Okay, so my birthday was amazing. Not sure how amazing my food choices were, but they were definitely better than they would have been a year ago. I got extremely spoiled this year for my birthday. Probably more than I should have, but Jason is just that type of man, when he can do it, when we can afford it, he does it.

My first birthday gift was a new iPod Touch from a group of my friends that heard that I had broken my iPod and raised the money among all of them to buy me a new one. They wanted to keep me going in the gym, keep me motivated, and I have to say, I am blessed to have such caring friends in my life. One of my two best friends, Heather, orchestrated the entire thing, and when she had gathered the funds gave me a four hundred dollar gift certificate for the Apple store to make the purchase.

I actually ordered the iPod online, but canceled it shortly after when Heather found out that Apple always comes out with the new iPods in September, so I’m going to wait a couple weeks and see what the new iPod touches are like.

Next it was Jason’s turn to spoil me and of course, our first stop was Nordstrom’s. We hit the perfume counter and got my Angel stars filled while we shopped for a new scent. Jason is such a trooper because he stands there and smells everything, he’ll even sniff coffee beans to clear his nose so that he can smell something else and he always helps me pick the scent. I love not having to think about it and wonder if he’ll like the scent on me, and I love going to my vanity and the end of the day and being completely confident in every perfume I have and knowing he will enjoy it.

Next stop was Teavana. If you haven’t heard of Teavana, it is a tea lover’s dream come true. This store is absolutely amazing, and if you know what you like, you can order online just as simple. Since I have recently had to give up carbonated drinks tea has become even more of an important drink in my life than it was before. I’ve always been a tea snob, which I blame totally on my best friend Tora and her husband Colin. Colin is British and together they have turned me from an occasional tea drink into a tea addict and they introduced me to Teavana, so that huge tea collection in the kitchen, yes, it’s their fault. I’m innocent in my addiction to tea, it was all peer pressure.  You believe me right? Having to give up caffeine has left my tea drawer full of quite a bit of things that I can’t drink in volume anymore, though my surgeon says that I’ll be able to have a cup or two of caffeinated tea once I am post op.  So we spent some time at Teavana stocking me up on a few teas. I picked up a white earl grey, because earl grey is a must! A few herbal teas found their way into my bag; all of them boasted a citrus flavor. The addition of a few tea making quintessentials like Teavana’s perfect tea maker and a iced tea pitcher that fit’s it perfectly and then we were off to another of my favorite stores, Safora.

Safora is just; there is no other way to say it, girl heaven. Well it’s girl heaven if you are a girl that likes make up and skin care products, which is exactly what I was there for today. The pool has been drying my face out, I’m sure it’s the chlorine and I was looking for some skin care products to put all that moister back in. My Safora bag included a new 60 SPF sunscreen, two new cleanser products as well as some black circle reducing under eye cream and some intense moisturizer. I snuck a new mascara in there as well, shhhh, don’t tell, I wasn’t there to buy makeup.

Next it was off to Best Buy to pick up a new pair of Skull Candy headphones and then it was time for dinner. This is the part you were waiting for right? Waiting to see if I stayed on course? Well, I didn’t, but I wasn’t HORRIBLE either. Jason took me out to Todai, which Tom was paying for as a birthday gift to me. Todai is this incredible all you can eat sushi restaurant in downtown Portland. Now, if you had taken me here a year ago I would have polished off three huge, and I mean huge, plates of sushi. I love sushi. Tonight however, I was very good, my first plate and a few pieces of sushi rolls on it, some snow crab legs, some seaweed salad and a muscle that was covered in cheese and surely very bad for me. My second plate, which was significantly smaller, focused on sashimi, seaweed salad and just a couple pieces of sushi rolls. I had poured myself a bowl of miso soup, but by the time I got around to trying to eat it a couple of bites were all I could take. Miso soup is probably the only thing in the world that you can put Tofu in and I will actually eat it! For Desert I had two little bites of cheesecake, and then, we headed home to end the evening with a movie and some cuddling.

I didn’t do too badly. I’ll compare notes next year.