This title is too long of a story to explain, but I had to use it. Simply had to.
Yesterday was my birthday. I honestly don’t even know where to begin! We will start with Monday. We are big Hell’s Kitchen fans and Beef Wellington is ALWAYS on the menu there. I got the idea that I should make some. So I decided to do it on Monday. For the side dish I made roasted vegetables. For entertainment, Avery, Delaney and I did the “Fan a towel in front of the smoke alarm” dance.
I was nervous that we were going to cut into it and find a raw mess on the inside. Now, we all like our meat rare, but raw would be awful. I handed Chris the carving set, as he is the man of the house, and crossed my fingers. It turned out perfect!! It honestly could not have been more perfect! And those vegetables, holy cow the yumminess!!!
For dessert we had…BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!! Ice cream cake with extra crunchies of course.
Yummy!! You will also notice that it is a tiny ice cream cake. We have to stick with our diet afterall!!!
I unwrapped presents, which included: flamingos, clothes, amazon gift cards and a beautiful framed picture of my beautiful nieces. I had Happy Birthday sung to me. I blew out candles (okay, really I only blew the smoke off the candles, Delaney totally beat me to it!)
Lyz and I tried to go to bed at a respectable hour Monday night. That didn’t work too well. We ended up laying in my bed to watch The Big C season finale (do you watch it?? OHMYHECK!!!!) I played on the computer, read, watched tv, read, snoozed, flipped, flopped and read some more.
Then at 6:30 the alarm went off. I allowed myself five minutes of tears and then sprung out of bed to go have THE BESTEST BIRTHDAY EVER*!!!!! After I took my shower I went and woke Lyz up. We met in my bathroom to do our hair and makeup and giggle. Then it was time to be on the road.
Lyz and I really are two peas in a pod. We really can finish each others sentences. We don’t even have to fully explain things to each other. For example one conversation went:
L:Look… (not looking or pointing anywhere)
Did you follow that? We did.
The drive was so much fun. Lyz did awesome!! When we reached our destination, we had to find parking. We were lucky enough that there is a garage directly across the street from the Studios. But…someone was going the wrong way down the entrance ramp, so we had to drive around the block. And Lyz, she rocked that driving around the block.
We went and got in line to wait for them to let us in to the show and had a blast people watching. We may have also spent some time judging people based on the Martha Rules of What to Wear to a Taping. Lyz and I think we followed the rules perfectly.
Same ticket number as when I went with Joni!!
Joey, the warm up guy, came in to tell us what each show segment would be about. All I heard was Darcy Miller and I squealed!! She is Martha’s wedding girl and while I think she is a bit annoying, the designs she does are simply amazing!!! He also let us know that David Stark, and Lyz even recognized his name (a celebrity party planner!)
I shall now skip over the majority of the waiting and go directly into the show. We were seated in the second row (proof that we can follow the MRoWtWtaT). Some pictures of the set:
Martha and Darcy
Can you read what the teleprompter says in the bottom left corner??? “Now it’s time for gifts! In honor of all the September birthdays we have…” We got some AWESOME goodies, including, but not limited to:
~A $25 gift card to Shutterfly
~A one year membership to eduBakery.com
~An “I ❤ Martha" notepad
~A Happy Birthday stamp
~A Xyron Creative Station
~A Cake Server
Isn't that awesome!!! Oh…Wait. I forgot one.
A $200 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO GEMVARA.COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lyz and I (and well, the rest of the audience) screamed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All said we walked away with just under $600 worth of goodies!!!
If you decide to watch the show, at one point Martha asks the audience if today is anyone's actual birthday so I squeaked out a Me! She said "I heard a me!" Yay!! So, yet again, Martha knows I exist! (There may also have been some nutcase in the audience coughing during the whole first segment with Darcy and Martha…that totally was not me. Wasn't me at all. Cough drops and bottles of water were not flung at me hoping to quiet the horrible noises I was making. Wasn't me.)
We were then given cupcakes that were baked on the show (well, they baked a cake on the show and gave us each a cupcake version). Some day I will have to tell you the story of the Martha Muffin. If you know the story of the Martha Muffin, I will let you know that I actually ate the cupcake!
As we were walking out I told Joey that I went to three different stores looking for a Chunky Bar for him but couldn't find any. He thanked me and gave me a big huge hug!!
After the show we were standing outside so Lyz could call and check on the girls and brag to Chris about our swag, out walks David Stark! I squealed again, and Lyz said "Hi!! She is a huge fan and today is her birthday!" He wished me a happy birthday and chatted with us for a second. Sooooo cool!!!
We walked a few blocks of New York, since we were there we couldn't just get in the car and go back home! Picked up some guyros (another long story) and got in the car. We had decided that we were going to Hoboken to go to Carlos's Bakery, you know, the bakery from The Cake Boss. Lyz wanted to get Chris some cannoli, cause she is sweet like that. While she was on the phone with him he told her she should stop there, making our surprise less fun. She told him we would try, but were nervous about driving!
First, we had to drive out of New York:
As we drove out of the city I looked out the window and saw the Statue of Liberty!!! I had never seen her before and was so excited! I took a picture from the car:
Just pretend that is her, ok? I was also fumbling for the EZPass box and it was really foggy.
Off to the bakery:
We got our yummy treats (I got some Lobster Tails…yummy cream puff type things) and stopped for a slice of pizza, had a really good laugh, and then hopped in the car to head home!!
My day was wonderful. I spent it with the most amazing person in the entire world. Hey Lyz, maybe you are my soul mate, just like Lee and Kathy. One of us is gay, the other is married. We totally get each other. I love you. Thank you so much for making this birthday, the most amazing day ever!! I mean heck, even Martha gave me cake on the first birthday I ever spent with her!!!