Since I was a little girl I have always gotten excited about birthdays. For me, it is not as much about the actual day, but more about the anticipation leading up to it- that I get to do something special for someone I care about. Joe’s birthday is Saturday, June 19th, and, of course, it has been on my mind.
Last night, Joe told me his co-worker, Matt, asked him what he was doing for his birthday. Joe answered, “Just spending time with Marney.” I know he meant it. That means a lot to me.
Considering Joe’s 80 hour, seven day a week work schedule, truth is, we don’t get to spend much time together. That makes every moment extremely valuable. Joe is working on his birthday. However, we are planning a special dinner at the restaurant of Joe’s choice a few days later (which I will blog about).
On the day, Joe will be getting home late from Fearrington, around 11:00pm if we’re lucky. However, I am planning no matter what and at all costs, celebrating on the actual date. I will nap, drink coffee and Red Bull, shower, blast loud music and do whatever it takes to be up, fresh, alert and ready to party with Joe into the wee hours of the night!
I had another foot in my mouth moment this morning. Here’s what happened. I said to Joe, “I am going to have a birthday dessert ready for you when you get home Saturday night. I can make you a cake, or maybe I could buy a cake (thinking Mad Hatter’s on Ninth St. in Durham has beautiful birthday cakes).” Of course, Joe responded, “How about you make me one?” I thought to myself, I know one that I would buy would taste much better. Here we go again….
OK readers, yup, now I am again back to square zero, trying to figure out what and how to make for Joe’s birthday. This strong-willed, stallion of a woman does get intimated every time she has to cook for Culinary King Joe. Well, at least I have a week to figure this out. Any suggestions?