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So even though my birthday isn’t really until tomorrow (the 7th), I’ve already had an amazing (pre) birthday weekend!
First on Friday, one of my co-workers baked me a birthday cake.
(This is the same co-worker who made the carrot cake. )
For my birthday, she made me a Texas sheet cake. And it was so. good.
two four pieces, shared more with my co-workers, and then brought several pieces home to share with Brandon. He’s had one piece so far. Care to wager on how many I’ve had?
Then when Brandon came home from work Friday afternoon, he brought this:
Yep, he’s a keeper.
On Saturday morning, we woke up early and ran 6.2 miles (My knee is feeling better, by the way! Rest and ice seemed to help!). After our run, we got cleaned up and headed to Columbus for the day.
We always love going to Easton in Columbus, because it has really great shopping and plenty of good restaurants. Plus, it’s all outside, so you get to walk around in beautiful weather!
After fueling up with a BBQ Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen …
… we were ready for some shopping!
Later that afternoon, I made a Starbucks stop. As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a Starbucks anywhere near Wapak. So I was dying to get my fix!
And I was even more excited when I was able to get this:
A Pumpkin Spice Latte!
The fall “promotion” wasn’t being rolled out until the following week, but the Starbucks employee made me one anyways. It’s the small things in life that make me really really happy.
Next we headed to Dick’s. We both needed some running gear for cooler weather.
While Brandon tried on his clothes, I took in the scenery.
That would be Tim Tebow on the right, if you can’t tell.
We both found some great new running gear. I decided on these pants:
And this top:
I wore the top on a run Monday morning, because the temperatures suddenly dropped into the 50s around here. And it worked great! I think I want 10 more just like it.
After Dick’s we headed to Best Buy. And look what Brandon bought me for my birthday!!!
Hooray! A new camera! I can finally give his mom back her camera!
Thank you, wonderful husband, for my birthday gift. I love it!!
My favorite part of the camera? It has a special feature just for taking pictures of food! How cool is that?!
After our day of shopping, we headed to our hotel to get cleaned up for dinner …
… and play with my new toy.
Since Saturday was so hot, I was able to wear a dress that I hadn’t worn since our honeymoon!
(I like to make Brandon take pictures of me before I go outside and get all hot and sweaty. )
I had no idea where Brandon was taking me for dinner, but he had told me that it would be “right up my alley.”
And of course, he was completely right (he knows me too well!).
The restaurant was Rigsby’s Kitchen. It was voted one of the “Best Restaurants in Columbus.” And the thing Brandon knew I would like is that they use fresh seasonal produce. So their menu changes based on the seasons.
Brandon knows I love this place in Florida called “Seasons 52,” and one of the reasons is because the menu changes each season (hence the name haha). I love that he remembered that little piece of information!
As an appetizer, we tried their special of squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta and tempura battered.
These were absolutely amazing. Neither of us had ever had squash blossoms before, and I’m so glad we tried them. Delicious.
For dinner, Brandon had the “Wild Halibut poached in olive oil, with heirloom zucchini salad and a citronette.”
I joked that he was going to need a Big Mac later that night because it didn’t look like enough food for him. But he said it was very good.
For my dinner, I chose the “scallops with truffle mashed potatoes, carrots agro-dolce, and a port wine reduction.”
I looked up “agro-dolce” because I had no idea what it means, and evidently it means “sweet and sour” in Italian. So there’s a “fact of the day” for ya.
Regardless, the whole dish was delicious. Absolutely perfect.
(Don’t you love how you can see the waiter taking our picture in the mirror’s reflection? Awesome.)
After dinner, we walked around and decided to get a drink and dessert at another local spot, “eleven.”
This cake was made for me. It was called the “Buckeye Molten Cake.” A moist chocolate cake with a warm peanut butter center. And Brandon and I kicked it up a notch by requesting vanilla ice cream on the side (a requirement, if you ask me).
Brandon had a few bites, and then was kind enough to sit back as I devoured the rest. Now that’s a real man, ladies.
After our dessert, we headed back to the hotel to watch football and crash.
The following morning, we enjoyed free breakfast at the hotel before heading back to Wapak for church. Since it was still “my birthday” (just go with it, ok?), I decided to indulge.
Peanut butter, banana, and syrup on a freshly-made waffle. Perfection.
My in-laws also threw me a little birthday dinner last night, but I’ll share the details of that event later this week.
Question for ya …
How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
What did you do this Labor Day weekend?