Weekend Photos in Review

by Cate on July 31, 2011

Saturday Night Nails
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have caught wind that my birthday was coming.  I started celebrating last week.  You know, birthday week.  But then Mystic had to get all practical.  “You know, since your birthday is actually on Sunday, and since Sunday is the start of the week TRADITIONALLY, your birthday week actually starts on the 31st.”  Men!  While he may be right, Nick’s birthday is this coming Tuesday, and I don’t want to intrude.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I have accidentally on purpose found a ton of different food ways to celebrate over the weekend, starting with a kick-off lunch with Patsy on Friday, dinner/movie with a girlfriend Friday night, lunch and dessert with Beth yesterday, dinner and a movie with Mystic last night, breakfast and lunch with Mystic today, and dinner at my parents’ house tonight.  Phew! I haven’t cooked since, um, last Wednesday and that is a pretty excellent way to celebrate, if you ask me.  That and with friends and family, of course!  In all the birthday festivities, I think it netted me another four spots to review as well – holla!

Finished Nails

Truck Message

Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Cow Mural

At Stew Leonards

Wild Berry Parfait



Sun Flare
In photography terms, this is what’s known as “sun flare,” and I hardly ever get a shot with it, so this one had me pretty stoked.

Mocha Almond Frappuccino
Mocha Coconut Frappuccino at a Starbucks near you, my current favorite. Tastes like an Almond Joy. Love.

My Favorite Cookies
When my Mom found out I didn’t have plans for dinner on my birthday (Mystic and I celebrated the night before), she invited us over for dinner. She makes this delicious salmon risotto dish. She hasn’t made it in years, a recipe she learned when we lived in Italy many moons ago. It’s still one of my favorite recipes that she makes, and today she actually gave me the recipe, along with making it for dinner. Score! Dinner was followed by my favorite cookies ever. I first discovered a very similar cookie at Governor’s in Maine, while my sister was in college years ago. Come to find out only NOW that my mom has her own recipe for them that she made when we lived in Alaska, some 32 years ago. I didn’t know that I liked them then or even knew about them all the way back then, but now I have an even better recipe than the one I’ve been using. Coming soon to a web site near you! The only unfortunate part is that tonight we found out that the kids like these cookies as much as I do, so I’ll have to share.

Sunday Night

Nick and Eli
Some years ago (five maybe?), my grandmother died on my birthday. Although we didn’t get along so well, it definitely made the day a tinge of bittersweet. Unfortunately today was no exception. Although Eli is still here, it was not a good weekend for him. I have a call into the vet and am waiting to talk to them tomorrow morning. At this point, unless there is an incredible miracle, I will need to put Eli down tomorrow. It’s been a rough day. He cannot walk unassisted, and even then, he collapses after taking a step. Don’t mean to be a downer, but I know a lot of you love Eli, so I’m sharing. I have always been completely upfront, or as much as I can be, with Nick. I don’t think surprises, the negative kind, are the way to go, so tonight I told him about Eli’s weekend (they had been with The Ex). I wanted to make sure he could say goodbye to him. They have literally grown up together. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do and it breaks my heart on many levels. Nick knows this is the right thing to do, because I’ve explained that it’s important that we be unselfish and do right by Eli right now. But I am totally dreading tomorrow.

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Joanne August 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

Oh Cate, my heart is breaking for Eli and Nick and you guys! Wish I could give you all a huge hug!

On a happier note, it sounds like you celebrated your birthday to its fullest. Cupcakes, french fries, risotto…what more could a girl ask for?


Patsy August 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

I’m happy I was able to help you kick off your birthday weekend with lunch on Friday! Now, you have to come by to sample some ice cream I made! :)

I’m so sorry to hear that Eli has taken such a downturn this weekend. I think you are handling it the right way with Nick, it’s better to be upfront and honest about what’s going on and what decisions have to be made. I’ll be thinking of you this morning.


The Sister In-Law August 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

Happy Birthday!!

I am so sorry to hear about Eli – he’s just a loveable dog!!



krhm August 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

Cate, I’m sorry to hear about Eli. I’ll be thinking of you and yours today.

On a happier note, it sounds like you had an awesome birthday week celebration!


Ramona August 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

I can’t tell you how sorry I am Cate. I’m going to have to face the same dilemma soon. My Country is 16 and we all know that’s old for a doggie.

My heart goes out for ya’ll.

Sorry this is also occurring on your Birthday.


Sarah Caron August 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

My heart is breaking for you and the kids. I hope you got your miracle today, but know that it’s not likely. My thoughts are with you all.


The Neighbor Husband August 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Very sad to hear about Eli today :( I have a bunch of great memories with him. He put up with alot from all of our kids.


Kris #40 August 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’m crying. Sorry to hear about Eli.

And at which Starbucks? Went to try ur new favorite drink and our town Starbucks looked at me like I was crazy. “we haven’t had almond in a long time”


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