This is 40

Totally NOT a running post, this. Totally about me. Actually, it’s totally about the Husband, who, despite his own confession of ‘not being a planner’ planned the most amazing weekend for me. Please excuse the photo-vomit. I’ll try to control myself better next week.

So on Friday, it was my 40th birthday. Turning 40 didn’t actually freak me out too much (there’s not much I could do about it) and I was really quite excited about my birthday. I have to be honest, I love being the centre of attention, I love surprises and presents and stuff. However I did worry a little that the Husband hadn’t planned much. Or anything. He’s not a planner and he’d said various things over the past week or two that made me think nothing was planned. He’s a trickster!

Friday morning started with hugs and presents in bed. The Husband gave me a birchbox subscription (which is a REALLY nice present to give someone) and my UK girls came up trumps with a bag and a box in my favourite colour. Tiffany blue.

me dude
I look so beautiful in the mornings
Little bag, little box, little silver earrings!

The Husband headed off to work for the morning and the Dude went to school and I drove to Woodside to meet my friend Bergen at Wunderlich park for a trail run. What a Β flipping amazing way to start my forties. It was hilly, tough, beautiful and awesome. And it was followed by coffee and cake.

redwoods me trails
Redwood Hugging
me trails
Made it to the top
me cake
I ate all of it. Because it was my birthday!

The Husband came home at lunchtime, had some lunch, told me to dress in sporty clothes and drove me down to Redwood City. He got lost (on purpose) and we somehow ended up…at the bike shop where he bought his road bike. Guess what my birthday present was!

me dude bike cycling
Someone can keep a secret!

Yep…I got a new bike in preparation for my century ride later this year. (Guess I can’t back out now). The awesome girl there found the right bike for my size, goals and budget and set about fitting it to me.

cycling bike me
Measuring me up.

Meet Margarita. My foxy silver and metallic pink Trek Lexa. She is beautiful. (She’s named after my favourite novel).

me Margarita bike cycling
Me and Margarita

Unfortunately, I have yet to ride her because it rained most of the weekend. But I’ve sat and looked at her all weekend and she’s great to look at.

Anyway, next up, the Husband was taking me out for dinner. He accidentally let on that it was at Alice’s Restaurant, my favourite place to go in California. It’s up a mountain in a redwood forest and a storm was raging. We drove up there and I remarked that it would probably just be us and the waiting staff up there. Who else would be at Alice’s on such a bad night?

About 40 of my friends were there for my surprise party! I know. I was pretty overwhelmed. Β It was awesome. And then there was a GINORMOUS red velvet cake.

me husband birthday
I LOVE this guy (My son needs to work on his photography skills)
birthday cake
Cutting the cake with elegance, poise and style
This was the best red velvet cake I have ever had in my life
Sometimes, running friends dress up.

On Saturday, it rained a LOT so the Husband postponed the planned activity – a hike up in Marin. Seriously. I love hiking and I love Marin. This guy! So that’s next Saturday! We chilled out and rested and then dodged raindrops and did some geo-caching!

Can you spot the Husband’s legs under the bridge?

In the evening, the Husband told me to dress up as we were all going out for a nice dinner. So I did. And they did. My boys showered and put on clean shirts and drove me to a restaurant…where a whole load of my favourite girls were waiting!! The boys hugged me and went home and I got a fantastic girls’ night out!

Lots of girls.
Know these two? This is what we look like when we’ve not fallen over on the trails

Sunday dawned with more rain.


After church, I was told I had one more surprise. I should put on a dress and heels. When the boys were sat watching TV in their pants (UK pants) ten minutes beforehand, I got a little suspicious…but we headed out to the car and two of my friends showed up, whisked me away and took me to the cinema where I met another bunch of girlfriends and we watched my second favourite movie (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) on the big screen. I’ve seen this film probably about 30 times but seeing it on the big screen was totally magical and made me cry.

Spot the BT, spot the Jen πŸ™‚
Totally took a sneaky photo in the cinema. I was sat next to my lawyer who said she’d fight anyone who challenged me.

And after one final sushi dinner with the boys, that was it. One exhausted husband, one over-excited little man and one very VERY lucky 40 year old.

40…so far, so amazing.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Laurel Cress says:

    Happy Belated 40th, Cat! Glad you had such an awesome weekend!

  2. Kristen says:

    Happiest of birthdays! What a perfect weekend planned by a perfect husband! 40 looks good on you (although you don’t look a day over 21!) πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Aw thank you. Do you like my new bike, lady???

  3. Liz Cairns says:

    Looks so wonderful Cat am so pleased you had such a great time you deserve it. Pleased to see my card got there in time too!! By the way what is birch box I’m totally at a loss but am guessing it’s good πŸ™‚ xxx

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you for the card!! Birchbox is a subscription thing and every month they send you a little box of beauty samples. Things you and I wouldn’t usually buy. So it’s a lovely treat! I have no idea how he even heard of it.

  4. Grace says:

    Happy birthday! That sounds like a fabulous weekend! Too bad about the rain (but for drought-hit California’s sake I kind of hope it keeps up) πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you! Yeah, we needed the rain. I wasn’t too annoyed about it. It wasn’t cold and that makes a big deal.

  5. Jen says:

    Yay!!! What a fabulous weekend full of amazing-ness. I hope you aren’t too disappointed by the lack of activities today. πŸ˜‰ I was very sad (gutted) to miss the party at Alice’s, so I’m glad that R planned so many activities so that I could attend 2 others!
    p.s. love the link to the UK pants. LOL

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you so much for crossing the bridge twice for me πŸ˜‰ It was so good to see you.

  6. bt says:

    Agree with Jen, a big Thanks to the husband for planning so many activities so that I could attend at least one. It was great to celebrate with you. Also, I *love* The Master and Margarita. I may need to revisit it. I haven’t read it in at least 10 years. Thanks for the reminder. Happy Birthday!

    1. Cathryn says:

      You know, I reread it after about 10 years in 2014. I wondered if I’d hate it because I’ve changed a lot in those 10 years. But no, it’s still utterly barkingly crazy, spectacular and unlike anything I’ve ever read. (Also try ‘Troll: a love story’ for something as weird, dark and incredible).

      SO good to see you on Sunday. Thanks for sitting next to a cat as we watched a cat named cat on the screen πŸ™‚

  7. SusieM says:

    Wow sounds an awesome birthday weekend! What a great job the Husband did!! Enjoy the bike when the rain stops, I’m very envious!

    1. Cathryn says:

      The rain has stopped…Margarita and I are going out this morning.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes x

  8. Wwhhhaaoouuu!! Congrats to the husband for such a nice and well planned ENTIRE week-end! He has hidden skills in planning πŸ˜‰ (your UK pants link made me laugh so hard!!)

    1. Cathryn says:

      He is so knackered from all the planning. But yes, he revealed hidden planning depths πŸ™‚ xx

  9. Angela says:

    Awwwww, how sweet! What a great way to celebrate a birthday! πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you!! It was so much fun. x

  10. Bean says:

    This is just amazing!! Happy, happy birthday!!!!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks, gorgeous x

  11. what an exciting birthday and a very loving and thoughtful spouse πŸ™‚ congrats on the bike! looks gorgeous! happy belated 40th birthday πŸ˜€

    1. Cathryn says:

      Didn’t he do well!! Thank you.

  12. Sounds like an incredible 40th birthday weekend. Welcome to the 40 club. It is really not so bad in fact I like it better than my 30’s and I’m only 2 years in. Happy Birthday! πŸ™‚

    1. Cathryn says:

      That’s really interesting! I cannot fathom how my 40s will be better than my 30s, they were just amazing. But we’ll see. I’m 2 weeks in and still zen πŸ™‚

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