Happy B-Day, Facebook style

Birthday stats:

  • HBD shout outs on my FB wall: 73
  • HBD shout out on someones FB status: 1
  • Calls: 4
  • Texts: 3
  • Cards (received in the past week or so): 7
  • E-Cards: 2
  • Coupons from retailers: 3

Def feelin’ the luuuv.

I think it is so incredibly cool how Facebook has helped people to connect in such a way that even makes wishing people a Happy Birthday so much easier. I know some may think that it’s impersonal or has less meaning, but I think the exact opposite. I would say that around 85% of the people that wish each other happy birthday on FB wouldn’t have done so if FB wasn’t around.

It’s right there in front of you…..”today is so and so’s birthday”, and you think, “hey, I haven’t talked to that person in five years (in person) but when I did, I thought they were swell and I can for sure take 15-20 seconds out of my day to wish them a happy day.”

I don’t think that’s impersonal at all. I think its lovely. It’s just another tool to help people stay connected, even if it is only once a year.

I dug back through my FB timeline to see how this year compared to past years. Here is what I found:

2011: 60 FB shout outs, quite a bit lower than this year, but still highly impressive. Makes sense, I get older, I know more people…arrows are for a sampling of my nicknames. My friends are so creative!

2011 B Day FB

2010: 43 friends gave a shout out. WOW! 2010 was a big year for me, I must have made a lot of friends to get such an increase in 2011. Or more peeps used FB. I will go with the former. Arrow= funny.

2010 B Day FB

2009: 43 friends gave shout outs. No change from 2009 to 2010. Slow year for me. 🙂 FB was still new for some stragglers at this point….Jill (arrow) was an example of that.

2009 B Day FB

2008: No stats. Thanks to FB timeline I see that I joined FB in 2008 on Feb 11. Seeing as my birthday was only a few 12 days after that, it wasn’t a big year for my by way of B-day shout outs. 😉

Joined FB

I had a GREAT day today…more info to come RE: the specifics. Try not to be to anxious awaiting all the deets. Yes I say deets and I’m pretty sure that makes me .10 cooler than if I didn’t.

Anyone else’s b-day today? Or in Feb? 

Do you like all the FB shout outs or think its impersonal? 

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.



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



Took the pic before the pineapple was done…

Paul made the sandwiches


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


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


We had a good laugh. We are dorks.

Then all the people showed up! YAY!


There was a serious poker game going on


and some girl talk


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.



That is some serious fire goin on on that there cake


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


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…..


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!



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?)