Let the birthday week begin! (and PB Protein balls)

I consider this weekend officially the start of my birthday week. Even though it’s not until this upcoming Thursday, the festivities began on Saturday. I fully endorse an entire week month of birthday celebration.

The morning started with this…

Yummy steel cut oats with 1 packet splenda, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, chia and a dollop of sunbutter

Then Paul and I hit the gym where I got in a lovely 4 miles. The first two were pretty much awful and the second two were much better. I was tired of running slower for longer periods of time and wanted to run faster for shorter periods of time. So I did. And it was fun. It was challenging but I felt accomplished.

I’ve decided I want to start my couch to 5k program over again, but this time work on a faster speed so I can build up to that. Just have to make sure I get in three runs a week. I’ve been doing that pretty consistently so I think I should be ok.

IMAG1005

IMAG1006

I know you missed the tomato face.

Then we got ready for my b-day party at our house.

I cut up the veggies and fruit

IMAG1010

fruit

Took the pic before the pineapple was done…

Paul made the sandwiches

IMAG1008

and he made sure that I took a pic of the one that looked like a heart. All together now….awwwwww

IMAG1007

Then he made sure to point out to me the bottle of lime juice that he bought

limejuicefail

We had a good laugh. We are dorks.

Then all the people showed up! YAY!

IMAG1033

There was a serious poker game going on

IMAG1013

and some girl talk

IMAG1015

Then the cake made it’s way out and Paul went all math-tastic on it

Cake 365

He started with putting “36!” on it, but when he messed up the !, he changed it into a 5 and then added “till 37” and thought he was incredibly creative.

Cake 365 till

THEN, since my b-day isn’t technically for another 5 days, he went all equation and added this

Cake 365 till 37 plus 5

Then we were all just tired. I was mainly worried about all the fire from the million candles. We even had to use TWO boxes. For some reason this made me very depressed laugh.

IMAG1018

CinCake

That is some serious fire goin on on that there cake

IMAG1024

It was a great evening. Lot’s of friends made it by even though we live pretty far away from “the scene.” Even Guinness and Chloe partied hard and were exhausted. So exhausted that we tried enticing them with treats and they were having none of it.

IMAG1035

Chloe Noisy Party

On Sunday, we hit up church and then decided since it wasn’t raining we would go for a bike ride. We layered up and headed out and about in our neighborhood. It’s been a while since we’ve been on the bikes. Pretty much since last summer, probably around the time we did the Cottage Lake Triathlon. Hadn’t even taken off the race bib  yet.

Bike

IMAG1041

IMAG1042IMAG1043

We only went around 5-ish miles, but around here any distance means hills. You can’t escape them. So we got nice and sweaty and I def did some panting and possibly even some grunting. My legs felt like noodles afterward. So logically, when your legs feel like noodles…it’s time to go to Target.

I know, that makes no sense, but forgive me I’m trying to transition here.

So we headed to the happiest place on earth, or second happiest if you have a Costco membership and stopped at the front for some iced coffees. Paul strapped them in for safety.

IMAG1044

We needed mustard (ran out at the party), zyrtec (so I don’t sneeze) and a new pillow (or pallow according to Amanda’s video) b/c my memory foam pillow is just about donezo. So we needed THREE things. And $150 later, we left with this.

target

We did end up getting the three things we originally needed, so I consider this a win. I also scored this new bag which passes “the test”. I know I haven’t talked about “the test” yet, but I will, don’t worry.

purse

I really hate the yellow lighting from indoor pics. Maybe in Colorado I will get better light? My guess is yes.

Paul made dinner and tried this trick he learned on Pinterest…..yes…he is just as addicted as I am…..

IMAG1049

apparently if you put a wooden spoon over a boiling pot of water it won’t boil over. Who knew? Pinterest apparently….

So while he did that, I made a new batch of my peanut butter protein balls. I LOVE these things. Also got the idea off Pinterest…here is the original website where they came from.

Super simple!

IMAG1048

IMAG1047

PB protein balls

Peanut Butter Protein Balls:
2 scoops protein powder
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter (you really should use creamy and 100% peanut. Adams is the only brand i can find that is actually 100% peanut.)

Then you can add in whatever else you like. Nuts, chocolate chips, oats, flax…I like to add the chocolate chips b/c it adds that little bit of chocalatey sweetness.

mix all together and roll into balls, I usually have to use my hands to really get them all blended. Keep them in the fridge.

These are so great when you feel a tinge of hunger and need something quick to stave off hunger pains, or they are also great as a little desert treat as well.

And that’s it!! Great weekend if I do say so myself (and I do.) Tomorrow we all have off for Presidents Day and then I am taking Thursday AND Friday off as well to celebrate my day of birth. Only have to work two days this week? YES PLEASE!

What did you do this weekend? Go to any awesome birthday parties?

Are you a February baby?

Ever spent more than you intended at Target or Costco? (Ok that is a dumb question, of course you have. What do you normally overspend on?)

Advertisements

8 responses

  1. I like the Birthday Week concept. At my age the candles present a problem (fire marshall and codes) so it has been suggested I have one candle per DECADE.
    Nice. The tomato face is great. The helmut on top of the yellow cap is priceless.
    I’m guessing that the bike riders fashion patrol in Colorado will be writing a ticket.
    Party On !!!

  2. Happy early Birthday!!! And I agree that sometimes on the treadmill, I prefer to run faster in short bursts, rather than just running at a slower pace for a long period of time. It makes time go faster, plus I feel like superwoman when I run at the faster speeds. 😉 Of course, my idea of “fast” is a 9 or 10 minute mile … while other bloggers would probably consider that slow! But that’s ok. We each do the best we can do, right? 🙂

    • Thanks!! and yes, I love running at faster speeds, even if it is only for a few minutes. My idea of fast is like an 11 min mile so I’m right there with ya! And yes, all of us have our own goals and accomplishments, I love that about blogging, most everyone is sooo supportive of that. Its’ really awesome.

  3. Aww! I love what Paul ended up writing on the cake! I’m impressed that he could WRITE on the cake to begin with– whenever I’ve had to write with frosting it turns out looking like a hot mess.

    Happy birthday week!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s