I decided to start celebrating on Thursday night at Stir Cove. Chris Young was playing, and I LOVE him. I have wanted to see him for awhile, so I was totally pumped when I saw he was on the line up this year. All of his songs just speak to me, and the lyrics are literally my inner thoughts. And Missy, because she's a freaking amazing best friend, scored a meet and greet pass for me.
|He's so tall! And hot.|
Friday was a really great day at work. I got my annual review, which I was kind of nervous about, but that went really well, and then we ordered tacos in for lunch because not only was it my birthday, but it was Glenda's last day. She is now retired, and I'm so jealous I could die.
After work I went down to Glenwood to have a birthday party with my parents, sisters and brother, nephews and niece. Alex made the event very special, by decorating a cake that Gavin made and hiding to "surprise" me numerous times throughout the night. Quinn has started this new thing where when she first sees someone walk in the door, she just drops whatever she is holding and screams. Then, when she raises her hands for you to pick her up, she hugs you like you are the most important person in her life. I am telling you, it is the best greeting and feeling in the entire world.
After the birthday party, I went to meet Missy and Natalie at Midtown for a night time farmers market type thing. We ran into our friend Katie, who runs Little Mango , an absolutely adorable kids boutique. We also ran into some soap makers, and I bought entirely too much soap for someone who lives alone.
Saturday morning I slept in (which was heavenly, I still haven't been sleeping the best) and then Missy and I went to Schramm Park for a hike. It was pretty easy, which was fine by me (I was really really sore from leg day on Thursday; Missy says I need to drink pickle juice), but usually I enjoy more of a hiking challenge. But the area itself is really pretty and there were lots of people there to watch. And the hike itself was just fun - there were lots of random stairs, meditation areas, and this suspension bridge. I would like to go back, and maybe hike the trails twice to get a decent amount of workout in (and steps, of course).
After that we grabbed lunch and went shopping, and then I headed back down to Glenwood for some family time. Mom made dinner, and Aunt Tammy, Grandma and Kate came over for birthday celebration round 2.
Sunday Kate helped me move some heavy stuff (I got a china hutch from a neighbor who is moving - it was the right price - free - and I absolutely love it), and then we went to the farmers market at Askarben. I had to physically walk away from the soap vendors (seriously, what is my deal with soap now?) and then we went to lunch. After that, I had my usual Sunday chores - laundry, food prep, cleaning - and also I took some time to set up my amazing new china hutch. I ended the day with scaring the crap out of myself (between Stephen King's IT and a few murder documentaries) and couldn't sleep again.
What a great weekend. If this is any indication of how 37 is going to treat me, I'm all for it.