Mom: You still coming up this weekend?
Me: Yeah, that was the plan. When is brunch?
Mom: Sunday at 1pm. What kind of cake do you want?
Me: Can I request something I used to have a lot when I was younger?
Ah....my mother knows me so well! I went through a long period when I was younger when I didn't like cake (or pizza, for that matter), so for a few years, I had pies for my birthday instead. And honestly, I could still live without cake. Don't get me wrong, I'll eat it if it's in front of me, but it's really not my preferred dessert. So I was lookin forward to having birthday pie again!
On Saturday, I drove up to Sacramento and hung out with my friend Kerri. We hit the mall and went on a shopping spree. It would have been more of a spree if either of us actually had much money... And, the first thing we did was buy identical sweaters at The Gap. This is not unusual - we have very similar taste in clothing. But, they had this great kelly green sweater, and it's a really good color on both of us. And was on sale. (Nothing else in the store really appealed to either of us.) And I finally used that Nordstrom gift certificate that I got for my birthday last year!
Then, dinner at California Pizza Kitchen - yum! After that, we headed back to her house and vegged out watching The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I hadn't seen it before. Different from the book, but still good.
Sunday it was off to Mom's for family time and food. It was my stepbrother's birthday last week, so this was a combined celebration. Dinner was good, presents were good (aren't they always?), and the pie - excellent! My mother makes the best pies! And no, it's not bias speaking. It's true! Her crusts are the best. Light and flaky. It's possibly the only thing my mother is truly vain about. But they really are excellent.
I should have taken some of it home! But, it wouldn't have lasted the car ride up...especially since traffic was stop and go...
So instead of pie, I stopped at In-N-Out in Fairfield. A total madhouse! But worth it. I don't go there very often.
So, all in all, it was a good weekend. :)