joyce (joyce) wrote,

So, I turned 34 yesterday. My birthdays are usually the epitome of low-key - the semester is usually finally getting under way, so I don't have a ton of leftover energy, and I'm hitting that "If I don't get some sun and warm soon, I'm going to keel over" stage. I couldn't even tell you what we did last year, other than we lost most of a week to IceSnowPocalypse.

This year, however, the weather gods gifted me with a glorious, sunny, breezy 60 degree day (while most of the rest of the country is under IceSnowPocalypse again). Both of my classes were good. I ate a tasty lunch of GF crackers, pancetta, olives, and cheese. I took a walk between classes and enjoyed the sun. Dinner was wedge salads, other raw vegetables, mashed potatoes, and pork shoulder ragu.1 My mom and Val did up a batch my favorite pistachio pudding salad in lieu of birthday cake.

We talked about a movie or something, but I was tiiiiiiiiiired - this has been the week of not good sleep. I was in bed reading by 8:30 and lights were out by 10 (and I slept well - best birthday present ever.)

So, all in all, it was a very good day. :)

1. I did this in the crockpot instead of in the oven, which means that the sauce did not cook down nearly as much, of course. Next time, I'll do half as much sauce, and probably swap out the wine for stock. But it was very very good - meaty, falling apart, tender, luscious, exactly what I wanted and was craving.
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