Thinking Out Loud – Birthday Survey

If you are wondering what it feels like to be 36 years old I am now someone you can ask.

I don’t feel any different from yesterday.  Or last year. Or heck, even ten years ago.

Actually, I bet I feel better now than I did ten years ago.

Back then I was busy carrying baby on my hip, nursing around the clock and eating with one hand while feeding my son with the other.

Now I get to run without pushing a stroller and eat fudge cake at night, savoring every bite without needing to share it.

lindas fudge cake

I was surprised with Linda’s Fudge Cake last night. Someone must know me well. Or just read my blog.

Anyway, we have a Goodie Bag Giveaway Winner!


Yay! Thanks for coming to my party otherwise known as my blog.

Nausheen, I will email you this morning.

So today isn’t just my special day. It is also known as Thinking Out Loud.


I am also going to link up with Arman because it just so happens his Spill-It Sunday questions for this week revolve around birthdays.

Happy early birthday Arman, from one Gemini to another!

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1. When is your birthday?

Today! June 5 is forever a special day on the calendar.

In fact, when I was about seven years old, I wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking if he would please make my birthday a National holiday.

While he did not, he did happen to pass away on June 5, 2004 which I found a bit eerie.

2. What would your ideal ‘day’ look like?

How about I tell you tomorrow after today happens?

3. When was your most memorable birthday?

Is there anything better than bringing Dunkin Donuts munchkins to school to share with your class and wearing a ridiculous crown made out of construction paper?

Okay so sweet sixteen was an awesome time. Seventeen and getting my driver’s license was a memorable experience.

Other than that, my 27th birthday stands out in my mind because it was the first time we went away for the night without my son.

I was surprised with a weekend in the city at the Ritz with a day of shopping, dinner at Tao, cookies and milk super late in the hotel club lounge (of course I remember the cookies) and breakfast the next morning at our leisure.

4. When was your worst birthday?

I really never had a terrible birthday.

Well, there was my 30th birthday I guess which we may want to mention here.

Would you believe my divorce process initially began (the first time around- it was put on hold  once but that’s neither here nor there at this point)  two days before my 30th birthday?

In fact, I had to drop off legal documents at my lawyer’s office on my actual birthday.

However, I was okay.

I had gone out the night before for an amazing laugh-filled evening with my bestest of friends.


And after the stop at my lawyer’s office, I ate a giant chocolate chip cookie cake in the car on the way to the Yankees game.

There is always something to smile about, especially when cookie cakes are involved.

5. What is the best birthday present you have ever received?

I am a girl. I like nice things. I will never turn down jewelry or handbags.

However, the thoughtful gifts are the most special and memorable.

For my 22nd birthday, my boyfriend->husband->now ex-husband came to my house early in the morning on his way to work to bring me several pounds of my favorite m&m’s with a teddy bear. I still think about that gift; the thought that went into it plus the effort of going out-of-the-way to brighten my birthday morning.

I was also given a bracelet later that evening, yet for years now, I speak first of the m&m delivery part of the gift rather than the jewelry.

6. What is the worst birthday present you have ever received?

Can’t recall a bad gift. Just bad cakes.

My father never listened or understood my requests.

There was the year of the Oreo cake which was wrong on so many levels.

Hello, I do not want vanilla icing with oreo crumbs.

How many times I repeated, “chocolate fudge outside vanilla cake inside. Or, chocolate outside, chocolate inside…”

So then came the chocolate cake with HARD ICING.

All chocolate icings are just not created equal.

Icing needs to be soft and thick and mushy and pass the finger test where if you touch the cake, you can swoop up a nice amount of chocolately goodness without struggle or “breaking” the icing.

Since the time of the hard icing cake fail, my father’s cake selecting privileges were revoked, even for his own birthday.

chocolate fudge cake

Remember I made him this epic chocolate fudge cookie dough layer cake back in December?

7. What is a health related gift on your wish list?

Health related in my eyes means running related and running related at the moment means I need some sort of light-weight running jacket for rainy summer days.

Lightweight enough to not make me hot yet covers my head and upper half from getting too drenched.

This one will do the trick.

8. What is a food related gift on your wish list?

I do appreciate a nice Edible Arrangement.

edible arrangement

I always say I should send one to myself but please, feel free to send me one. Make sure it includes the chocolate covered apples. Thanks.

9. What is your birthday cake of choice?

This is the part where I tell you once again how much I enjoyed reading through all of your comments about your favorite cakes and  preferences.

By now, you know my deal.

birthday mud pie

A la mode is always welcome. Just not coffee ice cream. Coffee goes in my cup.

Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today and pop on over to say Happy Birthday to Arman on Sunday!


Who is going to Blend this weekend?

If you run in the rain, do you have a summer rain jacket?

What treat did you used to bring into school for your birthday?

How do you like your icing (or frosting)? Obviously my favorites are chocolate fudge or a nice ganache. If it’s vanilla, I prefer whipped cream or the occasional buttercream.


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  • Arman @ thebigmansworld June 5, 2014, 6:00 am

    Happy Birthday buddy- go to Pieface, stick a candle in the pie and toast it from me 😉

    Don’t even get me started on edible arrangements…well the ones we have here. They look nice. And that is about it!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:44 am

      Aw thank you…What’s the deal with your Edible Arrangements? Bad fruit? Bad chocolate? That’s just not okay at all. It is so so good every time I have received one.

  • Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy June 5, 2014, 6:58 am

    Dropping by to wish you a very special happy birthday!
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  • Erin @ The Almond Eater June 5, 2014, 7:00 am

    Happy birthday! I hope it’s a great one<3
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  • Heather @ PrettyHealthyMostoftheTime June 5, 2014, 7:00 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I’m picky about cake. I’m going to be a cake snob and say I don’t like the rectangle sheet cakes that come from grocery stores. I don’t like the cake or the icing part. Other than that, I’m not picky! I really like the funfetti box mix but only if it also has the funfetti sprinkle icing – yum!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:42 am

      I agree on store made sheet cakes for the most part – some of the grocery stores around here have awesome bakeries and can pass the chocolate fudge icing test.

  • Sarah @pickyrunner June 5, 2014, 7:17 am

    Ahhhhh happy birthday!!!! I love Linda’s fudge cake so I would say you have a very nice friend 😉 Enjoy your special day, eat a special dessert, and one day we really are going to meet up to eat ice cream/froyo. And cake. Because life’s too short to choose just one.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:41 am

      Yes, we most certainly will. Like sooner rather than later. I will meet you half way! I bet there is a Cheesecake Factory somewhere in between us.

  • Alison Yeung June 5, 2014, 7:25 am

    Happy birthday, Meredith!! Gemini babies unite 😀
    A birthday with good cookies is a great birthday. But I also hope you get that perfect cake today. Have an awesome day!!
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  • Susie @ Suzlyfe June 5, 2014, 7:34 am

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fantastic day, filled with all of the things and people and activities that you love most. Obviously that includes a kickbutt cake. Can’t wait to hear about all of it! (especially the cake)
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:40 am

      Thank you! I can’t wait for the cake part either. You would think by now I am sick of cake but um, no. Not at all!

  • Tom @ Raise Your Garden June 5, 2014, 8:20 am

    Happy b-day. My number one choice on a cake is actually a peanut butter ice cream cake with reeses pieces. umm

  • Shannon June 5, 2014, 8:37 am

    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂 And I completely agree, all frostings are not created equal. I’m such a frosting lover (wayyyy more than actual cake) and some are KILLER, while others definitely sub-par haha.

    Have a fantastic day celebrating!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:39 am

      I leave the cake over and just eat the frosting. The only cake I eat is the pieces that are too attached to the frosting to flake off.

  • Alycia June 5, 2014, 8:42 am

    Happy happy birthday! Hope it is a day filled with sunshine, happiness and cake!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:38 am

      Thank you – it’s raining here but I am all sunshine, happy and can’t wait for more cake!

  • Kim June 5, 2014, 9:20 am

    Happy birthday – I hope it’s the start of your best year ever!!!
    30 was my worst birthday, too (for different reasons) but 40 more than made up for it!!
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven June 5, 2014, 9:33 am

    Happy birthday my dear!!!! I hope 36 brings you nothing but the best! For the record I totally thought we were the same age for a while so in my mind you’re celebrating 25 😉 XOXO
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 9:37 am

      So you know YOU just made my day, right? Like totally. Thank you. Honored. Beyond. lol. Because really, I don’t feel like I am more than 25. I guess this is where age is just a number comes into play. It really is.36 sounds like a parent. I know I am one, but you know what I mean. I don’t consider myself a real adult.

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat June 5, 2014, 9:37 am

    Cupcakes were a pretty standard item we brought to school for my birthday. But I don’t really like cupcakes. If I had to do it all over again, I’d bring chocolate chip cookies or those giant hard-iced sugar cookies. Whoa, someone’s having a craving! 😉
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  • Carmy June 5, 2014, 9:52 am

    Happy birthday! 🙂 Hope you have the best one to date yet 🙂

    In the summer if it’s raining, I just run without a rain jacket because it’s probably a million degrees outside and the rain will definitely be keeping my cool!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 5, 2014, 1:14 pm

      I ran this morning in what became pouring rain and think I need a light weight rain jacket like that Lulu one. I had a heavier version on which I totally needed by the end of the run. However, I was soaked anyway!

  • Hilary June 5, 2014, 9:54 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day filled with the perfect chocolate cake with the perfect icing! You deserve it 🙂
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  • Frank June 5, 2014, 10:14 am

    Happy Birthday! Here’s wishing it’s the start of a year filled with personal bests. Thanks for adding a unique dimension to my days 🙂

    Now, if there were only a men’s version of that jacket . . .

  • Kaitlin June 5, 2014, 10:32 am

    I am salivating at your birthday treats already! I’m a firm believer that the festivities can extend so happy early birthday 🙂 I am going to blend this weekend so we shall see how the weather turns out! I used to bring donuts in for my birthday but we Californians have different style donuts than dunkin! I love ice cream cakes and frosting that has been in the fridge or freezer. A bad habit my mom and I had (have?) is after we frost cookies, we put the container in the fridge and just eat it with a spoon. Oh man can’t believe I did that!
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  • Lish June 5, 2014, 11:06 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Mine is actually this Saturday- we are only 2 days apart 🙂 Might have to snag your survey!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 5, 2014, 11:48 am

    I hope you have an absolutely FANtastic birthday filled with lots of love and cake eating!! 🙂
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 5, 2014, 11:54 am

    Hanging out at the airport right now, but just had to drop by to wish you the HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS! I hope you have the most amazing day, and that this year is everything you want and hope it to be <3

    PS – this summer — it'll happen!
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  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 5, 2014, 1:26 pm

    A HUGE Happy Birthday shoutout to you! I hope your day is special in every way! 🙂 xoxo
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  • Laura @ RunningJunkie June 5, 2014, 1:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!

    Cream Cheese frosting (has to be homemade!) is the best thing EVER. Seriously, I could eat it with a spoon. I think it’s the only reason I actually make cupcakes. I don’t even like cake that much….

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 6, 2014, 11:18 am

      It’s all about the frostings. I don’t like the cake part either! I eat around it for the fudgy parts.

  • Mike @FitFriend June 5, 2014, 6:43 pm

    Happy birthday Meredith! You’re the queen of Q&A 🙂 I like the wit you inject into your blog too, you make me laugh! If I was around a Red Mango I’d drop in and have a birthday treat for you. Hope your day is filled with happiness!
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  • Renee @ Bendiful Blog June 5, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! And heck yeah to Chocolate Cake! Sadly no blend for me, but I did rock some serious cookie cakes when in school. My son who is going to be 7 also is continuing this trend with his birthday this month.
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