24... because I love birthdays more than I love overtime



I mentioned a little known, but vitally important, fact in my recap of May. I absolutely LOVE LOVE overtime in sports and if a sport doesn't have a chance of overtime, then it's not really a sport worth watching. 

As much as I love overtime, I love birthdays even more. So the fact that I watched a game with double overtime and had my birthday all in the month of May basically meant that it was the best.month.ever. 

This year's birthday was bound to be awesome. You see, two years ago on my 22nd birthday, I was in an all day class helping me prepare to take my nursing licensing exam. My friends brought a cupcake and lit a candle (that almost set off the fire alarm), and I sang Taylor Swift all day but it still wasn't the ideal way to spend the day. 

Then last year, I worked the night of my birthday (from the 27th to the 28th). My best friend called me at work right at midnight and wished me happy birthday which was the highlight of the day. But I got off at 7:30 in the morning, slept four hours, woke up exhausted and grumpy and landed up pitifully weeping at the end of the day #realmature. 

With the past two years of a not-so-great birthday, this year was set up for success because I didn't have to work, didn't have to go to any sort of class, and basically got to spend the day how I wanted.

Alex had to be at the hospital by 7:30 in the morning, but that didn't stop him from doing my favorite birthday tradition ever. He woke me up with a plate of fruit with a candle in it, as he sang the traditional Hispanic birthday song, Las Mananitas. It is traditional to sing this song on one's birthday, and back in the day my parents didn't think ahead to buy a cupcake for my birthday so they stuck a candle in a banana instead. The lack of preparation has now become a tradition as we do candles in bananas accompanied by Las Mananitas for every birthday. There was nothing better than waking up to my English-speaking husband singing a song that is completely in Spanish  (the effort he puts in is the best thing ever!)

{my fruit plate that started the day}

After having a leisurely morning, I went to my hair cut appointment. I LOVE getting my hair cut, and decided that it was a perfect way to spend the morning while Alex was at the hospital.

{I NEVER take car selfies, but when I do it's after I get my hair cut... because no one 
knows if this good of hair will make it home.}

After feeling fabulous at the salon, I set up the present from my family... a new Fitbit which I had been wanting since last year. If you have a fitbit and want to be friends, let me know in the comments and we can connect! I love love love knowing my heart rate at all points of the day #nerdalert. 


Alex got off early and we went to one of my favorite places to eat for lunch- Panda Express. When I say I love Chinese food, I really mean that I just love Panda Express and orange chicken. 

{This picture makes me drool... anyone else?}

The weather was looking a little iffy at this point so we went shopping. And by shopping I mean we walked around Costco and Ikea and bought nothing. 

We got home and took a nap two naps (I had just worked three days in a row, cut me some slack!). We took a leisurely walk and finally decided to get dinner at Noodles & Company and go see the movie Aloha. Dinner was great, the movie was not. 

{Leisurely walk selfie}

It was 24 hours of feeling loved by phone calls, texts, and birthday wishes. I was slightly panicked at the thought that I am now "mid twenties" and not "early twenties", but if my birthday is reflective of the year ahead, 24 is going to be a great one! If I could have a birthday more than once a year, I would totally jump on that train. But then again, maybe I wouldn't because it wouldn't be as special when it did come around. Here's to birthdays, feeling loved, and a great year ahead! 

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23 comments :

  1. Aw I love this! Sounds like you had a great birthday!

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  2. Celebrating you on your birthday is the best!!! I love the banana tradition!

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  3. "because no one knows if this good hair will make it home" bahahha! story of my life!! your hair does look really pretty in these pictures though! :)
    sounds like a great birthday!!

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  4. the day sounds so wonderful (and i'm so glad it one-upped the past 2 years' birthdays!). i LOVE that alex sang the song in spanish!! when devin says "mi amor eterno" in his best accent i get a little teary. you're hair looks AWESOME!!! is it naturally curly? also also, asian food=the best. :)

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  5. I am totally on board about LOVING birthdays!! Looks like yours was great! And you doubly deserved it to make up for the last two years :)

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  6. So glad you had such a fun birthday! I didn't know you were so much younger than me. Ah, to be 24 ;) haha. Sounds like the perfect day filled with fun things and good food! And a fit bit is a great gift!

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  7. It was a great birthday, thanks Christine! :)

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  8. Me too Sheryl! Always fun to have unexpected events turn into tradition :)

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  9. Girl you know what it's like! Although you're dealing with humidity and I can't even imagine :O it was a great birthday :)

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  10. It was great Caroline thanks for reading! :)

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  11. Isn't it just THE best when they try saying stuff in Spanish?? 😍 Alex wants me to start teaching him so that he can know a good bit by the time we have kids but I must say that I don't really know where to start... Any ideas? He just said dedicating a day to where I only speak Spanish to him would help but I'm not so sure...

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  12. Haha I get comments like that a lot especially at work ("you're how old??") so what you're saying is I shouldn't be having a panic attack that I'm now in my mid-twenties instead of early twenties? :p

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  13. Thanks Andrea! And it's always good to find a fellow birthday lover! :)?

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  14. YES! It's so precious! And having a whole day of Spanish is intense--ive tried explaining to Devin a few nouns & present tense verb endings, since that is how my Spanish 1 kids started the year out. But we haven't been super successful with that at home so idk haha. Let me know what works tho so I can steal the plan ;)

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  15. Yeah that's kinda where I thought of going was starting with that and I'm not sure how effective it would be. I think my plan may just be buying him Rosetta Stone for Christmas and then supplementing that teaching lol.

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  16. That is exactly what I am saying :)

    *Amanda* | The Lady Okie Blog

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  17. WATERMELON. Also, your hair is super cute! Just like you! :)

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  18. Your hair looks great! Happy birthday!!

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  19. Im so glad you had an awesome birthday! It all sounds like a lot of fun and I'm glad you had the day off.


    I don't think I have ever eaten at Panda Express so I'll have to try it sometime when I get back home. Yay for your FitBit. I still don't know much about them but everyone says they are epic. =)

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  20. Never had Panda?? Whaaaat?? Girl you're missing out! Although now that you've been eating authentic asian food for so long, you'll probably think that Panda Express tastes like canned asian food. If you ever try it, you'll have to let me know what you think! :)

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