So I was actually born 20 days ago and celebrated my birthday with Jordan about 22 days ago. The weekend before my birthday (which was on a Tuesday) Jordan took me on a weekend getaway trip. Part of the present was that the trip was a surprise.
Now the surprise aspect was part of the gift because I love surprises and Jordan can’t keep them. He gets too excited and wants to give you your present the second he buys it. And because he’s so on top of his life, this usually means he tells you what he got you for Christmas three weeks early.
I realize that this inability to keep presents secret stems from his desire to please so I can’t gripe about it too much. However, because it was my birthday and because that means I’m in charge and get everything I want (or that’s at least how Heidi felt about it on The Hills)- he had to keep it a secret.
Now, I thought he was going to take me to Montreal or Maine for the weekend- some place that we had talked about going before- but when we started going West on I-90 I got confused. I began to think he was taking me home for the weekend which would have been nice but totally non-inventive. Or I thought we were going to Sturbridge Village which would really only be a pipe dream because there is no way he would take me there. Unfortunately.
However, we breezed right by my exit (and the exit to Sturbridge Village for that matter) which left me completely confused. Only when I caught sight of a sign for Tanglewood did I know he was taking me to the Berkshires. At first I thought, “Really? The Berkshires? What are we, 50 years old and looking to rekindle our romance?” But then I stopped being so judgmental and decided to wait and see what he had in store for me.
Like me, you are probably wondering why the Berkshires? Well, certainly not to go camping- I hate setting up tents and Jordan’s afraid of ticks. Plus neither of us could start a fire if our life depended on it. I’m sure we would have gone on a hike or two if it hadn’t been raining the whole time though- we can go outside, we just can’t stay there overnight. But beyond hiking, we went to the Berkshires because for some odd reason, this is where MassMOCA (The Massachusetts Museum of Art) is located.
First off, we stayed at the Holiday Inn which made me feel like Snoop Dogg. I absolutely loved being able to control the climate without worrying about the energy bill at the end of the night. The town we stayed in, North Adams, was very small and quaint. Lots of local eateries and art shops as well as the typical chain restaurants like Subway, McDonalds, and Papa Ginos.
Now, I had heard a lot about Papa Ginos and it had gotten rave reviews from my coworkers. For the past month and a half, every time we passed a Papa Ginos I would yell out “Papa Ginos!” Jordan told me I had become obsessed. I pretty much had. Apparently it was the place to go.
So you can guess how excited I was when Jordan and I were heading home from a neighboring town where we had just watched the new Karate Kid movie in theaters and he said he was hungry. “Let’s go to Papa Ginos!” I cried. He consented. It was not very good but it at least had a nice thinnish crust. I liked it more than Jordan- he said it tasted like Saltines. I like Saltines. Clearly, he doesn’t.
So basically, since the weather was rainy all weekend, we just ate, explored the various small towns and spent an afternoon at Mass MOCA. The museum was super cool- my favorite exhibit was the kids’ one. All the art was made out of food. They had a video playing of Godzilla attacking a Jello New York City. They also had sea scapes made out of fruit loops and other genius things.
I guess all the sweets in the art exhibit made me crave a birthday treat that evening as I hadn’t had one yet that weekend. Jordan’s Iphone indicated that there was a Friendly’s near our hotel and so I forced him outside that night to walk there. The season premier of two HBO shows that we wanted to see were on at 10pm and Jordan was worried we wouldn’t make it back on time. However, he couldn’t refuse me my birthday treat or he would have been a bad person.
So off we walked to go to Friendly’s. I knew exactly what I was going to get- a Reece’s pieces sundae. One of my favorites. I had eaten it on one of the first dates Jordan and I went on in Maine. This was not unusual behavior for me at the beginning of our relationship. I definitely gained some weight over the first few months but I think I wooed him eventually with my enthusiasm every time he suggested going to Taco Bell at midnight.
But anyway, as we began to enter North Adam’s residential area the suburban girl in me got scared. I mean, there were 28 year-old men on BMX bikes passing us. 28 year-old men on BMX bikes frighten me. Men on BMX bikes frighten me- they always seem to be huge jerks. Or maybe it’s because Watertown is littered with young teenage hooligans and their dumb BMX bikes. They always ride on the sidewalk and yell at each other. Sigh.
So I got scared. And I told Jordan I was scared. And he didn’t tell me that I should be scared but then again… he didn’t tell me that I shouldn’t. So I made him turn around in retreat. “You’re crushing my masculinity” he whined to me. But I didn’t think either of us was up for a BMX battle. He roller blades for God’s sake! And I had just cut my nails and so was defenseless- like a little de-nailed cat.
Anyway, I had remembered there was a McDonalds around and it was in a well-lit area so I led him there. After passing some people blasting absurdly loud metal music from their SUV and yelling, we made it safely into the McDonalds. I ended up buying myself (Jordan didn’t have any money on him) a Reeces Pieces Mcflurry and shared it with Jordan on the walk back to the hotel. He pretended he didn’t want any at first but not even Jordan was man enough to resist my Mcflurry. We arrived back at the hotel at 9:50pm, perfect timing for us to watch our series premiers.
Though I didn’t get a birthday cake that weekend, sharing my $2.79 Mcflurry with Jordan after our pilgrimage was the best birthday treat I could have. I didn’t have to fight anyone and I got the ice cream, peanut butter, chocolate medley I was craving.
Upon our homecoming Jordan made this video of the trip. It may look like all we did was eat and walk but you know what? That’s kind of true.