How I Spent My 32nd Birthday

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes yesterday! You guys are the best!

I started my 32nd birthday the best way I know how””with a Peanut Butter Wonderful iced coffee from Marylou’s!

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Breakfast

For breakfast, Mal took me to Strawberry Fair in Norwell.

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It’s such an adorable place!

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We actually tried to eat at Strawberry Fair once in the past on a weekend, but the place was so packed, we couldn’t even get into the parking lot.

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This morning, the scene was a lot more laid-back and we had no problem scoring a table””although, I have to admit it was pretty bumpin’ for a Tuesday morning!

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For my meal, I ordered the Breakfast Casserole, which was made with eggs, shredded potatoes, ham, cheese, onions, and peppers. It was super cheesy, and I loved it.

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The Breakfast Casserole came with a fresh fruit cup on the side. The majority of it was strawberries and banana slices. Mmm!

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Best birthday morning ever!

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After breakfast, Mal and I headed home and then got started on a couple of house projects.

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Mal tackled the yard while I looked for patio sets and rugs online since we’re in the market for both.

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Snack

Breakfast held me over really well, so I never really ate lunch, but I ate a crap-ton of trail mix over the course of the afternoon. I pretty much ate all of the M&Ms and cashews out of the bag””don’t tell Mal.

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Workout

Then, it was time for CrossFit. Check out the WOD!

For time:

500m Row
50 Double Unders
40 Abmat Sit-ups
30 Medball cleans
500m Row
50 Push-ups
40 Kettlebell swings
30 Box jumps
500m Row
50 Burpees
40 pull-ups
30 Goblet squats
500m Row
50 Double Unders
40 Abmat Sit-ups
30 Medball cleans

Ooooh, yes. My favorite kind of workout. Endurance + chipper. Bring it on!

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I was all over the place with the various weights for this workout: Medball Cleans – 14 lbs, KB swings – 35 lbs, Goblet squats – 20 lbs. I did the Push-Ups on my knees, but they still were incredibly hard, especially when I concentrated on doing the full range of motion (chest to floor). I dominated the first two 500m rows, but I slowed down considerably on the third and forth ones. The forth one in particular was killer””my legs were spent! And the fifty Burpees after the third row”¦ um, yea”¦ brutal.

I kept up with my friend Kerrie for most of this workout, but she blew by me on the Pull-Ups. (I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DO KIPPING PULL-UPS!!) Even still, I finished about a minute after her in 37:45. I love having someone to “compete” with in workouts. Kerrie always pushes me harder than I would on my own. Thanks, Kerrie!

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It was an awesome birthday WOD, and I guess I pushed myself harder than usual because I actually felt like I was going to boot once I finished. I’ve felt terrible after WODs in the past, but never to the point that I thought I’d throw up. I think it was a combination of eating a crapload of trail mix before CrossFit, the workout (of course), and chugging water as soon as I finished it. Ugh, barf-ola. I never puked, but I definitely came close last night!

Dinner

After CrossFit, Mal and I headed home to make dinner, drink wine, and hang out with the pug. All of my favorites things!

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On the menu for dinner: Curry Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups.

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I didn’t have all of the ingredients that the original recipe called for, so I did my own thing. Mal cooked the chicken on the grill and then I chopped it up and added 1 tbsp of mayo, 1 tsp curry, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

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Delicious””and so easy to make!

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I ate a bunch of lettuce cups with curry chicken and then snacked on some pistachios while I watched Real Housewives of New York City, drank wine, and cuddled with Murph and Mal on the couch.

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It was a great way to end my 32nd birthday.

96 Comments

  1. Happy Birthday!!! I love Strawberry Fair. it reminds me of my late Nana who’s entire kitchen down to the knobs on her cabinets, dishes, s&p shakers…etc. she had strawberries everywhere! Their food is awesome for breakfast, lunch or dinner, fresh and homey and I love the layed back atmosphere… but the parking is awful esp on the weekends! It is a real treat to go there though, so I am glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I would so loved that WOD more if it was running instead of rowing ;). I love having the competition too!! It really helps because then I have something to aim for and it pushes me. what a fun birthday!

  3. Happy (belated) Birthday!

    Strawberry Fair is my FAVORITE breakfast place! Well that and Easter’s in Weymouth.

    I grew up in Hingham, so your blog always makes me a tad bit homesick seeing the Whole Foods, Bare Cove Park (my dad was on the committee for years – I almost designed the sign but dropped the ball on that), talk about downtown Hingham, and now Strawberry Fair! Oh the memories…

  4. May I ask what kind of shoes you’re wearing? I’ve been looking for hot pink shoes everywhere and can’t quite find the right ones.

  5. Sounds like you had a great birthday! That breakfast place looks adorable. I love places that look so country-ish & cozy like that.

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