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Published on January 23, 2013, by in About Me, Mini Things.

Aren’t birthdays the best? I know I might not always feel that way, but mine really rocked this year. It’s extra fun having a birthday that’s always close to a long weekend – Tim and I managed to stretch ours out from Thursday to Monday, thanks to the MLK holiday.

We kicked it off with an amazing meal at Cork. One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, and that is saying something. We had Pan Seared Foie Gras, Roasted Beet and Fried Goat Cheese salad, Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Hamachi, Butter Poached Steak with Marscarpone Risotto, Lamb with Gruyere Custard Potatoes, and a classic Creme Brulee.

Dishes at Cork

All of the food was fantastic, the service was friendly, and they even put ‘Happy 29th Birthday, Tim’ on the menus! We will definitely be going back.

KT and Tim at Cork

If you’re in the area and want to check it out, keep in mind that it’s a little on the spendy side (over $100 for two people) and you might need a reservation because it’s a small place, but you can find them on OpenTable, which is a plus. It is in a strip mall, but don’t let that deter you – it’s understated classy on the inside. And check out this wine selection:

Cork's Wine Wall

Later in the weekend, I had a party to celebrate my birthday. I wanted to do something easy this year, so I went back to my childhood parties. We had it in a park, there was a theme, a craft table, decorations, rides, and lots and lots of food.

The theme? PORTLANDIA! I love the show and it actually lent itself pretty well to a party theme. My guests really got in the spirit!

They dressed like it was the 90’s again:

Jon and Becky go full 90s

Note the flannel and the chain necklaces.

They rode their bikes:

Bike Parking

The bike parking system got a little crazy. Where’s the bike valet?

They put birds on things:

Put A Bird On It!

Put. A. Bird. On. It!

They rode an olde tyme surrey:

Ridin' Old School

You there! Good day to you, sir!

They failed to fly kites:

Dineen Flies a Kite... sort of

This is as close as we got to flying our .99 kite.

We also ate, chatted, ate, played Frisbee  and ate some more. And there was still food left over! The reason? About half the people who were going to come had to cancel due to the flu, and some people left early because they weren’t feeling well. Stupid worst-flu-season-in-a-decade. I might have to have a re-do when everyone is well.

Regardless, the party was awesome, I had a great time, and I went home feeling lucky and loved. My 30’s started on such a high note! Thank you to everyone who came and made the day so fab.

Speaking of fab, I’ve read a couple blog posts that really hit home with me and I thought I’d share:

Push, Quit and Craft by Rachel Wilkerson on A Practical Wedding is all about setting goals using simple verbs. It helped me re-frame what I want from this year, and from this project, in a simple and elegant way. This is why I still read APW even though I’m out of the wedding industry.

Beating Imposter Syndrome by Katy on Offbeat Home made me realize how I often credit my success (and friendships) to luck instead of effort. Am I giving myself enough credit? It’s an interesting question.

How To Explore Brussels in 24 Hours by Agness on eTramping got me excited to… well, see Brussels, obviously. Mostly the part about all the chocolate. We’re planning to bike through Belgium next year and now I’m leaning towards a detour to Brussels.

Look, I finally mentioned one of my Things!  More on the actual 30 Things List and how I’m planning to cross something off of it in the next post.  Until then…