Deployment Diaries #4

Another week down! Yay!

This has been another one of those weeks where it really sucks to be away from Graham. My birthday was yesterday. I turned 32, and out of the 5 birthdays I’ve had since we’ve been a couple, it was the 3rd one I spent without him. But, I made the best of it.

My pre-birthday celebration started on Friday with a girls night dinner. For whatever reason, I didn’t photograph my food, but I had a delicious burger & cocktail at Park Lane in Hampton. Saturday, the pre-birthday celebration continued with shopping & cupcakes in Virginia Beach. Hermione obviously thought it was her birthday, because she ate one of my cupcakes.

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My actual birthday was pretty wonderful. It started with finally getting to open the present he sent me:

2015-05-18 10.19.27-1This was way more than we usually send on gifts, but I’m not going to complain! I love it so much. But now I need a smaller wallet…

I spent the first part of my day lounging by the pool, reading John Adams (yes, I know… that’s slightly odd pool/beach reading…) and trying to even out the ridiculous tan on my arms. There was no one at the pool except for the lifeguard & myself, and it was pretty perfect.

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I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made here. There are no words as to how thankful I am to these people. I’m thankful for instagram & hashtags, because that’s how I met Susan (who is so similar to me it’s actually freaky), and I’m so thankful for the friendships that have been formed at the Radius dog park.

Susan & I went for sushi at Hayashi. I had a much better experience this time. and ate wayyyyyy too much. I’ve definitely learned that I can’t eat the way I did prior to my Whole30.

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After dinner, I went back to the apartment & met some friends for a Cards Against Humanity night. I love this game so much. Even though we were playing on my birthday, I hadn’t planned on this being a birthday thing… it was just the only night that worked out. But, my friends are awesome, and there were 2 cakes, cards & gifts. It was a wonderful birthday.

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In other news, since I’m no longer doing the Whole30, this weekend I was able to taste everything at the Le Mu family meeting. I’ve been helping them out with some of their social media, and have gone every week to photograph the food, even though I couldn’t eat it. Which was torture. This was the first time I was able to sample everything Chef Sav had prepared, and everything was SO good! As much as I love tuna (and the tuna tartare & tuna tacos were incredibly delicious), my favorite, hands down, was the lemongrass & chili sausage. Sav’s grandmother makes these herself, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. IMG_46642015-05-17 17.12.14

And, lastly, Buddy is king of the world. Hear him roar. And follow him, Hermione & Charlotte on Facebook. Yes, I am one of those people who makes their pets a their own Facebook page2015-05-17 11.43.28-1

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