Most of my birthdays have been kind of a bust. Make plans, they fall through, they have glitches, have an underwhelming birthday. The best birthday I’ve ever had was when I was 13—My sweet 16th was the same weekend as the first football game of the season and a trip most of my friends went on so no one was around; my 17th I had a cookout with picky eaters; my 18th I went to visit friends in CA who forgot it was my birthday; my 19th and 20th didn’t really happen since I have a summer birthday and it’s always right before college move-in; my 21st plans went absolutely sideways, and even though my good friend tried to make up the difference, she had WAYYY to much on her plate that week, so things didn’t go quite as planned; finally, my 22nd I moved to NYC, alone, and even though a friend came to the city so I wasn’t completely alone, it was still largely underwhelming.
For my 23rd I was 10 years overdue for a good birthday. It wasn’t a typical birthday bash, but I’m not typical, so it was great fun for me.
1) Spent the weekend with one of my best friends who I haven’t seen since we graduated college
2) Got an unexpected gift from an unexpected person
3) Made drinks for people (I know-that’s me doing work, but I enjoy it!)
4) Saw some more of the city
5) AT&T came out the night before and again the day of my bday to work on the internet, and by the evening—ALL THE LIGHTS WERE GREEEN!!! so now we (finally) have internet!
6) Got a free steak dinner at O’henry’s
7) Was treated for all my drinks that night (again, this rarely—read: NEVER—happens!)
8) Made really bad cookies the day before but managed to fix the rest of the cookie dough so that the next batch was GREAT!
9) Received a free buffet from Harrah’s to use in the next month
11) Pinned money to my shirt for the first time ever. (note: I’ve never lived anywhere where they did that.) I didn’t get much money since it was suggested to do late in the evening, but it was still a lot of fun.
12) Spent the night looking cute, dancing, and being driven around
13) Got a lot of birthday wishes, some quite personalized, on facebook from a lot of friends but also many people who I haven’t talked to or seen in years (sure, FB is impersonal and doesn’t mean much to some people, but it’s the little things)
Looks like the trend of mediocre birthdays has ended. I think they will only look up from here!
Now to countdown the start of grad school….*sigh*