I was sort of dreading my 30th birthday for a while. My sister’s 30th birthday was so fun, from the spa treatments we had together to the five cakes, the night out in Newcastle, the afternoon tea the next day. It was a big celebration. All the family came in and out all day. It coincided with my cousin’s hen night. It was so much fun. And since I’m the little sister I always try to live up to what my big sister does (which, anyone who knows anything about my big sister will concur, is impossible! She is literally a superhero and I’m not even using literally to mean figuratively). Well, it turned out great!
I planned a grand weekend in Chicago that involved no work and lots of fun. We went down on Thursday night but my birthday couldn’t officially start until I’d run my last long training run for the marathon. This one went a lot better than the last two – I did I think about 21 or 22 miles and it felt pretty alright. So fingers crossed I can finish! Friday night we went to a housewarming party thrown by our friends, which turned into a dance party perhaps forever ruining their relationship with their downstairs neighbours. It was a bit of a late night but Saturday was the day I was going to have ALL THE FUN and so I didn’t let the late night stop me!
On Saturday we went on an early morning walk to the lake – one of my favourite things to do but one I haven’t done a whole lot of this year, all my early outings being runs instead of walks. Then we ate Saturday morning breakfast – we do this every Saturday, or as often as we can (don’t mess with my Saturday mornings!): lie in, make a delicious brunch together and watch telly that we’ve saved up during the week. We then got dressed and headed to downtown Chicago for some shopping. I bought two tops for work, two dresses, some gold accessories to match my gold sandals (not actually gold, of course, but gold-coloured) and what I thought were vest tops, but apparently I’m deluded as to how long my torso it because when I got home I found they were vest-dresses, or slips. I’m now the proud owner of two slips! I haven’t had a slip since I was about 8 years old I think. My mam will be so proud. Maybe it’s because I’m old now? I have an iron too, and I’ve recently become very sensitive to the idea of going out in visibly creased clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I still do it, I’m just more aware of it.
So we rushed home and I put the finishing touches to my birthday cake – (vanilla sponge filled with creme patisserie, fresh cream, and strawberries) while I skyped with my parents during which time they sang happy birthday and showed me the delicious cake they had made me complete with not just a candle, but a Roman Candle in it. In the house. Adding to my theory that, evidenced by the injuries and ailments they’ve sustained over the last year, they probably shouldn’t be left alone without supervision (they’re happily insane).
After a while getting ready and chatting to my in-laws who came into town for the party, we headed out to my favourite restaurant, Masouleh. It’s an Iranian restaurant that I’ve posted about on here before I’m sure. A bunch of friends came – we were I think 13 people total and the food, as usual, was amazing.
We headed from there to a bar and met a couple more friends, then off to the Green Mill, a famous Chicago dance club. We danced a bit but it was one of the serious jazz shows with a lot of people sitting stroking their chins and nodding so there weren’t too many people dancing. We drank Tom Collins’ (delicious cocktail!!) and all in all had a great time, then headed back to mine and Robs’ apartment for cake.
Rob also gave me a preview of my birthday gifts…
Since we didn’t go to sleep until after 4am getting up the next morning felt a little bit rough. We had a sleepy breakfast in our favourite local diner. Then home for presents! Highlights are the lovely necklace from Robby – acid dipped glass and granite on a silver chain, so pretty!! Complements perfectly the all-american outfit that accompanied it (see below!). And the BEAUTIFUL suitcase from my parents – all my travelling this summer saw my 10 year old small case finally break and so they got me a lovely Cath Kidston one, navy blue with flowers. It’s so nice! And best thing, it was FILLED with the 30 presents my sister sent for me – including new Crunchy-Nut granola (it’s a thing! Who thought Crunchy-nut Cornflakes couldn’t get any better after they brought out clusters??), a packet of Smash and a tub of Bisto, a shopping bag with a moustache motif, nigella seeds, and stampers saying “epic win” and “epic fail” to make grading more fun!!. And 24 other things… 🙂
I spent the morning Skyping with my parents, my sister, my grandparents, my auntie. It was great! Rob agreed that the day was great since he watched about 4 football games while I chatted. In the evening I really wanted Sunday dinner so I made my second Sunday dinner of the year (I know I’m behind on the whole new year’s resolution thing) and put my Smash and Bisto to good use!! All in all it was a fantastic day!!