Did you vote yesterday? I did! I go to bed early so when I went to bed last night the exit polls were still neck-in-neck. I’m curious to see what the final result is.
Today starts day 3 of my no sugar challenge and I’m officially over the pouty stage – yay! I think the 2 year personality that lives inside me realized that no matter how many ‘I want fruit tantrums’ she threw I wasn’t giving in. Y’all I promise I don’t actually have any dissociative identity or multiple personality disorders. This detox hasn’t been the easiest but I’ll give a recap of week one on Monday.
Last week when I was recapping the Marine Corps Marathon and also my MCM weekend fun I mentioned that my birthday was the same day as the marathon. I wanted to do a separate recap since I have amazing family who went out of the way to make sure my birthday was special. I love my family!!
So my birthday festivities actually spanned several days and started with Jody and I enjoying a nice and quiet early birthday dinner at Kora in DC on Friday. Then Saturday after the MCM expo Mary (my ‘runspiration’) and I headed back to the hotel while our hubbies did some sight-seeing. This started birthday day #2!
I was surprised to find a lovely golden package sitting on my bed. I was so confused because I had no idea where it came from. Turns out my cousin Bridget mailed the package to the hotel so I would have it before the marathon / my birthday! I. Was. Floored.
It was such a thoughtful gesture; but wait, it gets better! This birthday was actually my golden birthday so she wrapped everything in gold paper and each gift had a gold theme. I mean, seriously, who thinks of something this creative?!
After opening and savoring all of the goodies my cousin sent me, I decided to open a box that my Dad mailed from Colorado. It had a super sweet card with plenty of motivation to help me run the marathon. He sent a t-shirt and very cool glass/pewter mug that he had made commemorating the MCM and my Run for Roger. My mom had already given me my birthday gift which was my race gear for the MCM.
Sunday, day 3 of my birthday weekend: or what’s also known as my actual birthday. I was somewhat pre-occupied the morning of my birthday (go figure, right?) but after the race, and after getting my husband successfully out of DC before Hurricane Sandy hit, we headed out to eat for a dual purposed celebratory dinner….To celebrate finishing the marathon and also to celebrate my birthday!
We were all craving some down-home all American grub so we ended up at Ted’s Montana Grill, a steak place. I ordered a “spicy” (yeah, right) bison burger with jalapenos and cilantro and washed it down with a tasty sangria. Totally not clean, but well earned.
Mary and Greg surprised me with an awesome 26.2 necklace and car decal.
I was seriously stuffed from supper so I had no room for dessert. Which brings me to birthday #4. It’s like the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day…It just keeps going and going and going. Since I didn’t eat any cake on my birthday I felt kind of off. It’s not a birthday until you’ve had cake, right? So I found the largest carrot cake cupcakes ever (like the size of my head…alright, slight exaggeration) and Jody and I went to town scarfing them down.
And with the disappearance of the last morsel of carrot cake, so my birthday extravaganza came to an end. I can honestly say, hands-down, that this is one of the most memorable birthdays I’ve ever had. I will never forget running a marathon in memory of my brother on my birthday, nor will I ever forget how my family went out of their way to make sure the marathon didn’t overshadow birthday fun. I definitely think 28 is going to be a great year!
Question: What’s your favorite birthday memory? Do you have a favorite age?