Thursday, May 18, 2017

27: Day Five

I'm finally coming down from my fun and exciting birthday weekend.  I got to spend time with old friends, lots of family, and got to pick the menu for Sunday's dinner party.  All was good.

One of my best college friends, Shelby, arrived on Friday to spend the weekend celebrating with me and a couple of our friends who graduated on Saturday.  We spent a lot of time catching up and talking about life.  Friday night and Saturday day were pretty low-key, then Saturday night we went all out.  Sydney, who graduated that day, planned a big party at a bar downtown called McGurk's.  It's a huge establishment, with little bars spaced out on the inside, then also around a courtyard-like outside area.  We commandeered one of those outside bars, and talked and sipped on cocktails the night away.

The next morning we slept in, then stopped and got coffee before Shelby dropped me off at my car and then continued on to the airport.  I'm really glad she ended up coming in for the weekend.  We only get to see each other maybe once or twice a year, and a lot of times its for a wedding or other event so its nice when we just get to hang out, like the old days.

Later that day I drove home for Birthday/Mother's Day dinner.  Grandma and Nana joined us for a delicious meal of barbecued chicken, rice, green beans, and Dad's special corn dish.  The Gary Hunt Workshop does it again!

Mom had even made a dairy-free ice cream cake!  This recipe has sort of become a birthday tradition in our dairy-free household, and for good reason because it is delicious!  Once everyone had a slice I started opening gifts.

Taylor gave me a really awesome Return of the Jedi Sketchbook (appropriately wrapped) that has sketches of characters, ships, and the different planets.  It's really cool to see the progression of ideas: the first sketches of Jabba the Hutt look nothing like he does in the movie, for example.

Mom found this vintage lamp at an art fair a while ago and thought the French porcelain characters would go great in my apartment.  It's a little girly, but I like it, and it looks good next to the French dining room chair and the Star Wars prints.  As Taylor said, across galaxies and time!

What a great birthday weekend!  Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy day, and to everyone that celebrated with me!  Year 27 is going to be a good one, I can feel it.

(photos by e.hunt)

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