It is the state of Iowa, with the route that I rode on Ragbrai last summer. It may come as a shock, but it has been a year since he made me that cake. I'm another year older and, though I'm not riding Ragbrai, I am still living the "i love lucy" lifestyle. And many of the generous presents and goodies I received for my birthday are proof of that fact.
|Hadley's cake of my future book and bookmark (even though it'll be so good you'll never stop reading)|
|Sarah's beautiful balloon pic of me biking in heels.|
|Running shirt from Josh so I can bleed even more blue and orange.|
|Running water bottle from Josh.|
|Athlete's Cookbook (and farmer's market veggies) from Nikki|
|And new copper and stainless steel cookware from Josh to make my super athlete meals!|
|Similar cake to last year's... but Iowa has become THE USA! Made specially by Nikki and Joshua!|
I am so grateful for great friends and family who make such a big deal about celebrating my birth, even though it seems a sillier and sillier phenomenon the older I get. Even though these material things are very exciting, delicious, and useful, it is the quality time with loved ones that i appreciate the most and I'm very lucky to have gotten lots of it over the past four days. I will let you know how it feels to run with a water bottle, to bike in heels (maybe...), and how delicious and energizing the athlete's omelet burrito and chocolate fig and almond bites are.
I am working on my list of 25 things to do before 25 and will post it this week!