How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jake's Birthday Weekend

It's been awhile since I updated. I'll try to be better (and I should be since I'm not working...) but it's hard to update when there isn't much to update about. I want to try and get Jake involved in updating as well, but that may be like pulling teeth. We'll see.

Anyway, this past weekend was Jake's 24th birthday. I made reservations at a local hotel (the W Hotel) for Friday night which was a surprise for him -- although, I'm pretty sure he figured it out when I told him not to make plans or allow work to schedule him for Saturday. He just didn't know where exactly it was :P And, I made reservations for us to have dinner at Seasons 52. Jake and I have eaten at Season's 52 before--but we ate at the one in Orlando, FL when he was going to BMW school. He surprised me with a romantic night out and we got all dressed up for it when I visited him over Thanksgiving break. It was awesome food and we weren't disappointed this time either. I had my first martini and discovered that I am a cheap date.

 For Jake's birthday present, I got him the new generation Kindle. He's been eye-ing it for awhile now and I know that it would be a perfect gift for him. Soooo, I ordered the Kindle for him. The thing is, I ordered this for him at the beginning of the middle of August and it was backordered. I figured it would be shipped by his birthday, but it wasn't. The nice leather case I bought for it shipped first--like 3-weeks prior to his birthday :-/ and I was waiting anxiously for the Kindle to come. It never came... when I was packing for the hotel and MI, I finally got notification that it was shipping. It shipped out sometime last weekend and got here on the 14th, when we were still in MI. So he had to wait for it :P Anyway, I wrapped up the Kindle case and put the order information in the case and he was so confused when he opened it because the Kindle wasn't in there. I had to then explain it to him... He was ecstatic :)

Anyway, the next morning we woke up and checked out of the hotel at about 10am, picked up Diesel from the vets (he was boarded for the evening) and made our way up to Michigan. The trip was very unplanned and impromptu, but it was a good visit. We spent the entire day on Saturday driving and arrived at my grandparents house at about 11:30pm. We went to bed and got up the next morning, had a nice Sunday brunch with my grandparents and then headed over to Jake's parents house. We hadn't seen them since last Christmas ('09) and it was good to see them. Since Sunday was Jake's birthday, his parents bought him a birthday cake (german chocolate, his favorite) and we had a nice dinner and little birthday celebration. Adam made Jake this awesome cartoon/comic with his girlfriend, Kayleigh and Jake loved it. I am a big believer that homemade/handmade presents are the best!!

While we were up in MI, I got to see my Aunt Kimmy, Aunt Casey and cousin, Jessica. Which was awesome. It's been a few years and too much time. My Aunt Casey took me and Jess out to dinner and it was great catching up. It's amazing how much you don't even realize you miss someone until you see them. Jake was visiting with his family at this time, so he didn't go with me but I'm sure it was nice for him to spend some alone time with his family.

We were in town until we left bright and early Wednesday morning to travel back to GA. I love visiting and the weather was pretty fabulous--a nice change from the 90+ weather we've been having in good 'ole Georgia--but I was glad to be back at home. Out kitties missed us and there is nothing like your own bed. Jake and I shared a twin-sized fold out bed while we were staying with my grandparents--mainly because both of us were too stubborn to blow up the twin-sized air mattress and sleep on the army cot my grandparents put out for us. It wasn't horrible sleeping but I like my space when I sleep and I thoroughly enjoy having the ability to sprawl out. And I think Diesel likes being back home because he's able to sleep with us too. ::rolls eyes:: He's such a spoiled dog!!

It was back to the daily grind on Thursday--Jake went to work and I went back to job hunting. Have I mentioned how bored I am getting with not having a job?? This weekend we don't have anything planned--we were supposed to be going to Boston for a friend's wedding but finances have just been too tight for it. So, I babysit on Saturday during the day and I think Jake is planning to go into work to work on his BMW. Other than that, I think tonight is going to be Little Ceasar's pizza (we have a major soft spot for the $5 pizzas) and movie night.

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