An early celebration

Last night, my local knitting group met at 7 p.m. for our weekly get together. At about 7:45, I felt someone poke me on the side and looked down to see Sylvia standing there. I did a double-take. Maybe it was a triple-take. She’s usually in bed by 8. What was she doing there?

Then I saw Jan appear with some boxes in hand. My friends were grinning madly, and Jan said, “Happy birthday!” Sylvia, unable to contain the secret any longer, shouted, “Cupcakes! Cupcakes!”

With help from Gina (who communicated with the other knitters), Jan had planned a surprise birthday celebration for me. My birthday is still a little over a week away, so I had no idea this was coming. He woke up at 4 a.m. yesterday morning to bake (and clean up afterward, to hide the evidence), and I slept through it all—even the KitchenAid mixing!

We enjoyed the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate glaze and mascapone icing (Jan is a terrific baker, and everything he makes both looks and tastes great), had a little video chat via Skype with one knitting friend who’s in Belgium for a couple of months, and (once Sylvia headed home to bed after inhaling her cupcake) even did a little knitting. I had a great time!

8 Responses to “An early celebration”

  1. Sarahon 30 Apr 2008 at 4:02 pm

    WOW! What a terrific thing to do! And what a fun celebration. How wonderful to have someone who would be able to think of and execute such a great party!

  2. Pixieon 30 Apr 2008 at 8:54 pm

    What a sweet man you have!

  3. bethon 30 Apr 2008 at 10:43 pm

    The cupcakes were awesome and I don’t even like cake! Marsha must be sick of hearing me say that, but I love announcing that the only cake I like is Jan’s cake.

  4. Jennuon 01 May 2008 at 12:15 am

    That’s awesome. Have a great birthday!

  5. Chrison 01 May 2008 at 9:31 am

    Aw, that is so sweet of Jan and your knitting pals!! How did he hide the tell-tale smells?! :)

  6. maggion 01 May 2008 at 11:09 am

    oh. how wonderful and so much like Jan!

  7. Frankon 01 May 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Birthday (early)!

  8. Deborahon 01 May 2008 at 2:36 pm

    That Jan is a real keeper! You must be a very sound sleeper to not even smell the cupcakes baking. What a wonderful surprise!