As a general rule, I obsess over my birthday and try to make sure everyone is as excited about it as I am. I annoyed my college roommates on a daily basis, asking “Guess what’s in x-amount of days?” every day for about a month leading up to it, every year. Mostly, I thought it important to make a fuss over myself, because of my birthday’s proximity to Christmas. All you other December babies can relate I’m sure, but having a birthday so close to Christmas, really stinks. It’s the worst to have it in the weeks leading up to Christmas, because then you feel obligated to spend birthday money or birthday gift certificates on Christmas gifts for other people. (Dear future potential children, I promise, if you’re born in December, we can tell everyone your birthday is on the date of your choosing. If it were up to me, my birthday would be July 31st.)
This year, when it came down to it, I really didn’t feel like celebrating, which is sad because I feel like 25 is the last big “young” year. Soon I’ll be old! Of course, other recent developments also made my birthday a lot less appealing. However, despite my melancholy it wound up being a simply, nice day.
My sister sent me a beautiful bouquet of tulips. It may not be the most environmentally friendly thing to send someone tulips in december, but their colorful cheeriness surely brightened the dreary almost winter day.
I also bought myself some molds from this etsy shop. Happy Birthday to me! When they arrived, I immediately crafted some pretty things, to be gifted to various loved ones for Christmas. (As a side, the molds are awesome, if you’ve seen them before and considered buying them- they earned my recommendation.)
Since my parents were in Florida with my grandmother and I didn’t feel like doing anything fancy, Jon and I just ordered pizza from a new restaurant in town, picked up some Hard Cider for me, an IPA for him, and a small piece of red velvet cheesecake for us to share. Trying a new restaurant is always risky, especially for pizza. I don’t understand how a pizzeria can ruin pizza so badly; it’s not a difficult thing to make! Luckily, the risk was worth it and I think we discovered our new go-to pizza place. The pizza was delicious, the bottom crust was crunchy, the toppings were perfectly balanced (white pizza with goat cheese & artichoke hearts= delicious), and the edge crust was perfectly chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
After I had eaten two and a half pieces of this delicious pizza, taken two shots of whiskey, and enjoyed my cider as well, I blew out the matches (make-shift candles) on the top of my red velvet cheesecake, and watched the Christmas episode of Glee. It was an unusual birthday celebration, but it made me happy.
I’d like to mention one more thing. You may have noticed the “12 Crafts of Christmas on Her New Leaf” link to the right. Today my Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Octopus is being featured over there by my real-life-college friend Kira, so go check it out.