Weekly Wrap Up: My Birthday

April 21, 2014
This week I had to work every day except for my birthday because schools were out on spring break, so the theater was a busy place.  On Wednesday, a co-worker brought in some Funfetti cupcakes for me for my birthday!  So sweet!  Later that night, I headed over to my parents' house to celebrate with more cake and ice cream.  I stayed later and just chatted with my mom for awhile.


On the day of my actual birthday, my friend Dre stopped by my house and picked me up so that we could drive down to Columbus.  Our first stop was to go to First Watch to have some brunch.  I used to go there for brunch all the time during my senior year of college, but haven't been in forever because there are none around me.  Well, the main reason I went there was to cash in my birthday coupon that they sent me, which was for a free entree.  I opted for an omelet with home fries and an English muffin. Not too shabby of a birthday freebie, if you ask me and Dre had never been to First Watch before, but she liked it.  Afterwards, we headed over to the mall to stop in Charlotte & Russe because they were having a $5 scarf sale.  Unfortunately, none of the scarves appealed to us and we could see why they were only $5.  I did stop by Sephora and pick up my free birthday gift, which was a mini mascara and neutral lipstick by Make Up For Ever.  Next, we stopped at DSW to go shoe shopping.  I got the cutest pair of peep toe wedges.  They're red and the wedges are not too tall at all!  When I was trying them on, they were really comfortable, and to top it off, I had a coupon for $20 off a $49 purchase, so how could I refuse them? :)


Our next stop was to go to the Columbus Zoo...I hadn't been to Columbus Zoo in more than 10 years, so I wanted to go back and figured why not do it on my birthday?


I had a good time checking out all the animals--my personal fave was the Arctic fox.  God, those things were adorable!!  My least favorite was the binturong.  We walked into this building that housed a bunch of animals, and inside it smelled like corn chips or popcorn, which I didn't mind at first because I thought some kids were eating a snack in there.  When I stopped by the binturong, I read that the smell was actually that animal!!  Dre says I'm crazy and weird for this, but that grossed me out so much that I started physically gagging and made her rush away from there.  Still when I think about that animal smelling like popcorn, I get really sick to my stomach...Maybe it's because I have to smell popcorn all day at work??  I don't know, but I was glad to get away from that animal!!  I also liked the polar bear exhibit because there's water for the bear to swim in, but it's set up aquarium style, so that you can watch the bear swim through the glass.



Even though it snowed earlier in the week, and schools were on 2 hour delays, the weather warmed up and I enjoyed some NICE weather on my birthday.  It was the first time I was able to walk around with no spring jacket on, and the skies were blue and not overcast!  

After the zoo, Dre and I went to BD's Mongolian BBQ for dinner.  She laughed at me because the only time I had ever been there was in Mongolia.  BD's Mongolian BBQ was the first American chain restaurant that was allowed into Mongolia, sorry McDonald's.  Even though we were starving from walking at the zoo all day, we got stuffed after heading up to the grill twice.  I love the cards they provide you with because I ended up following their "recipe" and had pad thai.  The best part is that my  meal was like $2 something because...you guessed it...I used a birthday coupon!  Hahaha... if you think I'm obnoxious with this, I totally am!  


Finally, we headed to Rita's so that we could get some custard and laughed over one of the toppings which just said "wet nuts."  Dre is the one that pointed it out giggling and asked me if I knew what wet nuts were, but I also never heard of that ice cream topping.  She texted her friend who owns a Rita's in North Carolina and he said it was walnuts and caramel, although when I googled it, I saw it was walnuts in maple syrup.  


All in all, I had a great day!!  It was so awesome to hang out with Dre the whole time, and we both really enjoyed ourselves!

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26 comments on "Weekly Wrap Up: My Birthday"
  1. Sounds like you had a great birthday! Glad to hear it! :-)

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    1. It was pretty low-key but that's kind of what I was going for this year.

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  2. I have always wanted to go to the Columbus Zoo! I've been to the water park right next door, but never to the zoo! Happy birthday, it looks like you had a great time celebrating!

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    1. You should check it out! A couple of the animals were gone, but it was still a good time and I learned some fun facts about animals.

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  3. Sounds like you had a great birthday! Those shoes are adorable!

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    1. I did and I'm glad I found such a deal on the shoes. I hope to wear them a lot as soon as it warms up just a little more.

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  4. What a great weekend and birthday! I love me a good pair of red shoes :)

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    1. Me too! I've been without a pair of red ones for awhile, so it's high time I added some.

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  5. Sounds like such a fun birthday weekend! I love espadrilles and those red ones are perfect!!!

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    1. I wish a couple of my other friends who already live in Columbus could have joined us, but they both just had babies and are really busy. It was still fun, though!

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  6. Hooray for coupons, haha! And happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you, and April is always a great month because of those coupons!

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  7. Your birthday sounds like super duper fun. Haha! I would have left the place if that animal actually smelt like pop corns. I am a conscious foodie , now hope it wouldn't remind you of that animal at work .

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    1. As long as I don't think about it while I'm by the popper, I'm good.

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  8. I'm so glad you had such a great birthday!!! I loveeee those wedges.

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    1. Thanks for the b-day wishes on here, Twitter, AND on Facebook! You're the best!

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  9. Looks like so much fun! I have been dying to try Ritas for the longest time, but sadly don't have one near me.

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    1. The closest one to me is an hour an 15 min away, sadly. I started liking it when I actually lived near that one, but then moved!

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  10. I'm going to be in Columbus later this summer for a Thirty One conference. I'm thinking I need to add the zoo to my list! Arctic Foxes sound super cool!

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    1. They were the cutest things...but I read that they will shed their white fur for the summer and turn gray.

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  11. Apparently I didn't take enough advantage for the free stuff on my own birthday!

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    1. Oh yeah, I go wild with the freebies. I recommend signing up with Starbucks, Menchies, Benihana, Aveda, and Sephora if you can!

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  12. i LOVE the zoo!!! and those wedges - i love the color :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. When we first arrived I got scared that it was going to be super packed because some schools were there on a field trip, but other schools were out for spring break so there were also lots of families. Since we went from 2-5 it was a pretty good time because people started leaving as we were coming in.

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  13. 1) Happy birthday!
    2) Funfetti is my FAVORITE!
    3) WTF is a binturong? haha

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    1. Funfetti is the best! When I came back to America after 3.5 years of being away, that is one of the first things I wanted!!

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