birthday celebration

yesterday was my birthday.  heard from many people which always makes for a nice day.  i started the celebration on sunday.  each year my best friend and i celebrate each others birthdays by planning something special for the other.  she took it to a new level this year.  we spent the night at a hotel on the upper east side, the mark.  what's nice about the city is spending an evening in a different part of town is like taking a mini-vacation. 

after checking in at the hotel, our afternoon activity was to see the social network movie.  the movie is really well done but knowing that the majority of the movie isn't true makes it hard to get past.  regardless that the movie that will be seen nationwide that represents a phenomena that has touched everyone of our lives tells a story that isn't what really happened.  the movie makes mark zuckerberg look like a major selfish asshole.  i don't know mark personally but he is one helluva an entrepreneur.  he built facebook because he wrote it, he conceived it and he changed the way that we socialize.  facebook is one of the most disruptive technological changes over the past 10 years and making a movie that makes zuckerberg look like an ass is disrespectful.  enough on that subject.

we discussed the movie over drinks at the bar and dinner at the mark hotel.  just a really nice leisurely afternoon and evening.  had breakfast in the morning and strolled a little bit on the upper east side stopping into a few stores.  i spent the rest of the day cleaning my desk, making meatballs for the kids and cookies for tonight's 9th grade potluck.  i couldn't be happier.

fred and i went out for dinner last night at 11 madison.  i love that place.  we stopped by jeffreys grocery, gabe stulmans latest enterprise, on the way to dinner.  we are investors in all of gabe's place ( one more coming this november ) and feel incredibly lucky to be part of his ever growing empire.  he is smart, charming, dedicated and has unbelievable taste.  the place looks fantastic.  come by and have breakfast, lunch or dinner…and if you need a few items for the kitchen you can pick up fresh vegetables, fruit, chocolates, meat, cheese and a box of cheerios.  hurry because my gut tells me that within a week it will be hard to get in the door for dinner. 

dinner was amazing.  another post just on our meal.  another birthday passed.  strange how that happens.  i really love just where i am in my life right now.  the kids are at a great age and i have no desire to go back and relive the diaper years. we are entering another stage of our life and i am just going to enjoy the moment. 

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Comments (Archived):

  1. kirklove

    Felize Cumple! Un abrazo…And congrats on your blog anniversary, too. Not really sure how to say this, or if it will even come out the right way, but reading your blog I’d imagine it would be easy for some folks to be jealous of all the wonderful things you get to do and to say you’ve got a pampered rich life and the like. They’d be so wrong. I’m so happy for you and Fred. You’re a great couple. You’ve worked hard. You’ve raised a good family. And most importantly you appreciate all of it. On top of all that, you give back. Plenty.Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. All the best and continued success in life!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks Kirk. BTW…loved all your posts on your wedding. You do make onehelluva couple.

  2. Erin Newkirk

    Happy, happy birthday. Here’s to enjoying the moment.

  3. Mike Hart

    Happy Birthday. In my house it is happy birthweek. Try it.Do you plan to review The Social Network? Judging from your comments you have a strong opinion. For those of us not in the space and given your unique connections your insight would be very interesting.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I love the concept of the birthweek. That was definitely what it was like for the kids when they were younger.Don’t plan on reviewing the Social Network. Bottom line, great movie that is fictional.

  4. Tracey Jackson

    Happy Birthday a day late and Congrats on being a seven year blogger. Is there a seven year blogger’s itch?

    1. Gotham Gal

      I thought about that itch too. Not sure but I am going to plow through toyear 8 so I am going to say if I itch, I am going to ignore it.

  5. Cookiemoo

    A very Happy, Healthy Birthday to you! May all your dreams come true!My best friend and I always celebrate each others birthdays too. This month we are going to Mohonk Mountain House for a night to see the fall foliage and have massages for her 60th birthday. We’ve spent 48 birthdays together! Oy, I’m getting old!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Wow. Impressive. Enjoy. The foliage shoulld be beautiful!