My 29th Birthday Celebrations

1 Sep

My Lakota Chocolate Mint Cake

Two weeks ago, I approached my 29th year of life.  For the big birthday, I went out to eat at Bamboo, a hybrid Chinese/Japanese in Burlington with my younger brother Keith and his girlfriend Malorie.  My meal consisted of chicken wings, veggie egg rolls, and sushi.  The two types that I had for my supper were the California Roll and The Red Sox Maki, which consists of spicy king crab and mango, which is topped with tuna.  I have been to Bamboo in the past and have enjoyed their food very much.  To top off the night, I had my favorite kind of cake, a chocolate mint cake from Lakota Bakery in Arlington. I had a piece of the cake, along with Lakota cookies and a few pints of Ben and Jerry’s Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core and Empower Mint ice creams.

The next day, Friday, I headed down to Marshfield for my vacation week. During the vacation week, I spent most of the days at the beach with my parents.  On Monday, the 22nd, we did a day trip to the beautiful Cape Cod town of Chatham.  In Chatham, I got to see the beaches and dunes, the local Lighthouse, and the exteriors of the exclusive Chatham Bars Inn Hotel.  The dunes and beaches were very majestic with beachgoers on the premises and additional tourists hoping to get a nice view of the ocean.  Later on that morning, I purchased a Chatham T-shirt with a whale on the back side and a Martha’s Vineyard Black Dog at a store in Chatham Center.  Chatham was lovely, and I hope to visit more Cape towns like Wellfleet, Dennis, Orleans and Truro in the near future.

Chatham Lighthouse

On Friday, the 26th, I headed over Amanda Smith’s, my brother Brian’s fiance, family’s house in Hingham to have dinner with them before Brian, Amanda, and I headed to the Bruce Hornsby concert at the nearby South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset.  Our supper was made up of steak tips, corn, vegetables, and salad.  As always, Amanda’s parents, Lisa and Jim, were happy to see me, as well as the family dog, a golden retriever named Summer.  After dinner, Brian, Amanda, and I headed over to the Music Circus to see Bruce Hornsby perform.  Originally, my cousin Kaylene and her boyfriend Kent were going to attend the concert with me, but Kent had to serve at a friend’s wedding down The Cape, so he and Kaylene couldn’t make the show.  The three of us got to see Bruce Hornsby himself make his entrance into the venue.  It was an exhilarating experience getting to witness Hornsby enter the arena.  During the show, Hornsby played a mix of his classics and newer songs, including “The Way It Is”, “Every Little Kiss”, “Look Out Any Window”, and even a song that he co-wrote with Don Henley and played piano on called “The End of the Innocence.”  We also got to see Amanda’s Uncle Billy and Aunt Amy outside the concert and socialized with them for a little bit.

Me at the Bruce Hornsby concert in Cohasset

Finally, on Saturday, the 27th, I had my 29th Birthday Party at the beach with friends and family.  Brian and Amanda visited me, as well as Brian’s friends Rich Kei and Mark Aldo, and relatives including Aunts Noreen and Karen, cousins Luke, Henry, Sean and Matt, and my friends Nate Baynes and Keith Anderson with his girlfriend Meghan Levy and their cute white golden retriever puppy, Bradley.  The beach was really nice that day and I dove in the ocean quite a few times with Brian, Amanda, Rich, Mark, and Sean.  The ocean floor was filled with large rocks and decent waves.  It felt refreshing to go in the water on such a warm day in the late summer.  Keith and Meghan’s puppy, Bradley, was very playful and enjoyed hanging out with me and my friends and family.  It was such a glorious day at the beach and I look forward to more birthdays look this one.

Me with friends and family on my 29th birthday

I received a good amount of gifts for my last year in my twenties.  Perhaps, the most interesting that I received was an inflatable dog named Reggie from Rich and Mark.  With Reggie, I have found a new companion to have in my life. I have also received gifts including a Shipyard Pumpkinhead plaque and Amazon gift card from Matt, a Vineyard Vines outfit and gift card from Brian and Amanda, pumpkin beer from Uncles Larry and Kevin, and a Newbury Comics gift card from Sean and his wife Debbie.  To top off the day, I had a delicious vanilla almond cake from a local bakery in Marshfield called Sweet Cakes, which has always been a favorite of my family.  My 29th birthday was such a wonderful time and I hope to have many more exciting birthday celebrations in the future.

Me blowing out the candles of almond vanilla cake



26 Responses to “My 29th Birthday Celebrations”

  1. Claire September 1, 2016 at 12:24 am #

    sounds like a great birthday! Yay, Scott!

  2. Nataliya poto September 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Happy Birthday Scott! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!

  3. Sheila September 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Hope we can toast to your bday soon!

  4. oenkennedy September 6, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Dear Scott, it sounds like you had really wonderful end-of-twenties weeks, and I love all the cool details you shared with family and friends — I love golden retrievers, and it’s very cool you got to see Bruce Hornsby up close! Happy birthday!

  5. Jess September 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    What a wonderful birthday, by the looks of it! 🙂

  6. Leo September 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    Congratulations on your final year in the 20s! Enjoyed reading your posts and Reggie sounds like a great compromise — a dog that you don’t have to clean up after!

  7. Nay September 7, 2016 at 3:23 am #

    Sounds like a fun time Scott! Happy for you!

  8. Lorraine September 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm #

    Love the pictures Scott! Sounds like you had a great birthday!

  9. Peg Espinola September 10, 2016 at 12:48 am #

    Dear Scott, What a fabulous birthday! All that food, all those friends and family, and the ocean besides! A great entrance into your last year of being in your twenties. Thanks for sharing. Peg

  10. rainperry September 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    I enjoyed reading this. Happy birthday, Scott!

  11. Martha Redbone Team September 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday wishes Scott from the Martha Redbone Team!

  12. Jerry September 13, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Scott, so happy to see you, on your 29th year. You favor an old friend of mine, who now, I must call. All the best; Happy Birthday!!

  13. Robert J. La Trémouille September 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    I hope you get to the Vineyard to see The Black Dog.

    Based on your time in Chatham, you may be interested in the movie “The Finest Hours.” Much of it was shot in Stage Harbor in Chatham in December 2014.

    The penultimate scene of the ship returning was shot from the dock over three very long nights. I worked 48 hours on it over 3 days (16.5, 16, 15.5). It was bitterly cold, and very long work.

  14. Lucy MB September 21, 2016 at 12:48 am #

    Happy 29th birthday, Scott! You know how to celebrate, and so do your friends and family. It sounds perfect. LMK if you have any mint chocolate cake leftovers.

  15. Keith Asarkof September 21, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Belated Happy Birthday Scott. For some reason, every time I read one of your blogs, I get very hungry!

  16. canarysmusic September 26, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Your birthday WEEK reads really well! I’m glad you got to go to the ocean and actually swim. And all your presents and friends and family. VERY) nice. I live in Wellfleet and if your going to come here, tell me and we can actually meet.

  17. Tina F September 29, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    It sounds like you had an amazing birthday celebration

  18. erinthorne1 September 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    That sounds like a fantastic series of celebrations! The cakes must have been delicious.

  19. Kim Wombles October 17, 2016 at 1:00 am #

    Lovely birthday celebrations!

  20. Kathleen November 4, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    It sounds like a perfect day!

  21. ruthzdeming December 5, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    What a wonderful b’day you had, Scott! I also love bruce hornsby and could’ve seen him when he came our way, but i’d hurt my foot and was wearing a boot! Just finished a book Upstream by the poet Mary Oliver who used to live on Cape Code, so I’m familiar with some of the place names. You might enjoy her book, Scott. Keep writing!

  22. ravenambition January 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    South Shore is one of my favorite venues ever. So many happy memories there. Sounds like a wonderful birthday Scott!

  23. ravenambition January 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    Omg! Autocorrect sorry. It’s ravenambition!!!!

  24. Cathy February 8, 2017 at 1:50 am #

    A belated Happy Birthday, Scott! You certainly are a busy guy. All happiness to you during the coming year. Take good care, Cathy

  25. Alphonso March 24, 2017 at 2:22 am #

    Scott, you never cease to amaze me with your never ending quest for living in the present. Watching your photos just brought a big smile to my face, after a very long and stressful day. You are truly blessed in so many ways, but the best gift of all is what you give to me and so many people who follow your life. We all see the true possibilities of what life has to offer and you do this with so much grace and honesty that it humbles me. I am so glad that I know you !

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