2010 was a difficult year. For the first half I was pretty proud of myself for being able to compartmentalize the bad and the good and still find ways to enjoy myself. Actually, I've been patting myself on the back about that ability for the last three years. Unfortunately that particular emotional resource ran out a little after my dad died. Since then I've had a hard time enjoying anything. That's normal - it happens. As long as I take care of myself I'll get that ability back. I'm not worried, just waiting.
I did enjoy my birthday though, in a low-key way. To celebrate we went to Hotel Del Coronado for New Years Day brunch in the Crown Room. Here's what I wore:
Mom gave me the bag and the shoes for Christmas. You'd have to feel at least a little bit uplifted by that combo, huh? You might recognize the shoes from this post.
Here I am towards the end of the meal. Notice that I have a tiramisu, three chocolate drinks, three little piles of chocolate mousse and a meringue. The food at the brunch is stellar but my absolute favorite thing is that chocolate drink. Maybe next time I'll get five!
After brunch we all walked on the beach. Usually there's a chilly wind blowing on that beach but this day it was just warm and pleasant. They have disco sand there: it glitters with golden mica. So fancy!
Then Pete and I took Fay in her doggie stroller to smell the smellicans (pelican roosts really stink) at the La Jolla Cove.
Fay loves to sniff all the smells. I kept waiting for someone to look into our stroller and say "What a hideous child!" Everybody just thought she was so cute. Well, she is.
When we got back to Mom's house the sun was setting. It was an incredible sunset. Pete and I stayed out on the lawn for about an hour watching it.
It was even beautiful to the east. I had trouble deciding where to look.
I chose to see a phoenix in these clouds because I could use a rebirth.
After the sunset we all had dinner together. Mom delegated the ordering of the cakes to my brother this year. For some reason he ordered three birthday cakes for me. There have to be photos of them somewhere but I don't have them. There was coconut, chocolate with white icing and a fruit tiramisu. Against the odds, the fruit tiramisu was my hands down favorite. I wish I had some right now.
So all in all a very pleasant birthday. Ideal. Comfortable, delicious and spent with my favorite people. Way to start the new year.