Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wonderful and Dazzling!

What a happy birthday it was.  Good food and fun times with my family.

My sister must be the best gift-wrapper ever.  Her wrapping methods are always so crafty and unique.  I love the simplicity of the brown craft paper paired with that soft turquoise yarn.  I am always able to keep the little decorative elements and re-use them.  I plan on finding a special place for the little butterflies and bird.  

Would you like to know what beauties were tucked inside that wonderful wrapping paper?


I tried not to squeal too loud in the restaurant.

I can't wait to find places to stick all of these!

I might be 29 years old now, but I am still bedazzled by any sparkly, rainbow-colored, iridescent item that reminds me of when we were little.  Especially if it involves a unicorn, a dolphin, anything from the 80s, or home-made bouncy balls!  And yes, I still color in coloring books.  I don't know if I will ever be too old for that.  My sister knows this about me and she is not afraid to provide these glowing, show-stopping sundries in abundance for every holiday and birthday.  Oh just wait until we have kids... I think she's going to be the best "cool aunt" ever.

We had the best lunch at our favorite restaurant, Asian Wind.  Hidden so strategically in a crowded strip mall among such mundane venues as a Q-doba, a Rite-Aid, and a bank, one must diligently hunt for this place like a 1st generation Beany Baby at a crowded thrift store.  The location is deceptively ordinary.  It does not give any hint of the amazing food to be found inside.

I ordered the won-ton soup and the sesame chicken.  They have an amazing faux chicken there too for vegetarians who miss those sweet and saucy chicken dishes.  I'm not sure how better to describe to you the wonder that is Asian Wind without using the word "ecstasy."  We find ourselves in a hushed silence when the food comes to the table.  All you will hear is the muted crunching and short sighs of happiness for some time.  Everything is so wonderful-tasting!  My sister even ordered a to-go dish for her partner who couldn't be there.  After our recent move, we have to trek approximately an hour and 20 minutes to this bit of heaven, but it is so worth it!

What a happy day.  Despite a heat index of 104, we had a lot of fun.
The rain cooled things down some while we went to the used book store.  Take a look at these lovelies!

I've already started reading the Amy Tan.  She's one of my favorite authors.  What are some of your favorites this summer?  


  1. I enjoyed this day. It was a great day 'period,' even without the birthday element. We're a lucky crew.

  2. I enjoyed it too, it was nice to get to see laur', ja, and ma...laurjama. :) hahahahah :)

    I'm glad you had such a nice day laur! You deserve it AND MORE because you are such a special and talented person, and as josh points out above, we are lucky to have you in our lives! :)

    and thanks for the compliments about the wrapping, the pictures make them look really good! :) though I do wish I had forgone my big-sister-laziness and attached the pretties on the wrapping with something more discrete than the ugly-non-see-thru tape. :( will have to work on that one...:)

    the bouncy balls look very pretty!! Like little bouncing gems! Do they work good? Did you put them away "in a plastic sandWich bag"....?

  3. Oh I forgot about the plastic bag requirement. And I just remembered we left a couple of them in the car. I wonder what happens to them when the temperature reaches 120 degrees in there.

    We had fun making them, although it is not the most kid-friendly process. They do bounce good. We tried them on the tennis courts this morning. They smell a little weird...


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