Happy Birthday to Me + Music Monday


Today is my 29th birthday! Since having a birthday on a Monday is really not festive at all, we decided celebrate it on Saturday instead. Big Chuck and I started the day by heading out to our favourite market and visiting our friends at the Italian table. Oh how I wish we had learned Italian instead of German (no offense to anyone who speaks/loves deutsch, but I'm sure you understand where I'm coming from). We bought some prosciutto, funghi antipasti, and mortadella, our friend even threw in a focaccia bread on the house/stand. Then we walked down to the flower part of the market and bought those gorgeous pink tulips you see in the photo. They are in our living room and every time I walk by them I exclaim, "they are soooo beautiful!" I can't help myself. After a winter of grey days and damp weather it's the most joyful thing in the world to have a bunch of fresh flowers in the house.

Saturday night Big Chuck, our good friend the Guerilla Gourmand, and I, went out for a really fabulous meal at Hidori, a japanese restaurant here in Vienna. Our friend, the g.g., made me the most beautiful handmade book. She printed out the entire text of Romeo & Juliet and hand bound the entire book herself. She wrote a really sweet inscription in the front that I must say brought a few birthday tears to my eyes. I have never had a handmade book before and love it so much. (thanks g.g.)

I'm so happy to be turning 29, it took a little while to get over the "one more year to 30" shock, but I'm convinced the year ahead is going to be a great one.

Have a happy Monday,

Oh yes, Music Monday! Don't worry, I didn't forget...

(photos: Bess Callard)


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I sent you an email...I apoligise for it being brief but I accidentally hit "send" while in the midst of my second sentence. Oh well.

  2. Happy Happy BIRTHDAY!! I can't get over the lovely gift (book) you received from your friend. How special.

    Last week I bought Tulips for the house and I had the same experience. It was so refreshing that every single time I passed them I couldn't help but gush "I just LOVE these" every time.

    Happy to hear you had a lovely weekend:)

  3. Happy Birthday. I also turned 29 earlier this year. I'm looking forward to 30!

  4. Happy Birthday Bess! Your day sounds great, I always wanted to eat at Hidori.. I´m you´ll have a GREAT year. 29 was an exciting year for me as well (the year I came to Vienna)!
    Oh, and I fully understand the German/Italian thing. Especially with the hideous German they speak around here ;) *hidingnow*

  5. Oh yay! Happy birthday! Only the *best* people are born in March (mine bday is in a week - hee!). Sounds like you had a lovely day, wishing you a fantastic year!

    xo Caroline

  6. thanks so much you guys :) I did have a really great weekend and I hope the fun will continue all week!

  7. Happy Birthday and great blog :)


  8. Happy Birthday! You made me want to go get some tulips - that is an extra special bunch you have there.

  9. A very happy birthday to you! Looks like you celebrated in style :)

  10. Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like you had a lovely celebration.... I love flowers... they always add so much life to a room. Wishing you a lovely day! xo

  11. Happy Belated Birthday you very young person!!! :)))

  12. Happy Happy Birthday!
    Sounds like a wonderful day...the Italian language is so exquisite...as tasty as the food!


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