Having a birthday right around Christmas can be a stinker. Last month we visited my parents right after Christmas and were there to celebrate my birthday. The bright side of a Christmas birthday…the house is already decorated beautifully and if you have a mom like mine she will put together a birthday luncheon for you with long-lost friends.
I have some precious friends that I went to high school with that I don’t get to see all that often. This was the perfect occasion to get the girls together. Thankfully my BF from HS was in town visiting her parents too so I got to catch up with her as well.
What a beautiful bunch of ladies. Some of the things we have in common: we all went to the same church, we were all choir nerds together and when Achy Breaky Heart came on the radio we would roll down the windows and scream it at the top of our lungs.
For lunch we served roast red pepper soup, bacon & asparagus quiche, grapefruit & avocado salad with poppy seed dressing and italian cream cake for dessert.
One of the things about small town livin’ that I find endearing is that people don’t bat an eye at driving 30 minutes to an hour to another town to get what they need. Even if it’s something as simple as a cake. Another thing I find entertaining is that unusual business combinations are not out of the ordinary. For example a gas station that is also a bbq restaurant or a bakery coupled with a convenience store. The day before the party we drove 30 minutes or so to another small town to pick up the cake. The bakery was located in a convenience store.
Me: Wait, is this a convenience store?
Mom: Yes. They make really good cakes.
Me: Wait, what are these other two chocolate sheet cakes for?
Mom: They are really good. You never know when you are going to need a chocolate cake.
That night Dear Husband and I drove 30 minutes to another small town (different from the afore-mentioned small town) to go to the movies. It’s not that our small town doesn’t have a movie theater. It does, but it only has 4 screens, wasn’t showing anything we wanted to see and is small and gross.
We saw Mission Impossible.