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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy Birthday Katya!

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If you have ever visited over at governingana, then you probably know that the 6th of June is Kat’s birthday and also the release of Lighting the Way, book two in the continuing journey of Kat and Natalie.

Wishing Kat a wonderful birthday.  
Here are my suggestions for Kat and Natalie to celebrate Kat’s birthday.  I suggest they do so in nearby Chicago so that they can get the most celebrating in without a lot of travel time!

First, book into one of Chicago's quaint bed and breakfast inns…I suggest the Flemish House of Chicago.  Located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, the Flemish is steps from Michigan Avenue, the Lake front, Rush St. and Oak Street Beach.

Then let Kat choose from the following Options:

Option 1 (Day and Evening)
Spend the day at the Navy Pier which has more than 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions. Navy Pier is where you will also find the Chicago Children's Museum and Crystal Gardens (an awesome indoor botanical park). Make sure Kat and Nat take a ride on Navy Pier's giant Ferris wheel. Finish the day by enjoying the summer evenings fireworks display.

Option 2 (Day)
Take the Chicago River Tour (60 minute tour) which explores the city’s architectural history and starts at the Wrigley Building. Follow this up by visiting one of the greatest art collections at the Art Institute of Chicago and then visit Shedd Aquarium. End the day with one of the following:

Option 2a (Evening)
Book with Chicago Dine-Around for a progressive dinner…guests are chauffeured around the city in a coach bus and have Hors D’oeuvres served at the first restaurant, the Main Course at the second restaurant and Dessert at the third restaurant.

Option 2b (Evening)
Have dinner (Cajun food) and enjoy music at Buddy Guy's Legends...a blues club featuring local, national and international blues artists seven nights a week. . Seating is first-come, first-served. The kitchen is open until midnight every day.
Of course, if you extend the weekend a bit, you could do it all!

Kat has never really had a birthday celebration so please join everyone over at Ana’s governingana for a birthday blow-out.

Lighting-the-Way-Final-Draft-1Lighting the Way (Kat and Natalie, Volume Two)
College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.


  1. Great fun! I want to go too. She is going to have such a bang all birthday!

  2. What a sweet post-- great itinerary!

  3. A lovely tribute to Kat on her Birthday. I love your options for how they should spend the day and evening. What a wonderful birthday!


  4. So sorry, Cat! For some reason I thought you were putting this up tonight, not last night! Sorry I missed it. What a wonderful set of celebration ideas! I have no idea how they will choose...but I bet Kat will adore the Ferris wheel! Believe me, if I ever need help planning a party I will go to you for your expertise. Thank you so much, Cat! From one Cat to another Kat, right? <3

    Thank you so, so much for making Kat's birthday special. What a wonderful friend.

  5. Ooh, great ideas.
    I would have loved the progressive dinner.

  6. You have made me want to jump on a plane and gallop off to Chicago! How exciting! It would be a wonderful way to spend a birthday!

    Thank you for your lovely comments by the way on my story. I did write you a return comment but Blogger ate it together with the ones I wrote for everyone else.

    Many hugs


  7. Hi Cat, and happy birthday Kat! I like all of your ideas, they sound terrific. Wishing you a happy week.



    1. Happy you enjoy my ideas, Nina. If you ever make it to Chicago, maybe you could utilize some or all of them. ;)

      Hugs and blessings...Cat


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