Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 11 (and Birthday recap)

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Day 11 and going strong! Even though I walked very, very sporadically last year, my overall fitness hasn't changed. I'm walking around the same distance as I did at the end of 2013. I'm hoping that means I will experience the same increase in fitness this year. My dream is to run regularly by the end of this year. I'll be honest--right now it seems pretty impossible!

Some pictures from birthday 42. I had dinner with my in-laws (not pictured) and received books from everyone who didn't give me money. I asked for money this year because I really, really want to replace the carpet in our family room. The last birthday celebration for 42 was with my mom and brother. I modified this cabbage salad to work with what I had. It was delicious. I also made my favorite guinness chocolate cake. Yes, I made my own birthday cake. My mom teased me the entire time, saying I was just like my grandmother, who also makes her own cakes. Hey! I know what I like, it's very specific, and no one in my family is a baker. You do what you have to do to eat good cake, and that chocolate cake is some damn fine cake.


  1. Oh my gosh, I've loved that EXACT guinness cake for years and years. I have a desperately saved printed copy (I found it before pinterest existed) - even when I don't want to make it, every once in a while I remember it and scramble to make sure I still have the recipe in my box, haha.

    1. I've been making it since before Pinterest, too! I actually don't know how I stumbled upon it, but I'm so glad I did!

  2. I made my own cake this year too. If you want it done it yourself! :-)

  3. Happy Birthday, Jules! Wishing you a happy and healthy year ahead.

    Celebrating my husband's 52nd today - and he's getting a pile of books for presents.

  4. Ever since you first posted this cake, I have probably made it 10 times. No joke. It's the perfect cake!

  5. It really is! I have yet to find one I like as much.


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