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11th-Oct-2008 12:37 pm
Wow. I'm utterly overwhelmed. Shocked and surprised. And amazed too.

Spouse & I are doing a little get-away -- not home -- in a hotel -- eating out -- whatever -- to celebrate our 12th anniversary.

A while ago we decided that it didn't make sense to do xmas gifts, and we don't always do birthday gifts, or even anniversary gifts. This getaway was pretty much a mutual gift -- and it's been (I think) 7 years since the last time we took vacation and did something extra-special for the day.

I'm either very easy or really difficult to buy for, depending on how you look at it. I like a lot. I'll probably be pleased with just about anything I get... but anything I _really_ want I probably already have.

Except... there's something I've been kind of looking for/at for about a year an a half now. And I think the spouse didn't know. But when I arrived at the hotel (a little late -- work and traffic were unkind) I saw a glowing light on the desk. I wandered over and wondered briefly if the hotel had a changing display of pretty mountains and trees and whatnot... until I saw a picture of someone I knew, and spouse said "Happy Birthday". Yes, it's a little early for that, but the presentation, and the surprise and all that just can't be beat! And ever better than the display was that he'd gone back though all our digital pictures -- Australia, Alaska, Scotland, Japan, US travel, home... (including several bittersweet pictures of people who are no longer with us) and things taken from the web.

Then we walked over to a nearby restaurant, and since we were walking I figured it would be okay to drink. I was going to get a Margarita, but then I saw that they had Mojitos on the menu as well. Hard to choose! I'd never heard of the Mojito until WorldCon this year in Denver when a friend introduced me to ... several different kinds. At that point I learned that there are many different flavors, and I like the sweet ones best. Last night I realized that there _is_ such a thing as a mojito being too sweet. But it was still yummy.

11th-Oct-2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
11th-Oct-2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
12th-Oct-2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary! And Happy Birthday!
12th-Oct-2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (I have a few days to go on the Birthday yet, but...)
12th-Oct-2008 06:17 am (UTC)
how awesome! happy anniversary to both of you (:
12th-Oct-2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks much.
13th-Oct-2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations, one and all!
13th-Oct-2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank 'ee.
13th-Oct-2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yay. Congratultions to you both. I hope I'll be seeing both of you next weekend?
13th-Oct-2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I expect so... although C'll get in late (like Saturday.)
15th-Oct-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Catching up.

How nice! Sounds like it was a lovely time.

And mojitos ... hee hee hee!
15th-Oct-2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
It was a good time. I'm hoping to find a place that makes good mojitos that's not too far away. (Or a good recipe and source for mint and sugar.)
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