The goal today was to surround my self with my favorite things. It was a huge success!!
#1 The Husband. Obviously he gets top rank! He made the whole week so special.
This morning we spent some time watching #2: Lord of the Rings! We fell in love reading the books right before Fellowship came out in theaters and it holds a special place in my heart (and is one of the top 3 best movies ever made!)
#3 Running!!! After some movie and lounging, we decided to go running. Yes, I love running so much I wanted to be sure I got to do it on my birthday! I thought the appropriate distance today would be a 10K, 6.2 miles!! (Gotta get in 26 where ever I can! Did you all realized we got married on 6.2?) We went on a GLORIOUS morning run. Despite my mild hangover, I had so much energy and of course the fact that it was a gorgeous day helped. Favorite thing #4 = blue sky, autumn days.
We ended up running to the bike shop to pick up the husband’s bike, so I ran the last 4 miles or so solo. Time to reflect and listen to #5 Pachelbel’s Canon in D, the 3 trumpet version = my favorite song.
After our run and a shower, it was 1:00 and we decided to go out to lunch. Lunch at home just seemed too boring! So we hopped on our bikes (#6) and headed to a new French cafe that opened this summer – Cafe Monte.
We were really impressed by the delicious food. I ordered a Spinach + Arugula Salad to start, which came with a divine cranberry-walnut dressing and favorite thing #7: goat cheese!
The husband got a delicious turkey veggie soup –
We also munched on #8: bread.
And for our main course……#9 – PIZZA!!
Mushrooms, Goat Cheese (#7) and Arugula. This pizza was A.Mazing!!! So aromatic and full of flavor. Might hold the spot for top pizza of the year?
Slice 1, 2 + 1/2
After lunch we went shopping
I went to Aveda and redeemed my birthday fragrance blend coupon for a body wash (I believe I was scent #5?) and then hit Bath and Body Works with my second coupon for some Black Amethyst, pillow spray and Lime Coconut Shampoo. Lastly, I had a $10 coupon card at Banana Republic and got a mini perfume there for free. Which leads me to favorite thing #10: good smells.
After the smell shops, we hit up #11: Pottery Barn for #12: beautiful dishes.
I got ALL of this for only $1.88 – thanks to a $20 gift card I had. But all the black dishes are 50% off!
I am absolutely in LOVE with this plate:
We biked back home and unfortunately I had to do some unpleasant Organic Chem before dinner 👿 because I have a quiz tomorrow. I need to study more at the gym in the morning!
Then came favorite thing #13: vino!
This was a bottle we got at a wine blending barrel tasting seminar for my 24th birthday. We decided it had aged enough! It’s quite a nice wine and BOY could you tell. I love all of St. Supery’s wines.
Karen came over to join us for my birthday dinner. She brought me to awesome shirts from favorite thing #14: Ann Taylor LOFT! One is gold and shimmery and the other is a ruffled button down. She’s so stylish! Family = #15. I wish my parents and Larbs and Matt could have been here too!
The husband and I have a tradition of cooking special dinners on each other’s birthdays. It’s usually a surprise but this year I just said I would love to have a simple meal of my very favorite foods. So I’m giving him spot #16 as my favorite chef
My requests? #17 Sweet Potatoes and #18 Kale. Along with a lovely sunburst trout. The kale was in a maple-vinaigrette and the sweet potatoes were baked according a special technique in Cooks Illustrated involving slow-roasting and tin foil. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect selection of foods!
More wine –
Then came the grande finale: #19 Cake! (x2!!! I couldn’t get enough!)
The whole cake is now gone. A piece went home with Karen and there’s one more 6″ square that I am pretending does not exist in the fridge that the husband says will be gone within a day or so The ganache layer of cake was a bit too dry, but the milk-soaked layer was FABULOUS!!
Since I had #20, Oatmeal, for breakfast, I’d consider it to be a perfect birthday! Thanks also for all of your wonderful blog comments and birthday wishes, always a joy to read, and #21 of my favorite things.
I am off now to take a bubble bath (#22) with my new spa products and read (#23) my book before cozying up for a nice night’s sleep in my comfy bed. I’m actually really excited about eating healthy (#24!!) for the rest of this week. I sure am fulled-out. I didn’t really eat unhealthy this weekend (sans the square foot of cake!) but I most definitely ate too much. A few days of feeling bloated and retaining water sure make me realize how wonderful eating healthy makes me feel.
Here’s to #25, raindrops on roses and #26, whiskers on kittens!
And to 26 years!!!!