Happy Pretend Birthday To Me!

20 Dec

Hiya! Man, am I in a good mood today! Today is my last day of work for 6 whole days, I get to see my dearly missed family in less than 2 days, I think I’ve finally kicked the head cold that’s been haunting me, and today is my pretend birthday! Yay!

You see, my birthday is on Christmas Day, so in order to be able to celebrate with my friends, I have to have a ‘pretend’ birthday. So tonight, a bunch of friends will meet up for dinner and drinks afterwards to celebrate my birthday! I could not be more excited.

Here are three random topics I’d like to talk about today:

1. Fitness! 

This morning’s workout was amazing! I really kicked butt at the gym:


I was back at with running today! I did 5 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking 3 times, then I alternated 1 minute of walking with 1 minute of running, upping the speed each time. I was pretty sweaty by the end, and feeling like a beast. Don’t you love that feeling!?

2. Books!

Since I got Happier at Home, I’ve been thinking about the lessons I learned from The Happiness project lately. In particular, the 60 second rule is one that I’ve always tried to follow since I read the book. Gretchen says that if anything takes less than 60 seconds to complete, you should do it immediately and not put it off. One thing I always, always do in the mornings is put the top of my hair up in velcro rollers to give it some body. Lately, I’ve been shoving the rollers back in the bag haphazardly or just not putting them away at all, so this morning I timed myself putting them away properly:

put away

I’m happy to report that, even with taking the photo, it took me 45 seconds to put the rollers back into the bag in a way that they all fit and the bag snapped closed. Ok, this seems really silly, but the take away here is that I hate when things are haphazardly laying about and not put away neatly, so now I know that it takes less than a minute to do this and I will do it every morning — and I’ll be happier because of it!

I really can’t wait to review Happier at Home here, but I’ve got some other reading on the agenda before I can get to it:


I have 2 chapters left in The Fault in Our Stars, which is my Book Club book this month. It’s so good and has been an incredibly fast read. I’ll tell you more about this one after I’ve had my Book Club meeting. I almost forgot that I bought this Wally Lamb Christmas book earlier this year and put it on the shelf to read at Christmas time. Wally Lamb (who has authored bestselling books like She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True) is probably my favorite author ever. When I saw that he had a Christmas book, I had to snatch it up!

3. Coconut Oil!

So much for segues! Tropical Traditions sent over a huge jar of Coconut Oil for me to try out:

coconut oil

Which I immediately stuck my (clean) fingers in to moisturize my dishpan hands!  I’ve heard great things about how coconut oil isn’t only great for cooking, but also great for skin and hair! I’ll be trying it in a few different ways over the next couple of weeks, and then writing a review here. I may even have a surprise for my lucky readers! However, since this is my first ever jar of coconut oil, I need your help. Which leads me to the Question of the Day, which is:

What’s your favorite way to use coconut oil!? (Feel free to link me to recipes) 

6 Responses to “Happy Pretend Birthday To Me!”

  1. Haley at 2:02 pm #

    The Fault in Our Stars is practically my favorite book of 2012! So many tragically hysterical moments. Happy Early Birthday!

    • I finished it on my lunch break today! The ending was perfect! I was afraid that they would end it in the middle of a sentence. 🙂

  2. Lauren at 2:28 pm #

    Oh man, I would feel so jipped if I had my birthday in December at all.. The “fake” birthday is a pretty good idea, though.

    • Well, when I was a kid I tried to talk my mom into changing my birthday to July. She wouldn’t do it, so now it’s stuck.

      • Lauren at 2:36 pm #

        haha, that would have been cool of her! I am on July 15th, which is awesome for presents, but not so awesome as a kid because most kids are doing stuff for summer break.. so it makes planning for a party more difficult, but I still like to take off work for my birthday because I am immature like that 😀

  3. Nadine B at 7:33 pm #

    Coconut oil is pretty fantastic just as you’ve used it. I love what it does for my cuticles. It was a bit too oily for me to use as a hair conditioner, but it worked nicely as a replacement for shaving cream.

    I haven’t tried cooking with it, but I want to try it in a pie crust eventually.

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