Anyway, we're not going out or doing anything extravagant today. There will be no presents to physically open. There's a very good reason for this, though. Rather than giving me a neatly wrapped little box with a pretty bow, my husband has gone all out this year. He's buying me a house, hopefully in my hometown in Ohio. You don't get much better than that, and it's so much better than any other gift I could receive! As a matter of fact, we leave for Ohio tomorrow to go take a look and hopefully get the ball rolling. So if it's quiet here for a week, that's why!
Although we have no real plans today other than packing for our trip, I still intend to do something special and relaxing here at home. Last night, we made a trip to Cost Plus World Market to find some treasures to help create our own backyard oasis. This was so exciting, since I had never actually been to this store before, even though it's only 5 minutes away.
When we stepped into World Market, it was like stepping into another world. It was full of colorful, exotic items that made us feel like we were on vacation in Bora Bora or somewhere equally fabulous. We spent a few moments just taking everything in. There were "oohs" and "ahhs", but we were on a mission to create our own outdoor oasis, so we pressed on.
As we made our way through the store, each section had something new and unexpected. There were beautiful necklaces and bracelets, colorful decor items, furniture that looked like it was straight out of an island paradise, and there was even a huge selection of mouthwatering gourmet foods and drinks from every corner of the world.
Ultimately, since this would be my at-home Birthday celebration, we chose to find some great appetizer type foods and an exotic wine. After all, a nice adult beverage paired with imported cheeses and other goodies makes for a nice, relaxing evening on the deck, in my opinion!