I had a fantastic birthday! I was lucky enough to be surrounded by family and friends for an entire weekend and we celebrated each day. I LOVE spreading my birthday out as long as possibly so I was in heaven. Let’s recap a bit of each day…
Wednesday (my actual birthday)
Josh started my birthday off on a wonderful note by making me Mediterranean style eggs with toast and coffee.
For lunch, we met at Chipotle and he bought me a delicious salad.
And for dinner he made us a delicious shrimp dish that incorporated grape tomatoes, spinach, kalamata olives, pasta and a feta dressing.
It was delicious and we both said we should make it again. The only thing we’d change is to possibly use a lighter sauce since the feta dressing we used was on the creamier side.
I finished the night off with a bowl of pumpkin ice cream and chocolate chips (sorry no picture)!
On Wednesday I also got to open some presents! Emily got me these awesome serving spoons that determine serving size so you don’t have to measure things out (perfect for speeding up meal prep)…
…and some long sleeved running shirts that Brody apparently picked out so I’d go running with him in the cold . Josh got me a North Face fleece that I desperately wanted and needed. My old fleece is over 6 years old!!! Lastly, I opened a present from my parents that day – this Turban Twist Jersey Stretch Headband via Angelika Gale on Esty.
I definitely plan on buying this in other colors. It has done a perfect job over the past few days keeping the sweat out of my eyes, keeping my ears warm, and making sure my headphones stay in while exercising. Win, Win, Win!
Thursday night my parents came in town and Josh and I met them and Emily at Crafted. I had been there once before and loved it so it was a must.
Once again, the food was delicious. We started with their chips and guacamole (which was extremely fresh) and Dirty Southwest Nachos which consists of sweet potato chips, pulled pork, scallions and sweet chipotle aioli. For dinner I got two tacos: one Fedora (blackened tuna seared rare, kim chee and garlic aioli), one Wayfarer (pulled pork, hoisin bbq glaze, pickled red onion, and bok-choy slaw) and a side salad.
If you live in Greensboro or are visiting you should definitely check it out…BUT be prepared to wait Friday and Saturday nights!
Later that night I opened more presents but since this post is already going to be crazy long I’ll just bring them up in later posts .
On Friday Josh’s sister came in town and that night everyone went out for a nice dinner. But before that, my parents took me to Off ‘n Running for new running shoes. I ran on the treadmill in the store and saw just how weird my run is…luckily it looks normal until you put it in slow motion . At the very last second of my stride I do this weird thing with my foot where it turns in all of a sudden making kind of a half circle. Anyway, the girl at the store was incredibly nice and helped me find the perfect pair of shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13.
An hour or so later we were off to Southern Lights Bistro for dinner. We had never been here but it was a place Josh, Emily and I had all said we wanted to try and figured this was the perfect opportunity. We started with the Lobster and Spinach Dip and the Baked Brie, both of which were wonderful. I also got a salad and my dad got the tomato soup which I tried a bite of and was so rich and creamy, but not overwhelmingly so. (Excuse the bad quality of the pictures. I didn’t want to turn the flash on so I did my best without it.)
For my entree I got the Sea Bass which was served over a delicious potato cake with grilled apples and a red pepper sauce.
Everything was fantastic and I really want to try out their lunch menu sometime soon.
Saturday morning we woke up on the earlier side for a weekend and were in the car by 6:45am. One of the main reasons everyone came in town this past weekend (no, it wasn’t originally for my birthday) was because we all wanted to participate in the Miles for Melanoma Run/Walk in Raleigh. Skin cancer runs in both Josh’s family and my own and sadly Josh lost his mom to melanoma his senior year of high school. I won’t be too critical of this Miles for Melanoma 5K in Raleigh because I know it was a special day for many people, and with that being said I was simply disappointed that it was advertised on the Miles for Melanoma website and registration page as a run/walk but when we got there everything said memorial walk on it. I would most definitely participate in a Miles for Melanoma event again, just not this one. And, hey, at the end of the day we raised money for the Melanoma Research Foundation.
On a funnier note, I missed the memo about running around a loop three times so I got back to the finish and had only gone 1.5 miles. I was a little bothered that none of the volunteers said anything to me but in all fairness I had my headphones in so maybe someone did and I just didn’t hear them. Anyway, once I realized what had happened I just made up my own course until I reached 3.1 miles.
My dad also made a wrong turn and ended up running 5 miles…but still came in 2nd! We were an interesting bunch I’m sure compared to the walkers (which was pretty much everyone else).
After the 5K we went to The Iron Hen for brunch. I got the toasted quinoa and it was wonderful!
After brunch we went hiking since the leaves are just starting to change colors. (My calves were still screaming as of yesterday but luckily with some rest, foam rolling and lots of stretching they’re almost back to normal today.) It rained on and off and the views weren’t great since the clouds were low but we all still really enjoyed ourselves, including the pups.
We did pretty much the same hike as we did here and ended up going just under 3 miles.
For dinner, everyone met up in the courtyard area of our apartment and had a cookout that included burgers, twice baked potato salad, veggie skewers, spinach and artichoke dip, pumpkin salsa, cajun crab dip, and mini chocolate and mini pumpkin cupcakes all from The Fresh Market.
My dad flew out early in the morning and I met up with my mom and Emily around 9am for breakfast. We went to Spring Garden Bakery to pick up coffee and muffins and then ate at Emily’s. I got a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin which was awesome and enjoyed it with a Yoplait Protein Coconut Low Fat Yogurt Cup.
Later that day Emily and my mom headed to Florida. Emily and Max are spending a week there and Brody is staying with Josh and I.
Okay well that’s “all” for this birthday edition . Yesterday was Josh and I’s three-year anniversary so I’ll recap those celebrations another time. Oh, how I love October!!!
Questions of the Day
How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
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