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14 January 2009 @ 07:57 pm
Thanks, you guys.  
What a great birthday!

I got so many lovely emails and posts  and comments and facebook thingys!  Sincere thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to post or call or sing!  BIG love to the f-list.  I got a DVD of Season 3 of Friday Night Lights from sweet Jessica and a DVD of Sweeney Todd and some really cool, cute measuring cups from Celeste, and two charms for my bracelet ( a converse shoe and a purse) and all four seasons of The Office on DVD from Nolan. 

And my sweet husband took me out to dinner.

We decided to have dinner  at Las Brisas, but neither one of us were really hungry, so we thought, 'appetizers and a bottle of wine, and maybe a movie?' So I decided to get a good bottle of wine.  I chose 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz: The Dead Arm.  It was on the menu, and it was $29, and I thought, "Meh, it's my birthday."

So they brought it out and decanted it, went through the whole ritual of the cork, and the tasting and the pouring, and then the wine steward came out and spoke to us.

I had half a bottle of wine, so I'm not going to do a word for word repetition of the conversation, but suffice to say, the man had a stutter.  A bad stutter.  And he was using words like "the sexiest wine I've ever had"  and "fruit notes" and "wonderful spiciness."  Nolan said that I was going to hell for all the giggling I did.  He's right.  I'm AWFUL.  But it was FUNNY.

After he left, Nolan and I had this exchange:

Me.  A stuttering sommelier!  My birthday is complete!

Nolan.  (frowns)  Sommelier?

Me.  (explains) Wine steward.

Nolan.  Well I didn't think it was a fancy French word for speech impediment, Carrie.

Then we got the bill.  It turns out that wine was $29 A GLASS!  *faints*  Luckily, Nolan said I was worth a $139 bottle of wine.  


Oh, and the Haiku Contest ends tonight at 11:00! 

I am:: in bed
I feel:: happyhappy
Embellishedembe11ished on January 15th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! And you are worth every drop!
Carrie Leigh: winecarrie_leigh on January 15th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Oooh, I thought of you when we were drinking it. It was WONDERFUL. Peppery and a really full-bodied flavor... but a dry finish. Truly a fantastic wine. :)
Embellishedembe11ished on January 15th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Ooh! That sounds amazing! I'll have to look for that if my husband ever decides I'm worth a $139 bottle of wine! :)
seegrim: paolo long hair smileseegrim on January 15th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
You are so worth a $139 bottle of wine. *agrees*

I'm glad it's been a happy day!
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on January 15th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
It really has!
idreamofdracoidreamofdraco on January 15th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a happy birthday!
The only things I know about wine, despite my parents' "wine collection", I learned from In Vino Veritas. So I thought about Draco while reading your post. :D
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 15th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I thought about embe11ished, too!
O Demanding One: Birthday: Celebrate!heyurs on January 15th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)

Season three already? :O You lucky-duck chicken! WOOT! :D

I am glad you had an enjoyable evening. Happy Birthday, again, to you!

Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on January 15th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I am a lucky girl!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Celtic Heartjandjsalmon on January 15th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
*giggles madly*

It sounds like it was a lovely birthday!
Carrie Leigh: Ginnycarrie_leigh on January 15th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
rupert_talley: Cupcakes for bdrupert_talley on January 15th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you had a nice birthday. Happy belated Birthday to you. Las Brisas? Where's that?
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 15th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
It's on Olsen. Or Paramount? Where Harrigan's used to be? By the Catfish shack. VERY yummy.
rupert_talley: Clara Bowrupert_talley on January 15th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Ah. We'll try it soon.

btw useless fact: I use to work at Harrigan's
WolfStarwolfstar07 on January 15th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
They totally distracted you on purpose, those thieves! But you are worth a $139 bottle of wine.

I wonder what they do with unfinished bottles?
dragonsangel68: TW - Rob Hawtdragonsangel68 on January 15th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
You are so worth the $139 for the bottle *g* Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!
maureen: eliza formalmaureen on January 15th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
I've never had a $139 bottle of wine before... was it good? I mean, REALLY good? I can tell the difference between a six dollar bottle and a fifteen dollar bottle, so if it continues to get better along those proportions... damn.
Alluring_Twilightalluringt_light on January 16th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
I agree with everyone else!
You're worth the $139 :D

Oh, I wished you a Happy Birthday on FIAF, but I don't know if you checked there or not so Happy Bithday! ;)