#100HappyDays: Birthday time

A birthday gazing ball crafted by my lovely mother
My birthday fell on a Monday this year so I knew it was going to be mellow. But I couldn't stop myself from packing in as much low-key celebrating as possible. Like birthday sushi and life saving and home cooking.
The Tasmanian roll at Mikuni Sushi, my current favorite. With salmon, asparagus and lemon, it tastes like spring.
Donating platelets seemed noble but contributed to the mellowness of the day for sure. Can't party hard when you're sharing precious bodily fluids. ha.
Birthday treats to follow the delicious steak prepared by Mr. T. For my Sacramento Raley's and Bel Air shoppers: The lava cake pictured right is SO worth the time and calories. The fruit tart, not so much.
Nothing says birthday like commanding the evening TV programming. I forced Mr. T to watch a wacky childhood favorite--Nothing But Trouble--starring John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Chevy Chase and Demi Moore. My sis sent me the film partly for old time's sake but mostly for the line: "You have a beamer, ACT LIKE IT." (I could never explain why this is funny, just trust me.)
1. 24 Hours of Happy
2. If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong...
3. A trip to the nursery
4. Transplants
5. Sweet peas
6. Cool as a...
7. A Butterfinger Blizzard
8. Happiness by the yard
9. Keeping the vampires at bay
10. Giving P.F. Chang's a run for its money
11. A little Spring snow in the Sierras
12. Communing with fellow comm nerds
13. Ladies' night
14. Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico
15. The shredded cedar fitness plan
16. Baby's first Easter
17. Bathmat runways
18. Oasis in progress
19. My kind of Easter egg hunt
20. Mass cookie production
21. West Coast Formation Clinic 2014
22. West Coast Ravens, smoke on!
23. West Coast Formation Clinic All Up
24. Colorful, if not magical, beans
25. Stinking roses
26. Noodle salad
27. Tomato mania
28. Real smiles
29. Conquering cross-wind landings
30. Gypsy chickens and birthday celebrations
31. Conjuring a rainstorm
32. Bountiful boxes
33. The reluctant birthday boy
34. Copper poppies
35. Caprese chicken magic
36. Moms love waffles
37. Hearty soup for a hot "summer" day
38. A friend of the library
39. Talking Above the Fray
40. Go, go gadget green beans
41. Clinking frapps
42. Berries and bosom friends
43. Little red ZHP
44. Scratch pasta goodness
45. The sweetest final ever
46. A beautiful birthday girl
47. Mac & cheese for breakfast
48. Seattle sunshine
49. Spectacular Seattle
50. Rocking the International Communication Association convention
51. Veggie box
52. A bumper plant
53. Unusually tasty vegetables
54. My poor Corolla-mobile
55. Anti-fashion
56. My lovelies
57. Super soaker
58. Because you can never have too many tomatoes
59. Civic participation
60. Above the Fray's first advisory board meeting
61. Adventures in babysitting
62. Succulents
63. Golden West Airshow
64. Another use for research handbooks
65. Squish
66. Minnie made me do it
67. It's good to be king
68. Quilted wisdom
69. Flying on Friday the 13th during a full moon
70. Baby's first swim
71. The science of peanut brittle
72. First fruits
73. Flowers in the attic? No, boxes.
74. Best babysitter on earth
75. Shooting Star Hydrangea
76. Upcycling in the garden
77. Birthday shoe date
78. Preservation & Co. grand opening

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