Birthdays are supposed to be the one day of the year when everything is all about you, right? Well, this year I truly realized how blessed I am, I was overjoyed when the birthday celebrations continued for almost an entire week! When Valentines day falls just a few days after your birthday, and you have a wonderful boyfriend to share the days with, it seems to be and endless amount of joy to fit into a small week.
It all began on the real day I was meant to celebrate, February 9th, a Monday.. Mondays in my life mean Sigma Kappa meetings, which if you're not involved in Greek Life, mean planning events, joining committees and writing an overwhelming amount of community service events in your planner. Mondays aren't always a joy, known as the worst day of the week, I was determined to make it the best day of my week. After endless "happy birthday!" texts and Facebook notifications I decided to turn off my phone, so I apologize if you did not receive a reply... Im not good with technology on a normal day let alone a day where more than my boyfriend and mother need my attention! I was glad to have sorority meeting on my special day though, I got to see all my sisters and thats a rare case on birthdays, there are just too many of us to get together in any occasion unless its planned ahead, as noted on the next day when a wonderful sister of mine, Catherine, planned a dinner out at the hot spot pizza joint of my college town, and 5 people showed up. LOVE THESE PEOPLE DEARLY - going out for pizza on a Tuesday is actually quite stressful after class and work, admiration for adults who go out on work nights - thats a real commitment. If pizza doesn't sound like birthday food, I'm not quite sure what does. I think I ate more pizza in high school for birthdays than any normal food at all... Not saying I hated it though..
The middle of the week brought a fun adventure - a quick drive down to Boulder - I was seeing one of my favorite bands, one may not expect me to love, but I'm obsessed. The Dirty Heads were playing at the Boulder Theater and my best friend Franny lovingly bought me a ticket for my birthday - can you ask for a better friend? - knowing me, and Franny, we were obviously the first ones in line with Jimmy Johns sandwiches before 5:30... doors opened at 7:30. Did I mention it was February in Colorado? We may not have felt our toes by 7, but boy was it worth it. Getting set lists and catching drumsticks isn't an uncommon task for Franny and me, we make those concert worth it. Two set lists and a drum stick later, we were walking home voiceless and mad fangirling over Jared and Duddy B - man were we in love - Thank you Fran for the tickets and another incredible concert together, can't wait for the next night out with you - and thank you Dirty Heads for being so rad.
I planned on going back to my hometown to spend the weekend with my family and Valentines day with Grayson, and honestly it doesn't even feel as if I had a weekend. It was so jam packed with places I had to be I think I slept for 10 hours total. Beginning with the lovely 2 hour drive home I quickly rushed to get ready to drive back downtown with my mother to see Gabby Bernstein speak - Gabby is one of my absolute favorite humans on this planet, she has inspired me to be the person I am today, which is an entirely separate post in itself - and I actually started crying after she signed my book and took a picture with me. I felt like I was meeting Mother Teresa, Gabby is amazing. Ugh still hyperventilating rn.
Valentines day could honestly be its own story by itself. I really don't want to be the girlfriend that brags about her boyfriend and how great Valentines Day was, but I'm sorry he's just too good to be true really. In the spirit of saving money for a spring break vacay, we have chosen to be smart with money recently. So I asked for a low key Valentines Day, I just wanted to be with him right - of course he is so wonderful and turns it into a picnic in Wash Park, right next to the lake. We spent the entire day - sun shining 60 degrees - creepishly staring at dogs as they passed, wishing they were ours... valentines day clearly calls for ice cream am I right? of course we had to walk down to one of my favorite ice cream spots, Bonnie Brae.
Last but not least I got to spend the last day of the weekend with my mother, she made me breakfast at home with my step dad, Michael and sister Marissa, so glad I got to see them - more than a few laughs are made at meals with those fools. My mom and I met my aunt Danielle to watch the newest movie release, 50 shades of Grey. Lemme tell ya, not a great movie my friends. Bad acting mixed with the intent for viewers to be interested for different reasons made a rough movie.. I think I laughed so loud in the theater people weren't even upset because they all laughed too... just rough. Luckily I had a great night planned with my Dad and Claudia, and two brothers Travis and Kevin. We went out to dinner, where I may or may not have smacked my face into a glass and bruised my face... other than that dinner was yummy and we had an impromptu idea of heading to the bowling alley for a game. I BEAT MY ENTIRE FAMILY THOUGH and I am very proud of myself to say the least.. I don't think I've ever beat anyone in bowling so I'm pretty stoked.
Long weekends and birtrhdays aside, I was reminded this week of how lucky I am to have such amazing people in my life. Thank you to everyone who made this week so special - I love you all