The January blues never hit me too hard as my birthday falls at the end of it! This year I didn’t really feel like I had much of a run up to my birthday. Usually the weeks drag by and the birthday excitement builds, but this year I have been so ridiculously busy that the time went by so quickly. I barely even blinked after Christmas and then it was my birthday weekend! I say weekend – no one ever just has one day for their birthday – but my birthday was on a Saturday this year which is always fun, and definitely means you need the whole weekend.
But when you have two sets of family back home and a whole dance family at uni, the celebrations have to start even earlier. The Tuesday before my birthday my Dance Squad family came to Zizzi’s with me to eat lots of food and celebrate my birthday. The poor wait staff had a shock at not only the fact there was a lot of us, but also that we had so many dietary requirements. But they handled us well! We had such a great evening, and Ellen even surprised me with a homemade birthday cake.
After an extremely crazy week I woke up bright and early on the Friday morning to catch my train back home, experiencing a few delays as nothing can ever really be that simple. But after trains, planes and automobiles I eventually made it back home, much to the happiness of my puppy and my Mum! I spent the day Friday settling in back home and then getting ready to go out for drinks and dinner with my Dad and Step-mum.
We met some of our family friends at a bar, had a couple of drinks – one of which I managed to spill down someone’s coat, oops. I promise I wasn’t even drunk at that point! We then escaped down the road to Cosy Club, where we met some more of our party and ordered lots of food and drink.
I got to see my birthday in with some of my favourite people, and with cocktails – which was probably the classiest thing I’ve done so far this year. I’m off to a good start!
Luckily, I somehow managed to not over do it at dinner and was hangover free when I was woken up on my birthday morning by cuddles from my puppy and a cup of tea from my Mum. They know me so well. Birthday breakfast was the next thing on the agenda, with prosecco, cards and presents. Then it was an long walk with the puppy, before heading into town for lunch and of course more prosecco. We had a range of snacks and yummy things at Isaacs on the Quay, sitting chatting and looking out along the river.
After lots of picturing taking along the docks, we made it back home, ready to meet my friends and family at the pub for some more drinks before dinner. It was so great to catch up with everyone all in one place, as my visit home was a bit of a brief one. I had missed being at home with everyone and already didn’t want to go back to Winchester. The evening continued at home, with a curry buffet, more presents and lots of cake!
The whole weekend was such a fabulous celebration and I want to thank everyone who took time out of their lives to make it special. My friends and family are the best. I guess being 20 isn’t so bad after all!