Sweeter 16


CHEERS! I'm old!

Wednesday was my sweet 16th birthday (plus 8 years, sweet Jesus plus 8 years).  Of course I celebrated in style with my roommate, coworkers, family and friends throughout the day.  I got up as per usual at 6:45AM and finally opened up a bday package that had been sitting in my room unopened for several days.  After discovering the delightfully thoughtful wonders that were inside said box, I showered, and discovered that my bathroom was covered in confetti and the kitchen was decked out in it’s birthday best.  On top of the awesomely festive decorations I had one of my favorite breakfasts – bagel and lox mmmmm ready to grab and go on my way into the office.  Upon arriving at my place of employment I was ominously stalled in the kitchen by my oddly nervous coworkers.  Something was up.  I’m no fool, well actually I’m quite gullible which they took full advantage of later, but when I was finally granted access to my desk I found this:

Office Bday Offering

The extent of the decorations and goodies goes well beyond the above photo, but let’s just say that it made this girl feel like a million and a half bucks (half more than I usually feel :-p).  Later in the day I was paged to the front desk where an extravagant vase of sunflowers, roses, and a few other floral delights was waiting for me.  As I carried the flowers fit for a funeral to my desk I ran into a coworker to whom I said, “They’re probably from my parents, unless I have a secret admirer that I don’t know about.”  Much to my surprise the card was inscribed with the following:

“Roses are red, violets are blue, you don’t know me but I know you. xoxoxo Your Undiscovered Better Half.”

All day long I was wondering who the hell did I not know but who knew me and where I worked….and apparently most of my coworkers as they seemed in on the deal….Nothing really seemed to get done.  Emails went unanswered, meetings transpired and comments piled up on my desk to be processed, all the while this unknown lover of mine floated through my brain.  My frustration built as the day went on and after several fits my coworker let me know that Mr. Unknown was actually a conglomeration of several people in my department.  Because I spend so much time at work not only are they my second family, but apparently my love interests as well.  They got me, and good, and for that I just laughed instead of yelled because it was a great prank at the end of the day.

After finally getting the hell outta dodge at 7PM I headed home to get ready for the evenings events.  I had organized a small get-together of awesomeness to celebrate my awesomeness at Tiki-Ti.  This place deserves its own post, so stay tuned for my review.  Seriously, one of the coolest places in LA and definitely the least pretentious bar in Silverlake.

I was lucky enough to score the last two days of the week off from work (wooo floating holidays!) and head down to Carlsbad with my parents who were in town for my dad’s business trip.  Carlsbad feels like the other end of the planet compared to LA – it’s clean, quiet, filled with free parking, and filled with “normal” housing developments and things of that nature.  It was a much needed break from the city, however I don’t think I would enjoy living there for another few years when I am truly burnt out from Urban living.  The setting was very serene, and after meeting up with some family friends it was very welcoming and familiar.

Carlsbad Sunset

I was able to do a little shopping, and by a little I mean I could have bought a little country for what I spent….but it was some definitely needed retail therapy.  While I was in the BCBG outlet store I found this display:

Pattern pieces and pattern cards on the wall @ BCBG

I LOVED it, but realized I was probably the only person in the store who really knew what it all meant and the difference between a sleeve and a bodice panel…that lesson is for another day :)

All in all I had a wonderful birthday celebration, made sweeter not only by cake but by my family and friends.  I’m hoping 24 will be filled with crafty goodness – for both you and me dear reader!  Stay tuned as my adventures unfold!

Stay Crafty My Friends,

Black Mamaba