. counting down until… .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on December 28, 2012

Remember how I said I was happy to be getting back into a normal routine?Β I lied… I want time off again! For whatever reason, yesterday just draaaaaagged – I’d look at the clock expecting an hour to have gone by, and it had only been 15 minutes. Bah! At least it’s Friday. Ooooo and speaking of which, today officially marks the start of… well… I’m going to build up the suspense and reveal it countdown style…

Ten – apples used in the applesauceΒ I made yesterday.

Homemade Applesauce

Nine – times I almost fell asleep watching The Hobbit (rough approximation). I was actually really disappointed with this one. I loved the book and was hoping that Jackson would do a good job with the movie, since he did with Lord of the Rings; but this movie was too dragged out, lacked the epic feel that LOTR had, and had a whole bunch of things added to it that weren’t in the book. I’m glad I saw it, but it’s not a movie I’ll be watching again.

Eight – hours of work to get through before the weekend.

Stack of Files

Seven – months that it’ll probably take me to finish the new puzzle I bought… if I even finish at all. I actually love puzzles, but after an initial burst of enthusiasm, I tend to lose interest for a while. We’ll see how this one goes.

Orchestra Puzzle

Six – hours of sleep last night. I think it’s my magic number.

Five – minutes it took me to throw breakfast together.

5 Minute Cereal

Four – days left until 2013. What.the.heck? 😯 I think I should start thinking up some resolutions.

Three – bananas eaten over the course of yesterday. I may turn into a monkey.

Fat-Free Banana

Two – cookies are better than one, obviously…

Christmas Cookies

One – week until my birthday πŸ˜€

Yesssss. Today officially marks the start of birthday week for me! Next Friday, January 4th, I’ll be blowing out 28 candles and stuffing my face with enjoying a slice of cake. I’m not honestly sure how I’m going to go about celebrating birthday week, but I’m thinking of doing something special for myself each day – nothing big, but things like getting my nails done or going out to grab a cupcake. It’s all about the little things, right? πŸ˜€

. – . – . – . – .

When’s your birthday? Do you celebrate birthday week?
What’s your favorite birthday cake?
Β I need some ideas!
And… do you like puzzles?

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

Wooooo let your birthday week begin!!!
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2 Miss Polkadot December 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

Birthday week? Sounds like a great concept to me! Mine’s on January 29th so I might have to start thinking up ideas on how to spend it, too.

Ler me know if you come up with a cake idea … As Christmas went better than last year I’m hoping to make my next birthday a better one than the last, too. So no calorie-counting and enjoying a real cake not some super-healthified treat – not that I didn’t like them but I want to go all out on my special day.

Puzzles!!! Thanks for giving me that idea. I’m spending the remainder of Christmas break at home and am alone today as my parents are working. You just solved my problem of not having anything to do.
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3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Birthdays and holidays are definitely the perfect times to go all out. It’s great to hear that you had an enjoyable Christmas, Miss, and I hope your birthday goes the same!


4 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

My birthday was in October…and I absolutely believe in birthday week! In fact, I like birthday month.

Favourite birthday cake…jesus, that’s a tough one. I actually don’t like white cake, but chocolate with any flavour of buttercream frosting (seriously, I can -and do- eat the stuff with a spoon. Favourite food ever) makes me happy!

I like puzzles, but I haven’t put one together in YEARS.
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5 Chelsie S December 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

You know I’m a Grinch. haha. I detest my birthday just as much. I know, boooo!! But I’m always game for a birthday cupcake, that I know for sure. πŸ˜‰
I hope that you get some rest this weekend!! And plan yourself some fun for the upcoming days too, whydon’tcha?!


6 Jo @ LivingMintGreen December 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

I like puzzles, but I lose interest fairly quickly. I bought a unicorn puzzle a while ago, and my husband ended up finishing it, hahaha.
My bday is July 4!!! I usually celebrate in Montana; it always feels extra special with all the fireworks & partying. :) Fav cake(s): pineapple upside down, funfetti with vanilla buttercream & rainbow sprinkles, vanilla cake w strawberry buttercream.
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7 Dione December 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

Oh yes, I definitely celebrate birthday week. My birthday is feb 21, and I lucked out that that was always during reading week in university and NAIT. Now ever since I have been working I always take that week off. I don’t do anything big, but I enjoy relaxing all week and not working on my birthday. And the week always concludes with the oscars which I love. I don’t care about missing Christmas and other holidays that I work, but my birthday will always be my day. I will be 38 this year.


8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I love how you put so much focus on yourself around your birthday! We work hard, so we deserve that time to ourselves, right? You’re so lucky that your birthday always came during reading week, though – mine often comes on the first day of going back to school after the Christmas holidays :(


9 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

you def need to eat a cupcake for sure! I love celebrating all week for birthdays!
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10 Olivia @ Life As Liv December 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

Haha, bananas are a major staple in my diet. I think I eat a minimum of 2 in one day. They’re just so darn good! Happy early birthday!!! I’m a big believer in birthday weeks so soak up all that birthday fun! :)
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11 Caitlin December 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

I have a september birthday, and I demand my celebration starts the week before! I like how you are thinking little things, too…love doing stuff like getting my nails done and then you can do more πŸ˜‰ i like asking the boy to cook dinner for me to celebrate…something simple since he can get carrie away (loves to cook)…oh and flowers…flowers are a must! One of the few girly things about me haha but i love my flowers :)
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12 whiness December 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

I’ve never celebrated birthday week… Maybe I’ll celebrate in in the next year because I’ll be 18 then. Mine’s on 27th Novembr so I have much time πŸ˜‰
Havourite birthday cake… When I was a child I used to like just “a birthday cake, it only should be sweet!”. Now I think that banana bread or something like that would be breat :3 But I just like quite healthy cakes, like chocolate bean cake or chocolate zucchini cake… Quite tasty ones but maybe it’s not good enough for birthday. ^^’
Puzzles? I was obsessed with puzzles when I was a child. I could spent half a day doing a puzzle. πŸ˜›
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13 Laura Agar Wilson (@lauraagarwilson) December 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Oh I love Birthday week! Hope you have lots of fun. For my last birthday I made a raw chocolate cake and some peanut butter chocolate brownies – I think my dessert tastes can be summed up by those two things!


14 TJ December 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love to read your blog and this is the first time commenting but I just feel the need because deciding on cake flavors is a MAJOR decision. For me…I LOVE(d…no dairy for my tummy : ( ) cream cheese frosting (carrot cake w/ it (but no raisins ew), pumpkin cake!, chocolate cake!, coconut!). Lots of frosting and SPRINKLES! Happy almost birthday!


15 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Hehe you’re right! Cake flavors are definitely a major decision! Thanks for sharing your suggestions πŸ˜€


16 Brittany December 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

You need to have a cupcake EVERYDAY for the whole week. Happy almost birthday!! Mine isn’t until February. Bummer about the movie, I think I will wait to rent it.
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17 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

Yay for Birthday week coming up! I am the queen of counting down until things. Back when I was in school it was all I did!
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18 Lucie December 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

I made your applesauce yesterday as well!! Love it!! Go for that birthday week. If you want the recipe of my Mom’s chocolate cake, the smoothest and most delicious in the world (i think) let me know. 28??!! My Gosh, I am soooo old in this blogger world.
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19 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

You’re only as old as you feel! I’m actually probably closer to 12 years old in my mind πŸ˜‰


20 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

Yessss birthday week!!!! I love your idea of doing a little something each day to celebrate YOU. That is awesome and you deserve it. I also really like doing puzzles but tend to start strong and then lose interest if they take too long. I don’t think I will be seeing The Hobbit because I keep hearing so-so reviews and I’m not super into those kinds of movies anyways.


21 Meghan @ After the Ivy League December 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

I kind of love puzzles too! And I’m the same way..burst of inspiration then I get bored with it. That one looks really hard! I need to make your applesauce, it taunts me daily at this point. And happy birthday week!! Definitely do something special for yourself, a little something goes a long way!
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22 Devon @ Health in Equilibrium December 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

I was disappointed with the hobbit too, it made me sad. I thought it was technically well done, but it was just too drawn out. Too many dwarves, too many battle scenes, too many orcs getting their heads cut off. And there weren’t even any hot elves to compensate! (Note to self: Make Amanda’s apple sauce already!)
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23 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Definitely too drawn out… and everything just seemed way too random and chaotic. I hope he does better with the second half.


24 Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) December 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

Wooooot, so exciting about your birthday coming up! If I lived closer, I’d send you some homemade birthday-themed blondies πŸ˜€

My birthday is in April.

LOVE puzzles – my favorite type would be crossword puzzles though.


25 Alex @ therunwithin December 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

oh man I didn’t realize our birthdays were so close! that is crazy. I love this countdown. I have yet to make your applesauce, how silly can I be. I should be making it. I haven’t seen the hobbit for that reason, I adored the other movie and felt this could be a disappointment.
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26 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

It was :( I was kind of afraid of seeing it after reading all the bad reviews, but I had been hoping The Hobbit would become a movie ever since the first LOTR came out, so I kind of had to see it. There’s still one more half, though, so maybe he’ll save it…


27 kris December 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

mm your applesauce always looks extra delish!
I have a summer birthday, July, and it’s always SO hot so I always ask for ice cream cake. Mint chocolate chip or cookie dough. Or any ice cream to be honest. My favorite :)
I went through a puzzle phase this summer with my sister for about a week where we were so into it…then we lost interest. Almost as fast as we became interested. I guess it just happens. Haha
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28 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Five minutes to make breakfast – my kind of breakfast!! Haha. I can’t believe it’s almost 2013… holy cow, time just FLIES. Yay for your birthday!!!
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29 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I saw The Hobbit this week too. I liked it, but definitely not as much as the LOTR movies. But that might be because I liked the LOTR books better than The Hobbit book. Seeing it reminded me how much I miss those movies though!

Happy birthday week! I love your idea to do something special each day – I hope you post about it! My favourite birthday cake is my mom’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. πŸ˜€
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30 Lisa December 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Yes, quick breakfasts are the way to go! Now, all my breakfasts are made in 5 minutes or maybe a tad more. I have no patients. I still haven’t seen the Hobbit, I had high hopes but I’ve heard not so good things. Darn. Wahoo for you birthday being SO close! Yes to a birthday week, you deserve a week if not more of celebrations! I still need to make your applesauce, it always looks amazing!


31 Sarah December 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Ha! Birthday week is an awesome idea! I’m totally celebrating all week for my next birthday. Your apple sauce looks deliiiish BTW. I want to start making things from scratch more. It’s stressful for me to cook. I was looking at recipes last night and your blog was one of the first places I thought to look. Thanks for always sharing your foodyness with us :).


32 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Cooking/baking was definitely stressful for me at the beginning too, but if you start small, use things that feel slightly safer to you, and keep at it, then it gets easier :)


33 Katie December 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

YAY for your birthday soon!! My sisters in January 6th! I think a birthday month is even better πŸ˜‰

Love this style post, too cute!

Have a beautiful weekend love! <3
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34 Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome December 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Cute idea for a post, might have to steal it from ya! Happy almost birthday week! I love birthday weeks, although I have to admit the older I’ve gotten the less exciting they become but still fun! I can’t believe there is only 4 days until the New Year! This week (and year) has just flown by. Time to get working on some goal for the New Year! Happy Friday!
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35 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

yay for your birthday week!!! eek!! I have been eating a ton of bananas too!
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36 Khushboo December 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Happy birthday week, Amanda! Love the idea of doing something special each day till the 4th! My 2 best cakes were on my 21st & 23rd birthday
-Chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake- think choc chip cookie base with chunks of cookie dough swirled into the cream cheese

-Baskin Robbins ice cream: choc cake with layers of coffee and cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream

Ok I need to go find some cake NOW! Have a great weekend!
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37 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Okay, I’m not even a huge fan of cheesecake, but I have to admit that a cookie dough one might just sway me… I’m going to have to look into that!


38 Irina @ Chocolatea Time December 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Bahaha I’m the same way with puzzles! I get all excited and motivated when I first buy them, but then I quickly lose the enthusiasm and push it aside…indefinitely. Oh well. And damn girl, only 6 hours of sleep? I would be a walking zombie and a grinch. I’m sad to admit I need about 8 hours :(

Sorry to hear that The Hobbit was boring! I haven’t read the book yet so I’m not planning on seeing the movie anytime soon, but it’s still disappointing to hear considering how amazing the Lord of the Rings movies all were!

And let the birthday celebrations begin!!
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39 Sarah @PickyRunner December 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Ahhh that’s so exciting! Birthday celebrations should last at LEAST a month! That’s practically a rule! Enjoy that cupcake :)
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40 kaity @ kaityscooking December 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

only best way is to celebrate is for the whole week ! i always make a chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting and some homemade pb cups on top.. yumm!! or i make a carrot cake with creamcheese frosting
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41 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Six hours of sleep? Ouch!
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42 Rebecca December 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I go through phases where I become obsessed with doing puzzles…I’ll get it all set up and spend hours watching movies and working on my puzzle (embarrassingly dorky, I know!) Then I’ll go a year or two and never touch a puzzle. I haven’t done one in about two years, but my sister got some for christmas and I might get sucked in.
My birthday is in October. My favorite birthday cake is my grandma’s special chocolate cake! I’m not a big chocolate fan, but this one is super delicious, it has coffee in it which really richens the flavor. Although I think if my birthday were this time of year I might opt for a carrot cake!
Hope you have a festive birthday week!


43 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

You know what? A chocolate cake with coffee sounds perfect. I’m kind of ashamed to admit it, but as a bigtime lover of both, I’ve never had the combination in cake form.


44 andrea December 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Happy early birthday!! :)
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45 Jill December 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

You are so amazing
I binged again. I’ll pay for this tommorow. And fierce snowstorms. Binging + stuck inside literally 24-7 = ..sad .very sad. And bloated and worse. :(

Amanda, do you find coffee can help “move” things along? Cause I can’t “move” things along….and THAT with the above factors = horrible.
And if so, what KIND of coffee (easy method..not percolator…but ‘instant” would be good …something just to mix with water?). Decaf? (I think decaf would be better. And what to put in it. I wonder if I had that first thing in morning maybe I could “go”…or maybe I should stop binging on 100 grams of chocolate 7 nights a week :(
Oh my. Sorry.


46 Kate December 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

YEAHHH HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK! Love your idea of doing something special for yourself each week until then, I can’t say I’ve ever celebrated birthday week before! Mine’s the first week of May, which meant all through college I celebrated by…..taking final exams lol. :-/. I think my fave cake would have to be hummingbird spice – it’s like carrot cake but with bananas, pineapple, nutmeg, and cinnamon. and cream cheese frosting (piled high!) is a MUST!


47 Robyn @thereallife_rd December 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I love the idea of doing something special for yourself every day of your birthday week. I’m not a big birthday person, hate all the attention on myself, but an excuse to splurge on mani/pedis and some good food, um YES.

and you just inspired me to make homemade applesauce :)
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48 Jessie December 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Ah, so exciting!!! We celebrate birthday WEEKS over here! I’m thinking you need to ask your man for a massage one of those nights =)
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49 Shreya @ rushofendorphins December 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

Oh girlie, I make sure I get treated like a total princess on my birthday MONTH! Hahaha!

And 3 bananas… Amanda, that’s why you are my favourite! πŸ˜‰
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50 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

That and my watermelon addiction, right? πŸ˜‰


51 Shreya @ rushofendorphins December 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

You know it πŸ˜‰
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52 Jun December 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

I’ve heard the same remarks from my tennis coach about the movie The Hobbit. He claimed it was a fine movie, but definitely too draggy for his liking. Oh well, I guess it’s impossible for the producers to please everyone.

Puzzles take forever to complete! They’re tricky and fun, but it requires tremendous time and patience. I’m impressed you actually brought yourself to purchase it. I sure hope you finish it soon!


53 Courtney December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

Just found your blog and WOW I adore your photos and writing :) And a birthday week? Sounds like a GREAT idea! πŸ˜€
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54 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie December 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

Happy early birthday! Mine was in late July so it’s not for awhile now, but I’m still looking forward to it because I’ll finally be 21…not that I’m planning on going crazy or anything, it’ll just be nice to be able to order a drink at a nice restaurant every once in awhile. Oh, and I absolutely believe in celebrating birthday week! It only comes around once a year, so why not celebrate all week?

I’m not a huge fan of birthday cake (I prefer cold desserts!) but I like carrot cake or a chocolate cake with raspberry filling. But if I could find a place that made a vegan ice cream cake, I would totally opt for that instead.
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55 Miranda @ Biting Life December 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Ooh I love puzzles, but that one looks hard! I definitely want to have a “puzzle table” at my place eventually :)
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56 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I love puzzles, but I also tend to lose interest after awhile. I just got a new one over Christmas vacation that I am going to begin tackling soon. Hopefully it keeps my interest and I complete it within a reasonable time ;).

I can totally relate with #3. I love bananas (but only if they are pretty ripe), and it is rare that I go a day without eating one.

Happy almost birthday! My go-to cakes growing up were either funfetti or yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I am also a big fan of carrot cake though too!
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57 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

I’ll only eat pretty ripe bananas as well – my favorite is when they start getting a little spotty πŸ˜€


58 lindsay December 30, 2012 at 6:26 am

we’ll be celebrating with you on the 4th, but for our 5 year anniversary. Maybe i should make some snickerdoodles in your honor though, yes? Happy bday week!
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59 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life December 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I think I dozed off about that many times during The Hobbit too! And that applesauce looks amazing!
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60 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

So I may have just gone out and bought that concealer and conditioner at Target. You’re da best. :) Can’t wait to try them both out!


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