Happy birthday to me…Posted: February 12, 2012
I’m 32 today. Wow! What happened to my twenties?
No, seriously, I believe that your thirties are where it’s at. And so far, mine have been very good.
This post is going to be brief, because we are heading out the door to brew our own beer! Greg and I are very excited because neither of us has done this before. We’re meeting up with our friends Mic and Brie (Mic has brewed several times, which will probably be very helpful!).
Yesterday we drove down 270 to hit up Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods (and got lunch at Whole Foods of course). I got my standard salad loaded with veggies and various meatless proteins:
Really, this is my favorite lunch. I would choose it over anything else, any day of the week. And the Kevita drink has become an addiction of mine over recent months as well.
Trader Joe’s still does not carry Speeculos Cookie butter, but they did have this…
I had a bite of this after lunch. Yeah, now I know why I should never buy a whole jar of the stuff- I don’t think I’d be able to keep my spoon out of it!
Later on that evening, we met up with my parents to get dinner downtown at The Wine Kitchen. I was really excited to eat there because we had only been for drinks and desserts before (and were super impressed by those!). My mom is a financial aid advisor at one of the local colleges, which happens to be exactly five minutes from my house. She had to work at some event until 4:00, so I picked her up to hang out at my house until it was time to meet my stepdad for dinner.
We took a few photos.
Dinner was fantastic- we were all very pleased with our food and drinks. The head chef was the the former head pastry chef at Volt, and you can definitely see the similarities in the food (though the WK is much more reasonably priced). Portions are small, but full of flavor- and kind of perfect. I got red snapper over black lentils (and there were lots of bites traded from all of our dishes). Sorry for not providing more details, and I didn’t take any photos either. I will just say that this is a place that we will go back to again and again.
We ended the night by watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn from Redbox. I know you’re jealous.
So far today has been great. I headed out the door bright and early to do a 1 on 1 bodypump class with my friend Brie, and then taught my regular Sunday morning spin class at 8:30. The class was pretty full (for a Sunday especially) and there was a lot of energy in the room. Everybody looked like they wanted to kill me about halfway through the class, but I told them that I took it as a compliment. 🙂
And when I got home, I had my most favorite breakfast.
Oatmeal after Spinning. Haha.
I threw some bananas, strawberries, sunflower butter and Sunspire peanut butter chips (ADDICTED) in there. Sooooooo gooooood. I’m pretty sure I ate back all of the calories I burned this morning with this big bowl of goodness (but it was worth it!)!
Greg made some peanut butter to give to Mic (since he’s a major PB fan):
I love that we can make peanut butter in less than two minutes, any time we want it.
And I’ll leave you with this… my dilemma. In my birthday card from Greg was this note:
If you don’t know already (you will once baseball season arrives), I am a huge Red Sox fan. I’m a huge baseball fan, period, but have been a Fenway faithful for the last five years. Greg and I travel up to Boston a few times each year to see the Sox play, and have also seen them play out west in Seattle and Denver, as well as in DC and Baltimore (more than anywhere else). We have a bucket list to make it to a game at every MLB stadium (to see any game- not just the Sox).
The “secret 4th option” is a trip to Chicago when both the White Sox and Cubs play at home. They’re not playing the Red Sox, but they’re both actually home that same weekend, so we could knock out two stadiums. Plus, Chicago is #1 on my list of cities I want to visit (I’ve never been) and we could also spend time checking out the city.
Option #1 would be going to Chicago to see the Red Sox vs. the Cubs, but the White Sox would be out of town, so we’d only get to see one stadium. BUT, we’d get to see the Red Sox.
Option #2 sounds really fun- both Greg and I LOVE Neil Diamond, and of course, love going to Fenway.
Option #3 sounds great also, and I think Greg picked Cleveland because he knows of my admiration for Grady Sizemore (hubba hubba!). But, as of now, it’s my last choice.
It’s really a toss-up between 1, 2 and 4. I have no idea what to pick (but I have to say- how lucky am I to have such a great guy?).
I’ll re-cap the rest of my day later… it’s time to brew!
Help! What should I choose??