Birthday Weekend Wrap-up and Giveaway Winner

Happy Tuesday!

I took a day off from blogging cuz I hadn't uploaded my pictures from the weekend yet, and am feeling a bit under the weather (scratchy throat, trouble sleeping), so I took a little "blog nap" if you will.

But, I'm back here to recap my birthday weekend and to announce the winner of my MyMemories Suite giveaway!

{via} this is not my meal but the closest pic I could find 
Friday night, MG and I went to dinner with a couple friend of ours and discovered a really delicious restaurant that has been in the area that we had never heard of before, called The Village Bistro. It was SO good! If you looked up the menu online you'd probably be underwhelmed by the options, BUT when you get there, the daily specials menu is like 4 times as long as the regular menu since all of the fish/seafood they get is shipped in fresh from all over the place (Costa Rica, Hawaii, etc etc). I had been having a craving for shrimp all week (if you follow my pinboards, you probably noticed that trend also! haha), so I ordered the jumbo scallops and jumbo shrimp with whole wheat penne pasta and a creamy pesto sauce. Oh EM GEEEEE it was amazeballs delish! Here's an example of why it was so awesome: I took my butter knife and gently sliced it down the scallop and the thing fell open. It was SO tender. Along with some yummy wine and great company, it was the perfect night.

Saturday during the day MG and I ran some errands and worked on a puzzle that we had started the week before. Yes we are old people. (I just realized how lame it sounds to say that we did a Oh well, it's been fun and we've done really well on it. One more "puzzle session" and we'll be done with it I think. After our puzzling, I got ready for the night, and MG gave me my gift before we went out which was a necklace from Tiffany's.  He said he looked long and hard for something that had purple in it (my fav color) and was happy when he saw this. Along with a really sweet card, it was a great birthday gift!

We headed out to grab some pizza at Pete's A Pizza with another couple friend, which was SO good. We originally got this huge pizza and when it came out all of us were like "wow, that's a lot"....let's just say there were only crumbs left on the pizza tray when we were done! haha Afterwards, we went to the bar and had way too many several drinks with my friends. Here are a few shots from the night:
Me and my bloggie-to-real-life buddy, P!nky!
Love of my life :) 
My college friend/roomie Trish (from Tales from Trish), my coworker Kara, and P!nky
all out for me!! 
My friend Jackie who is EJ's good friend's gf

There are a TON of other pictures, but I won't photo bomb you all.  Let's just say, there were many beverages to be had, and I got into my tender place where I made sure to tell everyone how much they mean to me, or how awesome they are. I get sappy when I drink....there are worse things, right? :) I was really glad that Trish was able to come out with her beau, and Pinky made it out with hers as well (and that our bf's got to meet for the first time!) There were a ton of great, and important people in my life there, and it meant a lot to me that they all took the time to come out and celebrate with me!

Sunday was spent recovering, and enjoying the amazing weather we are having here in DC. It got up into the 70's, so MG and I took Cooper for a long walk to enjoy the weather. We also went to dinner with my parents later that night. We celebrated with more yummy food (man, while writing this post, Im realizing why I felt so full all weekend haha) and tiramisu bday cake!

 Overall, it was a really great birthday, and the amazing 70 degree (and more) weather that we are getting this week is making me that much happier!

Thanks for all of the pre-birthday wishes, bloggie friends, and for the support in dealing with the person from my past that I mentioned last week. You all rock!


And, I would like to announce the winner of the MyMemories Suite Giveaway:
Stephanie! (I promise, it was random through rafflecopter, I just couldn't figure out how to get a screen capture of it). Steph, I already contacted you about winning, and I'll make sure to get in contact again with the information!

Hope you all are having a good start to the week!


  1. WOOOHOO birthday weekend fabulousness! That is super awesome my dear! I had a great time celebrating!

    Love the necklace, so sweet.


  2. Sounds like the PERFECT Birthday weekend! Happy belated Birthday! :)
    I hope you get feeling better asap.

  3. What a beautiful necklace! I'm glad you had a great birthday weekend, my love. Happy, happy birthday! Wish we were there to celebrate with you:)

  4. You and MG are SO cute together! *Hugs!*

  5. Thank you. I'm so excited to use the My Memories Suite :)

    It looks like you had a fabulous birthday weekend. I've been craving shrimp too lately! haha


  6. Sounds, and looks, like you had a GREAT birthday!!! You and MG are so cute together :) And that birthday dessert looks fabulous!

  7. I love the necklace!!! MG did well! :)

  8. Sounds like a great birthday! :)


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