Birthday bliss

I love December. Not only is it the month of lights, candles, steamy mochas and Christmas cheer, it’s also the month of my birthday! Yesterday was the big day and it was the best one I’ve had in years.

Last month I signed up for a free Senseo coffeemaker – and it was delivered on my doorstep yesterday, perfect timing! A couple hours later my first official book royalty check came in the mail.
Later on, my brother and his wife treated our whole family to dinner at Barrio Cafe (great restaurant!!!). It’s Mexican food, but far from traditional Mexican. The chef, Silvana Salcido Esparza is a dear friend of mine, and an edgy food artist. I had the Filete Azul: Grilled filet mignon topped with a chorizo-bleu cheese and a tomatillo-tamarind & chipotle sauce.

The highlight of the night was the Cuban duo (guitar and congas) that performed during our meal. It felt like we were in a different city or even a different country. At one point, they sang Happy Birthday, so the whole restaurant could hear. It was such a sweet, sweet moment I’ll never forget. After dinner we went to see Ozomatli perform in Tempe. By the time we got home, I was exhausted and my feet were throbbing…but it was so worth it!

Today it was back to work as usual. The holiday orders will not stop. My hands are encrusted with dried paint and sticky varnish as I type this. That Senseo machine sure came at the right time, it’s been working overtime today. Are there labor laws for coffeemakers?

Well – I’m pretty sure the basecoats on my picture frames are dry now so I better go paint the detail painting so I can move on making a batch of six bracelets before i clock out for the night.

Have a good one!!

Love & light,


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