I realize that my post on Thanksgiving was über grumpy, so here’s another attempt.

I am thankful for many things in my life – my health, my marriage, my cat, my family and friends, my home, living in very different parts of this country, good food and fine wine, etc.

Mostly? I’m thankful for my husband. He’s a brilliant person who attracted me as a teenager with his intellect (and his bad-boy long hair, goatee and earring, I have to admit). He was one of two people to be accepted into Vanderbilt’s Theology Ph.D. program, which is freakin’ awesome. He also was deemed worthy enough to be given a generous stipend. We often get into thoughtful, even philosophical conversations over a bottle of wine and I am never at a loss for intellectually stimulating conversation with him. If that’s not enough, he’s kind, sensitive, and giving (and a damn good kisser too).

Yesterday was his 31st birthday and I was so happy to spend the whole day with him just being grateful for who he is and what he means to me. I made him a big breakfast (strawberry cheese stuffed french toast with orange syrup and mexican poblano and cheese scrambled eggs with a red sauce) while he enjoyed some video games I got for him, then we had some good non-sleep activity, and then went out shopping. He was so sweet that he said we should go to a certain modern furniture shop that I’ve been wanting to visit since we’ve been in Nashville. He even joined me in sitting on various sofas and chairs at Pottery Barn that I’m coveting big time. We went to shops he likes too, like Williams-Sonoma and a book store. That afternoon we played some XBox together and then we went out to a nice restaurant that I researched and decided was the best in town. It was very good – his stuffed quail appetizer was great, as was my goat cheese and bacon salad. We both ordered fish for the entree – his was grilled salmon in a spicy honey basil emulsion and mine was pan-fried trout stuffed with pinenuts, fresh herbs, and bacon. Our bottle of Cotes du Rhone was wonderful – warm, spicy, and fruity. Finally, the white chocolate coffee mousse that we shared was light and sweet, which was a perfect way to end the meal. Overall, we had a great day together.

I love you Huz. Happy Birthday!