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My Birthday

Posted by Scott Holstad on September 21, 2015

This past Saturday was my birthday. I turned 49. One more year til the big 5-0. I better enjoy it.

I had a pretty good day. I wanted a laid back day and that’s what I got. No parties, no friends, no family, other than my wife. Just my wife and my cats. It was sweet.

Gretchen started the day by making me some delicious low carb pancakes. Very nice. I read for a little bit and finished a really good book that I had tried to finish the night before. I’ll review it soon. It was excellent. Then we went to McKay Used Books, which is a huge used bookstore that also sells music, movies and games. I got seven new sci fi books for not very much at all, and Gretchen got a couple of books herself, so it was a successful outing. We also stopped at Walgreens to pick up four of my prescriptions. Fortunately, they didn’t cost too much, so that was a good thing.

We went home and hung out. I made myself my usual low carb lunch. I like to read during lunch, so I did. Lunch lasts a long time for me. Gretchen thinks it’s funny. Henry usually comes to visit me during lunch. Ace used to, but he doesn’t anymore. I’m not sure why.

Of course, Saturdays are now college football days and I’m elated. There were some good games that day, but most didn’t start til mid-afternoon, so I talked with Gretchen and read til then. I also talked with Mom on the phone, who sang Happy Birthday to me. Gretchen went to the gym, so I went down to the den to turn on some football. I watched a little of the LSU and Auburn game and also the Notre Dame and Georgia Tech game.

After awhile it was time to feed the cats and they were very happy about it. Then it was time for our dinner. Gretchen, at my request, made me a low carb pizza which is actually quite good. She had something else because it’s not her favorite. Later we had some allegedly low carb cake with some icing she had made. It was great! Gretchen also gave me a lovely card and a couple of cool presents. They were a Pittsburgh Pirates coffee mug, a great looking one, and a Pirates t-shirt, which fits great. Just what I wanted. She took a picture of me holding them. I think I’ll post it here.

After dinner, it was pretty much time for the Tennessee/Western Carolina game, so we turned that on. If you’re a Vols fan, like we are, it was an awesome game. We completely dominated and won 55-10. The whole team played well. Which was good because next week we play Florida and we have to be prepared for that. We haven’t beaten Florida in forever, but this year I think they’re going down and it’ll be pretty sweet if that happens.

We went to bed fairly early, in part because I had been up since 12:30 AM and was tired. I have severe insomnia and am often up between midnight and 1:30 for the rest of the day. It’s tiring. As for the diet, since mid-February I’ve been on an extremely low carb diet with Gretchen (I average 6 carbs per meal.) and I’ve lost about 56 pounds. I look and feel better, but I still have to lose a whole lot more. I have a long way to go, but I think I’ll be able to keep losing for awhile before I level off. At least I hope so. Anyway, all in all, it was a pretty good birthday. Thanks for letting me tell you about it.

Me with my birthday presents

Me with my birthday presents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Responses to “My Birthday”

  1. Happy that you had a good day. ❤️

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  2. dweezer19 said

    That sounds like a perfect day Scott. You and Gretchen are lucky to have each other. Congrats on the weight loss and keep up the healthy eating! We have done the same around here.,hubby didn’t like it at first but is feeling more energetic and seeing some of his health issues improve so is happier now.
    I am bummed I missed LSU/Auburn. Heard it was good. I’ a Louisiana girl living in Florida but no Gators fan. So, hope you guys win that game!
    Thanks for sharing your day with us. And Happy Birthday.

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    • Thanks so much! And congrats on your own weight loss efforts and successes. The LSU/Auburn game was kind of a blow out. It wasn’t very competitive. Of course, if you’re an LSU fan, it would have been fun to watch. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Cheers!

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  3. YAY Happy Birthday, Scott! Sounds like a GREAT day to me! My b-day was the first week of Sept! 🙂 Yay Sept-Babies! 🙂
    You’re looking GREAT! Congrats on the weight loss!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  4. punkysleek said

    Happy Belated Birthday. Can I borrow your wife to cook low carb for me? You all are looking great!

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    • Thanks! And, sure, no problem. Heh. You’d have to pay mileage expenses though. She’s great with low carb cooking. However, I actually take care of my own breakfast and lunches though. She’s the dinner master. Cheers!

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