For the obvious reasons, like Sunday morning and I'm trying to print handouts for my lesson and I can't get the printer to print and he's still in bed so I rush in with my panicky voice, "TONY! The printer won't print and the effectiveness of my lesson depends on it!" He always dutifully solves the problem. I know, I know, I should be doing that on Saturday-but alas, those handouts always get forgotten until the last minute. I'll resolve to be better.
Anyway, because this field is constantly changing, reinventing, and revolutionizing it suits his curious nature. Tony does a great job of knowing what the next "big things" are; he always knows the coolest, newest tricks. I love Google. A lot a lot. I use Google Reader to keep up with my blogs. I read all my friends and family's blogs as well as a slew of interesting photography, craft, sewing, and food blogs. The only thing I don't like about Reader is the feature that some bloggers use in order to make sure their sites are getting more traffic, and that is to put up just the first few lines or even just the title of the post and then forcing me to click through to their site. I don't like to do this because it's distracting. I am easily distracted. If I have to actually go to your blog, I'm going to have to look at all your friends' blogs, too...and then their friends'. So, it's much more efficient for me to just read the info in one place. I was expressing this complaint to Tony and he showed me an add-on called Better GReader. If you're like me...you'll love it. Now, when there is an abbreviated post I can click on a link that says, "Preview," and it pulls up their site within the Google Reader pane. It is a time saver on my time wasting. Find info on Lifehacker's site. Thanks Tony.
Tony truly outdid himself for my birthday. It was an awesome day. He ordered the sunshine especially for me. I woke up about 6:30, I was just too excited to sleep. He said 'Happy Birthday,' and surprised me by taking the day off work to spend it with me. He made me the yummiest cinnamon rolls. Calories don't count on your birthday, right? He told me we were going for a surprise! I LOVE surprises. We got on the highway-which he has done to throw me off before-but I was totally stumped. Usually he'll give off a few clues as to what his surprises are but this time, my only indicator was that I'd be totally full by the end of the day. I thought maybe we were going to a buffet of some sort but that didn't really make sense. We kept driving..."are we going to Airfoil?," I asked. Nope, then I thought maybe we were going to 5 Guys, but we kept driving...he said it was a place I had been before but I have the WORST sense of direction and had no idea where we were other than near the temple. We kept on driving and I thought the only place I'd been around the temple was the Franklin Cider Mill and that didn't make sense either. I started seeing signs for Somerset Mall and Tony knows I've always wanted to go shopping there but the "full" thing didn't add up. Then we pulled into Capital Grille! YEAH! It was awesome. I love that restaurant. He had made a reservation and they decorated the table for my special day and I totally indulged. It was so good. After that he took me shopping. He laughed trying to imagine me attempting to remember how to get back to where we parked. The mall was huge and beautiful and clean and lovely. I got some white shirts. SURPRISE! I love white shirts.
We stopped at a colorful candy store that had sour fruit salad...another birthday miracle. They even had a bin of just the sour apples from the sour fruit salad.
After a couple errands, we went home for Tony's famous meatballs, which I asked to be made into meatball sandwiches. YUM. I was sufficiently full at that point. Mom and Dad took care of Lucy all day-and she was even potty training-I am so blessed. After they left and Lucy was in bed I went and did a little shopping by myself. I am still in search of a new pair of "favorite" jeans. Maybe I'll try those NY&Co. jeans that are supposed to look great on everyone. I tried on some awesome jeans at J.Crew but I'll save that for Trim Down. I came home and we had ice cream and a little TV. It was such a perfect birthday. I told Tony he could take next year off.
Jen and I went to Wicked on Saturday. It was awesome! I feel like the last person on Earth to see it. What a fun time. Our seats were way, way up there but it was still great. My favorite songs were One Short Day and No Good Deed.
My niece is going to the Mock Prom on Saturday and living out here in the "missions," was hard-pressed to find a modest dress. I volunteered to make a shrug to go with the really cute dress she found. The instructions said it would take about 30 minutes, it took me 45. I wished I had had one of these in high school and even now...I think I might experiment with some different fabrics and make a couple for myself. I found the pattern here.