Friday was my birthday and the first thing I did to celebrate turning 29 again 36 was head to the doctor’s appointment I had stupidly scheduled a while back. Who doesn’t enjoy climbing on that always-five-pounds-heavier scale and having a blood draw on their special day, right? I guess I should just be glad it wasn’t a pap smear, although I might have preferred that to the lengthy Q&A session we always go through to verify my medication tolerance is on track.

Him: “Any fevers, aches, DIARRHEA?”

Me: “Nope.”

Him: “So no digestive issues, like DIARRHEA?”

Me: “Ah . . . no. All good.”

Him: “Great! Some people experience DIARRHEA, so—”


JB took me to the Salish Lodge for dinner, a place where the spectacular view is legitimately trumped by the food. I can’t even begin to describe how good it is, except that it’s worth every single one of the many dollars it costs to eat there. I think my favorite dish is the apple/squash bisque, which is poured over this amazing piece of goat cheese that has been caramelized with one of those crème brûlée torch whatsits and thus every spoonful is a transcendently creamy melted sweet/savory explosion that makes me think of the dancing-flavor animations in Ratatouille.


Today is another spectacularly gorgeous springlike day and after breakfast I ran the six miles from our house to an enormous new-to-us park where I met JB and the kids, and we spent our morning playing on all the weird equipment and climbing rocks and tromping around in the fields in the glorious sunshine.


When we got home I opened my presents with the boys and then we all ate a bunch of delicious fattening sugary things. Riley hugged me and said that since it was my birthday I could do whatever I wanted, although he clarified that that did not include eating the cake he had deemed as his, and Dylan repeatedly announced that he would like to “HAVE . . . MO’ . . . CHOCLIT, PEASE?”


Not bad, 36. Not bad at all.


72 Responses to “Good times”

  1. Sassy on February 21st, 2010 10:55 pm

    Glad you had a great birthday! I love that place. I haven’t been there in a few years, but need to go back!

  2. Donna on February 22nd, 2010 1:19 am

    Wow! What a cool day for a birthday….except for the running 6 miles…but then if I could run 6 miles, I guess I’d do it all the time too, just cause I could.
    And is it wrong of me to want to play with the boys on that swing, bouncy, whatever it is thing they are sitting on?

  3. Donna on February 22nd, 2010 1:20 am

    And PS, Happy Birthday, duhhhhh. LOL!

  4. Sarah on February 22nd, 2010 7:09 am

    Very awesome! Happy Birthday to you!! :)

  5. Kate on February 22nd, 2010 7:52 am

    Happy Birthday!! Sounds like an awesome weekend.

  6. Kim Hartman on February 22nd, 2010 8:00 am

    Happy Birthday!

    You inspired me. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and with your new love of running, what with the endorphans and all, I decided to get back into the sport that I have let go for about 8 years.

    I ran two and a half miles on Saturday afternoon, sun blistering bright and my body feeling really good about my “not sitting onthe couch”.

    I stretched prior to and post run.

    I got up on Sunday, and OMFG, I could barely walk….today is not much better, I guess I overdid it. :) I DID walk yesterday, no running, it would not have been pretty, but walked another 1.5 miles with kids and dog.

    But thanks for the inspiration to get my ass off the couch.

  7. Angie on February 22nd, 2010 8:04 am

    I can’t believe that you got to spend your birthday at THE GREAT NORTHERN. Awesome!

  8. Redbecca on February 22nd, 2010 8:23 am

    Does Dylan run around like a loon after Choklit? Mine turns into Speedy Gonzales.
    And hey, you just have to age in increments of 5 like I do. I was 29 until I was 34, and then I was 34 until I turned 39, and so on. Works great provided you don’t have too many (or can cover up) the grays!

  9. Redbecca on February 22nd, 2010 8:24 am

    Oh yeah, and happy birthday! :)

  10. Meli on February 22nd, 2010 8:37 am

    This post made me cry. I LOVE how you love your life :)

    Happy Birthday and many many more!!

  11. lisa-marie on February 22nd, 2010 8:58 am

    It sounds – and looks – like a wonderful day! Happy Belated Birthday!

  12. Lawyerish on February 22nd, 2010 10:07 am

    Happy birthday, a few days late! Sounds like a great day, and I hope 36 only gets better from here on out.

    I may just have to go find a cupcake to stuff into my face in your honor.

  13. Alyce on February 22nd, 2010 4:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday. The Salish Lodge is awesome. I first went there in the early 90s because of my adoration for ‘Twin Peaks’. I’m so lame.

  14. Bachelor Girl on February 23rd, 2010 9:43 am

    Happiest birthday, dear Linda!

  15. Maria on February 26th, 2010 1:31 pm

    Aw I’m sorry I missed this.

    Happy Birthday, dude. That plate for you is the cutest thing I’ve ever, ever seen.

  16. wm on March 26th, 2010 10:05 am

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday. Happy belated birthday!

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