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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Birthday weekend recap

Can we do this weekend again?  It was my birthday weekend and boy did I feel the love.  It started Friday when the Mr took a half a day off and told me to plan a lighter breakfast and dinner because we were going out to lunch.

We pulled up at a local piano cafe and we went in for an afternoon tea.  Squee!

Mini scones, a few different canapes and a few bites of dessert.  It was a nice way to spend a few hours and when you look at what would normally be half a meal in bites, it sure fills you up when you put a couple of pots of hot tea with it!  Afterward, I really wanted to walk for our workout despite my legs already being a total mess from the previous day's activity so we just grabbed our umbrellas and hoped for the best.

Thankfully, we didn't have a problem but it was a little breezy, overcast and the perfect Fall feeling afternoon so it was nice to enjoy little things along the way like sassy succulents...

Pac Man ghost sidewalk bricks...

...and even a few overzealous leaves getting in on some early Fall action!

For my birthday, I got a delightful box from my delightful friend who went SO overboard I shall virtually smack her around a bit.

I loved it all and she also emailed me a gift certificate to our favorite restaurant so that'll be nice to enjoy!

Then I opened gifts from my honey...another one who went overboard this year.

I got a few gifts from my friend in another state of some sheets and a gift card I asked for and I even got flowers on my doorstep from my massage therapist and chiro with a birthday card and a free chiro visit.

To finish it off a gift card from my Physical Therapist office which I'm totally saving for when they start making gingerbread donuts in December.  The only time I go there.  Got some moolah from my MIL, so I'll hoard it through Christmas to see what I get and put it toward something bigger in the future.

My favorite comfort food dish is one that the Cheesecake Factory hasn't made in years...Mile High Meatloaf sandwich.  So when they don't make something anymore, you've just gotta make it yourself.

(Slice of meatloaf on brioche with a scoop of mashed taters and bbq cider "gravy")

I even made crispy fried shallots for the top which I NEVER fry anything so it was quite a departure for me...worth it.  You bet your sweet bippy that when we were done, I turned on some random college football game and we both settled in for the best food coma nap ever!

It was a rainy day but I didn't care because with the weather there was no pressure to get out and enjoy it or do something.  It was nice to just open presents, eat cake, watch the rain cling to the branches and do nothing especially since I'd run myself absolutely ragged to the point of pain in the days leading up to it.  The Mr was kind enough to massage my feet and ankles Saturday and Sunday.  He hit a few spots that really sent me to the ceiling but needed to be worked out.  Oochie owie!  He even indulged me and watched one of my favorite movies, Mermaids (affiliate link)  (Jake Ryan...swoon.)

Sunday he offered to make breakfast for me.

I made the fruit salad but he made everything else.  (Well, I had the potatoes pre-made but he warmed them up.)  He showed me some mad respect on how I am able to juggle getting everything together, ready and warm at the same time for our Sunday brunches.  ;-)   We threw in a quick session on the Total Trainer so we could have our workout done for the day.  We met my mom and aunt midday for some froyo and hung out for 2 1/2 hours.  Then it was time to grab some produce for the week and wind down for the night.

What did you do this weekend?

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  1. Happy Belated Birthday, I'm so glad you had a great weekend! We had our annual family reunion, I love it so much, lots of laughs and hugs. Have a great week!

  2. Glad you liked everything and I enjoyed the weekend too. I didn't even mind watching Mermaids. It is a pretty funny movie.

  3. I'm glad you had such an awesome birthday!!! Sounds like a great weekend to me. And I'm so with you on Michael (Jake Ryan) of the reasons I watch Sixteen Candles every time it's on!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday!!! It sounds like a wonderful weekend and you deserved every minute of it!!!

  5. I am sooooo happy you had such a great weekend!! The Mr. had such a lovely surprise for you and it sounds like it was the perfect day. And I'm glad you got to unwind and relax a bit too since you worked so hard leading up to the weekend. I'm just tickled pink that you had such a wonderful time celebrating YOU!! Yippee!!!!


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