Had a marvelous birthday celebration yesterday. We had agreed not to give expensive gifts for birthdays this year having just bought the shore condo. So naturally, Gary gave me a beautiful gold and pearl necklace and a gold anklet. Multiple e-cards, several real birthday cards hidden in my purse and THREE bouquets of flowers delivered to my office!
We went out for dinner to a place called "Savona", out in the burbs. It has a reputation of being very good, but very expensive, with "snooty" service. And, pretty much, all that was true. We had foie gras, I had Dover sole and Gary had a filet, as well as chocolate desserts. It was tasty, but this morning, we both decided it wasn't worth the expensive pricetag that came with it.
Mom and Dad also overdid, sending me just about everything on my Amazon wish list! Books, DVDs, a crank radio (for my emergency box). Wonderful!
[But too much!]
It seems that my birthday never ends, though, as yet another bouquet of flowers arrived from Gary today! The card read, "Why shouldn't you get flowers the day after your birthday too?" What a sweetheart!
[I think he likes me.]
Hurricane Rita is still going strong, now a Catagory Four hurricane heading for the northeast Texas coast. She hit Cat 5 overnight, with the third lowest pressure recorded for an Atlantic Basin hurricane, and will now fluctuate in intensity until she hits land. The good news is that she *should* hit a little further up the Texas coast, which is good for Galveston/Houston, since it should lessen some of the direct storm surge. But the evacuations are proceeding and that's also good, because as we all learned during Hurricane Charley last year, there is no such thing as a guarantee with hurricanes. We watched as Charley jumped from a Cat 2 to a Cat 4 in the span of about two hours, and slammed into Punta Gorda, well south of the expected Tampa Bay landfall.
In addition, one of the computer models is suggesting that the high in the middle of the SE United States will weaken enough to allow Rita to head nearly due north and hit Louisiana - to the west of New Orleans, which was the original worst case scenario for NOLA. It could continue the work that Katrina already did.
[Fat Rita has not sung yet.]
Quote du jour:
"Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into."
Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887) US clergyman, abolitionist
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