Once Upon a Time, I Had a Birthday

Yesterday, I turned 35. I know, I can hardly believe it myself. Shawn and I marked the day at home, relaxing, figuring out some landscaping challenges in the front yard, and burning the garlic plants from this summer's garden. We ended it with leftover hot dogs and spiedies, and an early bedtime brought on by sore throats and general laze.

However, on Saturday, way back when I was still 34, my wonderful, generous, fun friends and I partied like we were still 28. Oh wait, one of us still is.

My fabulous party began around 10:30 a.m., when Jill flounced into my bedroom and I breathed, "Thank God you're here; I need help with my hair." Depite her hatred for my newly acquired curling iron, she helped, and we were soon ready to welcome Melinda, Derek, Katie and Dan, and Kate and Tom to our home for the party. The limo arrived shortly after that, and we were off to Cayuga Lake's Wine Trail for a day filled with laughter, vino, a limo packed with people, snacks, and shenanigans, and one pink elephant.

I want to thank Masterminds Melinda and Jill for planning the wonderful day, Shawn for thowing down the much-needed bank, and the rest of my friends for being so much fun. We hit some of my winery favs: Americana Vineyards, Lucas Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Cayuga Ridge Estates, and Goose Watch Winery. We wrecked havoc and drank much of NY's bounty.

I love Shawn's pose in this one
We were a rowdy crew, and I thank the good wine pourERs of the Finger Lakes for putting up with us all day. Especially Jim at Thirsty Owl, who serenaded us with his dulcet tones and sweet vidal blanc.

My girls were so much fun. My cheeks still hurt from smiling so much. Smiling's the best.

Thank you all for making the day so amazing! It was delicious, hilarious, uproarious, sunny, funny, and cramazeballs! I love you all!


  1. So happy you had fun! I don't remember the drive home but thank god for Shawn grilling hotdogs!! They cured me

  2. LOL, meat in tube form DOES have magical healing properties. He said he couldn't believe how much food we all ate. Partying like rockstars really works up a hunger.

  3. That looks like an awesome party. I would live at Lucas Vineyards if they would let me. Happy Birthday, Shelby Dear!