can’t believe we’re already half-way through 2021 and my birthday seems to mark the half-way point of the year.
This weekend I did something I haven’t done since 2012 – I had a birthday weekend and I was super hype. On Friday, I decided to go the Philadelphia Film Society—I renewed my membership and wanted to see Asia. Asia was a favourite in the Israeli Film Festival and it was in Russian and Hebrew. I was thinking of seeing Zola, but Asia was at a more convenient time. I may see Zola next week. Anyway, I took a break from roller skating and decided to treat myself to dessert before dinner. It’s my birthday weekend and I can eat dessert before dinner if I want to!
Asia was playing at the Bourse theater and I decided to go to the Bourse food court. They didn’t have much there, most places were still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Scoop Deville was opened and I ordered a gluten-free vegan root beer float. I chatted with a family visiting from Columbus, OH and I gave them some suggestions for Philadelphia on the 4th. Their son was in first grade and since he just learned about Philadelphia, they decided to take a trip. They appreciated my suggestions. I mentioned it was my birthday and when I was younger, I used to visit Philadelphia all the time on the 4th. They wished me a happy birthday.
I was the only one in the theater for Asia. Interesting movie that was ridiculous in some parts, weird in others. I laughed at the ridiculousness and I’m glad I was in the theater alone.
When Nan and I used to watch movies, we would chuckle at ridiculous ones. I remember I once rented Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley and we both hated it. Her reaction was too funny: “I’m going to get the wine! I can’t sit through this movie without wine! Would you like a soda?” I would reply, “yes, I need soda to get through this movie!” The things one remembers…
…After, I treated myself to a nice gluten-free pizza meal at Snap Kitchen. I was glad they were still opened at 9:15 pm.
4 July, my birthday, a wonderful day. Aunt Peg had a small get-together and it was wonderful seeing Doug, Brit, and Maddie. Doug and Brit moved to the UK in 2019 to pursue her MBA at the London School of Business. They are back in the States now. The last time I saw Doug was when I was visiting Brighton Beach in July 2019 and he was living in Brooklyn at the time. It felt good seeing both Doug and Brit again.
I hadn’t seen Maddie since Hanukkah/Christmas 2019. She lives in Washington State, her husband is in the Navy and is deployed until 2022. I think in the fall, I’m going to plan a trip to Bremerton, WA to visit Maddie for a long weekend. I’ve never been to the West Coast and I think it’ll be nice to keep Maddie company for a few days. She’s a physician assistant who was very busy during the pandemic; it was really nice seeing her again too.
Mom, dad, and I had a nice dinner at Bonefish Grill and then came back home for gluten-free birthday cake. It was a chill birthday and for that, I am glad. I had memorable experiences and I’m going to make some scrapbook pages for Happiness Box 2021.
On Saturday, I had Synagogue service and Rabbi along with the congregation all wished me a very happy birthday. Towards the end of the service, I mentioned that I was going to Atlantic City on Monday and Rabbi gave me some gluten-free glatt kosher restaurant suggestions. I made reservations for Rainforest Café already, but I made a kosher lunch for me to enjoy.
I had a wonderful birthday weekend and I can’t wait to fill you all in about Atlantic City.