Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Birthday Bashes Galore...

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes! Turning 44 was no trauma for me... half the time I can't remember how old I am anyway, lol, so what's another year that I won't be able to keep track of? Ha! Take that, time bitch!

My birthday itself was quiet... no cake and ice cream, lol, though I did enjoy time chilling with my family. In order to make it happen, I did all my cardio, sauna, etc earlier in the day, so I had the evening hours free. It was really nice :-) I wasn't expecting any gifts, in fact, I had given express orders to my hubby NOT to buy me anything (we've had some recent expenses - I had to buy a new laptop, plus there's my training and accompanying costs), but did he listen to me? No.

Now... a little backstory... my beloved hubby has many amazing skills, but gift-choosing isn't one of them. Our resulting routine is that I tell him exactly what I want, providing web links if appropriate, photos including barcodes, etc. It works for us, lol. Don't get me wrong, he has hit a couple home runs over the years on his own, but typically we stick to the routine, lol.

That said, he knocked it out of the freakin' park. He bought me these...
I have been drooling over these for months. Ya'll know I go through earbuds like a fat kid goes through candy. I kill them with sweat, I burn them out, I wear out the wires... a typical pair only lasts me a couple months. Also, they don't fit right, ever. They fall out, they irritate my ears, the wires get hopelessly tangled. Recently, I've tried spending a bit more on them thinking that would make a difference. No. But... these looked very tempting. But... no way, the cost! I couldn't justify it. Didn't stop me from drooling over them in every store  - they even carry them at my gym and you know how often I'm there! Much drooling. While I've had conversations with my coach about them (she loves them, too), I've never mentioned them to Bill. Ever.

Imagine my shock when I opened the box and saw those gorgeous babies looking up at me! Actually - my family is a little twisted and we have a tradition of wrapping gifts in other boxes... like an iPod wrapped in a Depends box, lol - so my initial gut response was, "Oh man, that's just mean". But then I realized, it really was the earbuds I'd dreamed of! HOLY COW!! How did he know???? He said he saw a commercial for them, and thought I might like them. Ha! Maybe just a little ;-)

And can I just say... they're amazing!!! They fit! They are comfortable! No wires! Incredible sound! OMG, they're truly the best ever! EVER!!! Hubby scores!! I've even used them during grocery shopping, I love them so much!! :-)

Then, to prove he's the absolute greatest husband ever, he gave up his weekend of football, couch and beer (lol) to take me to the Phoenix Europa! Saturday and Sunday, I loaded up my cooler with my fish, celery, asparagus/kale, pistachios, and so forth and we had a great time! We toured all the booths, watched the shows, watched the people, hahaha, it was great! I did have a OMG moment though, lol... we had hoped to get there Saturday in time for the amateur figure prejudging, and as we rushed toward the competition, I stopped at a booth and tapped one of the gals working there on the arm to ask her if figure had already gone yet. When she turned to face me, I was so stunned, couldn't think, and being flustered, I blurted out, "do you know if they've already done the figure prejudging?"  She gave me a funny look, then smiled and said she didn't know, then paused and looked at me like she was waiting for something, then turned back to the people waiting behind her. I grabbed Bill by the arm and all but ran away. She wasn't just some cute little girl working a booth, it was Felicia Romero, IFBB Figure Pro. LOL!! OMG! Bill was like, let's go back and get your picture with her, and I'm saying, Oh hell no! I just totally insulted one of the bigger names in Figure! Oh geeze! Major faux pas! Yeesh! Starstruck and mortified, yep that's me!

That aside, it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, Bill and I were both sick, and getting sicker. In fact, Sunday, we ended up leaving early. Boooo. I was in bed by 6:30pm, and didn't move until 8am the next day. After consulting with Kayla, we made a few tweaks and modifications to my schedule, and hopefully this bug will GO AWAY.

Today we're celebrating my daughter's 21st birthday :-) It's also rest and reefed day lol, so that worked out nicely! Hahaha! For her breakfast, I got to cook something other than fish ;-) and served up a gorgeous blueberry French toast casserole - OMG! So pretty! Look!

See that paper and pen?
Proof that I can't follow a recipe to save my life, lol! I just have to tweak!

And yes, I'll share the recipe soon :-)
So now, I'm off to pick up a dog from the vet, then it's time for Shiloh's dinner celebration! Buffalo Wild Wings is her pick for the festivities, and I was thrilled to see that not only do they post their menu online, but they also offer an Allergen Guide! VERY cool! I love that more and more restaurants are doing this! And I'm VERY excited about my beef meal tonight, lol!

Ok, time to head out. Cheers! ;-)

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