Our plan was simple. Meet for a glass of wine to toast the birthday girl and then walk around the corner for an early supper. It was Monday evening and we’d all had long days, but birthdays don’t wait. We settled down on the sofa, sipping wine, catching up about mom life, children, jobs, and life in general. The three of us rarely get time together. When our glasses were empty we bundled up and headed out. The restaurant looked a little dark and the parking lot empty as we approached. Closed. Oops. We walked back to the house, making a new plan by the time we got in the car. Turning onto the main road, we came upon a road block. Detour. Okay… We took an alternate route and a few extra minutes to drive to our plan b restaurant. Packed. People waiting to be seated were spilling out the front door. And there wasn’t a single open spot in the parking lot. Hmmm. Time to regroup. Again. We turned around and drove to our next choice. Finally. A place to park, and an open table. So much for simple plans. And thank goodness for great friends.