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23 Oct

Hi guys! Today is a special day for me because I turn 23. And it’s the 23rd, which makes today my golden birthday! This is the first time that I have been in Washington, D.C. , my birthplace, since I was born. It’s kinda cool to be in the city where my parents lived while my mom was pregnant with me. She suggested that I go over to Georgetown University Hospital to wave, but it’s far and not metro-accessible (which pretty much determines how I get anywhere in this city), so I will just have to wave from afar.

Google gave me a fun little surprise this morning:

Apparently, if you have a Gmail account, they customize your Google website on the day of your birthday to have birthday cakes! Thanks, Google!

Right at midnight last night, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer to open the stack of presents that had been arriving over the course of the week.

*As I was in the middle of writing this, a man delivered a bouquet of roses to my desk*

Seriously, I have the most amazing, thoughtful boyfriend.

I also have such a wonderful family who thought of me all the way across the country! I am so blessed.

This beautiful silver bracelet was made in Italy and it’s from Stefano’s parents, who sent it to him to give to me on my birthday. I just love them!

My baby brother (okay, he’s not a baby, he’s almost 21) sent me a pearl bracelet! He told me that he knows I’m not a huge jewelry person, but he thought I would use them on a special occasion. Oh my gosh, I just started tearing up – he is so thoughtful. I know I’m going to think of him every time I wear it.

This light box was on my wish list and my mommy got it for me. I used it last night and it works, it really works! I am going to try it for a few days to see how much it affects my overall energy level, but it was SO nice to wake up to a room that was pleasantly lit, instead of pitch black. Thanks, Mommy!

There were a few other things, but I don’t want to use the whole post describing all of my gifts – though they were wonderful and I love them all.

Let’s talk eats, because that what I’m all about. It will be noted that my brother sent me a gigantic bag of Skittles in the package he sent to  me – he knows me too well. I was thinking about bringing them to work today, but it’s definitely best that I leave them at home, since I’m not there most of the day.

Lunch yesterday was pretty blah. The highlight of it was snagging an Honest Tea that we had leftover in the work fridge from a going away party for a co-worker who, incidentally, now works at Honest Tea! When I got home, my roommate had some friends over for his birthday celebrations and he had some burgers on the grill. I ate two: one for his birthday, one for my birthday. At least, that’s how I justified it. That’s how I justified eating two bowls of mint chocolate chip ice cream later that night, too.  Hey, you gotta celebrate!

Let’s talk about this little discovery from Trader Joe’s. This is why I look forward to going there every week – there is always something new to try! Pumpkin Spice granola? Trader Joe’s, you are speaking my language. It’s SO good and luckily, I got a gift card to Trader Joe’s for my birthday (thanks, Mom!), so you best believe this is going to be in my pantry all autumn long. Mmm.

Last, and probably least, was my breakfast this morning. I was thinking about doing a special birthday breakfast, but I think I’m going to save it for the weekend. Celebrating during the week just doesn’t have as much ‘umph’ behind it, don’t you think? I just stuck with some PB & J on toast with some yogurt (half plain Greek yorgurt, half TJ’s honey Greek yogurt) with a sprinkle of chia seeds mixed in. I also had a cozy mug of mango tea. It was a relaxing morning and today has been so far, so good.

It helped that I saw this sign on the way to the bus stop this morning:

It was put up by a program called Make DC Smile and it worked! I definitely smiled.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everybody!


27 Sep

So guess who got caught in a thunderstorm while walking home from the bus? A-yup. I was not a happy camper when I dragged my waterlogged body into the house. To make matters worse, I was coming home from a volleyball game that my team lost. Booooo. Luckily, a hot shower, a cup of tea, and one Disney Pandora playlist later and I’m feeling much better.

My volleyball game didn’t start until 8, so I went out to Happy Hour with some co-workers – two of which were German interns who are leaving after this week ends. We went over to The Front Page, a popular bar/restaurant near DuPont Circle in D.C. I was also stopping by there because I wanted to wish a big happy birthday to a friend from back home who also lives here in DC.

I haven’t been to a happy hour in awhile and I don’t know why! I got a delicious hummus plate for $4!

I knew I wasn’t going to want to make dinner when I got home from volleyball, so I ate beforehand. Luckily, I had enough time to digest so I wasn’t feeling icky during the game. It is amazing how quickly the day went by – I didn’t get home until 10! By the time I showered and got ready for bed, it was, well, time for bed.

I’m going to try to stay awake a little longer because UW is playing Stanford right now and they’ve just started the second half (go Dawgs!). I will admit that I’m not the best UW fan – I blame it on the time difference and how it’s hard to stay up late to watch those evening games. Any chance I have to express Husky pride, I will do it!

Food For Thought: Do you follow a college football team or do you prefer the NFL or do you just not like football altogether?

Happy Birthday, Amy!

26 Sep

Hey all,

Made it through a Body Pump class today! I was still a bit low on energy because I’m trying to get over this cold, but I’m glad I decided to go. I was originally planning on staying after for the Zumba class that followed, but I was too wiped and decided to call it a day.

At home I made a yummy salad (haven’t had one in awhile!) to go along with what was left of the soup I had made a few days ago. A little toasted pita bread on the side and I’d call that a good dinner.

I decided to take advantage of the greens that were going bad in my fridge and had a salad for lunch, too. This was accompanied by some carrots, an apple, a small container of trail mix, and a packet of sour Smarties for a little treat.

I saved the trail mix and apple for an afternoon snack, but really lost interest in the trail mix as I was eating it. I’ve been having some major cravings for citrus, so the dressings on both salads today were a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil to keep the flavors bright.

As I mentioned in my morning post, there are some birthdays in my life today! One of them is for my best friend, Amy, who lives in Seattle. We were roommates in college and have been friends since our freshman year, when we met at one of the orientation events that were held by the university to get people out and meeting each other.

At a Husky football game!

She is originally from Aspen, Colorado, but came out to Seattle for school and now she loves it and has decided to stay. Between my year in Rome and my move to Washington, D.C., we really haven’t been in the same city for awhile. No matter, our friendship will survive the distance 😉

I can’t wait for her to make a trip out to visit me in Washington, just like she did when I was living in Rome! During my year in Italy, Amy was there for a month on a trip for one of her classes in college and it was so much fun getting to spend time with her in a foreign country and to have a familiar face from home.

One of my very favorite things about her is her sense of humor and how we are constantly on the same wavelength. Example: Our Halloween costumes, circa 2009…

Bunny and carrot

I miss her so very much and wish I could be there to celebrate her birthday, but I know she will celebrate in style, because that’s how she is. So, my dear friend, here is a virtual birthday cake with my love to you!

This is the birthday cake she made for me on my 21st birthday – so appropriate 🙂


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