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Nifty Fifty | Atlanta child photographer

November 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

If you've been following me then you know that this past Friday was my 50th birthday. Yes, you read that right F-I-F-T-I-E-T-H! Five zero! Believe it or not, turning 50 is a very bright spot in my life because getting older isn't something we should lament, but something we should celebrate. I feel honored to have lived a half a century. There are plenty of people who didn't see today, let alone make it to 50 years old. It is truly a blessing and I don't plan on wasting it. This weekend was probably the best birthday I have ever had. Never have I celebrated for an entire weekend. In fact, the last day I celebrated was on Tuesday. It was amazing and I'm about to share the details with you. So just relax, get your coffee or tea and hopefully, you don't have to be anywhere anytime soon. 

Since Friday was my actual birthday, I decided I wanted to start the celebration on that date. Normally I don't work on my birthday, but I made an exception for a wonderful client of mine. She was very pregnant and had a C-Section scheduled for Tuesday and my birthday was the only day I had available. It's a good thing that I love what I do! Anway, I'm usually not a very good planner, but I was able to put this together. Also, the planning of my birthday excursion has gotten me to rethink my ineptitude regarding planning. It may not be that I suck at it, perhaps I just don't like it. Whatever...anyway, the evening started with my cousin, Gayle flying in from Tampa, my older sister, Allison coming from a few miles away and another sister, Myesha arriving from Barnesville. My sisters and I picked up my cousin from the airport and headed toward the restaurant or so we thought. I had the bright idea of providing the name of the restaurant to Siri, in hopes that he could find a faster route. Basically, I should have been more specific with Siri because he was trying to take us to the location in Charlotte. I figured this out when I looked at the arrival time and it said 10:08 p.m. and it was only 7:35. I ended up missing my exit, which was the wrong one anyway and having to turn around. By the way, this was in rush hour traffic in Atlanta. Eventually, we got on track and all was well.

Despite the traffic, we got to the restaurant early. The restaurant I selected to celebrate my birthday was The Cowfish at Perimeter Mall. I have never been to nor heard of The Cowfish before I found it online. It's a burger and sushi bar and it just sounded so interesting that I had to try it. Besides, I just love sushi. Since we were early, we decided to window shop to waste some time. After arriving at the restaurant, my friend Simone was already there sitting at the bar waiting for her drink. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. We were seated but were still waiting for my best friend, Alvia and my really good friend who used to be my client Sirena. We decided to order drinks, well except for me. I was driving plus I don't really drink much. Alvia gave me her order over the phone to make things go quickly. We talked and laughed and had a great time. We also had the most awesome server! I believe her name was either Kaitlyn or Katie. She was so awesome! I feel bad that I can't quite remember her name because she was so awesome, but I can describe her. She was a little height-challenged, with short brown hair, pretty ice blue eyes, and tattoos on her forearms. She really was amazing. When she offered me two different desserts to choose from for the birthday celebration, I informed her that I really had my eye on the cheesecake. She said, "I'll see what I can do." Next thing you know, she brought me this humongous piece of coconut almond cheesecake that was to die for! I think that was possibly the best cheesecake I have ever eaten. It was called Chef Dave's Not Factory Made Cheesecake. If you don't try anything else at The Cowfish, please try that.

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Part of effective planning is being able to have a contingency plan for things. Well, I didn't. I really wanted an 8:00 reservation, but the earliest was an 8:30. I know how I and my friends are and we would need more time. Our next stop was an escape room and our reservation was at 10:15. I didn't want it to be too late, but I wanted to try to give us enough time to finish eating and then go. Anyway, we didn't leave the parking lot until 10:17, so yeah, we were late. As we were driving to Mastermind Escape Games I received a call. I didn't recognize the number but decided to answer it. It was Mastermind Escape Games calling me about our reservation. Here I was thinking we would end up forfeiting our time, but they were calling to let us know we had other options. I was so relieved because if I couldn't experience an escape room on my birthday I was going to be quite upset. In case you're wondering, I am being very mild with my words. Anyway, they were extremely nice and helpful and got us squared away in one of the escape experiences. We initially signed up for The Bank Heist but didn't want to wait until 11:30 to play, so we picked Lost in Time instead. It was so super cool. We almost got out too! We just needed 10 more minutes! I tell you, that 60 minutes goes by fast! If you haven't experienced an escape room, you really should. Well, I guess you have to be into those things to really enjoy it and luckily we all were. Well, I highly recommend it. 

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Are you still with me? If so, I'm almost done. I'll try to go quickly because I do realize that you probably have other things to do. So Saturday my cousin, Gayle and her two friends, Michelle and Tamala met us for lunch at Holler and Dash Biscuit House on Howell Mill. That was Gayle's and my second time there. If you love biscuits, you have to go! Heck, if you love good food you have to go. They have the most delicious beignets ever! My mouth waters when I think about them. So the selling point to Michelle was the beignets and of course, they were out of them when we got there. Talking about being bummed. We were so disappointed and one of the owners happened to be in the vicinity when he heard us bemoaning that fact. He introduced himself as "Dash" and apologized for not having any beignets at that time. He then suggested that we try the Strawberry and Dash. Not only that, he comped them and said that if we didn't like it he would swap it out for something else. Talking about being blown away! We accepted and went to our table to wait for our food, which did not take long at all. The Strawberry and Dash was amazing! While we were eating Dash, whom we found out later is named Jay, stopped by our table to just chat with us. He was so wonderful and warm and we really enjoyed talking to him. The food is one reason I'll continue to go back and meeting Jay will be another.

Before I decided to extend my celebration through the weekend (actually it wasn't planned, it just happened that way) I had signed up for a book signing and entrepreneur conference hosted by my friend Lenise Williams. Gayle went with me and we had a great time. We met some wonderful women who started their own businesses and talked about their wins and losses. They gave advice and just opened up to the room full of women. It was an excellent way for us to spend Saturday. I've been in business for a while, but it never hurts to get input from others who are doing it as well. By the way, if you're in business but don't know about Lenise, you're missing out!

Michelle and Tamala were inviting us out to dinner at South City Kitchen in the Vinings. We had a fantastic waiter named Jay who took really good care of us.  There was a mussel incident that I won't go into, but he took care of it right away. And he was so knowledgeable about the restaurant and the food you would have thought he not only owned the restaurant but that he cooked the food too! I don't know about you, but I was in awe of the details he knew. As we chatted with him, we found out that he used to be one of the opera singers at Macaroni Grill. Yes, we asked him to sing. He sang happy birthday to me in Italian and it was beautiful. He then brought me a sweet treat for my birthday, He was truly amazing. After that, we left in the wind and rain. Oh, I did have to stop off at Popeye's chicken because my son wanted some and my husband was working so he couldn't get it for him. 

Sunday morning I dropped Gayle off at the airport and met some friends for brunch/lunch at Sweet Melissa's in downtown Decatur. They had live entertainment that day and the performer reminded me of Bruno Mars. Finding parking was a bit of a chore, but I did it! That night I actually ate dinner at home. My husband made some barbeque chicken, which was really good. Monday my husband took me to Marlowe's Tavern for dinner. We had never been there so he wanted to try it. Our waitress was very sweet and helpful and the food was pretty good too. While we were there I ran into my client/friend Jillian and her daughter and mother. We chit-chatted for a few moments and then my husband and I went to see The Justice League as Sugarloaf Mills 8. They have the premium seating and Dolby surround sound. My husband is so into all of that. I can tell you that was the first time I have ever watched a movie in a theater fully reclined in a chair with sounds from the movie rumbling under my butt. It was an experience. Pardon my husband's expression, he's not much of a selfie person. Or should it be called an usie?

And the last thing I did was get a birthday cupcake from Piece of Cake in downtown Decatur. I didn't go crazy. I just had the carrot cake cupcake and called it a day. And that was my 50th birthday celebration. Now I am exhausted. I had a holiday portrait session with my sister Robin and her three children, so I'll have to share that later. 

Thanks so much for hanging around to read all of this. I don't know about you, but I love excellent customer service and that is what I have gotten all weekend long. I am so humbled by all of the love I have received and quite grateful for all of the people in my life. This has truly been one for the books. Thanks for reading and I hope you'll be back to see what else I've been up to. 



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