The big 3-0 has come and gone and, I have to say, it was one of my better birthdays. Thanks to a lovely family gathering up in Yorkshire where I was spoiled with presents more than I had any right to be, and an amazing boyfriend who organised not one but TWO! surprise outings for me, I am feeling exceptionally loved and happy. Oh and Nin came out of retirement to make me this awesome skate cake:
She did this without anything to work from and even added the check from my real skates. We’ll ignore that the wheels caved in from the weight of the shoe rather quickly…
I woke up Monday morning at 4.45 am, which is the time I was born 30 years ago. It happens most years. Then I woke up again when Max woke up, saying happy birthday and trying to get me to engage, but I was still sleepy, as well I should be since when I looked at the clock it was 6.30! He went downstairs to play Call of Duty and I passed out. I think he was anxious that everything would go ok. He came up later with breakfast and I opened my cards I’d saved from home. We had to be somewhere for 10.30, but he wouldn’t tell me where, only that we had to get the Northern Line. I had no idea where we were going and tried to guess. I figured we must be going to Camden since it didn’t matter which tube we got on, but then he fake made me get off at Euston and then was all ‘PSYCHE!’ I couldn’t think what could be in Camden which makes me extra special slow since we had talked about going to the zoo a few weeks ago.
I finally realised and then wondered who was meeting us. It was his mum and Becca and Chris and Caitlin. And it was a lovely day, we had gorgeous weather while we were there and I had a great time just wandering round and trying to keep up with Caitlin. She was less interested in the animals and more in climbing steps but still, much fun. We had to leave there around 2pm to make it to the next surprise, and we were early so dawdled a bit and as we walked down Haymarket Street I drove him mad asking him if we were going in every building: ‘Are we going to Planet Hollywood? Are we going to that theatre?’ I asked about every one except the one we were going in, which turned out to be a hotel for afternoon tea. And when I walked in there was a table full of friends, and as I took that in I turned and saw another table with the Brits Abroad! I had an inkling there would be a point in the day where we met up with people I knew, but I didn’t know what for and I didn’t expect so many people. It was such a lovely thing for everyone to do, and I felt very loved. I will admit to being a bit overwhelmed when I sat down though, like, oh my god, all these people are here for me! But then I opened presents and calmed down.
Not only was there tea and cake, but there also a birthday cake with a candle and the singing of happy birthday. The only slight downer to this part of the day was the service at the hotel. They’d messed Max around a few times with the booking and then the waiter wasn’t very good, and he’d asked them to take the cake away and cut it up for people to take away but they brought it out on plates and I think it was cake overload. But I think everyone had fun, and I certainly did. It really was a brilliant birthday.
And here is the list of books I got:
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
The Small Hand – Susan Hill
Grace Williams Says It Loud – Emma Henderson
The Passage – Justin Cronin
My Name is Memory – Ann Brasheres
The Lying Game – Sara Shepard
The Last Vampire 7 – Christopher Pike
Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell
Blood Red – Moira Young
Whip It – Shauna Cross
Where She Went – Gayle Forman
Live Wire – Harlan Coben
There’s a fair bit of teenage fiction in there. I am a bit addicted at the moment. It’s just so easy to read. And I couldn’t resist the Pike book, as he was the author of my teens and I still have all his books at Mum’s, and the vampire series was so neatly tied up I am curious as to how he’s written another one. He’s just cashing in on the vampire trend I’m sure. I also got book tokens and amazon vouchers so will not be short of books for a while. Just need to pick one to read first.
After the excitement of the day we went back to Max’s and watched the new ep of Game of Thrones, and then I gathered all my many belongings together and went home. I had been smart enough to book Tuesday off also so got a much needed lie in.
I think 30 is going to be ok you know.