Hey Twenty-six, I like you!

My birthday was about a week ago and since then I’ve been too busy to properly document my birthday happenings (but let’s be honest, birthday celebrating really takes up the entire month of February, so posting now is just fine).  I’ve also decided that so far being 26 is pretty great.  Did not see that one coming after the mini-mid life crisis I had of turning 25…some favorite birthday celebrations:

Celebrating my birthday at work. You may think, “why would you want to work on your birthday?”  Answer: because my co-workers love celebrating my birthday with me.  Evident in the plants, brownies, balloon, cinnamon roll, birthday greetings and general merriment.  For the first time since working at the Office, no one said, “Are you old enough to vote now???”
Celebrating my birthday with friends.   Laura suggested going out for fro-yo on my birthday.  Clearly, my friends know the way to my happiness.

Yes, those are 26 candles in my fro-yo! The next day I got the most amazing fro-yo present ever (thanks Laura and Tiffany!)

Celebrating my birthday with the Twins.  Sadly, I did not go to Florida for this one (shocking, I know)…but Scott our “idea’s man” (see you got another shout out Scott!)  suggested that Laura and I invite our friends over to watch Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.  Best. idea. ever.  Laura wrote a stellar post on the party and if I tried to write one it would not even compare.  Just read her blog.

Surprisingly none of the Twins made it into this photo with us.

And that about rounds out the birthday celebrating (for this past week).  It’s pretty clear I have the BEST family and friends.

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There’s always money in the banana stand…

Here I am in SoCal, on vacation!  Loving it?  Yes.  I meant to blog earlier but there was a tiny problem with my new camera (which takes amazing pictures)….the card reader on my computer does not want to accept the pictures…so sad.  Phone pictures will just have to work for now.

Day one was filled with walking through Hollywood–I was pretty pumped to see the stars, the Hollywood sign and hipsters—I felt like I was in Mpls.  (The most creepy part of the day was when we saw a man dressed as Michael Jackson, we are pretty sure that he had surgery to have MJ’s face become his face).

Yesterday, Beth and I met up with Tim, a friend from Minnesota that is working in Irvine.  We met Tim for lunch and then Beth and I wandered over to Newport and Balboa Island for the afternoon.  Imagine my excitement when I saw this:

Yes, a real life Banana Stand

Of course I had to buy a banana…and how luck would have it the girl working there was a Maeby look-alike!  We were convinced she was on the phone with George Michael  (If you have no idea what I am talking about it’s Arrested Development).

We also took in some beach yesterday….

...one of the benefits of going to the beach in the off season. No one is there!

Tim met up with us after work (after a phone call conversation of me telling him several times, “do not take the ferry,” “we don’t have to take the ferry anymore today.” –Beth said it was hilarious to listen to.  We drove on down to Laguna Beach, his second home where he showed us around the city.  It was a delightful evening.  We watched the sun set on the beach, drove up to a lookout only to find dancing? happening, ate tacos and of course ate more froyo.  (It is my California goal to eat froyo everyday I am here–so far I am 2/2!)

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