I haven’t been so happy to celebrate a birthday since I was a little girl. Normally I don’t care much for my birthday, but this year I was really excited to see the first half of my 20s go and really embrace the last half.
While I don’t even remotely think I have it all together, and do expect there to be more challenges in the coming years, life has felt more stable and filled with so much joy, gratitude, love, connection and peace this last few months, and I’m really soaking it all in and making it a point to carry it with me for as long as I can.
So birthday weekend started off with coffee and cookies!
To be honest, if there’s ever a day where I’m craving a cookie in the morning, I’ll have it. Saturday I just happened to be craving a cookie and it was birthday weekend. Usually I end up craving simple carbs in the morning if I didn’t eat enough for whatever reason the day before. It doesn’t happen intentionally, it just happens sometimes because of life. With intuitive eating, some days you eat more than you ‘needed’ and some days you eat less. It balances out on it’s own.
Later I had a real breakfast to stabilize my blood sugar. Liberte 9% yogurt, banana, homemade bread toasted with lots of pb and some jam. I also took an omega 3 with it. I take an omega 3 every morning because I actually feel a lot better when I do and I don’t regularly consume fatty fish because it’s just so expensive.
A couple hours later Mark and I went shopping then picked up lunch and brought it home.
Pita stuffed with a ton of hummus, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, olives, feta and tzaziki. I love these pitas. I also take Platnum Naturals prenatal with my lunch because if I take it at night, I can’t fall asleep until like 2-3am because of the energy that the b vitamins give you. I’m not pregnant, but since we’re letting nature do it’s thing, I’m taking it. I also feel amazing taking it, so it’s pretty clear I was in need of a good multivitamin.
The afternoon was spent laying around watching football, reading a book, going for a long walk, watching Netflix, dancing around the kitchen with loud music on with Mark aaaand then dinner + dessert + Sherlock Holmes watching.
I didn’t get a photo of dinner but it was just leftover lasagna + a shredded brussels, kale, cabbage, cranberry and pumpkin salad with poppyseed dressing. AKA the only salad mix you can currently buy that doesn’t have romaine in it… since, ya know, e-coli.
Dessert was pumpkin pie. Afterwards I read some more until I eventually went to bed and passed out for 8.5 hours straight. It was glorious.
Sunday morning consisted of oats cooked in milk with a mashed banana, vanilla, salt, lots of pb and dark chocolate chips. And coffeeeee. Then we went to church and spent a good amount of time chatting with friends.
Snacky lunch. More football watching, another long walk, another apple and a bunch of walnuts and then we headed to the movies to see the new Grinch. It was cute!
Met up with my mom and sister for dinner right after…
Spicy AF beef vindaloo and cab sauv.
Then went back to Mark and I’s house for presents. My mom and I share a birthday which I think is cool, so it was a double celebration.
Around 9:30 Mark and I had some chocolate cake that my mom made and left at the house. Everyone was far too full to have any when they were actually at our house. So late night cake for Mark and I it was.
I’ve learned I’m not a big cake person. I’d much rather cookies/ice cream/pumpkin pie…. But I do like quick breads and coffee cakes…. and I adore cheesecake…so maybe it’s more the layered cakes with lots of icing I don’t love. I would have liked it more with ice cream or milk, but it was late and I was still full from dinner and I know, for my body, if I have too much of anything, but especially really rich things, I won’t sleep, so I chose to prioritize my sleep. With the vindaloo (which I only got through half of), wine and a small piece of cake, I still had somewhat choppy sleep, though it was still okay. If I’d had the ice cream I would not have slept. That’s where your head knowledge comes in to play with intuitive eating.
ANYWAY. The cake was still good and I appreciated not having to make my own dessert for the first time in 5 years.
Monday Mark and I both took the day off work. I’ve never actually mentioned before that I clean houses a couple days a week. I used to clean a lot more than I do now. At one point it was 4 days a week but that was too physically exhausting… and then it was 3 days a week. Over the summer there were A LOT of houses that wouldn’t turn their air conditioning on even when it was extremely hot and the houses were getting to be 30 degrees (celcius) and HUMID and I just couldn’t keep doing it.
I don’t tolerate heat and humidity terribly well, but having to be physically active in that kind of heat was especially bad. I was constantly feeling nauseous/dizzy so I decided to drop all of the houses that wouldn’t run air conditioning. That left me with cleaning 2 days a week and only a few houses, but it works great now!
ANYWHO Monday was slow. We had a slow morning of coffee and breakfast…
Liberto 9% yogurt, clementine, homemade toast w/peanut butter and jam.
I wrote most of this post, made cornbread muffins, finished decorating the tree, then we went shopping to finish up buying Christmas presents, grocery shopped and came home to lunch and a Lord of the Rings.
bbq ranch salad with a cabbage/kale/brussels mix, chickpeas, tortilla chips, fried onions and some sun chips crushed in with a bbq ranch dressing. Amazing. Plus more chips, clementine and cheddah.
I love Lord of the Rings, and watching them this time of year was something I always did with my family. My dad LOVED Lord of the Rings, so I enjoy keeping the tradition. I missed my dad terribly this year, but I think I always will. It’s his birthday on Friday, so I’ll do something to honor him.
I love you dad.
After the first movie, I finished making chili, cleaned the kitchen, did some laundry, put out the garbage aaaaand had a walnut/chocolate chip/apple snack. I try to eat walnuts most days just because of the omega 3s and anti inflammatory properties, but I think they taste better with chocolate.
Eventually I went for another walk to get my blood moving around and then we ate chili and cornbread for dinner, ice cream for dessert and watched The Two Towers.
It was a really great birthday and I’m really excited to see what the last half of my 20s has for me.