Considering the fact that my blog is about a month old now…and my birthday was over a month ago, I obviously did not get the chance to reflect on the big day I turned 25. So in true birthday-girl fashion…its my blog, and I’ll write about it if I want to. So let’s rewind a bit, and revisit December 1oth, 2010.
Because I was restin’ up for my 4th half marathon, my actual birthday consisted of a whole lotta lounging around, window shopping and relaxin’ (the true celebration came the night of the 11th). Lucky for me, I had the day off from work. Ryan arrived home from work and walked in the door with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in hand. He sure knows how to make me feel like a princess!
Aaaaand, what’s even better is the fact that he rented a super girly movie for us to watch – Up! Have any of you seen it!? Homigosh, this movie had BOTH me and Ryan in tears within the first 5 minutes. Not even kidding. I was balling. I probably should have been embarrassed. But we’ve already established that I’m ridiculous (see Happy page), so me balling is just a normal occasion. This girl ain’t afraid to show her emotions! (Oh and to make my birthday even sweeter, Ryan shared the news that he got a promotion…his 3rd one in 2 years! Talk about a great birthday present!)
The next morning, I ran my 4th half-marathon, ThunderRoad, in 2:06… dropping another 6 minutes. Another PR, and a great birthday present to myself! I probably could have have gone faster, too. I ran the first half with two of my friends (one ended up getting sick) so I was able to pick up the pace a little bit in the second half.
For my actual birthday celebration, Ryan told me I had to be ready to leave and out there door by 5pm. This gave me time to clean up and nap after my race, chowdown on some good grub, rest some more, eat some more… and clean up the apartment for company later (way later).
Because I’ve been living with Ryan for the past 6 months I have learned his “mancode” and can now decipher the true meaning behind “we need to leave by X time.” So when Ryan said we had to leave “by 5PM” I knew he really meant that we had to leave by…ohhh, abouttttt 5:45PM (does anyone elses’ significant other do this to them? …tell them to be ready half an hour earlier than they really need to be just because they know they’ll be late? Hehe, I know it’s all out of love). So because I didn’t want to be the cause of a ruined date, I was ready early, which to Ryan meant … on time.
Once we were all settled in the car, we hopped onto the highway. I was convinced we were headed South on 85 (in fact, I was so convinced that I think I freaked Ryan out because he started second guessing himself until he saw a sign confirming we were, in fact, headed in the right direction). Yep, good thing I wasn’t driving.
So we continued making our way on 77North (I know, only I could mix up 77N and 85S… I hardly ever use the highways now that my workplace is point 2 seconds away from my apartment) and I noticed that we were headed towards the town my Aunt and Uncle used to live in — Moorsville. We actually took their exit and continued down the road that would’ve taken me to their house. This got me excited because I realized our date had the potential to be somewhere near Lake Norman, a beautiful lake located just North of Charlotte.
We ended up pulling into the parking lot of this comedy club, and in my head I was thinking “oh, how interesting, I’ve never been to a comedy club before, this will be different!” But we kept on walking and ended up in a building that had a circular life raft hanging on the wall. Then it dawned on me… “OHMIGOSH! We’re going on a DINNER CRUISE!!!!!!!!”
My reaction must have been priceless because Ryan said that it was his favorite part of the night. I have always loved going on dinner cruises with my parents when I was little, and I haven’t been on one in AGES. Ryan must have overheard me talking to my mom during one of our Christmas trips about how neat it would be for all of us to go on one again, and being the smarty he is, he took note. What an awesome boyfriend I have. (Seriously… Ryan is the most creative gift-giver I’ve ever come across. Just you wait until I do a recap on what he did for Valentine’s day two years ago…)
And what an awesome night we had! It was a really intimate experience with great food and service, and it was even topped off with my favorite — Red Velvet Cake (oh he knows me so well!).
Once we got back to Charlotte… Gail, Zack and his girlfriend, Sara, all came over to our apartment for a mini birthday celebration.
We had a great time catching up, drinking, and playing some fun board games that Ryan gave me for Christmas last year. (I know I know… my 25th birthday celebration and I’m playing board games? You don’t have to tell me… I’m old. But! I did run a half marathon earlier that day… so that’s my excuse for takin’ it easy!)