friends and family, so thank you to everyone who wished me well. I'm just grateful to have such a good life. If I've learned anything during this pandemic, it's to be grateful for the bounties we have, especially all the small details that we usually take for granted. Life is precious and short.
And I wouldn't change mine for the world.