Tonight The Baron and I will celebrate our third anniversary with a quiet night at home. For the past two years we’ve gone away for a joint birthday/anniversary weekend, but this year The Baron outdid himself with a birthday extravaganza. Tonight I’m hoping we’ll have just a quiet night at home.
The birthday started off with Little Miss Law and my sisters Glamorous and Adorable coming over for a night of pizza (from Lamonica’s in Westwood — the best pizza ever), birthday cake (the family staple: mint chip ice cream cake from Baskin Robins), and Monopoly. I have a bit of a competitive streak and so a few years ago I was barred from Monopoly (I’m also not allowed to do “voices,” but that’s another story), but this year I declared myself officially “mature enough” to handle it. We played for hours, until only The Baron and I were left standing, although Little Miss Law did make a very strong showing.
I also got some really kick-ass presents:
Dad & my stepmom sent me the gift that keeps on giving . . . thanks guys 🙂
Little Miss Law brought me a cookie-jar full of seasonal cookie cutters (she knows my weakness for sugar cookies . . .) in a cute glass jar, which I immediately filled with the cookies I’d picked up as a special birthday treat for myself — Mother’s Circus Animals . . . yummy goodness!
Glamorous brought a beautiful (although enormous) wooden salad bowl & tongs — salad is the perfect antidote to birthday cake and cookies!
And of course, yarny goodies:
My mom sprung for the Harmony needles for the KnitPicks Options set, which are so amazing that they are backordered at KnitPicks and I cannot wait for their arrival. The more I use my Options set the happier I am that I sprung for them — I can’t imagine working without them. The Harmony needles will be a fun and very useful addition to my set. Mom also tried to get the Lexie Barnes needle-case I’ve been drooling over, but with the Harmony needles on the way I decided to go the practical route and get a second Needlemaster case (which has already arrived and is waiting patiently, as I am, for the needles to arrive).
Adorable, thoughtful as always, brought me a wonderful gift: the news that she’d been hired for her first job. I could not be more proud of her. And to pile it on, she got me the coolest gifts from Jennifer Knits including a gorgeous package of beautiful red-and-black Dive Autunno yarn:
As though the yarn wasn’t enough, Adorable also brought me the most beautiful umbrella swift, made in Berkeley by Lacis. I’ve already used it several times and it’s a joy — the smoothness of the wood, the ease and simplicity of operation — I feel as though I’ve returned to a time when things were constructed with lasting quality in mind. The Baron helped me set it up in our
guest knitting room along with the ball winder, and it’s just beautiful:
And The Baron came through with some pretty amazing plans and gifts himself. He orchestrated my birthday party game-night as well as cooking me dinner on Saturday and arranging a Sunday brunch-and-spa-day outing for me and Little Miss Law. He also showered me with gifts.
The Baron has a creative soul. A while back he made me the most beautiful photograph: a swirl of blue light on an inky background, elegantly framed in crisp black against a clean white mat. For this birthday, he presented me with the next two prints in the series. Breathtaking. They are going to make a fantastic addition to the walls of our as-yet sparsely decorated home.
I am always excited by sparkly holiday lights whenever we see them out and about or on trips to Target. We’ve talked a lot about getting decorations together for our first holiday in the new house, so I was thrilled to receive this:
And speaking of Target, we’ve been collecting their Library editions of boardgames and giving them to each other for special occasions. In honor of my birthday, The Baron added Stratego to our collection:
On Saturday, The Baron took me to the Huntington Garden. For his birthday earlier this year I gave him a membership for us, and since then we’ve enjoyed occasional trips to stroll the grounds and enjoy a beautiful day outside. This trip the weather was perfect, sunny but with a gentle breeze, and the garden was not too crowded. We saw this:
We saw this:
We found a quiet spot with a comfortable bench and sat here:
And then he gave me this:
We’re hoping to get married in our backyard next summer . . .