Anita's Birthday Surprise

Trip Start Jan 15, 2009
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 19, 2009

Happy birthday Anita! Before leaving for this amazing trip, Michael mentioned that he had made arrangements for us to attend one of the many balls that are being held in and around WDC tonight. How exciting is that! I didn't know what or where it was, but I was ready to go. We slept in late this morning after staying up until almost 1:00 a.m.

For dinner last night, Michael prepared his famous Creole lasagna with a fresh pear-walnut salad, and delicious bread pudding (sorry, we didn't take photos of the food this time folks). Then, we stayed up viewing our photos and videos until after midnight. Sleeping in on one's birthday is a great luxury that everyone should enjoy.

Tiffany and Jeff were off to a prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Don went into the District on a hunt for tickets. One of his friends, who is also in town for the festivities, mentioned that he might be able to snag a few tickets from Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office, so he was all over that. And this left Michael and me to relax at the house, catch up on our blog, and watch the Obamas and the Bidens perform community service to celebrate the memory and work of Dr. King.

The day went by super fast and before I knew it, the time had come to get dressed for the ball. Don had returned victoriously with three inauguration tickets in hand for the Silver Section. He, Jeff and Tiff were getting prepared to attend their party and everyone was happy. I figured we'd all meet up later and compare notes about what happened at each of the events we attended.

I still had no idea where Michael and I were going. I like surprises and I'm pretty easy to surprise. Whenever I know Michael wants to surprise me, I just go along with it. I don't ask a lot of questions and don't make a big fuss over not knowing. As long as no one gets hurt or embarrassed, I'm cool with it.

Don was taking way too long in the bathroom we shared with him, so I bounced downstairs to the powder room to finish my hair and makeup. Suddenly, I hear the doorbell ring. Who the heck could that be? Perhaps it's a neighbor. Who knows. Anyway, I'm all done; we snap a few pictures and rush out. For some reason Michael is in a hurry to get to wherever we're going, so I guess that makes me in a hurry to get there, too.

The Tantallon Country Club in Ft. Washington, MD was the venue for the "Rejuvenate the Dream" Inaugural Toast to President-Elect Barack Obama. The ballroom was decked in white satin and maroon chiffon with lovely red roses accenting the chandeliers and at the center of the tables. Very nice! Men in their tuxedoes excorted women dressed in lovely evening dresses of all colors and styles. Michael remarked that the ballroom reminded him of the grand dining room when we cruised the Mexican Riviera several years ago. Tonight, we were seated at a table for eight, and as we watched the other partygoers arrive, I wondered who would be joining us for the night.

"So, what shall we discuss with our tablemates?" I asked Michael. He just chuckled and shrugged his shoulders. I like to be prepared with a little ice breaker and some small talk so we're not staring blankly into the faces of complete strangers all night. So, as Michael and I chatted, I thought of a few tidbits to share with whomever we would be sharing our table.

No sooner had I scripted my intro that I look up and saw Don and Aunt Janice arrive at our table with bright, smiling faces. "Surprise!" they shouted. I was truly surprised. Shortly following their arrival came Jeff and Tiff. They had all pulled a fast one on me, and I loved it! No wonder Michael was in such a rush to leave the house. It was later revealed that the doorbell that I heard while in the powder room was Aunt Janice, who had arrived at the house slightly early. Good thing for them that I was behind closed doors. It was the perfect opportunity for them to rush her downstairs into the basement to await our departure. I can't believe they hid my Auntie away in the basement!

We all enjoyed a laugh and the rest of the evening, which consisted of a buffet dinner -- spinach salad, grilled vegetables, hand carved roast beef, fillet of salmon, tottellini and penne pasta -- a few speakers, recognition awards, an inaugural toast and dancing. Before I knew it, midnight had come and it was time to take Cinderella home for a little shuteye before the "other" big day.

Little did I know that the surprise wasn't over yet. Arriving at the house, we stood outside in the arctic cold for what seemed like forever before Don finally openend the front door and let us in. And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a "Happy Birthday" sign and a cake ablaze with candles. How sweet is that! "Michael said you like carrot cake," Tiffany said. And he was right about that.
This was so great. Another memorable birthday celebration for the books. Goodnight!!
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