Birthday Shenanigans

Saturday was my birthday, but I made a whole birthday weekend out of it! Wouldn’t you?

Friday was my RDO (regular day off) and I started the day off with a spa appointment at 10:30 a.m. I hadn’t had a facial in forever, so I thought my birthday was a good occasion to take care of myself a bit. I had an ULTA gift certificate (from last year) that I wanted to use. I had never had a facial at ULTA before, but I was really very pleasantly surprised. The skin therapist (I don’t know the difference between all the jargon ‘skin therapist/esthetician/cosmetician/beautician, but she called herself a skin therapist) was very nice and knowledgeable and explained everything that she did along the way (which I really appreciated). It was an hour of relaxing and pampering.

Afterwards I did some (necessary and some pre-birthday) shopping. First I went to Sephora for some birthday shopping sponsored by J (and also to collect my beauty insider birthday gift), and then to Kohls. I also picked up my birthday treat at Starbucks.  

Then I went to World Market to spend my $10 birthday coupon to get some essentials there ( you know, like Deutschländer sausages, German pickles, and Dutch licorice!) and finished my day of shopping with a stop at the grocery store. It was nice to be out and about for a bit. I don’t do that very often.

Saturday I slept in until 9 a.m. and then I took a shower before a little bit of a phone marathon with my sister, my parents, my uncle and two of my best friends.

I had coffee and birthday cake and then opened a few cards and birthday gifts, which was nice. And then I lounged around the house with my book all afternoon. It was glorious.

In the evening, I mad the last minute decision to go to La Trattoria Bohemia, a small-but-cozy Czech-Italian restaurant in East Sacramento, for dinner. The whole day I had thought about where I wanted to go and I couldn’t really nail down what food I felt like, but you can never go wrong with Italian, am I right? We had caprese salad and calamari as an appetizer and then I ordered the spaghetti aglio e oglio with Italian sausages and J had Schnitzel with potato salad. Both were so good.

And then Sunday I took the liberty to extend my lazy birthday weekend for a little longer. I slept in (it’s ridiculous, but the time change did throw me off quite a bit) and then I couldn’t get myself to do anything but drink coffee, read on the couch, and take a nap in the afternoon. Oops. 

I did cook a very delicious stir-fry dinner though.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?


  1. Your birthday weekend sounds perfect! Just the right amount of being out vs. in. I hope your next trip around the sun is awesome!

  2. Your birthday weekend sounds perfect! Just the right amount of being out vs. in. I hope your next trip around the sun is awesome!

  3. You deserved all of this and more…. Sorry I didn’t mail a birthday card :(
    Happy Birthday San – hope the new year is all you hope and wish for!!!!

    1. Thanks friend. You made up for it with your awesome Christmas package ;)

  4. I love that you used so many birthday coupons. I always let them pass me by & regret it. Happy belayed! Sounds like it was a great one.

    1. I used to do that… and this year, I made a point to go to all the places that I had coupons for! ;)

  5. I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday and heck yes to celebrating for an entire weekend. I usually spend the entire week celebrating, haha. :) Happy birthday!

    1. That’s the way to do it!!

  6. Glad you had a good birthday! Sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend.

    1. Thanks , it was fun!

  7. Happy belated birthday!
    Birthday weekends are the best – glad you enjoyed yours. Pampering, gifts, cake and a birthday dinner out sounds perfect!

  8. Your birthday weekend sounded perfect to me! I think it’s great that you spent the whole weekend celebrating!! I would do the same. I didn’t even know that ulta did facials and things like that! I could use a facial as my complexion is awful due to all the pregnancy hormones!!

    Your birthday dinner sounded and looked amazing! What a unique restaurant – haven’t ever heard of an Italian restaurant serving another kind of cuisine!

  9. What a fabulous birthday celebration, love it!

  10. I like celebrating not just my birthday, but the whole month of March and then especially the week and weekend of my birthday. Also, happy belated birthday again my fellow March birthday friend!

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