Friday, August 12, 2011

Queen For A Day

Today is my birthday so in my world that means I am queen for a day.  I am not one to shy away from birthdays, in fact I love them!  I can do what I want, eat what I want (no calories on bdays) and go where I want.

A bucket of spuds
I took my time getting going but then met my sweet son who took me out for breakfast.  There were a lot of people waiting to get in but when you are a party of two willing to eat at the counter you skip over everyone!  There were lots of choices, all good.  First Jameson got a bucket of spuds which I had told him I didn't want any. Well that turned out be a lie, they were fantastic.

I got zuchinni bread french toast and they were also fantastic.  Jameson got pancakes but not just any pancakes, gingerbread pancakes.

Then of course we had to top them with this:


I did a little shopping around Church Street using those freebies you get with cards - $10 at The Body Shoppe and at VS.  Then I went to the bike path for an easy ride. I am racing tomorrow so wasn't going to run or bike hard but I could NOT do nothing fun on my birthday.  I liked the ride but I was jealous of the runners.  The path was also more crowded than I am used to, maybe because of the time of day.  There were a lot of people who did not know bike path etiquette and it was a pain.  I stopped and read  for awhile in one of my favorite parks along the way taking my time and enjoying the day.  This was the first time I had been on the path since the flooding and many parts of it are still in bad shape and of course you can not use the Causeway at all much to my dismay.  
Looking off the bike bridge


There is one section where many trees came down from erosion. It is hard to show it but these pictures do a little.


These next two pictures show the park I read in.  These benches
on cement used to be surrounded by ground, another sign
of huge erosion from the flooding.



Before I was done I had to use the bathroom and I had not brought my lock with me but I easily solved that problem.

Once done I was off to Starbucks to have my free birthday drink and do some more reading and relaxing before one last stop.  I got a hitch put on my car yesterday and today I got a bike rack I had been eyeing. If I can ever get my husband to take a day off now we can both go biking.  
Tomorrow I am going to race in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, an area I rarely get to.  My husband is a little jealous and plans to make me go back in the fall so he can go. When I did a race in every county in Vermont he went to both Northeast Kingdom races with me because it is such a pretty part of the state. Since I am already up there I am bringing my bike to get a ride in after the race. He mapped out a route for me to try. He estimates it at 25 -28 miles and not too hilly. Let's hope he's right!  Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day and I am really looking forward to both parts of my adventure.  This will be the first 10K of the year for me, maybe the only one.  



We didn't go out to dinner because I wanted to stay home and just relax so we ordered a pizza so there would be no cooking involved.  Now I'm having a cold beer and continuing in my role of Queen for A Day!








37 comments:

Tricia said...

happy birthday!

Marlene said...

a lazy start to the day, brunch, bike ride, starbucks, beer, pizza, quiet night in... perfect day!!! Glad you enjoyed! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

To answer your question - my commute is 18 miles. I took a longer route in the morning, but took the direct route one. 41 miles today!

P said...

I can't live another minute unless I get me some zucchini bread french toast!! I never would have thought that up myself, but now it's all I want in the world. Yum!
I'm glad you had such a wonderful birthday, you deserve it! Good luck at your race!

Tricia said...

No calories on birthdays! That is awesome.

Sounds like a very nice day indeed.

Amy said...

Happy, happy birthday and good luck with the race today!

Liz said...

Happy belated birthday. It sounds like a wonderful day! Good luck for the 10k.

Jamoosh said...

A Queen indeed! Happy Birthday.

Dash said...

Happy Birthday to one of my FAVORITE bloggers!! Live it up!

Dash said...

and have a GREAT race and a wonderful ride! Can't wait to see more pics!

Lisa said...

have a very happy birthday!!!!

Teamarcia said...

Long live the Queen! Your birthday sounds perfect!
All the best at your race!

Anne said...

Happy Birthday AJH!!! What a great birthday weekend you've got going :) Have a wonderful race!!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Where in the world do you get gingerbread pancakes and zucchini bread french toast?! That sounds like a place I need to go to!!

MCM Mama said...

Happy birthday!!! Love the "Queen for a day".

Julie said...

oh no! I missed this yesterday :-(
Happy Belated Birthday!!! Those gingerbread pancakes sound yummers!

Have a great time today! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Kandi said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had an excellent birthday. Your breakfast sounds delicious! I never would have thought to make pancakes with zucchini bread but it sounds amazing.

Fran said...

Happy birthday Andrea! Sounds like a perfect day for a birthday to me. So sweet of Jameson to take you out for breakfast.

Have a good race today and enjoy the bike ride afterwards.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Queenie! It sounds like you had the perfect day. LOVE that you brought your bike in the bathroom with you - too funny!

getfitchick said...

Happy Happy Birthday! What an inspiration! I am turning 45 in a couple of months, and have decided to take up running. I have my beginners program printed and ready!
I found you through Fitblogger!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Happy birthday to you! Sounds like a wonderful day!

lindsay said...

happy birthday! looks like a great celebration for a queen :)

Pat said...

Happy Birthday weekend AJH!

Ewa said...

Happy Birthday!!! Happy Running!!! Happy Biking!!!
Suddenly I am very hungry after looking at your pictures.

Char said...

Happy (belated) birthday. I can tell you had a wonderful day. That birthday breakfast! Can I say yum?! Ginger pancakes sound amazing but zucchini bread french toast ... What a great idea!

Carlee said...

Happy Bday! Looks great. Your pictures made me crave Penny Cluse and Saturday's on the bike path! Sometimes I miss Burlington so much :) We'll be back for a visit in October and I already can't wait. Have a great race tomorrow.

Tortuga_Runner said...

Sounds like a perfect day, Happy Birthday!

Jennifer said...

Happy birthday! Hope the race went well! Cheers!

Darlene said...

Sounds like you had a nice today. GL on your race today. I will see you on Sept 24 (expo & pasta dinner?) for the Sept 25 half!!!

JenWa098 said...

Loved the calorie free breakfast pics! Hope your birthday was fun!

HappyTrails said...

Happy Belated Birthday AJH - woohoo!!! Queen for a Day is right!

Psst - BTW, white out your license plate # next time - too many weirdo's on the net....

Kate said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friend! I'm sorry I missed it on your big day.

That breakfast looks delicious, and that's a great bike rack.

It's funny that you were jealous of the runners. When I was hurt last year and couldn't ride, I was so jealous of the bicyclists. The grass is always greener, right? :) I saw sooo many bikes on bike racks on my drive back today, and I was so wishing I'd been able to take and use one of my bikes. Of course, I probably would've slept instead, which is why I did no running.

Katie said...

happy (belated) birthday! those pancakes look amazing.

onelittletrigirl said...

Happy Belated :) Looks like you had a great day!!!

PS-- Mom's get to be Queens every day. At least that is what mine tells me!

Suzy said...

Happy Belated Birthday! It looks like you had a marvelous day celebrating the way you wanted.

The Jesse said...

happy {belated} birthday!!! it sounds like you had a GREAT day :)

zucchini bread french toast?!? yum! yes please :)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

happy belated birthday!!! I agree birthdays are meant to be the day where you get anything you want!

Richelle said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had such a fun day!