Yesterday turned out to be a much more delightful birthday than I could have hoped for!

The morning started with a visit from my friend and former neighbour Jahan, who came back up to town from Kirkland to pick up his bed. After we loaded his mattresses into his pickup truck, we hung out and watched Family Guy.

Then I discovered that my little sister, Nettie, who is currently serving a tour in Iraq, went on my Amazon.com Wish List and purchased the "Big and Tall" office chair that I have been needing badly (small office chairs hurt my knees). Thank you so much, Little Sister!

In the afternoon, I took the bus down to the Amtrak station to pick up Mom. She arrived on time, and was very happy to see me. I have to confess, I'm happy to see her, too! After picking up a rental car, we went and had a late lunch at Pelmeni. Then we got her checked into her hotel room.

We talked a bit about the tension between us lately. "I know you think I'm awful," she said. "Mom," I replied, "I don't think you're awful. I think you're wonderful. So we don't see eye-to-eye politically, and we bicker over email. So what? Sometimes, bickering's just a way for people who love each other to communicate!" She seemed delighted by my saying this.

After leaving her at her hotel to clean up after being on the train for 3 days, I went home and took care of some things. Then I went back to her hotel room to pick her up for dinner. I also showed her the Message for Obama book I was published in. I explained I did it for Nettie, and she seemed very pleased.

Then we went to the Cliff House for drinks and dinner. I was incredibly pleased by the turnout for my birthday dinner! Ted was there, and Richard and Brian, and Robert, and even [livejournal.com profile] man_of_snows and his partner Justin attended! It was like Faerie Coffee for dinner!

Dinner itself was wonderful. I had the Chicken & Dungeness Crab, and at the end of the meal, the restaurant brought out a HUGE complimentary sundae for me with a candle on it, while Ted serenaded me with a lovely birthday song. After making my wish (for financial security), i shared the sundae with everyone. It was a lot of fun, and I was stuffed! It was an expensive meal, and Mom paid for much of it... and I am grateful for it.

After getting Ted on the bus to go home, I took Mom back to her hotel, and then headed home myself, satisfied with a delightful day.

Thank you everyone who made me feel so loved on my 41st birthday!
So, I got up this morning, showered and dressed in my suit and tie, and prepared to go to my weekly meeting with my DVR counselor.

And just as I was ready to head out the door, I got an email from her office, saying she was unexpectedly out today.

Oh well. I'm already up and dressed to the nines anyway, so I might as well make the best of it!

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I just got back from visiting our elder friend Ted this afternoon at his new digs in the Leopold Hotel on Cornwall St., just two blocks from Three Trees. I went over to help him get his computer hooked up -- we got everything we could get done, now he just has to wait for Comcast to come hook up the Internet on Tuesday -- and then we took a walk up to the Co-Op so he could get some groceries.

Despite the loss of both legs, he's getting around really well in his electric wheelchair -- I had to walk really fast to keep up with him on Holly St.! -- and is doing much, much better than he was doing when the Bellingham Radical Faeries visited him in the nursing home.

The Leopold is a retirement hotel, geared towards independent living for seniors, and I think Ted will be very happy there, especially now that he's mobile again. He's in high spirits, and was glad to have visitors.

I've invited him to join the Bellingham Radical Faeries email list, and start coming to join us for Saturday morning coffee at Three Trees. He seems interested, so hopefully, he'll be joining us this Saturday!

If anyone wants to stop by and pay him a visit, he's at the Leopold Hotel, 1224 Cornwall St., suite 202.
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