With my birthday quickly approaching, I’m starting to wonder when the way we look at birthdays changes.

Let me state for the record that I love birthdays.  I love your birthday.  I love my birthday.  I love birthdays in general.  I love birthdays because it’s the one day a year when the people in your life get to unabashedly tell you how amazing you are and how much you mean to them.  Of course we could do this anytime of the year, but that could start getting awkward after awhile.  Instead, I say we embrace birthdays for what they are: a celebration of ourselves.

Having said that, I have definitely changed my opinion about getting older.  Birthdays are awesome, age is not.  Sure it’s just a number, but it is a number that society judges you by, perhaps unfairly.  I remember growing up, on every birthday I couldn’t wait to be one year older, and as soon as that age was accomplished I started fantasizing about the next age.  When did that change?  Why did that change?  What an amazing outlook on life!

Same thing goes for weight…I remember proudly announcing to my 2nd grade class that I weighed 120 lbs.  This was not true, I was probably off by about 60-70 lbs.  I must have overheard my mom mention her weight, which was probably about 120 lbs (mom, I hope you don’t mind me publicly declaring your weight as of 1990) and appropriated it as my own.  Do you remember when we used to compete to weigh the most?

What happened to the days when we couldn’t wait to get older or weigh more?  I’m kind of tempted to make this an adult trend.  Would it be inappropriate to taunt younger and thinner folks than myself with my own age and weight?  How awesomely confusing it would all be.  I sort of love this idea, I may have to experiment.


Green Monster Smoothie: 2 cups spinach, almond milk, banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 Tbsp ground flax seed, 1 scoop protein powder


Vegetable soup, fruit salad, 7-grain bread


For dinner I went to a Moroccan lounge.

Not what you think, these were spiced lamb ‘meat balls’ with pita

Bacon wrapped dates
All dates should be wrapped in bacon.