Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Regenerative Birthday

I recently celebrated a birthday. I only write about it to try and eek out a few more birthday wishes. ;-) And, also, to share how supportive family can be of ecological values, what wonderful no-waste gifts can be given and how a birthday can be celebrated in style with very little cost to the environment.
My first gift consisted of my in-laws entertaining the kids so that I could enjoy a night out with my husband.
My gift from my husband was a carefully thought out, environmentally-conscious romantic evening. He was already in the city for a conference and arranged for me to take the commuter train up. As an aside, I have not taken that train in years but it is a great way to go: no traffic, no worries about driving in the rain and some quiet time for reading one of the many books on my to-be-returned-to-the-library-before-more-fines-accrue list.
Upon arrival in the city, we drove (okay, not carbon neutral) to Union Square. We shared a relaxing, meditative couples massage and then walked to dinner at Millennium, a delicious, vegan eatery that specializes in organic local ingredients that are sustainably grown.
That special time away regenerated my body and spirit as well as my relationship with my husband. I returned home feeling rejuvenated and not a day over 29. ;-) I can't wait to enjoy the gift from my parents - a coupon for another night away with Mr. Green Bean.
A perfect, regenerative birthday.


Melinda said...

Sounds like a fabulous birthday. I haven't been to Millennium in ages. Mmmmm.

Happy Birthday!!

Green Bean said...

Thank you! You should go back to Millennium. They've moved locations and the food is much better than it used to be. The salads are not as good as homegrown ;-) (per my farmer's market post) but, still, their sweet potato gnocchi was out of this world!


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