After a successful training run as part of the Buffalo Half Marathon, my birthday continued. While I lost Mark at the finish line, I moved on to Panera and meeting my friend Sue for some post-race refueling. My specialty bagel smothered in hazelnut cream cheese tasted absolutely decadent. And as a bonus, the woman making my low-fat mango smoothie did not like the way her first one turned out, so she made me a second one – two smoothies for the price of one. Indeed it was my birthday.
Then came the afternoon and the secret adventure with Mark. We had talked briefly about my birthday a few weeks before. The conversation went something like this:
Me: I know you have a super busy few weeks coming up, but can we spend some time together during my birthday weekend?
Mark: Oh, I thought you wanted to be by yourself and reflect. I was planning on respecting that and staying home all weekend.
Mark: [Laughter.] Do you want to know or do you want to be surprised?
Fantastic birthday outing!