In any case, I had a wonderful birthday month that was packed full of really super fun awesome things with really super great awesome people.
I kicked the month off with Labor Day weekend in California, continuing the summer flirtation with MCB. It's amazing what years apart will kick up, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream was the appropriate summer soundtrack. Anyway....
This wasn't just any roadtrip, however. My traveling companion - my grandma! Her sister lives near Long Beach, and the two of them don't see each other as ofter as they'd like. My grandma doesn't really like to fly, won't drive, and my grandpa is turning into a grouchy old man about driving, so he won't take her. While I was visiting them in August, I mentioned that I was driving over to Cali, and my grandma got all excited about the possibility of going with me. She even called the night before our departure to ask if there was room for her sewing machine. Of course! She even bought me a soda on the way there. I dropped her off at my great aunt's house on Friday night and left the two of them to quilt and sew all weekend. Ah, life when you're 80.
the fireplace table at his neighborhood sushi joint for our Friday night date, cause he likes taking girls on proper dates. We spent the weekend at the beach, hung around the crazies in Venice, and stumbled upon something that would cause our first fight while in the nearest mall with a Chick-Fil-A:
Wouldn't you know, being the Ms Independent that I am, I decided a week later that I needed them. So I went to Nordstrom back home, saw a PURPLE pair (aubergine! amazing!) that were even better than grey, and promptly bought them for myself. Not even thinking about the fact that MCB would be buying me the grey pair.
Yes - I ruined his birthday present to me; he drove to a mall far, far away to get the correct size and have them express shipped to my house before my birthday. And I already purchased a pair in a totally different color and messed it all up.
Moral of the story: don't buy anything for yourself around birthdays/holidays, because sweet MCB will always get you what you want.
The very next weekend after Labor Day I went to Havasupai with Karen and company. This was quite the feat for me and deserves its own post.
Lucky Strike in DC, and since it just opened in downtown Phoenix, I decided to have a little gathering with some friends. Swanky bowling is always a good time.
A few days after my birthday, I went to the AZ Diamondbacks game, because my mom had arranged a little surprise for me. At church I play the organ, a skill I kind of had to teach myself when I got asked to play every week. After a couple years of playing, it hit me - why not play the organ for a sports team when I'm retired?! I love sports, the organ is kind of fun, and it could be really cool! Anyway, my mom remembers that I said this to her once, and she ended up calling the Diamondbacks over the summer and tracking down the organist, Mr Bobby Freeman. My mom gave me his cell phone number and told me to call him. He's a super nice guy, gave me four tickets to a game, had me come up and meet him (I couldn't play the organ myself because of all the MLB restrictions), and do the 7th inning stretch up there. Pretty rad! He told me all about what you play and when and what his plan is for every game (there's a complicated Excel spreadsheet to coordinate what happens between the organ and recorded music, advertising slots and pre/post game stuff). When he retires, I told him to call me....
Kiersten wrote a book. It's now a NY Times Bestseller. You should read it. I loved it and had to see her when she came to Tempe for a book signing. And her sister who just moved to AZ came too, and brought her cute baby. The two of them are the sisters of these people, also some of my favorites in the whole world.