This 4th of July, I turned 25. Yikes. 25. Life is moving so fast.
The Artist asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. There are so many fun things to do on a budget in St. Louis, but all I ever want is just some good, quality time together. I had been wanting to go bowling for awhile, so we decided to incorporate that into our day, and there is so much good food around here of which I have a hard time choosing where to eat, I asked the Artist if he would pick the restaurant and then not reveal it until right before we left. That in itself is a great birthday gift, haha, because I can never make a choice and am always overwhelmed by the oh-so-many delicious options. It was SO nice to not even have to think about where to eat! He decided on one of our favourites: Mission Taco. Read about the extreme levels of awesome they have here, https://emilyandherartist.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/moving-food/
But even after we made these plans, I told the Artist that I didn’t care if they didn’t happen or if we ended up doing something else, that if the night organically led us elsewhere, or nowhere other then the couch, I wouldn’t mind. The Artist and I spend a lot of quality time together on a regular, daily basis, and we are always going out on dates and doing fun things. So my birthday was like any other day when you boil it down. Even if we both have a busy day, we always take some time together, even if it is just a few minutes. Sometimes we will chit-chat and snuggle and giggle before we go to sleep, or sometimes we will take time out of our busy days to cook together, which always brings about great conversations. This is a quality about our marriage that I just love; we don’t use special occasions as a “reminder” to do something nice for one another or to go out on a date. Actually, the last 2 years we weren’t even in the same city on Valentine’s Day, and we did our own little thing weeks earlier. But on that day, we knew we were thinking of the other, and that is enough ❤
My birthday ended up including a delicious breakfast of chocolate pancakes and bacon, sleeping in late, a great after-breakfast conversation about our favourite actors (which included Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, among so many others), a present, drinks, bowling, RummiKub, and tacos. I have been loving the TV show Orange is the New Black, and really want to read the book. But all the libraries around here have pretty large waiting lists, and each person have have the book for up to 3 weeks! I was so disappointed when I discovered this, because I have such a craving to read it!
To my surprise, when I opened my birthday present, was a brand spanking new copy of Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. It smelled amazing. I even fanned the pages a little because there is just something about the shininess and smell of a brand new book that is just so satisfying. We usually use the library to read books, or get them for a quarter a piece at thrift stores or library book sales and in used conditions, so this brand new copy of my very own is such a treat 😀
He also got me new sunglasses because I broke mine and my backups are scratched like crazy, and then took me to the new candy shop that just opened down the street to pick out some candy. He gets me. He pointed out Sour Patch Peaches to me because he knows how much I LOVE peach candy, (a very specific flavour, I know, haha) and I couldn’t resist. I also picked out some taffy, a cherry jolly rancher stick (which is awesome because that is the only flavour I like and didn’t have to buy a whole pack to get a handful of cherry candies), and what I was most excited about: the Harry Potter Chocolate Frog.
Then onto a blueberry lemonade Smirnoff slushie, tacos and bowling. I grew up with 5 pin bowling with tiny balls, so this intimidating 10 pin stuff was hard! My goal of zero gutter balls went out the window in a hurry. But it was fun, and we will be back.
When we came home, we decided to play RummiKub, which is one of our favourite games. We turned on some oldies music, and of course, I won 😉
We finished the night with some silly pictures, and watched Corner Gas in bed.
What a wonderful life I have ❤