I've never minded if my birthday and Valentine's get mushed together a little...this year there was no way around it. Joe and I were both working on my birthday (the 11th,) then had plans on the 13th and 14th, so we just partied like rock stars for a few days.
On my birthday, my friend at work made me a toffee cheesecake which was pretty much the yummiest thing ever. Then Joe came up with all my other co-workers to "surprise" me and sing and give me a card, (we do this for every birthday, so it's not really the biggest surprise). But then Joe really DID surprise me and took me to a fancy restaurant for lunch! Oh, and he got me flowers and other stuff 'cause he's awesome.
Then after work on Friday we met up with some friends and went to another yummy place for dinner, and then to an awesome concert at GW: Ben Folds and Jason Mraz. I would easily rate this concert in my top 5 faves (to hopefully soon be replaced by the Blink Reunion show this summer...). Both guys are amazing performers: Ben likes to stand on his piano and put Altoids tins in his piano to make the keys sound different. He also threw his chair at the end of his set, breaking one of the keys off. Jason pulled the "encore" psych-out, came back and took Polaroids of his whole band, then threw the pics into the audience. Both played REALLY long sets (I almost fell asleep on the Metro ride home).
That night we went to a dinner party with lots of yummy food and games. Joe won a free book from an author he likes, but there was a catch: we had to take a photo of us using the book/pretending to eat the book in a food setting. Our hosts helped us set the whole thing up, and...well...I guess you had to be there.
And this was at the end of the night...but I wanted to take a photo with the flowers from my parents and Joe (I arranged them together) after they bloomed a little. Thanks for a fun week everybody!