I like planning, I like organizing, I like the build up. Which usually means whatever I've planned can't live up to my expectations. Oy. So this year, I intentionally didn't plan anything for my birthday. Sure there were things I wanted to do but no schedules, no checklists. Just free-flowing through my day.
And it was the best.
7:45AM - Sleeping In is hard to do
I switched around my work schedule and had the day off. So, I slept-in... to 7:45. Life is not what it used to be. ;) And then, up! I started playing some praise music, getting ready, and praying Morning Prayer. Once I was ready to leave I texted my parents and turned my phone to Airplane Mode.
9AM - To Holy Hill We Go
Having a Basilica just 13 miles from your backyard is just the best. So I went up to Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. If you're a pro-golf fan you may have spotted it in the background of the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills.
On my way out I stopped at Starbucks to grab some breakfast. I had two rewards (one birthday and one I-spend-too-much-money-here) and got a Venti Cold Brew and Spicy Chorizo breakfast sandwich. It was crisp, but not cold when I arrived at the Basilica so I had a mini picnic.
After I finished breakfast, I went up to Confession. Lemme tell ya, it was long overdue. And with a shiny, new soul I started my holy hour in the St. Therese chapel and ended it in the Shrine Chapel, before going to Mass.
Can I just say there's something about the first Mass after Reconciliation that just gets me fired up. 👊🏼 Now's also a good time to mention that yesterday wasn't just my birthday, but Our Lady's, too! (I used to kind of resent this, but that's a story for another time.) Having an actual Feast Day for a Birthday is a pretty sweet gig.
12PM - Earthy, with notes of Urban
For some lunch and I decide to head to the Milwaukee Public Market. I ended up getting the most perfect sausage on a pretzel bun with onions and frites. Then I went to my most favorite place to eat it: anywhere on Lake Michigan's Lakefront. Perfectly crisp yet sunny, bliss.
On my way home I went to a different favorite place. Trader Joe's. I bought my self a mini Aloe plant #PutASucculentOnIt and built a variety pack of beer. As I was checking out I mentioned it was my birthday and the cashier gave me a bouquet of flowers.
4PM - Presents and Presence
I got home and opened a few gifts. A few giftcards, a personalized candle, and an Amazon Echo Dot.* Y'all, I love this thing. I'm still figuring out things for it, but so far I love the flash briefing and playing music without a remote. And asking her silly questions.
I switched Airplane Mode off and responded to all the sweet calls, messages, and posts my friends and family left. Around 6:30, a friend and I met up at our parish's Fall Fest and then grabbed a drink at local wine bar. It was so lovely to catch up with her one-on-one and we ended talking for three hours.
10PM - Roaming Home
After a long day, I journeyed home and ate some leftover KFC Potato Wedges and a Biscuit. Dinner of Champions™️. I curled up in bed to watch an episode or two of The West Wing with one of my drinks. A Granny Smith Draft Cider from Newston's Folly. It was 'aight like good but I'll stick to Angry Orchard (or Wicked Grove, love those Aldi brands!)
Yes, I agree.
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