Monday, April 21, 2008
As kids, my sister and I spent many years celebrating our birthdays together since they are just two days apart. As adults, however, it's been a different story since we haven't lived in the same state since I was in college. And well, that was a while ago. Here it is 2008 and we find ourselves not only in the same state but in the same apartment! And here's how we celebrated our birthdays...
Thursday, April 17th (My birthday)
Thankfully, I was called for my first temp job, a great birthday present in itself, but it was made better by the fact that it was at Reb Bull which meant a relaxed atmosphere- jeans are encouraged! My tasks were quite mundane but it proved to be an entertaining day thanks to a co-worker who seemed to think she had just 8 hours to tell me everything about her life. Luck for me, we ended up having a whole second day to finish her life story since the project remained unfinished. After work, my sister, Melissa, picked me up and took me to Wilshire Restaurant where we indulged by toasting with some Pinot Grigio and sharing a couple appetizers we had never tried before, Hamachi Sashimi and Steak Tartar and followed it up with a couple desserts, Brown Butter Banana Cream Cake and Chocolate Pudding Cake. Oh my stars, everything was fabulous! Including this fun gift (but in black) from Melissa. When I arrived at home, there were beautiful flowers waiting on my doorstep from my dear friend, Michelle. I certainly felt spoiled. Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes, it means a lot to me.
Friday, April 18th (Day between birthdays)
Again, we both went to work but then I joined Melissa and several of her friends from work for a Birthday Eve Happy Hour at South, a new restaurant in Santa Monica. These girls know how to do happy hour, it lasted over 3 hours!
Saturday, April 19th (Melissa's birthday)
We slept in, always a good way to celebrate a birthday, and eventually, did a little shopping. Melissa spent the rest of the day with her boyfriend while I cleaned, went grocery shopping, and baked yummy Chocolate Cupcakes with Berry Ganache and Cinnamon Buttercream to be enjoyed the next day.
Sunday, April 20th (Day after birthdays)
Melissa had decided she wanted to celebrate her birthday with wine tasting at some vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Sunday was the day that all of us were available so my parents, Melissa, Erik and I took the 2 hour trip and visited Sunstone Vineyards and Rusack Vineyards. Both were lovely but we all preferred the wine at Sunstone. The coastal drive and the vineyards were beautifully scenic and the tasting itself was fun, as was the picnic lunch we enjoyed in the middle of the day. I look forward to future visits to vineyards and I highly anyone to give it a try, if they ever have the opportunity. Melissa, good choice and happy birthday! Below are some pictures from the day.
Sitting at Sunstone listening to live music.
Tasting some red wines in the second tasting room at Sunstone.
Dad and me in the wine cellar at Sunstone.
Welcome to Rusack Vineyards.
Enjoying the sun while wine tasting. Cheers to Melissa!