Yesterday was my birthday and David took me to Oklahoma City for the weekend to celebrate. We stayed at our city home-away-from-home, the Skirvin. We had hoped to leave around 1 p.m. Friday but that didn’t happen. It was around 5 when we left the house and then we had to wash the car, go to the bank and grab a bite to eat since neither of us had eaten lunch. After checking in and getting settled we headed to the Red Piano Lounge where we just chilled out for a few hours. Our bartender had recently been to New Orleans and she told us all about her trip. Apparently she and her husband found my NOLA info file I had sent her to be helpful. It’s always fun to hear about someone’s first trip to our favorite place.
After awhile we decided we needed a little something to eat so we ordered the Angus sliders at the bar:
If you’ve never witnessed this, it really is quite a production. Here’s a video demonstrating it:
Cool, huh? David says it tastes just like a Good and Plenty, that disgusting licorice candy. And if you are curious about the effects of drinking three of these, plus a couple of rum and cokes and a couple of chocolate martinis, ask David. He can tell you all about it. I’m pretty sure he won’t recommend it, however.
We got a late check-out and left the hotel at 1 on Sunday, ate a late brunch at the Classen Grill, made a quick stop at Whole Foods and then headed home. It was a great way to spend the last weekend of my 40s.
Yesterday was a truly pleasant, laid-back sort of day. I only did the barest of necessities around the house and pretty much did as I pleased all day. I read on the porch; I took a nap; I drank hot tea. And then David took me and all the kids out for a nice dinner. We were there about two hours, eating and laughing together. Lisa and Justin gave me some of my favorite candies and said there is something else coming that hadn’t arrived yet (ooh! surprises!). Chris and Kadi gave me a Grateful Dead CD and a 4-CD set of folk rock including Bob Dylan, The Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and others. David bought me the iPhone 4S (yay! better camera capabilities!). I also had a few phone calls wishing me a happy birthday and somewhere around 200 wishes via Facebook.
All in all, it was a great way to turn 50. Speaking of turning 50, I have some thoughts to share about that but I’ll save those for another day.