Why yes, I did have a good birthday today. Thanks for asking!
The day started like any other day – except for the chocolate cupcake for breakfast, of course. By 10:15am my step-dad and I, along with a couple of his friends, were in San Francisco at the De Young Museum for their current special exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee d’Orsay.
I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite things about art is that each piece elicits a different response from different people, and I really get a kick out of eavesdropping on people around me and listening to what they have to say; I especially like the miserable old ladies who hate everything. Why are you there if art does “nothing” for you? Get out of the way so I can see the dang painting!
As with most art exhibits, there were some works that got me right away, and there were others that did absolutely nothing. My step-dad is an artist and it was fun walking around with him discussing all the paintings. He really knows what he’s talking about and I could tell when people around us were listening.
When we were done wandering and deciding which pieces we could stand having in our home, we headed to the gift shop where my step-dad bought me a nice matted print of Degas’ The Ballet Lesson. Love it!
After the De Young museum, our little group headed out for some lunch. We ended up at a little Burmese place on Clement Street called “Burma Superstar.” I had their ‘Rainbow Salad’ – a beyond delicious salad made up of 22 different ingredients.
Rainbow Salad – Featured on Food Network
Salad made with 22 different ingredients. Four types of noodles, green papaya, tofu, onions, dried shrimp, (or vegetarian) and a tamarind dressing.
After lunch we headed to the Legion of Honor for their special exhibit, Impressionist Paris: City of Light. This show was different in that it wasn’t so much paintings, but more pop culture print items like newspaper comics, satire, and a whole bunch of works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Not as large an exhibit as the one at the De Young, but still a good time.
I got home in the late afternoon and pretty much vegged for the rest of the night. I think I even dozed off a couple of times. Wow – I’m happy about falling asleep – how old am I??
Guess I’m just storing up my energy for my Birthday dinner on Saturday. Yeah…..that’s it…
Old enough to need anti-wrinkle face moisturizer, but young enough that it needs to include an ingredient for blemishes.
Old enough to have aches and pains and barely able to walk, but still young enough to sit cross legged on the floor.
Old enough looking to not be carded every time I order a drink, but still young enough looking to pass for twenty-one.
A walk down Hilary’s Birthday Memory Lane…..
Today I Am 30. Saturn Has Returned.
Perhaps my most favorite Birthday song EVER…..