Happy last day of the 2014 and thanks for the birthday wishes from the last few days I’m typing this on Tuesday night after a wonderful 20th birthday. I don’t know about you, but on my birthday I always want to do simple, low-key activities. I’ve never had parties on my actual birthday (I celebrated with friends on Monday night!). I’m also not one to say, “it’s my birthday let’s stay out all day long and do crazy things.” The perfect birthday to me involves some form of exercise, delicious meals and quality time with family.
That’s exactly how my day went.
I opted to have a lazy morning around the house instead of working out first thing. I had my usual breakfast of two bowls of oatmeal with peanut butter and fruit while watching the Today Show. Fun fact: Matt Lauer and I share the same birthday and Al’s and Savannah’s were earlier this week. Seems like I’d fit right in on the show
After my workout I showered and went to one of my most-frequented restaurants, Piquant, with my mom and sister. I’ve gone to Piquant for the past 3 birthdays because I love it so much! I got my usual “power salad” with spinach, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, avocado, brown rice and roasted chicken with a dijon mustard vinaigrette. I practically licked the bowl clean!
The restaurant is in a cute area of town with other shops and boutiques so we wandered around for a bit after lunch. While I don’t normally request to go shopping, I did ask to go into Lululemon next door to get some new pants.
We made our way back home and after I ate an un-pictured snack of a KIND bar and an apple, all three of us took naps on the couch. Yes, naps. Napping is my favorite non-guilty pleasure so I made sure to include it during the day.
I know most people like to go out for dinner on their birthday, but I’d much prefer a home cooked meal. Plus, you can go back for seconds
and thirds. My mom made salmon, roasted sweet potatoes and zucchini noodles with tomatoes, green beans, pomegranates and avocado. Yes, I eat these foods all the time but they’re my favorites, what can I say? This was plate one of a few…no shame.
How about this for a birthday cake? If you haven’t caught on I’m not a huge sweets/baked goods person. I’ve had gluten-free cake many times but it’s really not my favorite (and not as good as real cake according to my family). Edible Arrangements have been more my style for the past few years.
I opened presents and spent the night playing games with my family. While typing this post I had a few spoonfuls of peanut butter to cap off what my sister called “a very Emily day.”
Here’s to a great year!
Do you prefer going to restaurants or staying home for dinner on your birthday?