Happy birthday to two of my favorite people…

Well, I guess I’ll just go ahead and blame my lack of blogging on A- the fact that this spring time heat wave has been melting my brain, B – I celebrated my 24th birthday on Saturday so since I’m the boss when it comes to my blog, I gave myself a few days off, and C – I’ve been too traumatized hearing about the lack of water in the Boston area even though I haven’t even been affected by it…

My brother also celebrated his birthday on Saturday. Yes, we were born on the same day. No, we are not twins. Yes, we are awesome. I was Patrick’s gift for his second birthday! (lucky him!)

So, on that note… HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT! Wish we could have celebrated together (he’s in LA) – next year we must!

Back in the day joint

Patrick sharing with me - how cute!

All the sibs!

For my birthday, Colin and I headed to Long Island to hang out with the parentals and my grandfather. Saturday morning we did a quick breakfast at Glen’s Dinette in Babylon (SUCH a great breakfast spot) then I went with my mom to get fitted for my bridesmaid dress for the wedding! It’s an awesome dress, I really love it. Will share pictures eventually…

Next up was the beach! It was SO gorgeous on Saturday that it would have been a sin not to get down to the beach while visiting LI. We parked at Robert Moses field five and headed to Kismet on Fire Island.

Now, in order to get to Kismet (while walking on the beach), you must take a stroll through the nudie beach. This is always interesting. You know what makes it even more interesting? Walking through it with your parents and boyfriend! Why not make things awkward on a nice Saturday afternoon?

Walking through a nude beach (as one of the ‘others‘ – ‘others‘ being those who opted to wear clothing) is a bit strange. Should you look? Should you avert your eyes? If you are going to look, if you should then make eye contact (if you’re not looking at other things….) – should you smile, or quickly look away? Is it acceptable to stare? Is it okay to giggle like a little schoolgirl? Should you just cave in and strip down yourself? Be all ‘natural and free‘?

None of us stripped down, although I think my mom was contemplating it… We almost lost her to the allure of no tan lines!

We finally made it through the naked body parts and over to Kismet, we had lunch at Surf’s Out. It was lovely, we sat in the sun and enjoyed some blue cheese wedge salads, a panini and Pinot Grigio. After lunch, we walked back to where we parked, passing the lighthouse along the way. I love the Fire Island lighthouse. Every time I see it, it reminds me of home. It was also a bit more scenic than the nudie route…

For my birthday dinner one of my best friends Heather joined my parents, my grandfather, Colin and I at a hibachi Japanese restaurant called Gasho – it was so completely delicious. I got fried rice and the hibachi shrimp. SO good.

Got some great birthday presents too! Some money (going right to the tires… wooo hoooooo!), clothes, a beautiful J Crew necklace, a charm for my Pandora bracelet, gift cards, and a gorgeous camera! I am now the proud owner of the Canon Powershot SX200 IS.

In other birthday news… HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUDREY HEPBURN! Audrey has always been my ‘famous person’ idol. I’ve been slightly obsessed with her since I was little. She was one of the most elegant, beautiful, fashionable, talented and compassionate women to ever live. A talented actress, a style icon, a selfless humanitarian. Sabrina is my favorite Audrey Hepburn flick – if you haven’t seen it, please rent it soon!

I even dressed up as Audrey Senior year of college for Halloween!

Classy with the beer in hand. Hey, it was college.

Words to live by:

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
— Audrey Hepburn

Last night we went to Noir inside the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it was amazing! If you haven’t yet, you need to head over there to try their weekly deal (everything on the bar menu for only $5-$4-$3-$2-$1) Monday-Thursday from 5pm-7pm. And go visit now, especially, because they have an outdoor patio – awesome for the warm weather!

Menu here – http://noir-bar.com/food/documents/foodmenu04.20.10.pdf

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and I can’t wait to enjoy a margarita! Goodnight! :)