I always get excited about my birthday. I'm not sure why, the last couple haven't really been anything to write home about. I wanted this year to be extra extra special. Three years ago, I got taken out to a nice fancy italian restaurant that I had no say in and ended up paying for it. Two years ago, Christian was in PEI on my birthday, it was on a Wednesday and I was working all throughout the day. Last year, it was a Thursday and Christian was in California, even further away. He had flowers delivered though and got me a massage, so he made up for it, but I was stressed enough taking the three classes in a month that I didn't get to enjoy my birthday very much. This year I was determined. It was the first time that Christian was with me for my birthday in all the time we've been dating, so that was the best part.
I asked for a half day and to work from home in morning and that turned out to be fine with my manager, thankfully. I wanted to have a day filled with happiness and I asked Christian a couple days before if we could have breakfast at our favourite breakfast place, PGs Cafe. He said definitely and we were going to wake up at 8:30 and head over to have breakfast. The sneaky little guy comes in at 8:30 holding a tray with roses and my favourite breakfast from PGs Cafe, the eggel bagel with fries, and iced coffee from Tims. It turns out he had been planning it even before I asked him, he knows me too well. Breakfast in bed is the best way to wake up on your birthday. Well, any day.
For my birthday, Christian gave me the most amazing present, he wrote and stitched together and drew a book for me that, while reading it, made me tear up. It was the most thoughtful and unbelievably incredible present I could have ever asked for. It pulls together things we've done together, things he likes about me, personal stuff about the two of us, meeting me from his point of view and weaves it into something phenomenal to read. I love it so much and I just know I'm going to read it again and again and again.
I booted up Animal Crossing on my DS and they had a surprise birthday party for me and got me a present and I got to blow out the candles on my cake. That was pretty exciting. All in all, it was a nice, relaxing afternoon and it was really nice to not have to work until 5 and then take the bus home for an hour and miss out on most of the day.
I painted my nails the night before to reflect my birthday, and they're actually my least favourite nails I've done so far. Mostly because the paint is so thick and felt so tacky and it was so hard to do the balloons and then the outlines. I actually had to get Christian to do the outlines on my right hand.
I got into my birthday outfit for the evening part of my birthday, which was very stressful shopping for, and I wasn't even completely happy with the dress until the entire outfit came together.
#ootd (and the first picture is post-dinner and you can very clearly see the enormous food baby I grew myself, somewhat uncomfortably)
Christian took me out to the best thai place in Halifax for some Pad Thai. We got something called a Birds Nest to start, and had the spiciest Pad Thai I've ever had, my nose was running and my mouth burning . It was good, and very filling, but the spicyness could have been toned down a little. Christian laments that the best Pad Thai he's ever had is the stuff we've made at home, and I'm very inclined to agree.
When Faren got home I was surprised with some presents from my friends. It amazing because all I had hoped for was their presence, but presents are nice! They got me various nail painting things to add to my growing collection and a movie gift card. I was so happy because I have the most amazing friends ever, and I still can't believe they went out of their way to do that. Thanks again, Faren, Khanh and Jordan <3!!
On the same note, I have a new section of my blog where I'm posting my nail journey at http://whatisitjess.com/nails
Khanh, Faren, Christian and I went out for some dessert in our fancy dresses and collared shirts at the Middle Spoon, I got a delicious lava cake and ordered a homemade peanut butter cup on the side. It never arrived, both because the place was busy and the waitress was stressed and they were obviously understaffed. I ended up getting two for free for the trouble! That made me happy.
One of my mistakes was trying to wear new heels walking places. By the end of the night I had blisters on pretty much every toe and it hurts to wear shoes, but I love them and I'm hoping to be able to incorporate them into other outfits, which goes with my new quest to define and refine my personal style.
We had a low key evening and went to bed slightly earlier than planned because I've been super tired lately and have a hard time staying awake. Does this meaning I am getting old?
The next evening was my birthday party, since it was a day that everyone was available for. We ate supper at Costco and I had chicken tenders and fries and for a cheap meal, it was an amazing one. Costco has such good food in their food court.
Then we went to Putting Edge because I really wanted to play mini golf. It was glow in the dark and there was a bit of a wait because I think they were shorthanded. We played in the arcade for a bit and when we went up to pay, I think the computer crashed on the guy, and he just told us not to worry about paying and we got in for free! It was a really fun round, and the glow in the dark was really cool, it mostly looked like this everywhere.
After that, we made our way home and had some cake. Faren made me a really delicious red velvet cheesecake with a cream cheese frosting that turned out really yummy.
Then we had some snacks and played a couple of really intense rounds of Jenga. Much more intense than you'd think. Our last round we ended up with a perfect game, where we had pulled out all the jenga pieces we absolutely could without it falling over.
All in all, I had the most amazing birthday I could have ever hoped for, with some very amazing people. I don't want the weekend to end because it was way too fun. Christian put a lot of work into making the weekend the best it could be and that was really special of him. I'm fortunate to have such good people in my life. :)