Well, after days (if not weeks!) of anticipation, yesterday was the big day. I turned 25! And it finally felt like summer — warm and humid but with a nice breeze. We haven’t had much of a summer this year; it’s been gray and rainy and cold. Today, for example, I’m wearing a jacket. 😦 At least my birthday was nice!

And I have to say it was probably my healthiest birthday yet. It started with my first ever Green Monster.

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I was nervous, but it was really good! My only regret was not adding more berries. You can’t see it, but there was a banana in there, too, so it mostly tasted like a banana smoothie. I had it with a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch before heading off to the gym, and it was almost too much — too filling, that is.

After body sculpting and some QT with the elliptical, I met my friend Wendy, who treated me to lunch at the cutest little cafe.

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We both got this salad, which was one of the specials of the day. It came with two oven-baked, parmesan crusted chicken filets and a honey mustard dressing.  A perfect summer lunch. 🙂 Afterward, we went to the frozen custard stand and basked in the heat in their giant Adirondacks chairs. (No photo … I had something in my teeth! Gross!)

Later that night, Kassia treated me to dinner at a local microbrewery.

Because it was a special occasion, we indulged in one of our favorite appetizers — crap dip.

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We ordered two entrees we both wanted to try and split them — the caprese sandwich and a veggie burger. We got fries as a side for one and pasta salad as a side for the other.

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My plate, with half of each sandwich and half of each side. I think we both agreed the caprese sandwich was our favorite.

We washed it all down with apricot wheat beer, brewed in-house, of course.

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Followed by one of my all-time favorite treats

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I had cotton candy; Kassia had pineapple.

I had an excellent birthday!