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Birthday Weekend Part Two


Well, I’m officially a year older and a year wiser! The big 2-9. Only one more year until the next big milestone in my life since turning 21!

Part two of celebrating birthdays happened this past weekend and it was such a fun time, so as promised, I will share it with you!

It all started on Friday after work. REB got some tickets from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) for the hockey game against Michigan. This past weekend was homecoming at Michigan, but it also had a homecoming event for the hockey game against RIT. So he got tickets for the two of us plus two of his coworkers. He and one of the coworkers came over and we were famished so we decided to get a bite before heading to the arena.

REB suggested tacos and it was a no brainer that we went to TMaz Tacqueria. My friend Amber introduced me to TMaz and I refuse to go any place else for tacos now. It’s seriously the best, authentic tacqueria in town and so ridiculously cheap!

I opted for two black bean and two potato tacos. They are so legit. I’m not even kidding. I can’t even begin to thank Amber enough for introducing me to this place! And for re-affirming REB to Mexican food. Like, legit Mexican food (he isn’t a fan usually, but he’s sold!)

After that, we headed to Yost Arena for the RIT/Michigan game!

RIT lost, but it was a valiant effort. They actually won on Friday night, so it ended up being a 1-1 series. I didn’t care who won, but was rooting for my hubs’ alma mater. The Michigan student section there was cracking me up! They have so many chants, it’s like a workout for the entire game.

The fun weekend continued on Saturday! REB’s uncles came down to see our house and also brought us brunch!

They made two vegetarian crustless quiches (one spinach and feta, and one just egg and feta) and also that delicious Bavarian cream cake with almonds. We drank some wine, chit-chatted and some how decided that REB and I would be hosting Thanksgiving in our home this year instead of theirs! I’m so thrilled to have family over in our new home, and entertain such a big event! I can’t wait :)

So Saturday night we had dinner reservations at this amazing wine place downtown called Vinology. They’re known for their immense collection of wine and small plates and unique take on food. I love this place. Two of my friends couldn’t come since they were sick (something is definitely going around!), but Amber, REB and I headed down there for a most delicious meal.

I realized  after the fact that I had forgotten to take any pictures of the actual meal. Trust me, though. It was delicious. I got the smaller portion of their sweet potato samosas and also got some pita tostadas. It was muy delicioso.

The weekend ended on Sunday with football (of course), watching the Tigers ALCS Game 2 (we’re 2-0 right now, woohoo!), watching Space Jump (so cool!) and doing a bit of shopping with Amber for sweaters.

All in all, I can’t complain one bit about my birthday weekend. It was fun, made me feel special and was unforgettable. Thank you, to all of you, for all the birthday wishes, too! <3

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner?

Birthday Weekend Part One


Hello friends!

I hope everyone has been doing well. I feel like I don’t give enough love to the bloggy, but things are just so busy! [broken record]

Regardless, I think October is officially the busiest month we ever have because there are so many birthdays to celebrate!! So for two weeks out of the month, every year, we celebrate birthdays of those near and dear to us.

Last weekend was my dad’s birthday and REB’s birthday and mine is coming up this weekend!

On Saturday October 6 (my dad’s birthday), my parents came down so we could treat my dad to some delicious Ethiopian food at Blue Nile in downtown Ann Arbor.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen the food I take pictures of there. We always get the Vegetarian Feast, which is unlimited portioned out veggie curries, plus all you can eat of the delicious Injera bread. My parents really enjoyed it and I think they also had a fun time at the restaurant trying Ethiopian food for the first time! The great thing is that it’s so similar to Indian food since they share a lot of the same spices and cooking methods. My mom, being some what of a picky eater, found this to be very much to her liking. Another great part to the weekend was being able to see my aunt, who was visiting my parents for a few weeks! The last time I saw her was at my wedding a year ago.

The night ended with looking at photos of their adventures showing my aunt around the mitten! I’m so glad she had a nice visit and was able to see just how beautiful parts of Michigan are.

So on Sunday I took a break from birthday celebrations so I could play photographer to my friends Amber and Richard. They are quite the gorgeous couple and it was so much fun finding new locations for photos and also letting them be celebrities for a day! They have really become two of REB and my closest, nicest friends here in A2 and we’re grateful to have friends like this close to home.

No lie, I am really proud of these photos! Some of you may know that I’m trying to start up a photography business on the side of the every day 9-to-5. My web site, Aparna Photography, is still a work in progress, but I seriously can’t wait to showcase these photos and the senior photos I did for a friend’s niece last month, on the site! It’s also really nice having friends who are open to your ideas for photos, and having them be creative and coming up with their own! Thanks Amber and Richard! I’ll gladly photograph you two any time you want :)

Oh and if you want to see all the photos, check them out here on my photo Facebook page!

When I was done playing photographer, I went home, started editing, but took a break to prepare REB’s birthday breakfast! His birthday is October 8, and my office was closed for Columbus Day. He also took the day off because we wanted to spend the day together but also do my birthday present to me that he got me (more on that in a second..).

I made baked French toast for his birthday breakfast and prepped everything the night before so the batter could sit overnight with the bread.

I followed the basic recipe on Annie Eats web site, but only changed two things: I used half a loaf of Challah instead of a French baguette, and I used skim milk instead of half-and-half. I don’t know if these changes made a big difference, because it tasted pretty good to us! :)

So once we were done with breakfast and cleaned the kitchen, we headed out for my birthday present. My birthday isn’t until this weekend, October 13 (dyscalculia Halloween!), but apparently what he had in store for me could only be done on week days.

Best surprise ever!! I’ve been wanting to go horseback riding for the longest time and even though about putting it on my 31 before 30 list, but decided not to. I should have, because then I could have crossed it off. Either way, this was a really fun day at a privately owned stable and horse training area about 40 min from our house.

The ladies who teach lessons and take care of the horses were so nice! We got a one hour private lesson where we learned how to brush a horse (there are four three different kinds of brushes!), how to properly get hold of a horses leg so you can clean out the hooves (they are HEAVY) and also how to properly bridle and saddle a horse before getting on. They also taught us how to steer on the horse, give commands, and how to achieve trust between you and horse. The hour flew by! The horses were two of the sweetest creatures I’ve ever been around. They’re a little intimidating since they’re so big, but they were so gentle and kept wanting peppermints. REB actually took lessons when he was a kid. Although he hasn’t ridden in like 18 years, it all came back to him when got up there.

So there we have it! Our birthday weekend part one. Stay tuned for part two where we celebrate my birthday this coming weekend. REB and I are five days apart and celebrating birthdays are always a fun time. This weekend I’ll be seeing some family, and then seeing friends at night for a fun dinner out on the town!

What are some of your favorite birthday celebrations?