4.07.2014

He's Not Here But He Is

My actual Birthday turned out better than expected.  I decided to leave work an hour early just because.  I stopped and picked up a donut on the way home just because.  I drank wine while eating said donut just because.  Then later on that night my mom called to say that they were in the area so they stopped by for a few hours.

I was off Friday and I slept in until an alarming 10am.  I can't remember the last time I did that so I think I just really needed it.  I knew what I was planning to wear to dinner that night but as soon as I put it on the negative thoughts started in.  I texted MJ.  I look fat.  He has got to be way more tired of hearing this then I am of saying it since I've only said it about a million and one times but instead of just telling me to get over it he FaceTimed me which was perfect because not only was I hating the way I looked in my dress, I wasn't sure what boots to wear.  I showed him my outfit and we decided on the black boots.  He told me I looked great and that's just one way he wasn't actually there but somehow still was that night.
I chose the Chocolate Peanut Butter mousse.  Of course!
I chose Season's 52.  I was immediately intrigued by the concept that nothing on their menu is over 475 calories.  Not everyone cares about that kind of thing but I do, plus it looked like a really nice.


A lot of times we end up in really loud bars for happy hour but there was a piano player and it was really quiet so we were able to chat and catch up without yelling at each other.  We all ordered flat breads which were pretty thin and crispy.  Not a lot of cheese.   I wasn't surprised because what can you really expect for less then 475 calories?  But it was enough and it was really good.  After dinner our waitress brought out this giant tower of mousse and we each got to pick one for dessert.  She also took a group shot and gave me the hard copy for free.

When she came back to refill our waters she said the bill had already been taken care of.  My eyes got really big.  How?  I look at my friends in confusion and we were all looking around the restaurant.  Are we such a hot bunch that somebody decided to pay for our meal?  Or is this place just so awesome that they pick up the tab on your Birthday and if so how did I not know this?

She asked me if I have a boyfriend in Germany and I almost started to cry.  I don't have have a boyfriend in Germany but I have an awesome amazing sweet husband there who woke up at 4am to treat me and my friends to dinner.  One of them said she felt like she was in a Lifetime movie and I totally agreed.  Not the part where the woman tries to kill her best friend so she can steal her husband but the part when the friend doesn't die and makes her way back to her grieving husband where they live happily ever after.

And that's just how he is.  Romantic, thoughtful and so great that 6 years later I still can't believe that I'm lucky enough to be able to call him my husband.
Tri-Tip Sandwich // Mac and Cheese // Greens
Saturday I went to my parent's house.  It was the first time spending the night since they sold my childhood home.  It was weird at first but if my parents live there; it's home.  We went to dinner that night  at a Soul Food restaurant called Felix's.  I will go there for the Macaroni and Cheese alone.  It takes the #1 spot for best restaurant mac and cheese but everything else was really good too.  We spent the rest of our time together hanging out and watching movies.

MJ and I FaceTimed twice on Saturday and once on Sunday while I was still at my parent's house.  I  miss him more every day that he's gone but even when he's not here he is.  I'm always thinking about him.  He's still a big part of my life and we stay connected.  We text, we e mail, we FaceTime.  He fixes airline ticket disasters and treats me to dinner.  He's not here and yet he is. 

When he comes back I definitely want us to go to Season's 52 together.  He's  never been, I still want to try their happy hour and it will be my turn to pick up the tab.


27 comments :

Lauren W said...

I would hate to be away from my husband like that, but it's so nice (and so sweet) that you two stay connected. So glad your birthday went well! That mac n cheese looks absolutely delicious :)

Tomes Edition said...

That was so sweet and thoughtful of MJ. You guys are blessed.

Faith said...

I got goose bumps reading this! So, so sweet MJ! I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday!

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

that is sweet! major brownie points for MJ

Discovery Street said...

omg...seriously that is the most romantic thing EVER!!!!!! Happy belated...you look beautiful *and not fat!)

Pegster said...

Awwww, that was super sweet and thoughtful of MJ. Happy belated birthday, glad to see it was a great one

Rachel said...

Aw, so sweet! And happy belated birthday!

Karla FNW said...

Awwww!!! You have one special guy, that is for sure! I got the chills reading this! Happy Belated!! =)

Nicole G said...

Okay, that is the best!! Gotta feel so fortunate that you have such a wonderful man in your life, even if he is temporarily far away. Happy belated birthday!

Jacqueline Hough said...

You have the most awesome husband ever!! Happy Belated Birthday!!! Glad you had a great one!

Kelly said...

I have not been to Season's 52 in years but the last time I went it was delicious!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Shannon Q. said...

Ahhhhh! That is such a thoughtful idea your husband had! Glad you have a good birthday celebration. You looked beautiful as always

Kari | The Kari Diaries said...

That is so romantic. Not "aww flowers and a card" romantic, but like "real, creative and so utterly unexpected that it's one of the most romantic gestures ever". Sounds like you had an amazing birthday!

BKCsquared said...

What a sweet & romantic gesture by your husband!! How cool! You look beautiful in all of the photos & I'm glad you had a great time with your girls!

P.S. Great job drinking wine & eating donuts just because ;)

xo, K
www.BKCsquared.com

cashanamusings said...

What a lovely birthday. So sweet and you got to do what you wanted and have a wonderful time.

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

Such a sweet story!!! You lucky girl :)

A Life Less Traveled said...

Wow that is beyond romantic. You are so lucky to have him.

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Your husband is amazing! Now give me that mac and cheese :)

Susannah said...

Oh my goodness! Your husband is the sweetest! I can't believe he thought to pay for you and your friends at dinner - all the way from Germany!!!

Christine said...

awww love this! Way to go MJ! And happy birthday girl!! A donut and wine, your are my kinda gal :)

jackie jade said...

happy birthday! and that is sooooo sweet of your husband to do that. he's definitely a keeper, but i'm sure you already knew that :)

Vett Vandiver said...

this post is so sweet! happy you have such a great hubby and happy birthday!!

Niina - It seems pretty obvious. said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had a good day! :)

Janna Renee said...

Aaaand I'm crying...that is soooo stinkin' sweet! Best husband EVER! Well, next to mine, of course ;) Happy Birthday!!

Ameena said...

I can't imagine a more thoughtful gift...and from Germany no less! I am really amazed and am so happy for you!

A belated Happy Birthday. You look gorgeous and the restaurant looks delicious.

Nadia Gelin said...

such a great husband. I am glad you had a great time. WONDERFUL STORY... SUCH A BLESSING.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Seriously your husband is just to awesome!! Glad you had a fantastic time!

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