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!


Elizabeth 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 :)
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. ;)
Unknown 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 Malcolm 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 :)
Anonymous 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.
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!
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!

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