Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Birthday!

Today is the big 3-0 for me! My birthday has always come at a busy time as everyone's just coming off of Christmas and New Year's and then bam, hello birthday. Not to mention, the manfriend and I had our first date on January 4th so our anniversary is also thrown in there. Not that I mind reasons to celebrate, but sometimes I'd like to spread out the party-party. 

I think I said this with every other twenty-something birthday, but thirty really feels like an adult age. Like you're supposed to have it all figured out. Now, I know this is NOT the case (life is a journey), but still... each birthday seems to come with expectations of what one should be doing in life, love and career. Eh, c'est la vie!

This morning I woke up to a fun birthday gift thanks to Pete and my mom - an ipad mini! I'm officially entering the reader/tablet world. I'll be honest, it's a bit intimidating. 

I kicked off my birthday and the new year with a fun workout. I took the day off so I was able to get to the morning Lifeforce Fitness class. The temp this morning was 25 degrees (but sunny)...very unusual for Eugene.

My fitness goal for today was:
  • 30 minutes (of running)
  • 30 burpees
  • 30 push ups
  • and of course 30+ of whatever else Jay threw at us in class

I ran a bit before and after class for a total of 35 min, did 30 burpees in class + 10 on my own, 30+ tricep dips on the box, 30 push ups, assisted pull ups, chest press, obliques, a little yoga flow and a few other odds and ends. Already feelin' it! 

River path on my run this morning

Other than the workout, my day was fairly uneventful - coffee shop to do some reading, library, errands, meeting up with my good friend Jenn, etc. 

Wedding decoration ideas via library book

But you know what is exciting?! I found and ordered my wedding dress last week! Of course, I can't show you any photos until after the wedding, but I'm very relieved to have that off my plate. 

I was originally planning on taking a trip to Portland with my mom this month, but I popped into a small local shop here in Eugene, found one I loved (within my budget!), and decided to save myself the stress of further searching. Now on to more decision making and party planning!

A Baking Sidenote
Yesterday I had a hankering to bake so I made cinnamon rolls (Eat Live Run's sweet potato recipe). Subbed canned pumpkin for the sweet potato.* After all, you have to celebrate the new year somehow.  

We've already made our way through at least half of these. 

Drizzled with a little bit of icing...

Let me tell ya, these are divine! So divine that I had to freeze some to save for later. Don't ask me when these holiday treats are supposed to end. Seems like they're here to stay for a little while (in addition to those few extra holiday lbs).

*In addition to the pumpkin substitution, I added a few raisins inside and roasted pecans to the top.

Sorry about the all over the place post. As you can see, I'm diving into 2013! It's going to be a good one. For those of you with an ipad/iphone, any favorite apps you love? I have a smartphone, but don't download or use very many apps. 

P.S. I totally dropped the ball on Decembers' #FMSphotoaday, but I'm back on for January. You can follow my photos on instagram or twitter. Happy New Year!


Journey Authentically said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sounds like it was a great day and I hope it's a wonderful year of 30 ahead :) Also congrats on finding the perfect dress---huge weight off your shoulders I'd imagine. And perfect timing on those rolls--I'm hosting book club on Saturday and have been trolling pinterest looking for great brunch recipes!! Definitely will have to try these :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am so glad you had a fun birthday and got spoiled by your mom and man friend by getting an iPad mini! I bet you will love it!! And I am so excited that you ordered your wedding dress. I am sure it's nice to have that crossed off the list!

I was nervous to turn 30, but my 30s have honestly been way better than my 20s so far. Sure, I still have my bad days and challenging things happen, but I know myself so much better and am so much more confident than I was in my 20s, so it's just a better decade in general in my opinion - and I hope that is the case for you! And I still don't have my life all figured out. ;)

Britton said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day! What a great workout to start of the day with!!

Jessica said...

Happy birthday! I'm halfway through year 30 and I actually think that 30 is way better than any year of your 20's. Enjoy it!

Tasha @Healthy Diva said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!! It sounds like you had an awesome day. You will have to let me know how you like your ipad mini. I have been thinking about getting either an ipad or the new microsoft surface in the new year.

Luna said...

Happy Birthday Lauren!!Welcome to the club of "30" (30+ in my case!!) And how nice that you found the perfect dress- I am sure it was a big day :) the rolls looks yummy, but I had way too much good food during these holidays, no matter how much I ran, i still gained weight - now it's the time to get back on track ;)

Erin said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Take it from a 32 year old--- my 30s have been very good to me. Much better than the 20s! I think life gets even sweeter in this decade because you really come into your own!
Sounds like your birthday celebrating is off to a great start already. AN ipad mini is an awesome gift!
Those cinnamon rolls look so yummy! I have some pumpkin in the cupboard so maybe I'll give them a try!

Congrats on finding THE dress :) I found mine in a small bridal shop in my hometown----and it cost WAY less than I thought I'd have to spend. I loved it and am so glad I went with my gut instinct. I saw it, tried it on, and loved it :) No fuss!

I'll sign up to follow your photos on instagram :)

A said...

Download the Overdrive app so that you can get free ebooks from your library! (You obviously have a library card already.) I love the standard apps: Pinterest and Facebook and Twitter. I use an app so that I can blog from my iPad. You'll love it. So fun!

Allison Nimlos said...

Happy birthday, Lauren! My favorite app is Runkeeper. I love tracking my runs with it, but maybe not necessary if you have a Garmin. I also use Twitter and Facebook on my phone, and Yelp is awesome when you're out and about and are trying to find some place good to eat. :)

Lindsey said...

I agree, 30 sounds more adult than 20 something. I'm excited to celebrate with you this weekend!

An ipad mini! Awesome. I have never even seen one of those. Ha.

So exciting about your dress! And those cinnamon rolls look amazing!

J said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Hope your day was awesome! I sometimes feel even tho I am still in my 20s that I should have everything figured out since I am over 25, but I know that I don't and I know I have my immature moments. Enjoy the iPad mini - I have been thinking about getting a tablet but I am not sure yet - I spend so much time on the computer already.

Heather @ Dietitian on the Run said...

Happy belated birthday!! It was fun celebrating D's 30th - age is definitely just a number, and I don't think we ever have it 'figured out' ;)

Amber said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Birthday! I'm so glad!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Happy Birthday! Those cinnamon rolls look SO GOOD! I would probably eat the whole pan at once!

Liz said...

I'm catching up on my blog reading and noticed I missed this one -- happy belated birthday!