Christine’s Birthday, Part 1

We were supposed to go out for dinner tonight, then come home for her favorite dessert (see Valentine’s day.) But she has a cold, and Milo is getting it, so I scrambled to finish the preparations for Saturday’s big party (and tonight’s intended dessert, which is in the fridge for baking tomorrow) so I could run out and get something. Since she loves her a burger, I got some buffalo burgers at a specialty place nearby and got (back) to work. In honor of the birthday girl, here’s a picture of the salad she made me yesterday with one of our little butter lettuces since I was out late hanging some work and then buying her gift (a couple of vintage glass bedside lamps) and then getting the shades and also the stuff I needed to rewire them so they actually worked.

Normally I hate buying pre-formed patties, since they’re always too thin and somebody else seasoned them. But I couldn’t be picky. I tried to make up for it with the rest: sweet potato fries, super-fresh picked baby greens, root pickles, and 2-year aged Vermont cheddar. Not too shabby for a punt. Since she wasn’t drinking, I got to enjoy the 2005 Raffault Clos des Capucins Chinon all by myself; I decanted it since the first sips were searingly tannic; over time it’s revealing some nice layers and will no doubt be quite elegant in a few more years. (Unlike my wife- she’s so agelessly beautiful that it’s starting to get kind of Dorian Gray scary.) So despite our plans, a mellow evening. Saturday should make up for it, to say the least.

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5 Comments

  1. cook eat FRET
    May 1
    Reply

    good god
    can we clone you?

  2. Zoomie
    May 2
    Reply

    Happy Birthday to your wife, who is one lucky lady! I’m sure you are, too.

  3. Brittany
    May 2
    Reply

    ditto the first comment. You should teach husbanding classes.
    Happy b-day to the wifey.

  4. Heather
    May 3
    Reply

    She has you very well trained! My kind of lady. Happy birthday Christine, from a stranger on the internet!

  5. peter
    May 4
    Reply

    While I agree that I’m totally awesome, it may be that since I write the blog I tend to skew it in a direction that underplays my various shortcomings.

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