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Happy 20th Birthday Ben!

by Meghann on November 17, 2009

I can’t believe my little brother turns the big 2-0 today!

Ben is the youngest of the four of us and I still remember the night he was born. My parents had dropped the rest of us off at my Grandparent’s house before they made the trip to the hospital. We didn’t have any jammies, so my grandma took us to Wal-mart where she bought me a pretty nightgown that I never wanted to take off. The next morning I got to meet my baby brother and I was told the story of how my Mom broke my other Grandma’s finger by squeezing her hand too tight in delivery.


Ben may be the youngest of the four of us, but he’s always had an old soul. When he was 3 or 4 he always made friends with the adults in the room over the little kids and in his early teen years he restored a 69 VW beetle practically by himself.

That car is his baby!

Happy Birthday Ben! Welcome to my decade – you are going to love it! Oh and p.s. just think only 365 days until you turn 21!! 😉


Before I went to bed last night I double checked my phone to ensure I had set an alarm for 5:15. I have a daily alarm that goes off at 5:30, but when I need to wake up a little earlier I set a second alarm to ring at the earlier time. Somehow when I double checked that second alarm I managed to turn it off instead of on. Bummer.

My original alarm did go off at 5:30, but without that additional 15 minutes I lost a mile in my run and my planned 7 miler became a 6 miler. Oh well.

The 6 mile tempo run still went great. I am learning to control my pace on these runs, which is a big improvement from when I first started training and my pace was all over the place. 🙂

Despite knocking a mile off of my run, I was still rushed when I returned to my apartment. Breakfast ended up being a quick and easy bowl of cereal.


  • 1/2 cup Shredded Wheat
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
  • 1/2 cup Missy’s Mix #1 
  • Cantaloupe
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Almond Butter


The almond butter was extra gooey and yummy thanks to being the first scoop out of the fresh jar I opened this morning.


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Click here to check out my latest appearance on the Cruise and Blog Radio podcast. This week I discuss taking stairs versus the elevator on cruise ships.

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1 Britt - Runnerbelle November 17, 2009 at 10:05 am

You bro has an awesome b-day, he shares it me ME! 😉 Although I’m just a tad older.

Hope he has a great one…. ah 20 that was a fun age!

2 VeggieGirl November 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

Happy birthday to Ben!

3 Evan Thomas November 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

Aww, happy birthday Ben!

4 Nicole November 17, 2009 at 10:36 am

You sounded so confident on your podcast! It was great!!

5 DiningAndDishing November 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

aww, happy birthday to your brother!!

love your cereal bowl this morning :O)

– Beth @

6 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

Aw happy birthday to your brother!

7 *Andrea* November 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

happy birthday to your bro! what a cutie 😉

8 skinnyrunner November 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

cute holiday bowl! at least you still got a workout in, go girl.
and happy birthday to your brother!

9 greensandjeans November 17, 2009 at 11:07 am

Happy Birthday to your brother! I always judge my own age by how old my little brother is, so when he hit 20 I thought “holy moly! I’m an old lady now!”

10 biz319 November 17, 2009 at 11:08 am


And that snowman bowl – I want it!!!!

11 Erin November 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

My younger sister just turned 20 and it made me feel SO old. They grow up so fast, don’t they?! 😉

12 brandi November 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

ah, a beetle like that is my DREAM car!!! I’ve wanted one all my life. So cool.

Happy birthday to him!

13 holly November 17, 2009 at 12:05 pm

happy birthday GM bro!

meghann, i have a question. from reading about your job, it seems like we are both in communications. where did you go to school, and what was your major?

just curious 🙂

have a good day!

14 Meghann November 17, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Yes, I work in communiations. I graduated from Florida State with a BA in Humanities and an emphasis in communications. When I was in school I interned at a bunch of PR firms which is how I got into the field. 🙂

15 Tay November 17, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Happy Birthday to the bro!! Crazy how time flies. My brother is turning 19 this Friday and I’m in shock!!

16 Runeatrepeat November 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I have to give a shout out Happy Birthday to Ben!!! So close to 21 🙂

17 Nicole November 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Happy birthday to your brother 🙂

18 Ali November 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

WOW that car looks awesome!!!! Happy Birthday to your brother!!!!

19 dailygoods November 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

happy birthday to your brother! hes almost to the big 2-1

20 Julie November 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Happy birthday Ben!! That is the cutest picture of you and your siblings!

21 Chrysta November 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Happy bday to your bro. I have a younger brother too. Its amazing how fast they grow up. Ha!

22 Lindsay @ bananaandchocolate November 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Happy Birthday to your brother!

23 runningaroundnormal November 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Aww, this is such a sweet post for your brother! Happy Birthday, Ben!

24 Jenna November 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

happy birthday to your lil bro!

25 meyergirl November 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm

We recently went on a cruise and I am proud to say I tried to take the stairs most of the time. The elevator was WAY too slow! 🙂

Happy Birthday to your brother!

26 Erin November 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Happy Birthday Ben! Don’t you love little brothers!? Mine turned 21 this summer and it was a very surreal experience!

27 Alison November 17, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Happy Birthday to your brother, Ben!

November 17th is a great day to be born; it’s my birthday, too. Except I’m just a wee bit, er, a LOT older.

28 Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life November 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Happy birthday to your brother!

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