A lot of people say that on their birthday they feel exactly the same as they did the day before, and I agree- but if you take that a step further and compare how you felt on your birthday the year before compared to now, hopefully its different... and hopefully it's because something has improved. I was thinking about all the things that have happened with Jake since March 22nd, 2010 and I think it's a lot!
-He got his Cannondale cycle in April (aka Carmen, his baby)
-Graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May
-Started his first job with Sentara in June
-We got our dog, Tank, in July
-He started a small business with another therapist in September
-We celebrated our 1 year anniversary in October
-Picked out our fresh Christmas tree together in December (this was a first for both of us; I'd always gotten a tree from NC and never with him and I don't think he'd ever picked out a real tree period)
-He “Retired” the terminator for a new Tacoma & spent two and half weeks in Haiti working on amputees through Physicians for Peace in February
Of course this isn’t nearly everything, but I’m sure when Jake really thinks about everything from the past year he will feel different (and hopefully in a good way).
Now as far as his birthday celebration goes, it’s sort of tricky because we are both part of a bible study on Tuesday nights and the guys' study is actually at our house! With that in mind, we preemptively celebrated on Sunday with Alison and Will at Zushi in Town Center and splurged with dessert at Confetti! Tonight my plan is to get off work early and cook dinner for him. And trust me when I tell you that the act of cooking in and of itself is a great gift. Not to mention the recipe has both multiple ingredients and steps, which will hopefully impress him as well!
Tonight’s menu is (don’t worry he won’t read this before then):
Cayenne-Rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa
and Tomatoes Stuffed with Grilled-Corn Salad from Martha Stewart’s Food Everyday
I’ve actually told Jake that I made plans for us right after work and will text him the address right before he gets off to keep the surprise. Of course, he assumed this meant eating out and started to complain that we’d already done the whole celebration charade on Sunday and he isn’t sure that we’ll have time to go out. I reminded him that I’m a planner and I’d already taken all of those things into consideration before making the plans, so for him to trust me. I promised he’d be home in plenty of time for the his bible study.. and I plan on keeping that promise.
He should be getting said text with our address any minute and I'm sure he'll call right away to see what I'm up to. Hopefully, dinner will be timed perfectly for his arrival and the house may even be cleaned too (fingers crossed)!
Oh, and if dinner ends up looking like the above I may share some pictures with you, but based on my past experiences it probably won't so don't hold your breath!
Dinner was a hit and he of course appreciated the gesture! Below is how it turned out... not to shabby if I say so myself.