Scenes from my weekend – Birthday

View from Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Yoga (1991) by Mark di Suvero

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

I’ve never really been a big birthday person. Maybe it’s because my birthday is in the summer and, with most friends away or at camp during the summer, I never really had big birthday celebrations (I don’t think?). So, it suited me just fine that my birthday on Saturday was like any other day – swim and gym class with one son and a day at the park with the family. We headed over to Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park – the gorgeous park that starts at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and wraps it’s way around the Brooklyn waterfront. The sculpture in the picture above is by Mark di Suvero and is a 30-foot tall kinetic sculpture installed in partnership with Storm King Art Center. The large I-bean, which is bent into a U-shape, rocks and pivots along the pole and create different shadows and perspectives depending on its position.

On Sunday, we took a drive up to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture near Tarrytown, about 45 minutes outside of the city. It’s a nonprofit farm and education center and operates a 80-acre four-season farm. It runs a number of education programs for children and families but also trains farmers (particularly young farmers) in resilient farming techniques. We’ve visited with the kids a few times before but I think that this is the first time that they were truly interested in seeing how the farm actually works. We explored the vegetable gardens and greenhouses, visited with the chickens, pigs, sheep, cows and turkeys, and had a picnic in the grass. It’s a pretty cool place and I really admire the work that they are doing on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system.

The Weekly Chase
Last week, I joined my friend Melissa from Live, Love, & Run in The Weekly Chase – a new project that Melissa is starting to connect bloggers with other bloggers to support each other up as we chase down goals that we want to accomplish for the week. It’s super simple to join up. Just head over to Melissa’s blog, grab a badge and declare your goals!

I accomplished 2 of my 3 goals for last week.

1. Green Smoothie Challenge: I completed the green smoothie challenge. I’ll have more on green smoothies later this week. Thanks Amanda for putting me up to the challenge. I think that I’ve found a new love.

2. Swim once during the week: This almost didn’t happen. For me, one of the hardest things about swimming is actually getting to the pool during lap swim hours which are typically early in the morning or in the evening. I committed to swimming early Thursday morning, but when I arrived at the pool, the pool was closed because the chlorine levels were too high. WHAT??!

What a little extra chlorine?? Luckily, the NYC public pools opened this week and we planned on taking the boys after camp on Friday. So, Ed was kind enough to hang out with the boys while I swam laps. I only swam half an hour and didn’t feel great. A combination of being tired, dehydrated and out of swimming shape. But it was good to be back in the pool. 

3. Physical Therapy exercises: I did my exercises 4 out of 7 days – far from every day, which is what I was aiming for. Not good. Frankly, I forget about them. But, I know that I need to keep doing them. As my doctor said to me last week, I still have a long way to go in order to get back to where I started from.

My goals for this week are pretty similar to last week.
  1. Swim 1-2 times this week.
  2. Go to bed before midnight.
  3. Cook a real dinner at least 2 nights this week.
  4. Do physical therapy exercises + plank
Did you accomplish your goals last week? What are your goals for the week? How do you celebrate your birthday? Did you have a good weekend?


  1. says

    What a great birthday weekend! My husband and I are really low key about birthdays, too. The food/agriculture center looks like fun! Best of luck with your goals… #2 is one that should be on my list but I am a serious night owl. :)

    • says

      Thanks! Stone Barns is really a pretty amazing place and they are doing some amazing work to improve our food system. I have turned into a serious night owl and it’s no good!! I used to love getting up early in the morning and would love to return to that.

  2. says

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! I’m giving you a virtual cheers right now with water in my Star Trek glass. Seriously. To the right of me is a half glass of water with Lt. Uhura on it (from the 2009 movie). Yep, I’m that cool!

    Excellent photos and congrats on taking on the weekly chase challenge.

  3. says

    Happy Birthday! I think b-days are all about how YOU want to spend them.

    My goals for this week is to 1)work on my “office hours” 2)Run LoziLu on Saturday and not hurt myself!

    Good luck this week!

    • says

      Thank you! I think that I need to implement “office hours” in our house. I’m all over the place with work sometimes and it would probably do me some good to have a schedule that I stick with. Have fun running LoziLu!

    • says

      Thanks Meredith! The statue is pretty cool. If you have a chance to head up to Storm King Art Center up in the Hudson Valley (if you haven’t been there already), there are a ton of his sculpture there and it’s a pretty amazing place to explore. Love your goals too. I like the idea of trying 2 new recipes a week tho’ I probably have to spread that out over a month!

  4. says

    That sounds like a lovely weekend! The farm sounds like a great place to visit with kids. I may have to plan a trip there.

    More sleep is one of my weekly chase goals too! For me, when the basics get out of whack, nothing else works properly.

    Happy birthday!

    • says

      You should go visit. It’s a great place to wander around, just maybe not when it’s 95 degrees and blazing hot out :-)
      I’m with you on the sleep thing. I need to work on that badly!

  5. says

    Happy Birthday!!! Looks like you had a great weekend and birthday! Good luck with the goals this week! I love the one about cooking a real dinner…we’ve been eating out way too much this summer!

  6. says

    Happy Birthday! Good luck with your goals this week. Do you like swimming outdoors better? Hopefully the pool opening will make your goals that much more enjoyable!

    • says

      Thank you! I do like swimming outdoors but the thing that I don’t like about swimming at the public pool is that I can’t use a kick board or pull buoy which means that I’m just swimming straight laps the whole time. It’s a bit of a free for all too with no lane lines so hard to swim sets sometimes. But it’s better than no pool for sure!

  7. says

    Happy Birthday! And, great job on your goals. You may not have accomplished them 100%, but you were pretty darn close. I think I’m going to add your “cook 2 times a week” to my goals, too. As always I aim too high (want to cook all week) and end up eating out more than necessary.

  8. says

    Happy happy! I love my birthday! LOL! And congrats on checking off your items on your weekly chase! Going to bed before midnight? SO easy for me! LOL how do you do it?! Time do you get up?

  9. says

    I’m getting in a bad habit of reading posts and thinking I commented (like, actually wrote the comments out) and closing the windows/tabs. GAH!

    Happy Belated Birthday, C!!! I’m glad I have you on Facebook in case I can’t get to blogs and say it! 😉 Your weekend looked absolutely perfect, and I’m so glad.

    Seems like sleep is a goal that’s on everyone’s list this week, haha. I’m exhausted and about to take a snooze with the hubby now. Maddie didn’t do very well last night…up every two hours. Shooph. Great job on the goals…and I’ve had a pool close down for the same reason. Another time, I had a pool in dire need of closing…you couldn’t even BREATHE around it the chlorine was so high.

  10. says

    Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful weekend – spent with family, it’s gotta be perfect, right?

    And fantastic idea on listing your goals for the week. It really helps gets things done when you put it down. Good luck for the week!

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