Pre- and post-birthday shenanigans

I don’t think it’s a surprise that I really, really love my birthday. Happily, I have friends and family who (perhaps begrudgingly) allow me to have a whole birthday week. Yay!

It started on Sunday, May 20th, when my mom took Suzi, Tabi (my younger sister), and I to see Potted Potter at The Bushnell ~ a comedy act wherein two “dorky British boys” (as Suzi called them) perform all seven Harry Potter books in only 70 minutes. Definitely geared toward younger audiences, the four of us still had quite a few chuckles!

Potted Potter & hibachi birthday - poor and pretty

We finished the evening with a hibachi dinner at Ichiro in West Hartford. (Apologies for the image quality — it’s dark in there!)

birthday week Tuesday - poor and pretty

Tuesday, I wore this cute ensemble to work and to dinner with my Dad, where we happened to bump into Suzi and Scarlett, so they joined us! After dinner, Dad and I went to see The Great Gatsby (yes, I saw it again). I think it was even better the second time around! Dad also gave me my Alt for Everyone goodie box, which had come in the mail, so it felt like a birthday present from the Alt Summit folks.

I don’t have any photos of this, but I promise  you it happened: my boss took my co-workers and I out for dinner at Pies & Pints in Middlebury Wednesday night. We had some full-belly laughs when John (who tried to steal a dinosaur at the Bronto Summit) convinced our Polish visitor Bartek to try a very spicy buffalo wing. My boss joked that it was the longest we ever got Bart to stop talking. ;)

birthday balloon Thursday - poor and pretty

Thursday was a pretty dreary day… it rained so much! But my day brightened considerably when one of my co-workers gave me this balloon. :) And after work, I returned to Pies & Pints with Bartek and Dave (who helped screen print my tote bags) They surprised me with a birthday ice cream & cookie combo. I really wish I had photo-documented this week better…

birthday cupcake hat Friday - poor and pretty

Friday was my actual birthday! So, I put on this silly/cute cupcake headband my mom made me for Yule a few years ago and took a ridiculous photo of myself. I spent most of the day packing, and Stan came over in the evening for dinner at the taco truck. It was raining again, so we had an adventure running to and from the car. Friday night and Saturday morning, he helped me pack and make products for my upcoming SoWa Market debut on June 2nd! Oh, and Saturday night, we saw The Great Gatsby again. What? I really, really liked it! :)

And for the last day in my birthday week: Dad hosted a birthday party for me. Suzi made these amazing cake pops:

birthday cake pops! - poor and pretty

They even came with invisible candles!

invisible candles - poor and pretty

(Oh, that adorable, perfect-headed baby is my cousin Karyn’s son, SJ. He may have conquered his fear of me by the end of the party. I suspect he thought I was a giant fairy because I was wearing this dress.)

new birthday dress for mexico - poor and pretty

Speaking of dresses, Suzi got me this cute one as a birthday gift! It’s going to be perfect for our upcoming trip to Mexico!

new birthday sandals for mexico - poor and pretty

And so will these Havaianas flip flops from my Aunt Kathy.

It was a very good birthday week. It might seem less exciting compared to 24 and 25, but it was nice to relax a bit. Planning a murder mystery party is a lot a fun, but also a lot of work, especially if you’re moving at the same time. I would have been okay with seeing The Great Gatsby a few more times though… ;)



  1. Kristine V.   •  

    Loved reading about your sweet birthday week re-cap, Sami! Looks like you had a lot of fun (and a lot of Great Gatsby!)…the older you get the longer the celebration should last!

  2. Suzi   •  

    Yay the dress looks great! The cake pops on the other hand…. Well hopefully they’ll get better with practice!

  3. Deborah- Mom   •  

    This was a great post Sami. I should have wrote about the day you were born…ah, well, next year! I love you

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