The weekend started off with me driving up Interstate 95 in a snowstorm Friday morning?! The first day of Spring brought 3-6 inches of snow from MD to PA. It was weird. It felt more like the middle of winter but whatever. I am holding fast to the notion that Spring is here despite the bipolar tendencies of Mother Nature.
On Saturday, my parents took me out for a delicious Italian meal. It was full of carbs which proved to be integral to my long run the next day. I mean, Italians really know what they're doing when it comes to carb loading. Behold:
My mom got a smartphone last year and she really loves taking pics with her phone now. Therefore, she felt the need to document me eating dinner:
After that giant meal, I went to visit one of my best friends and her family. I got to hang out with her kiddos, including the new baby! Who despite being 1 month old now still looks just as tiny as when I first met her.
I have no idea how we knew to coordinate our outfits. We must be psychically connected. My friend also surprised me with a non-dairy birthday cake! I never forget that I have the best friends in the entire world.
On Sunday I knew I needed to get a long run in. Last week I did 10 so anything greater than that was fair game. It was pretty cold and windy in PA but my running felt really good that day so I decided to go for the whole 13 to get an idea of where I was time wise. Not too shabby Bean. Not too shabby at all. The one thing I forgot to do here was put some fuel at the halfway point or in my pants (#twss) so by mile 11 I definitely felt like I needed some glucose. Next time!
I came back from that run to the smell of my mom's homemade sauce on the stove. She was having our extended family and friends over for yet MORE birthday celebrating! The good thing about having multiple birthday cakes is that you get MULTIPLE wishes! Am I right?!
Sunday dinner featured (what else) MORE pasta, sausage, stuffed shells (def NOT vegan), garlic bread, salad, bean dip, artichoke dip, and shrimp cocktail. If you are a part of my family, or if you are invited to a family gathering, there is 0 chance you will ever be hungry. I'm pretty sure Italians think eating can cure any ill. You have a headache? Eat something. Stomachache? Eat something? The flu? You better eat something. HAHAHA That's my mom on repeat.
I had lots of help from all my cousins, nieces and nephews blowing out those candles.
And to top off that epic weekend of family, friends and eating, I stopped at Vegan Treats to get the bubblegum ice cream they featured for me that weekend!
I hate to admit this, but it was TOO sweet for me. I hadn't had bubblegum ice cream since I was a kid, so I guess it's not a stretch to say my taste buds have changed since then. This got me thinking about memories and the way we perceive things in our past. I think memories have a way of endearing themselves to you, and making things sometime seem more perfect and rosy than they actually were. This little ice cream reminded me that it's important to stay in the PRESENT and experience things as they are NOW, instead of pining for the way things WERE. You can never go back in time, and there's probably a reason for that. Thank you deep spiritual guru soft serve.
Well, I think it's time I finally conclude my birthday celebrations, as well as this post. I've been rambling forever. I hope you had a great weekend and encourage you to celebrate your next birthday as many times as possible!
Does your family celebrate special occasions with giant meals?!
Do you think you sometimes see the past through rose-colored glasses?