Hi and happy Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Mine was pretty wonderful and full of birthday celebrations and happy birthday texts filled with ice cream emojis and puppy memes, which I think means people know me too well…
My 20th birthday started off in the best way possible when a group of friends showed up outside my door at midnight on Thursday night/Friday morning. A group of friends started the “midnight birthday” tradition last year, but I’d honestly forgotten all about it. I remembered about it briefly around 11:30 pm when I was getting ready for bed, but since it was raining outside and I live farther from all of them this year, I didn’t give it a second thought. I put on some non-cute PJs, took out my contacts, put my retainers in, the whole nine yards, and hopped in bed.
As I was scrolling through my phone in bed, I heard hushed laughing in the hallway around 11:58 and assumed it was some residents…and then I heard a soft knock on the door. Surprise! There were about 10 residents + friends outside my door who sang happy birthday (I couldn’t see anything without my contacts in!), and then friends came inside my messy, unprepared room and stayed till 1:30. It was such a fun way to start the day, even in my very unglamorous state…and everyone knows the best way to do birthdays is to spend as many hours as possible awake, right?
Around midnight, some of my fellow RAs sneakily decorated my door, too. They’re the best! They even included dog pictures, which I love. (The “Olivia” door decorations are always there– each RA makes door decorations for their residents at the beginning of the year and then makes extras for the other RAs in their community, too).
I slept in until around 9 on Friday morning and met my friend, Kristen, for a run. Unfortunately, it rained all day Friday, but there was no way I was going to miss a birthday run. We did about 6 miles at a conversational pace and she kept me laughing the whole time.
After the run, I quickly showered off before my sister took me to one of my favorite spots for lunch. Chipotle’s rice bowls never let me down. I met up with a friend for the afternoon, and then we walked to dinner at the best local spot, Mediterranean Deli, with a group of my favorite girls. Asking strangers to take pictures with a DSLR camera usually doesn’t turn out so well, but I love this picture anyway since I love all of the people in it.I got the Greek salad trio, which included a Greek chicken salad and a choice of two sides. I picked some kind of spicy roasted cauliflower and sun-dried tomato pasta salad. So yummy, and so much for leftovers!
My friend, Riley, gave me a “jogs, blogs, & dogs” themed collage, which so perfectly captures the things I love. Afterwards, we went back to my room (it was still raining outside!), ate ice cream, and hung out for a bit longer.
Saturday & Sunday
On Saturday morning, my sister and I hopped in the car and drove home for the rest of the weekend. My sister and I were actually born just one day apart, so Saturday was her 22nd birthday! (Some Taylor Swift-listening may have occurred..)
It was raining again on Saturday morning, so instead of toughing out another wet run, I took a spin and bosu class at the gym when we got home.
My family has started following a pretty strict clean-eating plan at home, so no birthday cake or ice cream was to be found this past weekend. We did have some great meals, though.
A birthday weekend wouldn’t be complete without pasta for this Italian-loving girl! I sautéed chopped mushrooms, green pepper, and onions with about 1/2 lb bison and then added a jar of my favorite organic, no-sugar added marinara sauce with some extra Italian spices. I served the sauce over whole wheat angel hair pasta and it was pretty delicious, and I can bring the extra sauce back to school with me. Conquering bison: check!
Another meal we had was taco salads. I had my salad on the side and made a deconstructed taco plate with refried beans, taco meat, guacamole, steamed broccoli, and roasted cauliflower. Super yummy!While I was at home, I was thinking about how quickly I fall back into old habits. For example, I used to study in bed back in high school instead of at my desk, and even though I never study in bed in college, I always do when I come home. And, just like in high school, my sister likes to crash my study sessions.
My not-so-little brother was busy working on his college applications for a lot of the weekend, but he took a break to make me one of his famous cards. He’s made the cutest stick figure drawing birthday cards ever since I can remember and I look forward to his funny pictures every year. What a cutie.
My sister and I drove back to Chapel Hill late Sunday night after spending two days with our family, and now on Monday morning, I’m feeling a bit more rested and ready to face the week. Hope your week is off to a great start!
Questions for you:
Do you prefer to run in the rain or on a treadmill?
I’d prefer to run in just about any weather over running on the treadmill. I love spending my running time outdoors, and I really like getting to see the scenery change while I run, too.
Have you tried bison? What’s the strangest meat you’ve tried?
I’ve tried octopus and escargot, but both were definitely once-and-done foods for me.
What would your ideal birthday include?