A Very Happy Birthday

This weekend was my 26th birthday and I have to say it was one of the best birthdays that I’ve had. I had a weekend filled with so much fun, and even more food… I feel like it might take me a while to recover from all the food.

I was given so many amazing gifts, cards, cakes and flowers; quite an overwhelming amount actually. 26 isn’t exactly a milestone birthday, but everyone was so generous and I felt extremely spoilt.

Flowers

 

Two of my best friends came down to stay for the weekend and we had such a nice chilled time. They both work their asses off during the week, so it was really nice to just relax and have fun. Fiona’s fiancé made me such a delicious raspberry and white chocolate birthday cake; I thought I was good at baking, but I most definitely need some lessons from Kieran!!

cake

cake

 

The food this weekend has been pretty amazing in general; pub lunch on Saturday and takeaway curry in the evening. And today I had a big birthday lunch thing with my family and a few friends at a Smith and Western. I have never been to one of these places before, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with the food. It is an American style restaurant with a Western sort of twist; the portion sizes are enormous and their specialities are ribs, steak, burgers, nachos….that kind of thing. We all ate A LOT of food, but it was very very tasty, and we had some awesome cocktails to go with it.

cocktailsMy dad was the bartender for the non-cocktail drinkers…

dad

 

For me, the best part about the weekend was that I took a break from everything for a couple of days. I allowed myself 2 days off, and I managed to actually relax and unwind; properly unwind! I am normally quite restless when I’m at home; there’s always some cleaning or tidying to do, or some exercising that I could be doing, but this weekend I put that all to one side. I didn’t monitor everything that I was eating, and I exercised enough to stop my legs from being cranky, but nowhere near as much as I usually would. I could actually enjoy just hanging out in my apartment with my friends and I haven’t done that in a long time.

It has been so refreshing to give myself a bit of a break, both physically and mentally, so a massive thank you to everyone that made this weekend so special for me. I didn’t need any big nights out or fancy restaurants, just some good old fashioned fun with the people that mean the most to me.

After a good night’s sleep tonight I will most definitely be ready to get back to my routine with some renewed energy. I can deal with the pile of laundry and dirty dishes tomorrow, for now I am going to enjoy a nice glass of leftover champagne and a slice of birthday cake while I relax on my sofa. Ahhhhhhhhh!!

 

 

 

 

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