Monday, August 8, 2022

My 39th Birthday

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My 39th birthday came and went. I usually don't make a big deal out of it. Heck, I wasn't even going to celebrate with my friends, but some of them talked me into going out to dinner.

I thought I would share some of my birthday celebrations today.

Monday August 1st, Rory's good friend Ben (who was in our wedding) and his family were in town. I literally haven't seen them since our wedding and I had never met their girls. I have seen plenty of photos, but never met them. Same with them and our girls. So that changed Monday night.

We met up at their hotel, the Grand Sierra Resort and had dinner at Rim, which is a Chinese/Sushi restaurant. We ate so much food, talked and then took the kids downstairs to get frozen yogurt. And we only captured one photo.
one of their daughters is missing as she already went back up to the room.

Tuesday, my actual birthday, I took off work. Who wants to work on their birthday? Not me if I can help it. 

My day started off with a trip to the gym. I worked out and then headed to Starbucks for my free drink.

Then I went home to shower and get ready, but when I walked in, there was a card and some candy left for me. My husband and kids know how much I love both of these sweets but only buy them for trips or occasionally at work.
I LOVE The Office

Then I got ready and headed to Sparks Water Bar (my first time there) to meet my friend Heather for lunch and a Wet Woody. Yes that sounds dirty, but it is a frozen rum drink that is heavenly. I only get them about once a year, so I look forward to having them.

We shared our lunch with some coconut shrimp, crab cakes and a teriyaki salmon salad.

My tank is on sale for $14.95 with the code REALGOOD

Then I headed to Nordstrom Rack to look for a strapless bra. I needed one for the shirt above and for an old J Crew scalloped tank that has a different strap situation than the current ones. While there, I found a cute Max Studio dress that was normally $188, on sale for $54.99. I plan to wear this on a lot of upcoming work trips.
MaxStudio Polka Dot Pleated Dress

Then I headed home to freshen up and change for dinner. Then we dropped the girls off at my sisters house and headed to South Lake Tahoe for dinner at Hell's Kitchen. I used to watch HK and had always wanted to go to one. When the one in South Lake opened up, I tried to get reservations, but we never lucked out...until my birthday. Though we did make the reservations about two months in advance.

We both got drinks. Rory got the Smoking Barrel which is a play off an Old Fashion but they put it in a smoke box and bring it out for you to open. It smelled amazing and tasted so good. I got an It's Your Thyme which had vodka, thyme, lime, pear and vermouth.
Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

Then we ordered the lobster risotto (which is the famous dish they always had for an appetizer along with the scallops). We also order the heirloom tomato and burrata salad which had basil and salt inside. Both dishes were amazing. So outstanding.
Lobster Risotto

Heirloom tomato and burrata salad

Then it was entree time. I got the famous Beef Wellington and Rory had the same, but with lobster on top of it. I had dreamed of having this dish and it definitely lived up to my expectations. It was so flavorful and amazing. I ate every last bite of it.
Hell's Kitchen Beef Wellington

And then we got the roasted corn which was done in an elote style with queso fresca, jalapenos, and a jalapeno aioli. Again, amazing!
Roasted Corn

Then we got a free birthday dessert of the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding with homemade Speculoos ice cream. Seriously one of the best desserts I have ever had.

After almost two hours of dining, we headed about 2 miles away to Riva Grill (which the owners also own Sparks Water Bar) for another Wet Woody and to walk the pier and watch the sunset. These photos are why I love Lake Tahoe so much!

Then we drove back to Reno to pick up the girls and head home. We didn't get home until just after 10 pm and I had to go into work the next day. Brutal, but so worth it. It was such a great birthday celebration.


  1. Happy birthday! It's great you got to celebrate!

  2. Sounds like you had some great birthday celebrations! A trip to Rack on my birthday? Yes, please! Love that dress you got!

    1. Thank you so much. It is so pretty in person. And you're up next!!!

  3. What a wonderful birthday!! I love that you got to do so much celebrating and that you were able to treat yourself... all of the food at HK looks divine.

    1. It was soo good. I am happy we got to try it out. It was a great birthday. Now onto the 40th!

  4. Happy Happy Birthday! Looks like the perfect day- so fun :)

  5. I’m glad you enjoyed your birthday. Regine

  6. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday. Love your lunch outfit and the food from HK looks so yum.

    1. I really did. Thank you so much. It is my new favorite Sumer shirt.

  7. HAPPY Birthday sweet friend! Cheers to August babies, and that drink looks delish! Definitely a great treat <3

    1. Yes! Cheers to us August babies. It was a wonderful treat. Happy early birthday to you!