Before we get to the marvelous in my Monday, I have to take a minute to address something that is not-so-marvelous.
My heart goes out to all the people that were hurt or otherwise impacted by what happened today in Boston. Although what happened today was horrible, I have to say it’s pretty marvelous to see the running community come together to support one another at a time like this.
(Happy birthday Katie!)
Marvelous is… My 22nd birthday is tomorrow! Actually it’s in 1.5 hours, I came in to the world bright and early at 12:30 AM.
Marvelous is… Joint birthday parties! My friend’s birthday is Friday so we had a joint party over the weekend. The theme? Rednecks and cats. No joke, we are a creative bunch.
NASCAR-themed temporary tattoos may have been involved.
Along with prop 40s you couldn’t convince any of us to drink. We try to keep it classy.
Cats were not well represented because cat apparel does not exist after Halloween, I did rock some Hello Kitty rings.
Try not to be too jealous.
Marvelous is… beautiful weather and weekend hikes. A very muddy, but fun 5 miles.
I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was worried about my camera landing in a pile of mud, which isn’t really ideal.
We did the Boone Fork Trail Loop, which is right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the trail is the perfect combination of beautiful views, uphill climbs and creek hopping. My buns were on FIRE by the end, so worth it though.
Marvelous is… birthday cake.
I used Betty Crocker’s gluten-free yellow cake mix for the base, and because we all know I can’t just leave things be, I added a 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the mix which was a very delicious choice. The frosting is just Cool Whip with cocoa powder and cinnamon mixed in. Easy, cheap, and trans-fat free. I can get behind that.
I made my own, which my friends thought was really sad I made my own cake (they did offer to make one for me, I’m just stubborn), but since I love to bake I actually really enjoyed it. Lame? Maybe, but I got to lick the bowl which was more than worth it.
And the gluten-filled cake for the gluten-eaters:
My friend did a pretty impressive job on the decoration! I definitely scraped off the cat so I could eat it myself 🙂
Plus a few other party foods:
Gluten-free brownies. AND my favorite part:
Beer floats. Well, A beer float, no one else was feeling quite so adventurous but you better believe I went there. The combo was actually pretty tasty.
Marvelous is… Engagements!
These two got engaged on Saturday! I’m so excited for them! Plus the ring really offsets her new dragon tattoo.
Marvelous is… Sunday school cookouts! We got together at our small groups leader’s house and had a delicious lunch. The carnivores had barbecue chicken sandwiches, but they were nice enough to cook up a few veggie burgers for me and the other vegetarian in the group. I didn’t take any pictures but it was a good time!
Marvelous is… look-a-like clay figurines. The couple that leads our small group has a very artsy 10 year old daughter and she made us all figurines that look like us.
That little girls is seriously talented! My figurine is only about 1.5″ tall and the detail is pretty awesome. I’m adding it to the collection of drawing she’s made for me over the past few Sundays!
Marvelous is… Best Body Bootcamp Phase Two! I’m already sore from today’s workout! I’m already looking forward to the rest of the week’s workouts!
Marvelous is… 5 days until the Tar Heel 10-miler! Eep! I’m both super nervous and super excited!
What made your Monday Marvelous?
Are you a fan of themed parties? What’s the most ridiculous theme party you’ve ever been to?
What’s your favorite flavor of cake? I’m not sure that there’s a flavor of cake I don’t like, but red velvet and carrot cake are pretty high up there! Peanut butter and chocolate is always a winner too 🙂