(thank you Nate & Kate!!!)
I love a birthday. My birthday, a friend’s birthday, my parents, my cat (who even knows when that is??), co-workers, half-birthdays, love ’em all.
This year was a little tough to get on the “yay it’s my birthday bandwagon.” Summer birthdays are tough, even more so when it lands on a weekend, and even more so when this is the summer that everyone you know is getting married. This does not leave much room for extra time & money and I felt silly throwing myself a silly birthday party. It’s not a life milestone, 28 isn’t exactly a banner year, unlike 21 or 30, so I felt awkward making a big deal out of my birthday, which I never usually have a problem doing. Ha. (Only child, yes,)
Maybe I was still burned from last year, all of my friends had prior commitments/were out of town. My ex-boyfriend took me dinner and I cried. It’s not a birthday until someone cries. Thank you Ms. Val for that quote.
This year I was hesitant to have the same thing happen especially since this summer is stocked full of bachelorette parties, showers, and actual weddings; throw a couple baby showers in just for fun too. These are real life celebrations, not a lil’ silly birthday. I know, I know, get to the point AT. I decided this year to treat it like I would any weekend, brunch with my girlfriends and an afternoon poolside would be just perfect. Of course, there were other things over the weekend :
A picnic dinner on the esplanade Friday night and the Free Friday Flick at the Hatch Shell- so fun & so free =WIN.
Steak dinner on the patio at Del Frisco’s on the waterfront- (I’ve had better steak, but the whole package- sitting outside, made it a new fave fancy stop in Boston)
And yes, that is a candle, I got a candle (but no singing, whew!) since it was my birthday. We also were served complimentary glasses of Prosecco when we sat down, it being a birthday celebration and all. It was a truly wonderful meal, great night. We could hear the concert from the Bank of America Pavilion next door, and it was none other than Huey Lewis and the News. A staple of my childhood Saturday afternoons. LOVED. There were also fireworks in a neighboring town beyond Logan airport that though small, we could still see from our table, it was a nice touch at the end of the meal.
Festivities continued into the next day, I had some cake for breakfast. What? You think I ate that whole thing in one sitting. Heck no. Took me 4 days to take that thing down. It was good, but, that’s a lotta cake. Anyway, I met some of my favorite ladies for brunch at Cafeteria on Newbury St. and girls- I’m so sorry! The service was horrible. The absolute worst. Food was good enough, but not for the price and especially not the experience.
We forged ahead though determined to turn the day around and we went and lounged at the Longfellow Place pool over near MGH. I am house-sitting for a friend that lives in the building and that included keeping a close eye on his pool pass. It was amazing. We lounged around, cooled off in the pool, enjoyed the scenery- wink wink, nudge nudge. It’s hard to find such serenity & a way to cool off in the middle of the city so this was a real treat!
I ended the day with dinner with my Mom & Auntie Debbie, nothing fancy, we went to Paparazzi, but honestly, it was a great meal and all I wanted after a big weekend and long afternoon in the sun. Et fini. Another birthday come & gone, another year of the AT begins. I had high hopes for 2011, and so far it hasn’t completely disappointed me, but I’m hoping 28 too will bring many good things!!