Entering my mid-thirties ....

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Getting pampered at Pampered Hands.

i can't believe i'm entering my mid-thirties!!!!  oh well, there was nothing to do but make the best of it - which meant celebrating the entire weekend!  the morning began with a huge breakfast - pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon.  then it was off to mani/pedis with some of my girl friends.  we tried a new place called Pampered Hands, located on Melrose.  The place looked very new and the staff was very nice.   It was just nice chatting with my friends and "easing" into the day.  The soundtrack however was definitely cheezy 80's because I could not recall the last time I had heard so much George Michael and Bryan Adams in one place.  :)

After we were beautified, we headed over to a local gastropub, the Village Idiot for some lunch.

Our pedis!
  I started with some prosecco and had some lentil soup and gnocchi.   We then started the celebration with a chocolate banana cream pie (rich cream over nilla wafers) - yum!  The server even put a candle on it for me.  :)  It was actually quite a nice place for brunch/lunch - i'm surprised it was not crowded.

After lunch we met some other friends at their place and had vodka martinis and watched people play guitar hero.  i didn't even try since i have no musical talent whatsoever. Sybil was a trooper and tried, but got booed off stage.  we also watched an episode of a reality show about marrying millionaires - all the men were quite scary, but it made for good tv.

the official birthday celebration was to start off at Pink Taco - we went over around 3pm and began ordering our margaritas.

Lunching at Village Idiot.
  I think the manager gave us free shots too.  Friends started dropping by and soon i was in a blur of hugs, gossip and the random haze of alcohol induced ADD - which really translates to "good times!"  :)  at some point we headed to uumba grill for bbq and caiphiranas.  i think i was just pleased to be surrounded by my wonderful sweet friends ... i don't really remember much happening other than hanging out.   after more drinks the party moved over to my friends' place where we ordered more food, had more drinks. opened gifts and watched 300 (looove 300!).  Because i'm now so old, i soon got sleepy.  (shame on me!)  Gone are the days of all night parties; and you know what?  it's OK!  :)

the next morning, my friend's husband made us breakfast; we lounged around lazily, took a nice stroll around the neighborhood and then went to al gelato for gnocchi and meatballs (mmmm).

Mimosa and Prosecco - a lovely way to start the weekend!
  although i had planned to be super productive in the afternoon, i ended up laying on my couch all afternoon doing crossword puzzles.  then i roused myself to have my birthday dinner with my family - my mom made a feast!  my favorite pork chops, with buttery mashed potatoes, veggies, spinach/cheese tart and chocolate cream pie.  yum!  i was not hungry but managed to stuff it all in.  hey, it was my birthday and everything was delicious! 

now i'm writing thank you cards and about to go to sleep in my pillowy bed.  ahhh, i can't wait.  and i'm sure i'll have pleasant dreams of this lovely, mellow birthday weekend! 

Africancrab says:
I just got me a great idea from you, lol! I officiall reach my mid thirties in July. I think I will try out something like this. You go gal!
Posted on: Mar 20, 2008
mellemel8 says:
hmmmm i would like to try village idiot
Posted on: Mar 06, 2008
travelman727 says:
The Village Idiot and the Pink Taco... only in LA :-D
Posted on: Mar 04, 2008
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Getting pampered at Pampered Hands.
Getting pampered at Pampered Hands.
Our pedis!
Our pedis!
Lunching at Village Idiot.
Lunching at Village Idiot.
Mimosa and Prosecco - a lovely way…
Mimosa and Prosecco - a lovely wa…
My chocolate banana cream pie - th…
My chocolate banana cream pie - t…
Heading into Pink Taco.
Heading into Pink Taco.
Drinking with my fab girls!
Drinking with my fab girls!
Check out my new pink taco shirt.
Check out my new pink taco shirt.
Margarita ... mmm...
Margarita ... mmm...
Having my 2nd birthday dessert of …
Having my 2nd birthday dessert of…
Shots - wonder where they kept com…
Shots - wonder where they kept co…
Hanging out with cp.  :)
Hanging out with cp. :)
Opening presents!
Opening presents!
Modeling my fancy new cocktail rin…
Modeling my fancy new cocktail ri…
The fabulous dinner my mom made fo…
The fabulous dinner my mom made f…
Pork chops with caramelized onions…
Pork chops with caramelized onion…
Chocolate Cream Pie.
Chocolate Cream Pie.
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