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It's Markus' first birthday!  I can't believe how much he's changed in the last year.  Witness:




Markus, in the hospital November 12, 2008 - the hospital released him from the NICU 2 days after he was born.




Markus at home November 10, 2009 - about to blow out his birthday candle. 

What a difference a year makes!  God bless you, Markus, and may you continue to grow healthy and strong.  We love you!


Birthday

Nov. 19th, 2007 11:02 pm
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It was a lovely day, my birthday.  I'm 27 today.  My mom was my first call of the day; as it should be, since it was just me and her on the first day.  We chatted for a few minutes before I went into the shower.  On the way to work, I had a few adventures.  First I forgot that I had taken my cash, credit/debit card, and id out of my wallet to stick into a small purse for Ericka's bridal shower yesterday.  I had to dig $0.85 in change to buy my coffee.  Then of course, I had to return to my apartment to get said money and wallet-fillers, stopping to grab an umbrella due to the fine drizzle that would have been ok by me, except I am now exclusively wearing glasses (contacts have irritated my eyes so much my left eye is still quite red).  Drizzle on my glasses is not cool. 

Then I got down to the subway station and discovered my metrocard had expired.  Thankfully I had the credit card now!  I bought a new monthly card (which kind of sucks because I am not using it on Thursday and Friday so the MTA bitches get my money for those days, fare hike my left foot!).  Hopped on the train and got a seat after a few stops, which in itself is a great birthday gift.  I started reading my new book, a gift from Ericka (who thought she was coming to my birthday party yesterday instead of her bridal shower!). Unfortunately when I was still several stops away, an older gentleman practically fell into my lap.  I looked up, thinking he'd been pushed into me with the rushing crowds of people streaming simultaneously onto and off of the train, but when he was helped up by a kind citizen (New Yorkers are very kind, generally), he slumped back down.  I freaked out momentarily because I was actually afraid for him, but he got up after that and seemed all right.  I said a prayer for him and tried to calm down and continue reading.

The rest of the day was pretty quiet.  Went to work, opened tonnes of e-cards (special thanks to [profile] alissomora for the birthday wishes!) and got a few nice calls.  I got to see both of my sisters (Brenda stopped by to see me and Natalie took me to lunch and gave a great Coach key ring).  Then a flower company called to verify my office address for a delivery, and very aggressively practically demanded that I be at my desk for the next "1.5 - 2 hours."  Um, excuse me?  Luckily they came within 40 minutes, and I was able to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my darling Raph.



I met up with Raph after work, and then he took me to dinner at a lovely French restaurant.



We had an elegant meal with a delicious bottle of wine.  The conversation was, as always, pleasant and fun.  I had a great birthday, despite the weird start and the pretty bland work day.  Here's looking forward to a fabulous year!

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Happy birthday to my darling husband, Raph.  Today we celebrate the day you entered this world, from which time you were destined to share my life.  I love you more than ever, and I wish you all the happiness you richly deserve. 

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Birthday!

Nov. 17th, 2005 10:05 am
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Saturday will be my 25th birthday. I like my birthday a lot. I can't think of a better day to be born than November 19. It pleases me. I was born in the Dominican Republic, and I've never lost my desire for it to be warm and sunny on my birthday. I've been staring at weather.com and the anticipated 49 degree high temp. for the 19th. Not happy, I tell you, although Raph think it's fine, because we're having people over and it will get hot in the apartment, so at least we can open all the windows and let in some cool air.

We're having a wine and cheese party for my birthday! I'm really excited. We've already picked the wines, the order we'll be drinking them (starting with white, moving on to light then dark red, and having dessert wine with birthday cake), and the accompanying cheeses. [livejournal.com profile] irinaauthor's post the other day gave me a great recipe for gougeres which I'll be trying out, and I'm looking for a good recipe for spicy meatballs. We have plenty of party toothpicks.

Apparently we're going to have about 20 people at this shindig! It was supposed to be a small party, just a few couples, then I got worried that people would feel left out, and I started inviting more people. Even my parents and sisters are coming. Hell, even my sister's boyfriend is coming! Now if I could only figure out what to wear!

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