My birthday weekend rocked. I have to say I have the best friends and family on planet earth and having a birthday in the middle of fall/near Halloween is just icing on the really yummy molten lava cake they bought me for my birthday. The weekend started with a two hour Skype with the Mamma, followed by phone calls, video's and cards from all of my nephews. A quick check in with Daddy and the siblings and I was ready to party. Baby Sis and her husband came down from PA to party with me, the Hubbin and some very close friends in my favorite Irish pub. I love the feel of this pub, it is an old in with all these little tables tucked away and you can just imagine your favorite author jotting down his/her story with a glass of Irish whisky in hand.
Saturday started out at my favorite used book store 2nd & Charles and between me and Baby Sis we may have filled up the trunk of the car with books...we may never be allowed to go back. Dinner with friends and then on to Markoff's Haunted Forest. The whole event was based on Dante's Inferno with the attractions being named and themed after the seven circles of Hell. I do not scare easily, but the people I was with do, so I was thoroughly entertained the whole time (all right I admit it, I did my fair share of screaming too!). We rode the zip-line, which in the middle of the night is the best feeling in the world. There were bon fires, food, music, and a ton of demons to keep us on our toes. The best part of the night was the actual trail itself. You get to wander through the woods, through various vignette's all while clinging tightly to your group. Six of us ended up going through together and you could tell we were all book geeks by our numerous references to books through out. One girl got "volunteered" to be tribute (as in Katniss volunteering in The Hunger Games). There was a swamp that instead of scaring us, led to a five minute discussion on how it reminded us of the Dread Marshes from the Two Towers...until the scary monsters asked us to kindly move along. One of the sections contained a combination of human and dragon bones that looked like it could have come straight out of Game of Thrones, complete with a GIANT dragon skull that nearly knocked one of our own into the swamp. Overall the scares were great, the night was perfect and I could not have asked for better people to spend my birthday weekend with. I hope you all had a great weekend too and can't wait to get some of my ramblings up this week. Happy Reading Everybody!