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Hey there 26, what do you have in store for me this year?

My birthday started out with a lovely lake run & brunch at my fav diner, Melrose!  No pressure to leave, just time to chat and catch up.
It was SO nice.  (I'm not sure I remember the last time it was 40º on my birthday, if ever.)    This of course made me want to go for a walk and have a swing, although let's be honest... I always want to swing.  Karen wasn't so keen on the idea, but I totally pulled the 'it's my birthday' card and she went along with it.  (I think she had fun.)
Yes, you see that right... no gloves!
In the afternoon we met up with a group of friends at Green Mill for The Paper Machete Show.  I highly recommend this show!  It was so funny and I think we all had fun.  It was hard to choose a favorite act, which is always a good sign.  There were 9 of us and we all squeezed into a booth with a couple chairs.  
Note:  this show is popular (which we did not know).  Arrive early for good seats.

Then we headed over for some Ethiopian food.
some delicious mango concoction.  no, it was not like a martini.  i don't do martinis very well.
Then we headed to one of my favorite bars... Guthries, a board game bar.
Jason was super excited about his Apples to Apples cards: sultry, smelly, dull, foreign, bold | old style Imaginiff
In hindsight, I realize this was a lot to ask of my friends and was probably 3 different days put together in one.  I feel bad and selfish about it.  Lesson learned.  Note to self:  in the future, one show, one dinner, OR one trip for drinks.  However, I am thankful to everyone for being sports!

I'm looking forward to 26 although so many questions are present.  We'll see what happens...
I really want to run my 5th marathon of 26.2 miles when I'm 26.2, but currently my knee won't let me run more than 4 miles without making it really uncomfortable for me so I guess I'm going to keep playing it by ear.  I really want to though....  I mean, come on, how perfect would that be?

Karen & I also watched a lot of Pitch Perfect since it came out at Red Box Tuesday & Karen was super excited for me to see it.  I did enjoy it.  I just think romantic comedies like that set an unrealistic expectation for relationships.  We really enjoyed it though and had the songs from the movie stuck in our heads all weekend.

I just want to give a shout out to La Boulangerie Cafe.  They opened a location on Belmont a bit ago and I hadn't made it until today.  Oh man!  Their bread is delicious!  Definitely going back.  Period.

I also received many calls, texts, and facebook posts that I'm so grateful for.  They all made me smile!  This year I want to be more appreciative of the people in my life because they're pretty awesome and I know I don't show my appreciation enough or I have a really weird way of doing so.

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely weekend!
I'm so thankful for my friends today for making my birthday so special.

5 best things in 25:
-new job
-vacations:  Mexico & the lake
-getting into DIYs
-classes:  photography & running


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