How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday?

June 4, 2013
How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Some inspirational street art in Montreal, 8/08

Happy June, everyone!

My birthday is this week! I’m trying to stay positive and excited about it like usual, but with our tight budget lately, it hasn’t been easy. But! A reason to think outside the box isn’t necessarily a bad thing- who says you need to spend money in order to have fun? I’m thinking probably a birthday mountain hike in the Catskills or maybe the Berkshires, weather permitting.

Last year, I celebrated my birthday with Andy by visiting one of those tourist traps you always see advertised on the side of the New York State Thruway: Howe Caverns.

First, though, we ate a magnificent breakfast at Duo Bistro in Uptown Kingston:

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Strawberry French toast on an amazing nutty bread

We knew the café at Howe Caverns would be pricey, so I packed a picnic and we spread it out on the roof of the car while we waited for our guided tour to start. Birthdays mean you get to eat all your favorite foods: olives, cheese, and good bread 🙂

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Chocolate covered blueberries in the old jam jar, marinated olive medley, hard-boiled eggs, tomato, and bottle of water

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Marinated olives, roasted red pepper and feta cheese (I grew up on the Mediterranean coast in another life)

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Crusty bread, mmmmm

Even though it was June, the caves remain a steady temperature of  52 degrees year round, hence the scarf.

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Right before we took the elevator underground

I’ve lived in New York state my  whole life, so I’d always seen the Howe Caverns signs and been curious to check them out. Kind of like a fun-little-kid-thing that I could check off my list- been to the caves! Fun, but don’t really need to go back 🙂

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Inside the caves, 156 feet below ground

One of the nicest parts about my birthday was the surprise cake that my sister, Sue, made for me. I guess in some ways I’m a traditionalist? But who doesn’t want a surprise red velvet birthday cake?

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savorin

Thanks Sue!

2011 marked the end of my twenties, and I wanted to do something big and memorable for my birthday. And really, I couldn’t have done it without my friends:

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savorin

Yes, we did intentionally match the colors on the stairs, how did you know?

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

Up inside the Sky Ride at Six Flags New England

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? - Sweet and Savoring

One of my favorite amusement park/fair rides!

With fifteen people (two random guys from the parking lot joined us!), we got a group discount at Six Flags New England and ohmygoodness, what a glorious day it was. The weather! The rides! The friends <3

I wish I could go to amusement parks more often- but the rarity makes those times more special.

Do you go big for your birthday, or do you tend to downplay it? I suppose I see my birthday as an opportunity: to do something memorable that I wouldn’t otherwise do, but also to reflect and appreciate all the love I’ve experienced. My twenties were such an up and down decade, filled with all sorts of travels, identity crises, jobs, and community life at Omega for six seasons (that last one deserves a post of its own).

Last year, when I turned 30, I was still adjusting to my new life- married nine months earlier, and a new full-time student- but now, I feel more situated in my new ‘adulthood’. Bring it on, 31! Let’s see what’s next!

If you’d like to share, I’d love to hear stories & comments on your birthdays 🙂



In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives a message of beauty, hope, cheer, and courage – so long are you young. When the wires are all down and our heart is covered with the snow of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old.  —Douglas MacArthur


[Six Flags and cave photos courtesy of Andy Milford. The rest are mine.]

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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Happy Birthday! I usually tend to downplay by bdays. We don’t really doing anything big. My only request is just to spend time with my family and have a nice dinner.

    • Christy June 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Holly 🙂 Sometimes family and a nice dinner can be just the thing- it’s nice not to get lost in elaborate plans.

  • Deb Rothaug June 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Well, the birthday itself will be up to you, but perhaps extending it a day will bring some fun memories to be made! Enjoy and see you soon!

    • Christy June 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      I am so in favor of extending it a day- after all, I’ll be celebrating with Ellen two days afterwards!

  • Kiersten @ OMV June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I hope you have a Happy Birthday! And now I am totally craving cake and olives. 🙂

    • Christy June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Haha, thanks Kiersten!

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