Tuesday, March 12, 2013

23

To be honest, I wasn't excited about turning 23. I can't exactly put my finger on why, but it's probably something to do with the fact that 23 is almost 25 and so on and so forth...

Regardless, I was excited to celebrate my birthday with friends, and that's exactly what I did!

My birthday was on Sunday, March 10, but I knew it would be easier to celebrate on Saturday night. On Friday night, Tom and I went to dinner at a new sushi place with some new friends of ours. Good conversation, yummy sushi, and strong cocktails was a great way to kick off my birthday weekend!

On Saturday morning, I woke up early to go to Pure Barre, and then Tom and I went to check out our first potential wedding venue! More on that later :)

That afternoon, my friend Lindsay arrived from St. Louis. We hadn't seen each other since December, and I'm so happy she made the trip to celebrate my birthday! We spent a little while hanging out before it was time to get ready for dinner.

Since I'm a little overwhelmed with the thought of planning a wedding, I didn't want to go crazy planning my birthday party. Instead, I wanted a relaxed, leisurely evening with friends, so that's what we did! Tom, Lindsay, and I headed downtown to Broadway Brewery where we met up with Monica (Tom's cousin that I absolutely love) and our friends Harrison, Alex, Emily, Cameron, Jill, and Dillon. There was an hour-long wait for dinner, so we all walked over to Top Ten Wines for a glass of wine while we waited.

Dinner was delicious, and the whole evening was so fun! Emily and I are birthday twins, so it was awesome to be able to celebrate together. I'm so lucky to have such great friends who all enjoy each other's company :)
After dinner, Lindsay, Monica, Tom, and I all went back to our apartment and hung out and played with Jibboom. It was pretty late by the time Monica left, so we called it a night soon after.

Tom had originally planned to take me to brunch on Sunday (my actual birthday) morning, but we both woke up completely exhausted. I'm sure the weather -- it was dreary and poured all day -- didn't help, so we decided to pass on brunch and sleep in. It was PERFECT! It seems like there's always something going on on weekends, and I can't remember the last time I got to truly sleep in. My birthday was already off to a good start :)

Since Lindsay was in town, I thought it would be fun to have her try a Pure Barre class. We went to an early afternoon class and then went to a local Mexican restaurant for a late lunch and birthday margarita. We probably undid everything we accomplished during Pure Barre, but it was my birthday. I'm allowed to indulge a little ;)
After lunch, Lindsay left to go back to St. Louis, and Tom and I spent the afternoon just hanging out. It was still raining, so it was nice to lay low for the day. Around 8 pm, Tom and I headed downtown to get ice cream. We went to Sparky's, which is known for its unusual flavors. I got green tea and cream soda, which were both delicious!
On Monday morning, my awesome coworkers brought in an adorable flower arrangement for my birthday! Since they know I'm trying to be gluten free (more on that later, as well), they thought the flowers would be a good alternative to cupcakes :)
All in all, I had a great birthday!!! 23 might not be so bad after all :)

Just for fun, let's revisit my 23 before 23 list. Over the past year, I managed to accomplish the following things:
22 was a big year for me -- Tom and I moved in together, we got adopted Jibboom, and we got engaged!!! Pretty good for one year!

I don't think I'm going to make a 24 before 24 list. Why? Because I want to focus on being the best version of myself, and I'm so happy with my life right now. I have the best fiance, family, friends, and dog I could ever imagine. I like my job. I'm taking care of myself. I'm happy :)

Here's to 23 being the best year yet!

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