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Happy Birthday Ridley! (Friday Catch Up)

It is my pupster’s birthday + other awesomeness in today’s Friday Catch Up! Let’s get ready for the weekend.

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Friday Catch Up:

1) It is Ridley’s first birthday! Well, at least according to her adoption papers. Her “Gotcha” day is September 11, but she was definitely about 12-13 weeks old when we got her. She still acts like a complete pupster, though–no maturity about this one, lol. Our current favorite “Ridley-ism” is a take on the cat meme “If I fits, I sits.” For Ridley, however…

If I sits, I fits. And sometimes, if I sits, I freaks.

She will find the tiniest, most asinine crevice or area that she can lean against while still sitting on us, and will make herself right at home. She definitely doesn’t consider whether or not she can fit prior to making herself “comfortable,” so it is definitely a claim after the fact than a thought she considers before sitting. 

2) Yesterday was Alex’s last day of his year as a Chief Resident, and today is the official last day (he is working as an attending this weekend). THAT IS CRAZY. I can’t believe it is over! I remember rushing home last year from the NOW Foods Immersion in order to make the senior resident dinner, when he officially took over as chief. Now, he has about a month to enjoy before fellowship begins, and I hope he makes the most of it. By cleaning the apartment 😀

3) But that doesn’t me the freedom starts right away–he is working as an attending through the weekend, and I am working each day as well. But Monday morning, the fun starts as we wake up, take Ridley to boarding, and then head off to New Orleans!! I’ve been before (this is where I ate), but if you have any new suggestions for me, let me know in the comments!

2) It was a week of final dinners:

I had my last dinner with Ellen on Wednesday. I can’t believe a) school is over and b) she is done with her major. Congrats to her!

I brought along a friend this time for our dinner (Alex) which meant that we had a photographer (rather than just taking pics of our food). Plus, the weather was gorgeous, so we got to sit outside. The perfect evening!

Then on Thursday Alex and I had dinner with his fellow chief residents at everyone’s favorite giant margarita spot, Tarasca’s.

They have been an incredible team in the hospital and trust me–anyone would be beyond lucky to have them as their managers. I’ll miss the other chief residents and their spouses–they have become great friends.

5) Speaking of Thursday and meals with Alex, Alex joined me for a lunch at Roti Modern Mediterranean Grill so that I could finally introduce him to one of Ellen and my favorite fast casual spots. We feasted:

Alex got a salad with chicken kabob and lots of toppings while I split mine up this time and got a salad with just fixings and then a plate of each protein option. Our verdict?  The hummus veggies are amazing (love love love their various veggies) and iur favorite proteins were the salmon kabob and spicy lamb meatball and the chicken (I like the roti, Alex voted for the kabob). I’ve officially made him a believer! Now if they would only put one in Lincoln Park!

Thank you to Roti Modern Mediterranean for an incredible lunch! All opinions are my own — you already know I love Roti!

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On that note, after two HUGE meals in one day, I am going to go and take a coma sleep. Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Who else is going to farewell dinners right now? What are you farewelling?

What is your favorite fast casual restaurant?

Do you know your pet’s birthday?

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55 Comments

  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I went to a retirement party for a coworker last week. Its definitely that time of year! It will be sad to not have her at work anymore but her daughter had a baby yesterday so she has much more important things to worry about right now!
    Happy birthday to Ridley!

    June 2, 2017 at 5:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so exciting for her!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Happy birthday to Ridley! I know my pups (he’s almost 10) bday and always give him extra goodies on gis bday. Hope you have an awesome time in New Orleans, I can’t remember where all we at, but it was all amazing.

    June 2, 2017 at 6:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everything there is delicious (well, except for the tourist places). We’ll eat well, indeed!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Linda from Veganosity

    Happy Birthday, Ridley!!! Congratulations to Alex!!! Have fun in New Orleans!!!

    June 2, 2017 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Happy pup-birthday Ridley!!!! So sweet!!!!!!
    Looks like a good week overall too. Congrats to Alex for finishing his Chief resident “reign!” Hope you guys have a blast in New Orleans.

    June 2, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t believe that it is over! Crazy. Thank you!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Happy birthday to Ridley!! I want to eat all that Mediterranean food in that picture. Congrats to Alex and have fun in Nola!

    June 2, 2017 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would love this place Laura!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Happy Birthday to my grandpuppy, Ridley!
    She may have turned 1……but un-officially she will be a puppy at least until she is 3.

    I know the birthdays of ALL of our dogs and horses, and still put them on the birthday calendar. In May, Cinder would have been (w/h/b) 34 on the 7th, Harry w/h/b 22 on the 22nd, and Brandy w/h/b 37 on the 1st. For those whose registration papers I actually have, from the AKC, the Jockey Club, and American Quarter Horse Association, I do know the actual birthdays. For those we “acquired later on” their birthday is always the day we gave them our last name.
    Strangely, a number of our horses were all born in 1990. Regal, Sara, Robin, and Jerry for sure.
    I still keep up with all of these special birthdays–why? (it had to do with Geometry mid-points)…..but birthdays should be celebrated, always!

    June 2, 2017 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know you keep up with all the birthdays! You are the reason that I do!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:12 am
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        Just think how many celebrations you get to enjoy!!!

        Today, is one of those birthdays (for me) to remember and raise a glass to celebrate someone who is gone now, but well remembered and still adored. Clancy would be 75 today. “Salut”

        June 3, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Christina @ Montessoriishmom.com

    I used to go to Roti when I lived in DC, loved that place! We have somewhere similar here in Austin, but it’s not as good 🙁

    June 2, 2017 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Close is not good enough 😀

      June 3, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    My fave casual restaurant would be Cava they have so many veggie options and lots of hummus and dips that I love. Have a great weekend

    June 2, 2017 at 7:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE CAVA. This is as close as we get to Cava!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Emily

    We haven’t gone to any farewell dinners this year, but graduations seem to be the theme of this year. That’s sad that you had to say goodbye to Ellen, but I’m so glad you were able to develop a friendship. I’m sure we’ll see more Susie and Ellen get togethers some day in the future.

    Happy Birthday Ridley!!! <3 I hope it's a sweet day for your little furry friend.

    June 2, 2017 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know that we will! She isn’t rid of me yet!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Rae

    Happy birthday, Ridley! I’m always so jealous of your food pics. You guys eat so well!

    June 2, 2017 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That we do indeed 😀

      June 3, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Happy birthday, Ridley! Wow 1 year?! Crazy! Such beautiful food pics! Those tacos are dreamy!

    June 2, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope some day we can share some tacos!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Cora

    Geez, what a week full of “lasts,” it seems. Beautiful pic of you and Ellen. What a wonderful friendship you ladies have.
    Have a great weekend and safe travels as you head off to Orleans!!

    June 2, 2017 at 8:51 am
    • Reply Cora

      Can’t believe I forgot to say, HAPPY BDAY RIDLEY BOY!

      June 2, 2017 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you lovely! It was quite a week indeed!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    Happy bday ridley!! He’s such a cutie pie. So awesome you got to see Ellen for dinner too- I’m jealous! Have the best weekend!

    June 2, 2017 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love my Ellen! I’m going to miss her so much!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Fellowship! Attending! WAY TO GO ALEX.

    Charlie and Ridley share a birth week since Charlie’s papers say she was “born” May 30. Happy birthday to our babies.

    June 2, 2017 at 10:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy birthday to your ms. Meowers!

      June 3, 2017 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Suzy

    You KNOW we love El Nopal! <3 We haven't been there in a while, actually. IT'S TIME. Congratulations to Alex. That is a huge, HUGE deal. AMAZING.

    June 2, 2017 at 10:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s because you can’t drink. As soon as that baby is out, though…

      June 3, 2017 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    We approximate Jea’s birthday as June 3rd (she was around 4 months old when we got her), so her birthday’s this weekend! She’ll be 4, and I still can’t believe that she’s not really a puppy anymore – we’re definitely noticing her calming down significantly, and snuggling more!
    Congrats to Alex! My favorite fast casual restaurant is Dig Inn – do you guys have them in Chicago? They’re fantastic! Great veggie options, and selections rotate seasonally.

    June 2, 2017 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard of Dig Inn… I don’t know if we have them here, but you know that I am now going to find out!!
      If Ridley would just settle a skoosh, she would be perfection. She’s already a snuggler! Happy birthday Jea!!

      June 3, 2017 at 8:54 am
  • Reply angela @happy fit mama

    Happy Birthday to Ridley! Our pup and cat are rescue’s so we have no clue when the actual birth date is. We celebrate their Gotcha date.

    June 2, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think we will celebrate both of her dates, and we celebrate Zoe’s gotcha date

      June 3, 2017 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Fun!!! Happy Birthday Ridley!

    June 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Jen Slater

    Happy Birthday, Ridley!
    Congratulation, Alex!
    New Orleans is awesome! Have a fabulous time!
    And a huge thank you for friending my favorite gal! We look forward to meeting you!

    June 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for having such an awesome daughter–definitely a testament to her Mama! I really hope that Alex and I can come to Cleveland to visit!!!

      June 3, 2017 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Congrats to Alex! Is his fellowship in Chicago? I can’t remember–how long is the GI fellowship? Is it 3 years? Such a crazy long road but you guys are almost there!

    And happy birthday to Ridley!

    June 3, 2017 at 6:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      He’s doing Hepatology but it starts as GI. It will be either be 3 years (advanced track) or 4 years (regular). And yep! We are staying in Chicago!!

      June 3, 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Coco

    All those meals look fantastic! Congrats to Alex and Happy Birthday to Ridley! You will have a blast in New Orleans no matter what you do!

    June 4, 2017 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I wish we had been able to go!

      June 11, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athelte

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RIDDLES!

    Sorry I’m late, friend!

    June 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Where have you been all my life?

      June 11, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Bethany

    I totally know my dog’s birthday! 22 December 2002…..yes that date is right! She is almost 15 years old. My first baby!

    June 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwww that is so lovely! She’s going to get her learner’s permit soon!

      June 11, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Happy birthday to Ridley! My dog’s birthday is August something-th…her adoption papers have an exact date, but I don’t remember it. Bad dog parent. All I know is she is an almost-7-year-old that thinks she is still a puppy.

    June 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha That is going to be our Ridley!

      June 11, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply San

    Happy birthday, Ridley and congrats Alex! 🙂
    Also: ALL THE FOOD!

    June 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Happy belated birthday to the puppers!

    Chanel’s birthday is May 9th so we celebrated it last month!

    June 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember! Our pups are so lucky 😀

      June 10, 2017 at 11:19 am

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