Friday, July 15, 2011

First full birthday in Seattle

Hangin' out around the new fire pit

Brandy and Jay playing cornhole with the home made set by Ryan (yes, this game is actually called CORNHOLE)

Stephanie and Lisbeth bringing out the cake

What an awesome cake!

It took me a while to stop laughing! That is some serious creativity!
This was my first complete birthday I've ever spent in Seattle and it was a good one! In 2008 I was here for the first 13 hours of my birthday, but then I proceeded to get on a plane to Seoul, South Korea en route to Russia. I crossed the international date line where I was cheated out of the other 11 hours. I was also studying for comps at the time and had to say goodbye to Ryan for three months. Needless to say, this one was a little better!

After we got home from camping in Vantage, we started the party at the El Norte Lounge (a new-ish bar in our neighborhood that I'd been wanting to check out), came home and had a fire in the brand new fire pit (made by Ryan 10 minutes before the party), played cornhole (what backyard party is complete without cornhole?), ate s'mores (I can't sit around a fire without eating marshmallows and chocolate), and cake.

Lisbeth told me weeks ago that she wanted to make a cake for my birthday. In the days leading up to my birthday she kept telling me that she thought I was REALLY going to like my cake. I thought "of course I'm going to like it, it's cake!" Plus, I already knew that Lisbeth is a good baker. I thought she must have had something up her sleeve. When they brought it out, I was totally blown away! If you know what my dissertation is about, then you know I study shells. Pretty dang clever! Apparently Stephanie and Lisbeth felt under a lot of pressure to come up with something good for my cake since I like to decorate cakes for other people's parties. They went into a bakery and ordered a marzipan figure based on the Birth of Venus painting by Botticelli. Apparently it's difficult to make a marzipan figure stand up, so this is as close as they could get. It thought it was amazing. And I was quite touched that they went out and ordered such a special cake decoration just for me! Lisbeth did bake the cake herself and it was delicious.


  1. Lovely bog; I came upon this blog searching for travel and food from Google. How I wish I can get to Seattle someday, it's the place I like for it's known for the music and style called Grunge. Cheers!:-)

  2. Glad you enjoy our blog! I've heard about the Grunge scene in the 90's...but I happen to know pretty much nothing else about it. I suppose it's a shame I live in Seattle and am not really into the music scene, but there are just so many other things to do!