I've been rather...depressed the last few days, so I haven't been in the mood to post this until now.
I love my friends. I honestly think that I am blessed by one of the best group of friends a woman could possibly have. We've built a little casual, but close-knit family of people I love, respect, and cherish. I have felt this way for a while now, and having days like last Friday remind me that I don't tell you guys enough, probably because if I said this aloud you'd do the blush, embarrassed dance and all conversation would end.
Anyway, I want you guys to know that.
Last Friday, fifteen wonderful people spent the day and evening with me. Brooke planned a surprise scavenger hunt that took me all across town for four hours. At each stop, there would be a new person, a clue, and a tulip. It started at the Clay Canvas that afternoon with gigafive who walked in with a wavy-folded glass vase, a single tulip, a scrapbook and a shady story about gifts for her family (which we'd just bought the night before).
About a half hour later, she came clean and the whole studio was in an uproar over my surprise scavenger hunt. Inside the scrapbook was a clue to our next destination. At each stop was a different person with a new clue and nothing to do but spend time with me. I don't think I stopped smiling or giggling the entire day.
To expedite the story, I'll just show you the stops:
gigafive - The Clay Canvas
navydave - Avent Park and the miniature town square
kesterly - Rowan Oak
gsan - chips, queso and drinks at Chili's enjoyed with kesterly
kirkdaniel - PJ's Wine and Liquor (his work)
Stephanie - The Pizza Den
Brandon - Applebee's
frolicswllamas - The City Grocery balcony...that turned into Old Venice and tiramisu along with Brandon (and a rubber ducky and one of the most beautiful cards I've ever received).
alcamar - Kroger at the soda section
Silent Dave Winters - The Lyceum
Will - Uptown Coffee
zordac - D2 Interactive (his work) for the remaining of the twenty-two tulips
The whole time the ones that weren't driving me around town were in my house where Brooke had set up the base of operations. She washed my dishes, straightened my house, set up cookies and cake, and they all blew themselves breathless on the balloon creatures.
But meanwhile, Jimmy drove me to Jubilee (one of the hardest clues!) where all of them, plus haabda, jopasm and gothicbeauty21 were waiting for us. All the people at the bar eyed me funny as I walked in with a vase stuffed full of tulips and threw my arms in the air at the crowd of friends that took up half of the dining area.
We ate and drank and I made the rounds of tables. Everyone left after dinner and I thought Jimmy and I would be spending a quiet evening together, except that when we got home the house was surrounded by cars and the house full of balloons and people. It was an entire day of surprises.
It was the best birthday celebration ever. I had been rather mopey, thinking that most people would be out of town and wouldn't be able to spend my birthday with me today, so they had it early, all the better to surprise me.
So thank you, all of you, for making me feel so loved. I love you all so very much and am blessed to have you in my life.