The day of, I decided to get my hair colored. Normally I do a roots-cover-the-gray thing and then a chestnut-y rinse, but this time I said,
"Today I am forty. And I want something fun. Maybe highlights. In a color. It doesn't have to be subtle."
So I got bright red highlights that were hard to accurately capture (and harder to hang on to, they have faded quite aggressively in two short weeks, I think she could go brighter next time):
|Hard to see, but they were quite bright at first.|
Which looked like this:
|Roast Duck with Blueberry Port Sauce, cheesy potato gratin, and sauteed Swiss chard.|
Also, we had this red-dot wine from the cellar, which was AMAZING:
In the evening there were more prizes, although not a ton because my big prize was my Mexican-themed party (because my birthday is Cinco de Mayo, of course!). But these were my favorites:
|These socks are AWESOME|
Then, this past Saturday was the party. It was a blast. Bryce had our friends from our Friday-night-Mexican restaurant come cater and bartend, and there were margaritas and sangria and Bryce had a stock of beer and wine too. The food was amazing -- Street Tacos (smoked pork in a citrus sauce with black bean puree and guacamole), chips and dips (salsa! gaucamole! chinitos!), fried plantains (my favorite!) and then we had cupcakes. AND IT WAS ALL GLUTEN FREE. Love it when I can eat everything and not worry.
We also had a four-piece Latin guitar band with four guitars and a percussionist. That was amazing. It was a really, really good time:
|I ended the night happy, sweaty from a lot of dancing even though I was the only one at times, and feeling good.|
It was a beautiful way to ring in the new decade. I felt loved, and celebrated, and like life is awesome, right now. Not once did I feel melancholy about the big 4-0. Bryce did an amazing job putting together a party that made me feel nothing but happiness and joy. He really outdid himself. I am a lucky, lucky, forty-year-old lady.
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