We joined Di and Daniel on her birthday night for dinner and ice cream at Phil and Amy's, and godmother Kathy and hubby Walt joined us. Then Friday, the packing to go to Spain began. While Don and Walt took load after load to the thrift shop, Kathy and I packed boxes, I was a go-fer, and by the end of the day, we had gotten lots done! Then Saturday, Walt and Don loaded boxes into the two cars, Daniel, Hai (the subletter), Walt, Don, and I moved furniture up and downstairs until everyone was set. Don and I stayed in a hotel that night, but poor Di had to sleep on the couch because the dogs couldn't join us at the hotel :(
On Friday, Di also made a red velvet cake with beets and goat cheese/cream cheese icing.
Can you say delicious? It was our entire dinner on Friday night. I love dessert for supper! She used the star-saped cake pans that I used when she was a child. When I asked her about them, she said, "More surface area for frosting." Like mother, like daughter.
Thursday night, Kathy gave Di a gift. It was a gorgeous quilt, one specially made to help with tactile sensations. Di is especially sensitive to different textures, and she has found that if she can touch different textures, she is less likely to pull her hair. Kathy makes these kinds of quilts, mostly for Alzheimers patients - but also for Di. The first thing I noticed was how soft the backing was . . . then I noticed how many textures Kathy had incorporated into the quilt. It also won a prize at one of the quilt shows into which Kathy had entered it . . . and it definitely found a spot in Diana's suitcase for the trip to Spain.
Then Sunday morning it was time to bid Di bon voyage for her next great adventure. She was headed to Spain to finish her dissertation and to participate in the Fulbright program - a great feather in the cap of one polished young woman who is destined to make a great mark in this world. Di, we are so proud of you and the woman you have become. Happy 30th birthday.