I never got around to doing a birthday post yesterday – by the time we actually got around to eating dinner it was 8:30 and we still had dessert to eat and I needed to get to bed early.
People were asking today if I had a good birthday. Honest answer? Sort of.
The day started off lovely. We slept in til 8 – we were pretty pooped after Kelly’s awesome wedding. We got ready and then headed out. Where to, you ask?
Sprinkles! Check out this NON-line:
AND, this EMPTY (ish) lot!
That’s our car there. Parked easily right in front of the store. THIS NEVER HAPPENS.
Ok I’ll calm down now. There wasn’t really an earth-shattering reason for the non-line and empty lot. We just got there right when they opened.
I got the chocolate coconut and Mat got the peanut butter chip.
We then went off to Starbucks. I used my free birthday drink to get a venti (when it’s free you get the big one, duh) java chip frappuccino. I got everything light and sugar free, but I did get whipped cream since it was my birthday.
I really wanted a salted caramel mocha frappuccino, but they were out of the toffee nut syrup that usual goes in it. So, I went back to an old favorite with the java chip.
You can tell from the picture that we went to the beach. Corona del Mar is my favorite beach. It has calm waves and isn’t very big. It’s the beach we always went to when I was a kid. There’s also lots of benches to sit on and grassy areas up above the water. That’s exactly what we did.
Check out that view!
This is why I could never leave SoCal. Gas prices may suck, the economy may suck harder, and houses might be damn expensive, but holy cow is it gorgeous. And this is only a 10-15 minute drive from our apartment. One of our criteria for buying a house is that it be just as short of a drive to the beach. It’s a requirement.
We love the beach!
When Mat suggested going to the beach in the morning, it took zero convincing. Starbucks and cupcakes for breakfast? Sure, why not?
The afternoon was spent blogging and uploading pictures from Kelly’s wedding to Facebook. Mat made me a cake while I vegged out.
Then the day went blah. I think the tiredness of Friday and then being at a wedding on Saturday night caught up with me. I had a breakdown.
I generally have 2-3 breakdowns per school year, and unfortunately breakdown number 1 decided to rear its ugly head on my birthday. Talk about not fair! This is why my answer to “was my birthday good” is “sort of.”
Eventually I calmed down and we were able to enjoy dinner. Mat made me this baked pumpkin fettuccine that had appeared in my inbox a few days earlier (If you don’t read How Sweet It Is, you have to. Her recipes are A-MAZ-ING). Except we used whole wheat penne because Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry whole wheat fettuccine.
It. Was. Amazing.
Even though it’s technically not summer anymore, it’s felt like summer again around here so we made a salad with strawberries, red onion, feta cheese, and craisins dressed with raspberry vinaigrette. Yum!
Then it was time for dessert! Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting/filling and Trader Joe’s pumpkin ice cream.
This cake was supposed to have four layers, but as we were assembling it the top layer decided to crack apart. So now we have a random bowl of cake with frosting in the fridge in addition to the (now) three layer cake. Oh well. It still tasted delicious.
Oh yeah! What did Mat get me?
Ah, I love them! He actually gave them to me before we went to the beach, but I couldn’t wear them because I have a blister on my toe from the shoes I wore to the wedding and the open toe portion of the wedges hits in the exact spot. Sadness.
During dessert we watched some Boy Meets World and then hit the hay. Don’t you hate how fast your birthday goes by once you’re an adult? At least I still have family birthday dinner this Saturday!