I had a fabulous birthday weekend, and it started on Friday! Well, actually, Thursday, when THIS BABY was delivered to my house:
So, on Friday morning, I had plans with Allen to do some birthday-like things. We went to the art museum to see the French Impressionism exhibit. I must say, I was disappointed with the exhibit! Most of the exhibit was actually photographs, and although they had a lot of not-so-well known Monet paintings, most of the exhibit was works by artists I didn’t know. And I only recognized a few of the paintings! I guess you have to travel to see the good stuff. Luckily we went on Friday, so it was free, but any other day, it’s $12!!! That seemed way overpriced for what was there.
After the exhibit, we went to lunch at a place called The Egg and I. It’s a breakfast-y place and I wanted to try it. I got the huevos rancheros:
The celebrations did not continue until Saturday morning on my actual birthday! I slept in, and when I woke up I was feeling pretty crummy. I had a stuffy nose and sore throat. It was not very festive. My mom and I had signed up to run a 5K, but I nixed it the night before because I stayed up late instead. The weather outside was chilly and gloomy, so I’m glad we didn’t run.
Breakfast was donuts from my favorite local donut shop:
After breakfast, I wasn’t really feeling like going for a run, and the weather wasn’t cooperating either, so I decided to go see a movie instead! Allen and I saw the Lego Movie, which was really cute! I enjoyed it a lot. After that, we came home and vegged out and I ate some popcorn. Then we headed out to an early dinner at a new-to-me restaurant: Mission Taco Joint.
This place was GOOD guys! I really really enjoyed it. We started with chips and salsa and guac! Whoo!
After tacos, we went home and watched some basketball. Allen and I went over to my Grandma’s for a little bit to play a game of Phase 10 because I was feeling it, and then we came back home and ate birthday cake!
The last of the birthday celebrations were on Sunday, starting with a race! Even though we chickened out of Saturday’s birthday race, my mom found a magical perfect race that was at my favorite park 5 minutes from our house that started at 10 a.m. and was sponsored by the Missouri Academy of Dietetics! Wow!
So I got to sleep in and have a leisurely pre-race smoothie:
The race started out pretty well for me until I realized my shoe was untied. I stopped to tie it and saw that my watch didn’t start! Darn it! I started it then and just guesstimated my whereabouts based on the mile markers, which turned out to be pretty accurate.
Allen drove from the start to the mid-way point on the other side of the lake. I saw him running over to the trail right as I was passing! Perfect timing! He snapped a picture of me with some great form:
I was able to finish strong!
I finished in just over 33 minutes, which was great because my goal was to finish in under 34.
My mom came in a few seconds faster than the LAST time we ran a 6K at the park! Whoo! Go Mom!
I love brunch so much. I did not celebrate my 21st birthday with a drink (sorry to disappoint) but I DID order a delicious iced herbal tea that came with special simple syrup as sweetener. I forgot to take a picture of it!
I had 3 plates at brunch today. The first was breakfast:
My second plate was a bit of salad and some oysters!
All in all I had a WONDERFUL birthday weekend at home. Now, back to the grind of school and getting work done. *sigh* only 6-ish weeks until summer!