Take Out with Bob the Builder

Thank you all for your many well wishes. I had a wonderful birthday. Thank you.

This is why my day was so wonderful:

It rained today. Keith and I got to go for a walk with the rain mist washing our faces as the wind tugged around our wrappings. I wore my shawl as I wear it any time I can. I just love it, and no one wears shawls anymore! It was fun feeling the wind tugging at the shawl, trying to get it loose. Keith just liked running through the rain.

One of my favorite things today were the flower beds. There were little purple pansies peeking through vibrant red leaves that had fallen into the flower beds on our walk. I wished with all my heart I had brought my camera, but that would have been uncharacteristic. I am usually unprepared for everything. But oh, how I wish I had a picture of that.

Pregnancy can do weird things to you. I normally hate Chinese food. It is most definitely near the bottom of foods I eat list. I don't know what it is, I just never crave or want it. But all day today I wanted some. Jeffrey let me have some, of course. He is good at spoiling me like that. It was nice to not have to cook dinner, even though I had a killer menu planned out for tonight. Really, though, I take not cooking over cooking something very yummy. Just because I hate to have to clean up the mess afterward. So I picked Jeffrey up from the bus stop and we went to Hollywood Video. They called me earlier today and told me I get a free rental. Just because they appreciate me, and it is my special day. So we decided to get a foreign film of the oriental persuasion (Japanese, Korean, Chinese... they all sound pretty similar to me, and I am not picky) and watch it while eating our dinner. We then went to Smith's and got our food. See, the Smith's by my house has a small Chinese counter when you first walk in. It is just in the entryway of the store. And it is incredibly reasonably priced. I was actually shocked by the price! Also, I wanted the official take out boxes and not the typical box that restaurants send you home with. We based our criteria on where we could get a box. Really though, what lame Chinese restaurant gives you take out in a leftovers box? We want American-Chinese authenticity, darn it!

We got some food and went home to watch our movie. The food was incredible! I am actually shocked that the cheap grocery store fast food restaurant was so good. It quite possibly has made it onto my list of foods I like! And the movie? It is supposed to be a comedy. I say supposed to be because we haven't watched it yet. It was too hard to focus on eating with the chopsticks, getting Keith to eat anything besides the sweet and sour sauce, and read the subtitles all at the same time. So we switched it out for Bob the Builder which we had also rented. I think we have made a new fan. I mean, come on. Talking construction machinery? How can a little boy not love that?

Sadly, I had to leave half way through dinner and didn't get home until late. But when I did, I saw that some blessed Phantom had been to visit. I hadn't made a cake or pie for myself since we had so much on Keith's birthday. Now, though, we have cupcakes. Some lovely soul knew that we needed some cake to celebrate and left us a whole plate full! Keith will be so excited when he wakes up and sees the Halloween cupcakes. Thank you Halloween Phantom!

And now, for the part you have all been waiting for. Our fortune cookie fortunes:

Keith: From now on, your kindness will lead you to success
Starting now? Keith's kindness already helps him be successful with milking anything he wants from his grandparents. I tell you what, that kid is a con artist!

Jeffrey: You will do better in real estate than in stocks
Because the real estate market is going so well right now.

Amy: Reaffirm your faith in financial plans- make a budget
What? Do they know me? That is my weakness, making and sticking to a budget.

The funniest part is they are all pretty accurate. Except for Jeffrey's. And Keith's. But aside from theirs, the fortunes were dead on! Who would have thought a fortune cookie could be so accurate?

Thanks for a wonderful day everyone!


mub said…
If I could find a place with authentic chinese takeout boxes I'd go there too... just for that reason *L* They use boring plastic flat-ish rectangle boxes here. I'm thinking of staging a protest ;)

I'm glad you had a great birthday!
Lee said…
I Love that picture of you!!
Chantel said…
I'll have to try the chinese from Smith's. I've never thought about getting it there. Thanks for the tip!
Kaibee said…
Hey Amy,
Nice to know that you had a wonderful day! :) I love the winter rain too when you can wear nice warm clothes and enjoy it! :)
I really love your new blog look! And I think your eyes are really pretty! :)
Stephanie Faris said…
Date night. Is there anything better??? I've been told for some people pregnancy permanently changes their feelings about some foods, so it's possible you may have a permanent love for Chinese food going. Of course, I've never been pregnant so I have no idea. I would hope if I ever were, my taste for broccoli and spinach would grow and my taste for chocolate would shrink to nothing. I know that's not how it works, though!
Lisa Anne said…
You need to add "under the sheets" to the end of fortune cookies to make then even more accurate. I love me some good take out. Anything is better then cooking. I also love the rain and walking in the rain. Loving the picture of you too! LOL
valentine said…
i love your new look! glad you had a great birthday. i have also seen the chinese at smiths, but have been kinda afraid to try it. i guess i will have to.
Em said…
now i want chinese. hmpf.
Noodle said…
my chinnese place gives us the boxes cramed as full as possable with yummy food... I like having the offical boxes too... While I was prego with sammy I craved pea's and now I love pea's and so does Sammy... Before I really didn't care for them... Glad you had a wonderful B-day...
I've always like Chinese food (as long as it isn't Panda Express). Nick used to always say that he hates Chinese food. It turns out that growing up his mom would make stuff that she would call Chinese food but really wasn't. And he didn't like it much. (They called him "picky Nicky".) Then one day I decided to take him to a real Chinese restaurant. You know what? He loved it! And he took his leftovers home to eat later. It's weird how sometimes you think you hate something but turns out it was all due to a bad memory or two.
Bec said…
Thanks for visiting my blog!
I'm pretty sure the Chinese place here gives take-out in plastic containers, not fun boxes. I haven't gotten take-out in a while though, since I'm "home alone" for the time being and I never order enough to qualify for free delivery!
Happy belated birthday!
Momisodes said…
Man. It's a good thing I had Chinese take out today for lunch. I'd be craving it like mad right now!
Veronica said…
Happy Birthday day!

I like Chinese food :) Those fortunes are so practical, they don't even go good with saying "under the sheets" after reading them, well except for Keith's and that is just inappropriate LOL!
Stephanie Faris said…
You have an award on my blog today!

Take Out with Bob the Builder

Thanks for sharing

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