It is that time again! Its the day of all days. My birthday! Actually it was this past Sunday but you understand. Everyone knows that I love my birthday. Besides Thanksgiving, it is the one holiday I look forward to every year and yes I did call it a holiday. How could you not love your birthday? It is the one day out of the whole year where it is all about you. You get tons of free stuff and cake…CAKE! I maybe seriously into fitness but I love some darn cake.
Anyway, this week has great so far. Not only did I celebrate my birthday BUT I got some great news at the doctor, and I even started cooking more for the family.
My birthday was great. I woke up to the sound of “Happy Birthday” being sang by my wife and K-Dub. After that they took me downstairs where I was greeted with some very good birthday pancakes and eggs, my favorite breakfast. After guzzling them down we got dressed and dropped the kids off at my SIL Kate’s house. My wife planned a nice lunch for me but I don’t know if I could eat it after that amazing filling breakfast.
We pulled in to my favorite restaurant since I was a kid, Carraba’s! I know many of you have ate at their hundreds of locations. Why is it my favorite? One of the many reasons is because I have never had a bad experience and my birthday was not exception. The last time I had been here was when wife surprised me on my birthday back in 2011 right before we got married. 5 years later and here we are again. Of course I had to dive in and get my favorite appetizer, calamari with lemon pepper butter sauce. It was just how I remembered it. Zesty and spicy but also no over powering. Moving on to entrees I had another favorite which is the chicken bryan. This dish is what introduced me to the amazing world of goat cheese. It is the creamiest and most flavorful cheeses to cook with and it was complemented well with the sun-dried tomatoes. After we ate our main course we enjoyed a nice cocktail. You have to have a cocktail on your birthday. So on those rare occasions when I drink I love to go for a nice martini. The pomegranate martini is amazing. It is sweet but also will catch up to you quick it you have too many.
After finishing off much with some desert, we drove out to Rea Road and to the Stonecrest shopping center where I was treated to Star Wars: Rogue One. It was a great movie and the iner geek in my was thrilled to have seen it in IMAX with those cool 3D glasses. When the movie was over we retreated back to get out children and headed home.
Now I told you i love cake so my wife surprised me with a cake and I was sang “Happy Birthday” to again. I am definitely going to need to go for a run to burn all these extra calories this week!
The next day I do what I do every year. It was time for my annual trips to the doctor’s office. I always try to go and knock them all out in one day. So the first one I saw was my medical doctor.
Before I finish this story I have to say that for the past eight years I have been dealing with a major heart issue known as A-Fib. It is where one of the valves in your heart can get out of rhythm and flutter around to where you feel like you can’t catch your breath. It is very scary.
So after telling my doctor about my family’s issues with heart disease and diabetes, my doctor wanted to give me an EKG. I hate these things cause to be honest I have hair on my chest and those stupid sticky sensors really hurt to pull off. After it was over I figured the doctor would tell me what I already know and that is that I have A-Fib and that maybe it had gotten worse and i needed to have a primary cardiologist. What the doctor actually said was that there was no signs of A-Fib on the EKG at all. I was in shock. I am still not completely out of the woods cause I do have a low heart rate and my doctors does want me to follow up with a cardiologist to make sure everything is ok but for right now I would consider this a win!
I am also happy to say that starting at the end of the month I am participating in a “Dad Bod Challenge”. I am thrilled and excited and ready to learn. The challenge is for 21 days and it is me along with other dads around the country. We will be learning about nutrition, exercise and other ways to increase metabolism. I can’t wait to get started. I am going to be posting my before and after pics so you can see the results.
This weekend I will be getting things ready for K-Dub’s birthday party next weekend. Can you believe she is going to be four years old? Where has the time gone? I wish she could stay small forever. Anyways, I have to call and order a cake, nugget and fruit trays, build a princess dollhouse and send out invites. I love planning my kids birthday parties. They are always a lot of fun and this year we having it somewhere other then my house. YAY!