Sunday, November 3, 2013


That's a really big number.....Tuesday was my 40th birthday. YIKES! I know everyone says time flies but seriously it's very weird that I'm already 40.

Tuesday I woke up bright & early at 4:45.
4.50 miles was my first run of my 40's.
This is the most awesome combo! So, so good. Try it. You'll love it. I wouldn't lie.

Dean & I went out for birthday dinner #2. We went to Roberto's. You know, home of the best shrimp poboy. They don't serve poboys at dinner so I went with sauteed red fish with shrimp, almonds & a burre blanc sauce with asparagus & mashed potatoes. It was delicious.
Friday after work I went & had a mani.
This is I'll Take The Cake. Love the color. There's a little sparkle to it. Very pretty.

Friday night we had dinner at Caliente with friends. Just our normal Friday night.

Saturday morning I was running in a 5K at St. Joseph's Academy.
Kitzia, Cindy, Me & Sheri. Cindy & I were the only ones running. We stayed together for the first 2 mi. & then I ran ahead.  I finished in 31:26. Not bad for me. The St Joseph run was the very first race I'd ever ran & I really like the course. It's mainly through a residential section & there are lots of pretty houses to look at & then we run around a portion of the LSU lakes. By far, my favorite area of Baton Rouge. If I had an unlimited bank account I'd live on the lakes. It's gorgeous.

Saturday evening Scott & Lydia were running a 5K at Mockler Beverage. They also had a 1/2 mi. Fun Run that Logan was running in. He was so excited!
Logan was being silly. He's always so happy to see us. It makes me feel good!
He was ready to run!
He told Dean he was tired & wanted him to hold him after the race. Scott & Lydia ran the 5K & Dean & I watched Logan.
This pic made me laugh! I don't know what he was looking at.
It's rare that Logan is this still but he loved watching all the people finish the 5K. He had a front row seat to see his mom & dad finish the race.

Once the race was over it was off to Birthday Dinner #3! Allison picked me up & we met Vicki & Wendy at Mansur's. I was suprised. They hadn't told me where they were taking me. I love Mansur's! We shared the char grilled oysters  & had wedge salads. Why is it a wedge salad is soooo good? I'm pretty sure if I chopped a head of iceburg lettuce in half & put blue cheese on it, it wouldn't taste nearly as good. For my entree I had shrimp, crawfish & crab alfredo. It was delicious. I couldn't finish it so I'll be having it tonight.Then they surprised me with a piece of blueberry bread pudding with a candle in it. It was delicious too! It was so fun being able to have a girls night with my friends.

Halloween was a very exciting day for Baton Rouge. It was the day Trader Joe's opened! This is the first Trader Joe's to open in Louisiana! Dean & I went this morning. It's a great store & I'm so happy to have one in town.
My favorite flowers ever! They're a beautiful purple color. TJ's had a lot of really pretty fresh flowers & they're not expensive. I didn't get to try the 2 Buck Chuck because of the most ridiculous law in the history of laws. Our parish (remember we don't have counties in Louisiana) had a law that the only alcohol that could be sold on Sunday's was beer but it couldn't be sold before noon. Well, people realized the ridiculousness of this law & they changed it. You can buy any alcohol you want on Sunday's....AFTER 11:00 am. DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. Sadly, Dean & I were at TJ's around 8:30. We try to do our shopping early to beat the crowds. What a bummer.

My mom came over today & we went to brunch for my birthday at Frankie Marcello's. We had the Eggs Sardou. Soooo good!!  I think that was the last birthday meal I'm getting this year which is probably a good thing. I need to be running more & eating less. I'm only 5 weeks away from my Half Marathon!

How was y'alls weekend?



  1. Well, congratulations! And, boohoo, you are 24 years younger than me! Help, get me my walker, please!

  2. You are just a baby at 40!!!! My KIDS are in their 40's! Let me tell you though, my 40's were the BEST years, truly. Enjoy every day. Congrats on the marathon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Happy Birthday. I'll be joining the 40's club come January! Yippeee

  4. Your 40's is supposed to be the best years of our lives. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Your 40's is supposed to be the best years of our lives. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Happy birthday, Traci! Nice to know Trader's Joe's opened in Baton Rouge. Will have to go there someday. Enjoy this next decades
    of your life!...Christine

  7. Happy Belated Birthday Traci! We had to wait 6 years until they opened one in Charlotte after moving from SoCal. Love, love, love Trader Joe's. Try everything!