Hello! Guess what? As of yesterday, I’m 23!

Festivities kicked off Tuesday night when a friend invited me to paint night!

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The instructor took us through step by step instructions, thankfully! I found myself constantly battling the urge to add a touch here or there while I waited for further instructions, but every time I added that something, I regretted it!

I think it’s really cool to see how everyone’s paintings looks so similar yet different. I had a blast painting, and over all I’m sufficiently happy with how it came out. An artist I am not.

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And here is the instructor’s example:


My friend also brought my some beautiful flowers, which made quite the kitty-safe bouquet along with the birthday flowers from my mom!

*Note: daisies and roses and cat friendly. Lillies are toxic to cats.*


Wednesday was my birthday. I thought it would be fun to document a full day of eating on my birthday, since I was at work all day and didn’t do anything crazy exciting to celebrate. That being said, last year I had a midterm on my birthday, and in high school I would have AP tests on my birthday! Plus, it was basically designed to be my ideal day of eating!

Pre-workout: Cheerios. As per usual.


Workout: There was no 7am Crossfit, and I am not waking up for 6am on a day I work late. So, I went to the gym. I stuck to my go-to leg exercises and had a great workout! I’m pretty darn sore now.


5×5 back squats at 80%

3 or 4 rounds of:

8 split squats with 25# dumbbells/ 8 pistols (to a bench)

3 rounds: 6 RDLs with 50# dumbbells

10 minutes of abs



Flapjacked muffin with mango. It was a mediocre mango, but mediocre mango beats no mango.

Snack: Protein Smoothie while working.


2/3c milk, 1/2c frozen blueberries, a handful of spinach, and half a flapjacked chocolate protein smoothie packet.



Salad with leftover grilled chicken, goat cheese, and amazingly sweet blackberries. A side of cheddar GF crackers.

Dressed with blackberry white balsamic vinegar and eaten outside.


My biggest achievement of the day happened at lunch:

I have reached the elusive 100 day snap streak! Ahh!!

Work went fine. I didn’t get bitten/scratched/pooped on, and I got off on time, so no complaints!

For dinner, I requested a frittata featuring CSA ingredients…and then promptly forget to actually fill the CSA box with said ingredients. Whoops.

Dinner: Frittata with broccoli, spinach, green onions, mushrooms, sundried tomato, and topped with truffle goat cheese. Side of roasted carrots.


Dessert: CAKE!

I wanted dinner on the lighter side so I would have space for cake, and I had a massive piece!



(Plus a champagne toast.)

Cake of choice was GF chocolate with homemade buttercream. The correct buttercream is the one on the back of the powdered sugar box. Served with berries.


Afterwards, Chloe helped me unwrap a few presents. 🙂


Not a bad way to start 23!

What is your birthday cake of choice?