I had a fabulous weekend. Rich & I headed up to San Jose on Friday, running late as usual because I forgot my cell phone at work, so after going home and packing, I had to return to the office. We got in to SJ around 11:30 p.m., but I stayed up talking to my dad until about 3:30 a.m. (enjoyable, but the whole 3 hours till dawn is not good for someone almost 30).
On Saturday, we joined Christa, Jeff, Carrie & Elizabeth and visited Allison & Iggy at the hospital. Allison looked great; tired and in her jammies, but happy. Iggy looked wiped out. Maybe it's just because I'm more used to seeing Allison tired, having had more than 20 years of slumber parties, bachelorette parties and New Year's parties, but I'm just not used to seeing Iggy so exhausted. They both seemed like they were still in shock over the whole thing. We didn't get to see little Margaret, as she is still in the NICU. The doctors say she'll be there for 1-2 weeks, so that her lungs can fully develop and she can gain some weight. Of course, Allison say's she'll be home in a week, and Iggy has to be contrary and a pessimist and say she won't be home for 2 weeks. We left as extended family members started arriving, as the room was getting really crowded.
For some reason, I started to get tense as we entered the hospital. My gut was just a big ball of lead weight. I can watch all the "Birth Day" episodes I want, and even the 4-part "Pregnancy for Dummies," but pregnancy didn't become real until I got into the elevator at Good Samaritan Hospital.
After we left the hospital, my late night was starting to catch up with me. I was getting tired and cranky, so we went back to my dad's and I laid down for a few minutes. We were due at Christa's at 7:00, but I knew we weren't going to make it. I got up at 7, and Rich gave me my birthday present: 1st season of the Muppet Show on DVD!
We headed to Christa's and then to dinner, a really nice Japanese restaurant in San Jose's Japantown. We walked in, and that's when I realized that this was more than just dinner. There were 10 people: my dad, my sister, Mel & Grant, Brian (who even drove up from LA), Christa & Jeff, Carrie, Elizabeth & Kathy, there to celebrate my birthday. It was awesome. I had multiple drinks called Liquid Wasabi, bacon-wrapped scallops, lots of yummy sushi and a chocolate & strawberry cake. I received lots of fun presents (including pretty Rowan yarn, a cute knit capelet & a gorgeous crochet hook holder from Mel, and the Loop-d-Loop book and 4 pairs of Addi Turbos from Jenny!), but the best part was that all these people that I care about came together just for me.
After dinner, my dad left and the rest of us headed to 7 Bamboo, a karakoe bar that does a live feed on the internet!
We enjoyed ourseleves immensely. We even got compliments from the Internets! Someone from Ohio commented that "those girls have the best stage presence of anyone up there!" Woo hoo for making the most of a performance opportunity!
Overall, it was a fabulous night. Everyone enjoyed themselves (I think). We even ran into an old dance friend, Alyssa, whom none of us had seen since like junior year of high school. We all exchanged email addresses, and hope to get together for coffee over Christmas. But you'll know if was a good night just by looking at this photo:
So Rich & I drove back to LA last night. And now it's Monday morning, and I'm officially 30. I'm ok with it. In fact, I think I'm enjoying it. 30 sounds like an adult (even if I was so excited that my mom bought me the new video game based on one of my favorite movies ever: The Warriors!). So, bring it on, 30! I'm ready for you.