What I did on my birthday

So, time’s winged chariot duly rumbled past last Wednesday and added another year to my age, putting me indisputably past the halfway mark of my three score and ten. and I took the day off, having left the in the nursery, and we went out! And saw a film! In a cinema! Without the ! Like real people!

We ended up going to the Harbour Lights to see Quantum of Solace, mainly because it meant we’d have a fighting chance of staying awake; the had been pretty unsettled the night before, so we were in need of sleep. Not bad overall, even if it should really have been titled Casino Royale, part two. Still like Craig as Bond, though. This may be TMI, but I had to nip to the gents halfway through. Apparently, turning thirty-six has meant that my bladder can no longer hold the metabolic by-products of a pint of Hoegaarden for longer than half an hour. Thus begins the long, slow slide to senescence.

Picked the lad up after the film, fed him and waited for our babysitter. Not only had we gone to the cinema (!), but we were also going out to a restaurant sans-. Had a few complaints from him on the grounds that I wasn’t following the bedtime script to the letter, but he went down without too much wailing, and slept soundly from then on.

We’d decided to go to Zen (japanese place that had recommended in the past). Wednesday night was all-you-can-eat night, but this was cooked to order rather than steam table dross. Food generally good, though it stuck to the safe favourites. By this point, we were feeling rather shattered, and lapsed into blank-eyed silence. A good night out, nonetheless.

Part two of the birthday bits was today, with a selection of the usual sorts descending on us for Sunday brunch. Cooked Mexican, just as last year, but scaled down both the variety and the quantities, as follows:

  • Huevos Revueltos con Chorizo
  • Frijoles
  • Salsa Verde
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Tortillas

We still had food left over (mainly guacamole, since I’d not been able to pass up the chance to buy ripe Hass avocados at three for GBP1), but of manageable proportions. We also had a large platter of fruit (principally pineapple, papaya and lime), cocktails (pisco sours, tequila sunrises, bloody marys) and a regularly replenished supply of cafe de olla. I’ll certainly make the cafe de olla again. Best of all, we managed to keep the away from the egg.

We really ought to hold brunches at ours more often…

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