Hello there! Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. It’s turned into a birthweekend, which I’m not complaining about one bit! I’m writing in the first hour of down-time I’ve had in the last few days… it’s been a very busy weekend, but every second has been wonderful. Again, I must apologize for my lack of presence in blogland, but things will settle down soon. In the meantime, I’m enjoying spending time with the people I love.
Yesterday I went with Ari’s family to brunch at the diner. We almost all ordered some kind of breakfast sandwich; mine had scrambled eggs with pepperjack cheese and tomatoes on whole wheat toast, with plenty of ketchup and mustard. We also drank gallons of coffee; for all new readers (hi!) I drink 1-2 (and sometimes 3, if I’m feeling feisty) cups of coffee every morning, usually with a little skim milk, but I don’t always post pictures of it.
After breakfast, Ari went back to bed (man after my own heart) and I went on a quick 2 mile run. My training schedule wanted me to cross-train, but I wasn’t going to be able to go to the gym and I figured a short run would be a good way to burn some energy and check in with myself. If you’re a runner, are your runs therapeutic for you? Do you think about important things going on in your life or try to just “recharge your batteries” and zone out?
Even though I’d just eaten a couple hours before, I was already starving. Since I’ve started logging around 15 miles per week, I’ve noticed my metabolism has spiked quite a bit! I’m hungry ALL THE TIME. I had a small container of Trader Joe’s Organic Nonfat Plain Greek yogurt with a farm-fresh peach from Pennsylvania.
While I was showering, Ari found a pick-your-own pumpkin farm in Wheatley Heights, Long Island. We got there in no time, and borrowed a wagon to aid our picking. (I love this photo… it reminds me of their album art!)
We were sad to discover that you can’t buy individual apple cider donuts…
… but donut or no donut, we had fun all the same.
We braved the mysterious corn maze…
… and made some friends.
I suggested that since Ari still does not seem to want a pug, a pig might be nice instead!
Finally, we were ready to head to the pumpkin patch and claim our prize.
We heeded the rules…
… and set out to find the perfect pu’nkin.
Found it! It even has a cute little finger-dent. (I think this is one of my favorite photos of Ari.)
We haven’t figured out a name for it yet, but we have a few weeks until Halloween to think about it.
We picked up a few culinary souvenirs on the way out… can’t go to a farm in the fall without going home with something apple-flavored! Last year for Sarah‘s birthday, we all went apple-picking and had a VERY hard time deciding what (and what not) to buy.
We were only an hour away from Southampton, so we decided to go for the rest of the day. It was 3 PM when we got there and we hadn’t eaten lunch yet, so we headed straight to the Village Cheese Shop. I got one of my all-time favorite sandwiches, the California: avocado, sprouts, veggie burger (from Schmidts… these are so good! Sometimes I buy a few and bring them home to keep in the freezer) and melted cheddar on 12 grain bread.
Then we hopped over to the Sip ‘N Soda to sit at the counter and share a small cup of pumpkin and cookie dough ice cream.
We walked over to the local movie theater to see if anything was starting soon, and we were in luck! We got tickets to see The Invention of Lying, and played Ms. Pac-Man while we waited. Now, Ari can beat me at pretty much every single game, whether it’s cards, a physical sport, a brain teaser… anything. But when it comes to Pac-Man, I am the queen. What can I say? The boy got his butt whooped! As for the movie itself: I liked the idea of it, but I thought the execution was pretty poor, unfortunately. It was still a lot of fun… Ari and I haven’t been to the movies together in a long time, and I haven’t been to that theater in years.
We loaded ourselves back in the car and made it home in time to have dinner with Ari’s family before they drove back to their home. We went out for sushi, which I have been craving all week! We got several bowls of edamame for the table:
I ordered a small house salad… love this carrot miso dressing! Gena posted a recipe for this a while back, and I can’t wait to make it.
For my entrée, I ordered sashimi with brown rice…
… and scavenged from everyone else, enjoying a variety of rolls, including Ilana’s lovely Queens roll (mango with spicy tuna and roe).
I was shocked when I heard another “Happy Birthday” chorus begin while the restaurant staff brought out a dish of red bean, green tea, vanilla & chocolate ice cream out. I blushed quite a bit 😀 I am so lucky.
I had a bite and passed the bowl down… when we got home, we had cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery waiting! My mom brought these over on Friday. Aren’t they pretty?
I split a pumpkin cupcake (my mom knows my number!) with Ari. This was deliciously rich and moist, with the fluffiest frosting.
We’re having another dinner with my parents, George & Judy tonight. I feel so spoiled that I get to see everyone so much! I love it. I think Erin expressed the essence of birthdays beautifully: Remember that your birthday is celebrating who you are – spending time with people you love so they can reflect that beauty back to you
Enjoy the rest of your weekend with the people you love 🙂