Weekend Energy

October 22, 2010

I’ve got some serious weekend energy boiling up!! It is the BEST weekend of the year (second, perhaps, to Christmas Eve, which I also absolutely love) because it’s my BIRTHDAY weekend!! My actual birthday is Tuesday Oct 26, but of course I extend the celebration, month long Party smile

We have a full house of guests coming and more locals to celebrate with!!

I hit up the POOL at noon. Some days swimming just clicks. And sometimes I like to completely zone out and just use the clock as my guide. Other times I like to count and make my goal laps.

Today I did 26 laps (52 lengths) as fast as I could. I can feel it a little in my shoulders now! I didn’t stop except to squirt in water a few times (my throat gets so dry when I swim!) It was an awesome swim – perhaps my best ever!!

I showered at the gym, so the bike ride home was HOT. Even though it’s only 57* out there, I think I was overdressed.



I had a huge salad full of all of the leftovers in the fridge plus greens from the garden!


  • Green bean + mushroom saute
  • Lima beans
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Bleu cheese
  • Raisins


Plus some more of those crunchy sweet tater chips on the side! I probably had another serving this size from the bag as I prepared lunch ; )




Matt’s making crackers for the weekend, and I have errands to run and then a big trip to Richmond to pick up MEGHANN!

Want to start the weekend out right? Try my Sparkling Honey Basil Julep!! Martini glass

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I say celebrate all month long too! My birthday is in early November, and then entire month will be one of celebrations!


2 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

That is a hugh jass salad! Looks delicious.

Have a great birthday weekend Kath! :)


3 Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Happy almost birthday!! I wish I could have made it up for the race, but I’ve got the Wicked 10K next weekend in VB. It actually sold out a few days ago. Still need a costume idea. :/ If anyone out there can give a costume suggestion, I’m game. I need to be able to run 6.2 miles in it comfortably, though.


4 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

How long does it take you to swim that many lengths?


5 Kath October 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

About 30 minutes.


6 shannon (the daily balance) October 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

have a wonderful birthday weekned! mine is NEXT weekend and I’ve already started a countdown 😉


7 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Your salad looks just about perfect. Then again, any salad with blue cheese is about perfect to me. Love that stuff!

I love how upbeat you sound. Hope you have a fantastic birthday weekend!


8 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Happy Early b.day, Kath! & thanks for that delicious cocktail recipe – mmmm!


9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I think I had a birthday week this year – I love drawing it out because a day really isn’t enough is it!? It sounds like you’ve got a super exciting weekend coming up!
PS – Every Tuesday I try as many new things as I can and review them on my blog, and thanks to you Kath, this coming week I’m going to try sardines!! Just watched your Youtube video on them and you’ve given me the courage to finally do it! 😀


10 Kath October 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm



11 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Happy birthday month! I celebrate all month, too! Why not?

Now I want some sweet tater chips! :)


12 ModelBehavior October 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Im surprised your still doing so many salads, I have already made the salad/soup switch I seem to make every year around this time, salad makes me shiver.


13 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Happy Birthday weekend!! Totally acceptable to draw it out :) Hope you have a great time with Meghann!


14 rebecca lustig October 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

i swam today too! it takes a lot out of you, no?!

enjoy the rest of your day lovely


15 sweetersalt October 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Have a great birthday weekend!


16 Stephanie October 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Hope you have a great bday weekend!! I’m on my way to the Richmond airport today too – maybe I’ll see ya there!! :)


17 Kath October 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Oh fun!! Look for my KERF bumper sticker :)


18 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

What a yummy looking lunch and the swim sounds great. Have a fantastic bday weekend – aren’t October birthdays the best? (I had mine on the 11th) :)


19 Jess @ atasteofconfidence October 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Happy birthday weekend!


20 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I wish it was possible to bottle the feeling of the anticipation of a fun weekend!! Happy early bday! :)


21 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Love all the toppings on your salad!


22 faith @ gracefulfitness October 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I want a sparkling honey basil julip, that sounds AMAZING! I will have to have you over to make me one sometime soon 😉
Congrats on the great swim! I love those workouts that organically are awesome.


23 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I love birthdays! We always celebrate them for the whole month too! That salad looks great!


24 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Woo hoo! Have a fab birthday weekend and enjoy the celebrations. :)


25 Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit October 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Happy Birthday Weekend Kath! I hope it’s wonderful!


26 Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels October 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Happy early birthday! Hope the rest of your birthday month is fantastic!


27 Ann Steinbach October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Happy Birthday, Kath! Nice salad.


28 Hope October 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Happy birthday month!! I totally stretch my birthday out to a week long thing, but a month? That is pure genius! That’s a mighty fine looking salad there too!


29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Enjoy your birthday celebration! Sounds like a fun weekend coming up!


30 zoe (and the beatles) October 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

happy birthday weekend! it’s my birthday weekend, too! today’s my actual birthday though. have an excellent weekend — enjoy yourself :)!


31 Kath October 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Happy Birthday!!


32 claire October 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

happy birthday weekend! I can’t wait to hear about the festivities in store for you!


33 Krystina (Organically Me) October 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Happy birthday weekend!! Your cocktail sounds fab.


34 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday, Kath!! I like your style, celebrating your birthday all month long. That’s the way to do it. 😀

Enjoy the weekend! 😀


35 Sarah @ BikingNBaking October 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I totally do the month-long birthday as well! Not just for me but I try to encourage friends and family to do the same!

Have a fun weekend!


36 Mom October 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Happy birthday early! You actually were due on the 29th. Not sure if you know that tidbit or not.


37 Kath October 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Of course I did!!


38 Charmaine @ Perfectly Picked October 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Happy early birthday…I think a month-long celebration is an excellent idea! Why wouldn’t you want to extend it?!

Those sweet potato chips look amazing and I want some right now…along with that salad. I definitely need to start doing that – throwing leftovers on my salad. Love the idea and your creativeness =)


39 Amy October 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Happy Early Birthday and Happy Birthday Month!! Im getting ready to kick off my bday festivities as well! My Bday is Nov 2 but I’m going to start the celebration this weekend. Why not!?!

Have a great one Kath!


40 Meg October 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Yaaaay birthday weekend/week 😀 I’m so excited to read/see all your celebrations!!!


41 Emilyeatsclean October 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Shoot, me and my hubby went on a week long vaca over my 25th birthday this year! 😉 So indeed…..start celebrating, girl. Have a fun weekend and I look forward to reading about it!


42 Esther October 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Happy Birthday! My birthday is the 25th. Great time of year to have a Bday:)


43 kristinp October 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Hehehe! My birthday IS Christmas Eve. You would probably explode with that birthday weekend :-) I hope you have a fantastic celebration and an AMAZING weekend!

– Kristin


44 Kristin October 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

It is my nephews birthday October 26, too. I’m headed to celebrate with him and my family. Hope you have an excellent weekend.


45 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Woohoo for an extended birthday party weekend!!

57* sounds soooo nice. It had to be in the 80s again here…


46 Lisa October 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm

How fast did you swim those laps?


47 Kath October 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

About 30 minutes?


48 Katie October 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I celebrate my birthday for at least a month. And I’m in my 30s. Always a kid!


49 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun October 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Well, HAPPY Early BIRTHDAY!!! :-) Have a great birthday weekend!


50 Katy @ A Shot of Life October 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Have a GREAT birthday weekend! Can’t wait to try out that cocktail :)


51 Katryn@RampantCuisine October 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

YAY for the weekend! I think I practically skipped out of work today…have a great one!


52 Clare October 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

It’s so adorable that your hubby makes crackers on a Friday afternoon!


53 j October 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Alas, my birthday is a week before Chritmas and seems to get lost among the holidays. Enjoy your birthday weekend ++
How are you still getting veggies from your garden? I’m in NJ and gardening weather’s been over for about a month now. Is it that much warmer in Va.?


54 stacey-healthylife October 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Let the party begin. Enjoy all the fun.


55 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Happy early birthday! 😀 I definitely think it’s necessary to extend birthday celebrations as long as possible. Otherwise they go by way too quickly!


56 Annie@stronghealthyfit October 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Happy early birthday! Have a great weekend :-)


57 Erin October 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Well Happy Early Birthday!! I’m assuming the new camera lens was an early b-day gift for yourself?? :):) (Your photography is absolutely gorgeous btw..)


58 Meagan October 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Now I know why you like 26 so much :)


59 Ally October 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Good luck in your 10k Kath! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!


60 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Gorgeous salad!

I celebrate my birthday for a month, too. :)


61 Hannah October 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Now *that* is one heckuva salad! Happy Birthday Week!


62 Camille October 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Oh my gosh, is it already time for birthday season again?! I thought that just happened!


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