My Birthday (observed)

Generally I’m a fairly well-adjusted only child, but I’m one of those people who makes a big deal about my birthday.  Now that I’m somewhat more mature, this involves things like going out for dinner or drinks with friends. Ben and I have gone to Soba with Mike and Elizabeth the past few years. I’ve coordinated myself a happy hour the past few years as well. (Drinking with buddies after work is sadly less of a draw this year due to the pregnancy.)

Every year since my 21st birthday I’ve had chocolate for breakfast. I’m a grown-up now, so I can eat chocolate for breakfast. (Also, I turned 21 in Scotland and I’d been able to drink legally for close to six months, so the concept of going on a bender because I was 21 was not a big draw – however I had been on a diet and the concept of chocolate WAS a big draw.) This year’s chocolate is courtesy of Oakmont Bakery and is currently waiting in the fridge for tomorrow morning.

If I can, I try to take a day off work for my birthday. My birthday is Tuesday this year so I took off Monday. The day went as follows:

  • Woke up at a not-too-early hour, woke Elena up, got us ready to leave the house, took her to day care
  • Met up with my friend Gretchen and went for a gorgeous bike ride at North Park
  • Came home and realized I had to do some work. BOO! Did some work. Realized I was running late. PANIC! Quick shower, shoveled some leftovers into my mouth, and headed out.
  • Massage! Stacey treated me to a pregnancy massage for being in her wedding. I never splurge on massages (I probably should more often) and it was just lovely.
  • Met up with my parents and Elena at my parents’ house and went to a viewing at a funeral home. Not exactly something I planned for my relaxing day off. My dad’s Aunt Eleanor died. She had been in her 90s and generally a pretty awesome lady. She had six boys. Six! However, despite this not being part of my plan, it was good to see those relatives, and Elena made a new friend in Ella, who is her, like, thirteenth cousin or something. Plus we got donuts afterward.
  • Came home and made one of my favorite meals, corn risotto with basil, tomato and lime
  • Texted a neighbor to see about going to the playground and met up with her along with approximately eight billion neighbor kids who were all Elena-age-appropriate. Taking your kid to the playground when they’re old enough to entertain themselves with the kids who are there is the best.
  • Home with Elena, bath snack TV story bed.
  • Pretty fantastic day overall.

    Finally, I’m extremely, extremely excited about this now-age-appropriate video.