Sunday, 22 April 2012

The Celebration - My Birthday

Hello to all the ones and ones of people who read this blog of mine. Sorry it's taken me such a long time to post, but I'm sure you can all relate when I say life just got a bit on top of me. Work has recently been crazy busy (and I mean CRAZY), whilst our social calendar is bursting and my parents have been visiting. It feels like March and April were something of a whirlwind. I always told myself that blogging would be a fun leisurely thing, and that I would never feel guilty about not posting nor have it become a chore. So if I take a break for a week, a month or a year, so be it.

I have to admit that some part of me did miss blogging. So I'm back to it! And since it's my blog and I can do whatever I want, I'm going to blog about a very important event that happened almost a month ago... My Birthday!

On Wednesday the 28th of March I turned the ripe old age of 24. This is actually my favourite number, for the following reasons: 1) It's divisible by heaps of other numbers; 2) it's a lovely temperature - not too hot nor too cold; 3) it ALWAYS comes up in the lottery. So I always figured that the year I turned 24 would be my "golden year." Unfortunately Luke made the mistake of saying prior to my birthday: "It's interesting that 24 is your golden year, since the purest gold is 24 carats." To which I replied, "You're getting me something that is 24-carat gold?!" Luke = O.O!

However, my birthday was golden - I had such a wonderful time and it went for so long! It started off with a lovely birthday lunch at Luke's parents' place the weekend before, when I was given a beautiful brooch from Luke's mum, some DVDs (Luke and I won't have any need to hire DVDs for quite some time), and some nail polish in the prettiest colours from Luke's dad.

On my actual birthday, Luke made me a special birthday breakfast and gave me some lovely presents: vintage gloves, framed photos of us dancing at Art Deco, and the DVD of "Return to Oz". That evening we went to swing dancing lessons as per our usual routine. I'm currently learning how to lead, which is fun and very challenging, and I didn't want to miss out on a lesson. Here's a photo of me dancing with Carolyn before class.

Then on Thursday, Luke surprised me with a small party. He invited three of my closest friends - Carolyn, Bex and Anna - and told them to dress up in vintage style and bring a plate to share. It was such a wonderful evening filled with good food, good conversation, games and dancing. So much fun!

Don't we all look so pretty dressed up? Oh, and you can just make out the framed photos Luke gave me on the wall to the left.

Carolyn's perfectly presented plate to share.

We all felt very classy sipping champagne and eating prawn cocktails.

Ever since I was 7 years old, I have always had a pavlova for my birthday. Luke attempted to make one last year, but it kind of turned into a pavlova pancake. However, this year he perfected one with Carolyn's assistance. So proud of him.

No party would be complete without a bit of dancing.

....and fake moustache fun!


Then the following Tuesday (I told you my birthday went on for a while), we went to Speakeasy, the usual hangout place for swing dancers on Tuesday nights, where we like to have a bit of mid-week social dancing. And I had a special Birthday Jam (for those who have no idea what I'm talking about, essentially the birthday person is put in the middle of a circle, and the people around the outside take it turns to dance with the birthday person).

Luke even managed to take a little video. In conclusion, it was a fabulous birthday, and I'm kind of bummed I have to wait another year to do it all again. But for now, I think I'll just enjoy being 24. 

Until next time :)

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