Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

An Amazing Birthday!! Part Two

I already talked about the first two days of my birthday celebration. Now I’m going to continue on with the rest.

Sunday: The fiancé and I went to my church. His parents came too. It was a very good sermon and the choir sang beautifully (for the first time in my recent memory). Sunday was my pastor’s birthday, so there was a celebration after morning service. All of us October birthday people (there’s like 10 of us) sat with him at the table and we ate.

After I left that, I headed up to the north side. I was there to meet up with some women who read the wedding blog I write for, Weddingbee. We met at Panera, had lunch, and hung out a bit. One of the women had just gotten back from her honeymoon. As over this whole wedding planning thing that I feel pretty much every day now, I was still very happy to chat weddings with other brides.

After that, I met the fiancé back at our apartment and we got into one car. He drove me to dinner. I didn’t know where we were going until we arrived. He took me to my favorite steakhouse in downtown Chicago, Ruth’s Chris. I ordered, as usual, the new york strip steak. I also got the bleu cheese crust. If you like red meat, you need to try this steak!

It tastes best cooked Medium.

He also had them prepare at the table before we arrived a bottle of one of my favorite wines. It’s Eroica. Chateau Ste. Michelle, the people who make my favorite Riesling and my favorite Chardonnay that I cook with. These people contribute to this Eroica wine. And it’s delicious!

If you like white wine, you'll want to try these.

After dinner, we headed back home. We walked into the apartment to yells of “Surprise!!!” There were sooo many people in my apartment. Friends of the fiancé’s, friends of mine, and my parents. There was food, drinks, and lots of orange beads. There decorated our walls and hung streamers from the ceiling. It was amazing! The fiancé pulled off an amazing surprise party. They hung out for hours and we all had a great time. It more than made up for the fact that my party on Friday got cancelled.

Monday: Even though we were up really late Sunday night, we got up early Monday morning because we took our niece and her friend to Great America. We thought Columbus Day would be the perfect day to go, everyone was off work. But we underestimated the crowds. Also, Great America closed early. We really wanted to hit some of the haunted houses after dark, but it wasn’t an option. We’ll make it happen next time.

After we left Great America, we took our niece and her friend home, then went on to the fiancé’s parents house where we watched the game. The Bears played the Lions. I love football and have a fantasy football team. I was so conflicted because my runningback was on the Lions and I needed him to win the matchup that week. So every time he got yards, I was both happy and sad. Sooo conflicted.

Tuesday: My actual birthday I expected to be more low-key because we had done so much in the days preceding it. I actually woke up before 7:00 am for the first time in a long time. Birthday excitement will do that for you. The fiancé woke up early too. He went out of our bedroom momentarily and came back with his saxophone!!! He started playing me happy birthday on his horn. That’s been one of my secret birthday dreams and he made it come true. He never plays for just me so it was extra amazing.

My mom called me and asked if I wanted to join her downtown at Flat Top Grill for lunch. I hopped on the bus and went. If you live in Chicago, you avoid driving downtown in situations where you know you have a ride back and you’ll only be there for a couple hours. Lunch was great, but I need to eat there more. I really sucked at putting together my food bowl.

This food is so good. You can't go wrong no matter what you order

After lunch, my mom dropped me off back at home just in time to meet the fiancé. We were going somewhere. He wouldn’t tell me where though. If you’ve been reading any of my posts, you can tell that I have the world’s best fiancé. He went over and beyond for my birthday. I feel like he’s trying to make up for things that have gone wrong in previous dates. He more than made up for it with this past weekend, I’ll tell you that.

We ended up having dinner at that new movie theater on Roosevelt Road. We saw The Ides of March. He had pizza and I had tenderloin sliders. The food there is surprisingly good. If you don’t mind paying extra, having dinner there and being able to take your glass of wine into the VIP seats is so wonderful.

After the movie, we went to this lovely little spot in the West Loop (I think) that I can’t actually remember the name of. It had the most wonderful hot chocolate. Seriously this hot chocolate is the best I’ve ever tasted. I also had these things they called beignets but it tasted most like french toast sticks. The food made me think of this movie I love and so I begged the fiancé to find one of the only Blockbuster stores still left in the city. And we rented…

Great movie. If you haven't seen it. Go see it!

We rented the movie, went home and watched it. The fiancé fell asleep on the movie, as usual, but we still ended the night well. Overall, this birthday goes down in history as one of the best!

2 responses

  1. silverneurotic

    Wow, that just made me really depressed. My birthday was back in June and my finance did absolutely nothing aside from wish me Happy Birthday. He even promised to make up for it the next time we got together-but then I guess he forgot (even when I mentioned to him that we didn’t celebrate yet).

    I could chalk it up to us not really being a celebratory couple…but I threw him an awesome birthday back in March. On the actual day.

    October 15, 2011 at 11:22

    • Oh no, I don’t want to make you feel bad. Trust me, your birthday sounds like my 25th birthday. They’re not all spectacular!

      October 15, 2011 at 19:24