Birthday Recap

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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

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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

 Not pictured: The seagull chaos after this shot.

Not pictured: The seagull chaos after this shot.

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

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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!)

‘After all,’ Anne had said to Marilla once, ‘I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.’
— L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Yes, I agree.

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