I promised I wouldn’t make excuses for skipping the ritual of blogging more frequently.  And I’m not… But I’ll merely explain my absence… The past few weeks have been terribly busy and I suffered a sneak attack of allergies that knocked me out so bad, they even sidelined me on my birthday.  Being an April Fools’ Day baby, I’m sure it didn’t look good that I didn’t go to work, but I was genuinely ill. No joke there!

Sickness aside, I had a lovely birthday weekend filled with friends, family and thoughtful gifts.

Here’s a vegan chocolate birthday cake with espresso frosting from Treehouse Bakery.  Words can’t express how yummy this was; it reminded me of the mouthwatering cakes from an exceptional bakery back home that did my wedding cake.



Another birthday treat, The Berkeley veggie pizza from Z Pizza.  We get this every so often as a weekend indulgence, so my birthday was no exception.  Flavorful, chewy crust, fresh cut veggies and melty Daiya cheese make it a winner to me.


My husband surprised me with a Kindle and I’m completely enamored!  I secretly wanted one but didn’t say anything.  He knows me so well.  I thought I’d remain a book  purist but it’s so convenient to instant access instead of waiting days for a shipment, weeks on a library waitlist or worse, being robbed by publishers in paying $20 to $30 per title for a hardcover.  At least I have my classics  and pretty coffeetable books to satisfy my lingering purist ways.  I just can’t say enough good stuff about the Kindle.

My folks always know just what I need before I do and they surprised me with a Kindle protective cover.

I got fancy fun charm bracelets (I’m on the right:)) and cool Z Gallerie tea light chandeliers from my bestie.  I still have to figure out where to hang the chandeliers!


Another celebration picture from my party in our backyard.


J 🙂