Cloudy With a Chance of Delicious (and Old)

October 21st


Delicious meatballs that is. I made these for the first time this weekend and they were good! We went to some friends’ house for a potluck and I volunteered to make spaghetti.

Mama mia!

And meatballs.

Basil from the garden\

While in the garden gathering supplies, I noted a lot of holes in the basil. There are some very Italian-loving bugs in my yard. Smart suckers.

Spaghetti ready for travel

It has been a fun couple days of festivities. I’m officially 30 and after rocking out with Bono last night at an incredible U2 concert, I’m also officially pooped. No getting old jokes required. I need a nap.

I made a promise to myself 90 days ago that en sum required focusing on myself for three months to accomplish some serious goals before this milestone. Some were reached (novel 1, just waiting for cover design!, boutique idea hatched, back to running, etc) and some not so much (cookbook, 1/2 marathon in November, actual pumpkins from the garden instead of just flowers and vines).  There has been some serious internal work going on too and I’m happy to say I seem to have crawled out from underneath the cloud of depression that has been haunting me off and on for the last 1.5 years. It has been a great transition period and I’m really looking forward to rocking this decade.

Tonight I’m off to the B’s for dinner, which will undoubtedly be a great time. I am so happy Tom and I share a birthday week so I can catch up with his sweet daughter and that adorable Roscoe. They are in town for Tom’s big 6-0. Seriously, how great is this kid?

So, thank you for all of your kind wishes! I say it regularly, but it is so true — I am blessed with friends and family.

With love,


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26 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday!!!!

  2. Kathryn Hosfelt October 21, 2009

    Happy 30th Birthday!!! To someone who brings so much joy to so many I hope you are having a joy filled,absolutely fantastic birthday! You deserve it! Here’s to many, many more,

  3. So glad you had a wonderful day!!!

  4. Happy 30th Birthday.

    I can sympathize with the cloud of depression, it feels like your live your life in a swamp, and just slugging through. I hope the 30’s are kind to you. I can’t wait to read the novel.

  5. The first day of a new decade, how fun! I still can’t believe you’ve accomplished so much at your age. Happy birthday!

  6. wishing you a very happy birthday year. may you accomplish so much more. all the best to you kelli.

  7. Happy birthday! I bet your spaghetti was awesome!

  8. Happy Birthday Dear Kelli!

  9. Proud of you. All the best in the coming year.

  10. It just occured to me… my age, I could be your mother………God, THIS is depressing!!!
    Can’t wait to read your novel.
    Again, happy birthday my dear friend.

  11. Whohoo! Welcome to the “club.” I hope your 30’s rock. Mine have been very good to me thus far. Sounds like you had a great celebration. Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy birthday, Kelli, and I’m thrilled that you’re finding your balance again. I’ve not made meatballs in a long time but I think I’ll make some this weekend for my Honey.

  13. Happy Birthday!! I thought of you yesterday and hoped you were having a good day. The 30’s are great! Welcome to them!

  14. Happy Birthday!!! I am quite a bit older than you and it has been my experience that as we move through life, each year gets better. May you have a wonderful birthday and a wonderful year!

  15. Happy Birthday Kelli !
    Wishing you so many good things !
    (so happy that your “me time” has led you to a more
    comfortable place. I might need some tips…:))

    Have a beautiful day everyone

  16. AHhh, I have been so out of blog land, I think I was feeling a little deflated myself from reading how so many people have wonderful, crafty, cooking, and just all around beautiful lives…. not that mines not, but sometimes I get a cloud over my head too! Glad the sun is pouring in for you! Have fun, after 30 it gets better!

  17. Happy Birthday! Those meatballs look so good. Do you have any secrets to getting actual pumpkins on the vine? I haven’t been successful at that at all.

  18. Here’s to a joyous decade!

  19. Margaret October 22, 2009

    Happy Birthday, dear friend!

  20. Happy Birthday once again! You have worked very hard and you have a lot to be proud of!

  21. Happy Belated Birthday! I’ll be right there at 30 with you in just 2 months! Your meatballs are beautiful! And congratulations on everything you’ve been accomplishing lately. You are amazing!

  22. Happy Happy Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great day, and are starting your 30’s off just fine.

  23. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The 30’s are great!

  24. Kelli!! Happy Birthday! You are so inspirational and wonderful! So, share with me your secret for kicking the “Big D”. I’m drowning in it right now!!

  25. Happy belated birthday! Saw the U2 simulcast last night; awesome show.