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30 July 2005 @ 09:34 am
Hubby's birthday. :)  
First of all, I wanted to thank you all for the kind birthday wishes for Mark on Thursday. He really got a kick that you remembered him (especially because he hasn't posted to his LJ in MONTHS!) :) For his birthday, I wanted to take him to a new Tapas place that opened in Restaurant Row, but when he looked at the website and saw the cost and the plates of food that they offered, he said that he would much rather go to a less upscale place where he could eat A LOT of really good food (he's all about the quantity) so he suggested California Pizza Kitchen. At first, I tried to talk him out of it because it didn't seem like it was special enough for his big birthday celebration, but he said he'd been craving CPK for a long time and really wanted to go... so who was I to argue? :)

We adore CPK anyway and hadn't been there for a while so it was really nice. In keeping with the theme for the evening of "quantity" we ended up having a HUGE eat-fest that night. :) We ordered the spinach-artichoke dip, a half salad each, then a Sicilian Pizza each -- on top of all of that, we even shared a dessert! :) Our waitress was really sweet. We knew that she was amazed by how much we were ordering and when we were done she told us, "I'm so proud of you guys - you guys did well!" :D It was a nice evening and I'm glad that we decided to go there. :)

And after months of agonizing over what to buy Mark, I finally decided to buy him the entire set of "Ghost In The Shell" which is a Japanese amine series that he'd been really wanting to get. At first it was hard to find the entire series (well, only up until vol. 7), and it took me a while to find them all, but thankfully I found the last one the day before his birthday. :) Mark really liked it and is excited about putting it on his PDA so he can watch on the plane when he goes to Las Vegas next week. :)

And a happy (silly) sidenote to his birthday - this usually begins the part of the year that I like the most - this is the half of the year that Mark can't tease me for being older than he is. ;) Now that we're both 35, I won't be hearing any old jokes until January. :D

Hope you're all having a nice Saturday, I'm off to do some work around the house before Mark & I head to Ruby Tuesday to continue our celebratory eat-fest (yes - next week when Mark is in Vegas will be the start to my "healthy eating plan" again - I promise!) :)
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: "Guys & Dolls" - In my head!
Arjaycrazyarjay on July 30th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Argh! I missed it.....I spent Thursday at home sick. :(

Belated Happy Birthday, Mark! :)

I'd sing for you, but right now I sound like an 80-year-old geezer who has smoked at least a pack a day for the last 70 years. ;)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
Oh I know you've been feeling awful - I hope you feel better soon! :( Please take care of yourself! *HUGS*

Thanks for the birthday wishes for Mark! :)
Danielmilliebroadway on July 30th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
I was away as you know, but just read your posts now. Happy belated birthday then to a fellow trekkie!

Sheri: Kevin - as Trevor Graydon in shutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Daniel! :) I'll definitely pass your good wishes on to Mark! He was surprised when I told him there was someone on my friends' list who loved both musicals and Star Trek too! :)
karmastyx: Daisy&Onslow-KUA by mekarmastyx on July 30th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday Mark. :)

It sounds like you two had a nice dinner for him. I have yet to try CPK, and they have one about 5 miles from me give or take a mile or two. It smells goos when I go by it though. :)
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
Thanks so much Laura! I'll definitely pass along your birthday wishes to Mark. :)

The dinner was very nice. We just love CPK! :) You and Tommy should try eating there - the food is delicious! I love their Sicilian Pizza! :D
queenstacey on July 30th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
WOW sounds like he had a great birthday. That's a lot of food. I love CPK!

LOL I get the teasing too! My boyfriend was born in 1981 and I was born in 1980..... so it's great when we are both the same age so he can't say anything age! :o)
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
It was a ton of food! :D But we really enjoyed ourselves. And what was that about birthday calories not counting? ;)
queenstacey on July 31st, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
Right they don't count, in fact birthday food actually burns fat and causes you to lose more weight! LOL
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 1st, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
Stacey, I totally like the way you think! :D
queenstacey on August 1st, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
he he, I thought you would!
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on July 30th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
Happy (belated) birthday to Mark!!! It's a good thing his birthday only comes around once a year because otherwise you'd weigh in at 700 pounds!! Well, unless ya had to face frog legs again like last year...*shudder* I just can't do those. I eat all kinds of weird Japanese things with gusto but I cannot do frog legs...or snails...

Anyway, happy birthday to Mark!! Now you're both only 73 years younger than me.
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
It's a good thing his birthday only comes around once a year because otherwise you'd weigh in at 700 pounds!!

Ahaha! VERY true, though some wise LJ friend once told me that birthday calories never count. ;) I hope they're right. :)

And I think you're the only one who remembers that Mark ate frog legs last year (including me!). :) Thankfully this year he went for a more standard cuisine... Too much Food Network for him last year, I think. ;)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on July 31st, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I missed it - I'm sorry. :(

But, happy belated birthday to Mark. :) It sounds like he had a very nice birthday.

this is the half of the year that Mark can't tease me for being older than he is.
That really is great. :D

Hope you had a nice day, Sheri. And I also hope that Mark will have a wonderful time in Vegas.

Big *hugs* to you
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
Please don't be sorry, Sabine! And I'll definitely pass along your birthday wishes to him. :) Thanks so much!

I hope Mark has a nice trip in Vegas as well. I'll really miss him though, while he's gone. :(

Big *HUGS* to you, Sabine! :)
photodiva02 on July 31st, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
Sounds like he had a good birthday!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
I hope he did! We had a great dinner - even though it probably cost us a bazillion calories! :P Someone once told me that birthday calories don't count... hope they're right. ;)
photodiva02 on July 31st, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
I hope so too, because we're celebrating mine today.
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on August 1st, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
Awww - happy early birthday to you!!
photodiva02 on August 1st, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
Awwww... thanks!
karen: christian and christopherwakedistracted on July 31st, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to Mark! :)

And, mmmmm...now I feel like pizza!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on July 31st, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much Karen! I'll pass along your birthday wishes to Mark. :D

And I think both Mark & I were craving the pizza at CPK for a while now, I'm glad that we got to go. :D
karen: jesse tyler fergusonwakedistracted on August 1st, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
Hehe, this afternoon when my mom asked me what I thought we should have for dinner, I suggested pizza - and that's what we had! :) Craving satisfied! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 1st, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
Haha! I read that in your entry too, just a minute ago that you felt like eating pizza. :D Yay for satisfying your craving! :D
Smithasmittenbyu on July 31st, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday Mark!! :)

Sounds like you had a great time!! Dinner sounds absolutely fabulous...should go one of these days!
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on August 1st, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks Smitha!! I'll pass along your wishes to Mark! :D

Dinner was SO good, I just LOVE CPK!! :) I think, though that we've had our fill (plus enough calories to last us a whole month) after Thursday night! ;)
defygravity73 on August 1st, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday, Mark!

I love CPK! Excellent choice. The food is amazing. =)
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Awww thanks so much, Andrea! I'll definitely give Mark your good wishes. :D

I love the food at CPK! Ah, the Sicilian Pizza is to-die for! :D

Edited because after that Jackfruit incident, I can't type! ;)