Saturday, November 1, 2008

Birthween 2008

My birthday was fantastic this year. First of all, it's tough having a birthday on Halloween because everyone is throwing parties, only not in celebration of the birth of me. So Wednesday night, before all the Halloween hub-bub Steve invited some friends over for dinner, pumpkin carving and birthday cake.

Steve MADE TWO DIFFERENT SOUPS FROM SCRATCH! He made an amazing winter squash soup along with a yummy split pea. We paired that with the four loaves of sourdough french bread I bought at the Ferry Building that afternoon at lunch and had the most perfect dinner to accompany all the carving!
The Kane's stopped by from next door.
Liz made me one of my favorite cakes, carrot with cream cheese frosting! Alex, Heather and Ella joined us (Ella was testing out her peacock costume before the big day...gotta go big on your first Halloween!)Brian & Preston stopped by...don't we make the perfect blended SF family? Look at all the love!
Em (her pumpkin is Barack Obama...maybe you've heard of him), Liz (her pumpkin was the white trash country pumpkin due to it's tooth that fell out and was stuck back in with a toothpick) me (the giant smiley face on mine is courtesy of Preston's handy work, he drew, I carved) and Rebecca (emo pumpkin) proud of our creations.

Who knew Steve was such a fabulous party planner? Now I do.
On my actual birthday I went to work but our offices shut down mid-day so we could all go home and "get ready for Halloween night with our families!" For me this meant "hurry home, change into sweats and take a nap on the couch while watching daytime television!" The rainy weather made this moment even more perfect. Steve (who works 9 long days and gets every other Friday off so he was home) woke me up because apparently it was time to open presents.

So excited!!!!
Now I just need to keep learning how to sew! After a few minutes of presenting, Steve was also glued to afternoon TV along with me. This time it was Ellen.
It was time to get ready for the birthday dinner Steve had planned for me. Our neighbors Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and his soup can stopped by for a quick hello on their way to a party.Then we headed off on the scooter (thank you rain for stopping long enough for us to get to and from dinner) to eat dinner at Zuni.

Beef yummy...and a little freaky. I forgot to photograph the Zuni caesar.The famous Zuni Chicken for Two. Totally worth all the fame.

And what better way to top of my birthday than sharing a piece of their Gateau o Chocolat.
I couldn't have asked for a better birthday celebration. On with the holiday season!!!


Steve said...

I love making you soup (and planing parties). Now hurry up and sew me a 3 piece suit.

Astrid said...

Singer makes the best sewing machines that are affordable, by far. It looks like you had a great day and I'm getting jealous that I'm here and not there.

Lee said...

Happy Birthday and, I do believe, Happy Anniversary.

Betsy said...

Thanks thanks thanks! And Lee, you are correct! Remember how you're getting married soon? So lovely.

Whit and Steve said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY a couple days late!! I remembered on your day, but I'm sorry I didn't get a message to you on here or facebook, but my intentions were there!! Anyways, I hope you had a great day, and it looks like you did!! Your dinner looks great!! I won't ever forget when we went to magic mountain for your birthday when I was living in LA!! Hope all is well!!

Betsy said...

That weekend was THE BEST! Except all the food we gorged on at Disneyland. Woah. :)