January 25, 2010 |  Category:   family life


We have a birthday in the house today. It’s not a big one for Mark (unlike mine coming up this year), but our schedule was such that he had a nice 3 days off from working. We spent the weekend in the burbs with my parents, had a great Korean bbq dinner last night that had us so full we could barely walk out of the place, and had fun plans for today. Too bad the weather isn’t cooperating. It’s crazy out there! Torrential rain and 60 mph winds. Umbrellas are useless, people were struggling to walk. I guess we will opt for a birthday dinner closer to home. I also admit that I felt a wee bit of guilt making plans to go to MoMA and a birthday lunch at Momofuku with just Claudine since Mia was in school during the day. Oh, well…wasn’t in the cards, but shhh…you wouldn’t have told her, right?

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  • julie January 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    what fun! the MOMA is awesome. when looking through some of your pictures for the upcoming blog post, i saw the one you shot of the colorful high-chairs at the MOMA cafe. i laughed bc when i was there last weekend i snapped the very same picture on my camera. how funny is that? they really beat the old wooden ones i remember. happy birthday @ your house!

  • Tumus January 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Happy B-day 🙂 We got the crazy rain and wind yesterday, hopefully it will move out by tonight!

  • alexandra January 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    before anything, happy birthday mark, hope that you all have a great day celebrating.

    yesterday night (around 2 a.m) i finished the reading of your blog since you’ve started it (in 2008). it was linked to me by best friend and future sister in law some month ago, and besides all the amazing things that she always manage to show me, i must confess that ‘sweet fine day’, was one of the best ever and the most important recently.

    it was really great to read it during my breakfast time (or insomnia nights- yes jenna you’re not alone) and assist to the beginning and promising development of your business, and be happy with your conquers. it is, indeed so grateful, for me, for the world, seeing people taking risks and chances, especially in times of such fears concerning the world economic crisis.

    but, and in the spirit of some of the open questions of jenna’s last post, the grandness of the blog is made either by your business inspirations, either by your work related issues but mostly by the sharing of experiences, situations, photographs (jenna you’re really good at it), of your life, it was so good to know (?) you trough that words and images and feel such a great connection.

    me and paulo are leaving in geneva (we are both from portugal) for awhile, i’m taking a master in international humanitarian law, and he’s an engineer working in CERN for 2 years now and i just came over in september (2009). it is kind of a challenge guys! also our schedules are crazy sometimes (especially now since i’m in the exam period of the academy, i’m studding in, ’till next friday, and believe me ‘a sweet fine day’ always helps in busy times), and we are living together for the first time – everything new. (this, so you can also know something about us).

    i’m kind of in a dilemma, paulo is perfectly integrated in the work people world, but i’m still deciding what i want to be (when i grow up?i feel like an adult already), and this master is really though. my area interests me, but unless you’re prepared to not having kids until 40, it is very difficult to manage a future career in law with our plans for a family (we want to become parents as soon as possible) and we are planning to get married this year on fall (your favorite season, right jenna?), and the time is running, running fast… and i need a certain degree of creativity that i know that law cannot offer at all… doubts, and more doubts (but that’s all life is about, most of the time,right?)

    your family union is really an inspiration, and your will very encouraging , so please when some doubts arise regarding the possible very personal scope of the blog, i would not say to ignore it but rather think that it makes, for certain not only me, a lot of people happy regarding this exchange of experiences, points of views, recipes (yes, mark) and everything.

    and your girls, oh god, congratulations, they are the most beautiful girls i’ve seen.

    this message it is only to say than you, for the nice moments i’ve spent with this blog and say a big yeah for you.

    like they say in french ‘bon courage’ for everything that will come up this year!

    i hope to hear from you soon!

    p.s sometime ago, i’ve sent a email, offering my self to send a bottle of port wine (you can’t imagine my eyes when i saw this tiny little reference to something (so good, isn’t it?) from a tiny little country, as portugal. the offer still up, it would be a pleasure for us so let me know how can i send it.

  • anonymous January 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Happy Birthday! Actually, it’s my birthday today too, so I’d like to wish the both of us a happy birthday! I enjoy your family’s blog tremendously, and I think I enjoy your marshmallows more!

  • nichole Robertson January 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Happy birthday, Mark!

    Hope you guys have a fun time celebrating, despite the apocalyptic weather.

  • penlilypabi January 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    great photo- so sweet.

  • Jenna January 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Alexandra, what a nice comment – so thoughtful and yes, replying to your email right now. Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  • Lecia/A Day That is Dessert January 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Mark!!! And I love, love that photo.

  • nath January 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

    hello again – i went away for a few minutes and then came straight back again. um, i think i’m going to cry. no international shipping. it makes perfect sense of course, but i long LONG to try just about any of your sweet treats.

  • Courtney January 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope it was wonderful!

  • Fog and Thistle January 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Happy belated birthday Mark! Hope you had a great day.

  • jennifer January 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    hope you had a happy happy birthday.