I might as well come right out and say it… today is my birthday.
Slogging through six inches of snow was not how I imagined spending my first day of being twenty-two. But this is Minnesota, and Minnesota does what it wants.
On this day last year, I was in Oxford, England. How many people can say they spent their twenty-first birthday in Oxford? (British people aside, that is.) It was one of the best days I’ve ever had. I splurged on shopping, toured some of the colleges, and had my first drink at the Eagle and Child pub. It was quite the adventure, and you can hear all about it (and see pictures!) on my old study abroad blog.
My twenty-second birthday is definitely not as epic, but still has been incredibly special. My mom came to visit yesterday. We drove up the road to Alexandria and went antique shopping, wandered around town, and had a special dinner at an expensive restaurant. We sat eating for several hours, enjoying each other’s company and opening cards and gifts. The day ended relaxing in her hotel, where we did some online shopping.
I spent the night in the hotel and had the joy of commuting to campus in five inches of snow. The local school district cancelled everything today, but the University never closes. I keep telling myself that God just wanted to drop LOTS of natural confetti to celebrate my special day… it’s a nice thought, but not super effective.
Outside of the normal Monday routine, do I have anything special birthday plans? Not really. All my normal Monday night events were cancelled due to the ghastly weather. So it looks like I’ll be staying in and watching movies with the roommates. It’ll be nice. I’ll wear comfy clothes, eating goodies, and avoiding homework because…
I’ll also be rocking out to the following song in my head, even though I absolutely loathe it. But it’s my birthday. I’m twenty-two. I’m going to break all my rules. (Then go back to loathing it tomorrow.)