Turning 21 – What a birthday!

I’m writing this on what is the last night I am celebrating turning 21! It’s been a great few weeks, kicking off with my trip to Amsterdam earlier this month with the girls, followed by a celebration with my Dad’s side of the family Tuesday, seeing Lucy and my baby girl Lexi in the day on Wednesday and my Little Mermaid themed party with my Mum’s side of the family in the afternoon evening.

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Thursday was pretty average for birthday week with band practice and waiting up with Ali to see in my 21st birthday and finally getting my Ron Pop figure! I woke up to hugs, a load of Facebook messages and texts, to get ready for my Mum coming. I always need to see my parents on my birthday, it’s like you know they’re responsible for me being in the world at all so it’s only right that I see them. For my first present I received a special hardback anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my favourite books.

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We headed into town for some shopping and of course a cocktail, where I also got a free shot for my birthday! After I had to go and get my fox onesie I’d had my eyes on for a week so that I could spend my hangover day in style… I knew I’d have a messy night out, before being met by Ali….with more Pops! Dumbledore and Snape!! I was also met by Joe later with a copy of Y the last man (you should totally check it out) and an incredible colouring book. I really couldn’t wait to meet up with Dad and Summer too 🙂

When they finally got here after my sister was let out of school I was met with this beauty..

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Yup, this was handmade by my sister as my birthday cake. I got some amazing presents, a Pandora ring I’ve wanted for ages, a new Dolphin charm, mug, wine glass (for vodka, obviously) and I got taken out to dinner with my family, Ali and Joe came along too (with Kermit). I love my family so much and just being with them on my birthday was so special and I think we have a new family picture too!

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I’ve had cards from so many people too, including Eleanor and Maisha in New Zealand! My family, Ali’s family, friends, nearly 100 messages on Facebook and then I got a huge surprise when I went to the pub. I couldn’t believe that over 20 people turned up to celebrate with me, friends from all across my life and I was so overwhelmed by it all. I even got more gifts! A Voldemort Pop from Ben and Abbie, a Jessica Rabbit Pop from Laura (because she looks like me!), a lovely quote to go on my wall and earrings from Dani, a book of positive quotes from Aline and Lush stuff from Amy and Peter. I think you can tell from my smile in the pictures how happy I was.

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And those are just some of the pictures! I just felt so loved all day and it’s something I’ll cherish forever. I also felt loved when Ali took me home and put me in my fox onesie before letting me sleep off the mound of drinks that people had bought me! Luckily for me I also woke up with only a slight headache. Win!

Today was the last part of my celebrations as Ali’s Sister, Mum, her boyfriend came for lunch, bringing with them more presents. From Ali’s Mum and her boyfriend I received a MAC ‘look in a box’ with a lipstick, lip gloss and liner and from Ali’s sister a beautiful copy of Alice in Wonderland, a beautiful novel I’ve never had the chance to read.

I’m a little sad that it’s all over now but I have this overwhelming love and feeling of awe at how many people took time out of their day to say happy birthday, send a message, see me or anything else. Thank you to each and every one of you, I think this has to have been the best birthday ever. Who knows what this year is going to bring but I really, really hope this is the start of another great chapter, oh and to top it off I now have over 1000 Twitter followers, another goal accomplished!

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Me, now 21. 

Did I just go back in time?

The last time I saw everyone! 

I feel like my posts are so short at the moment but I’m in and out all the time! Tonight I feel like I’ve gone back in time, I’m back in town, playing Sanctuary and surrounded by people I went to school and college with, dancing to old bands and laughing. It’s been fun and supported a great charity, Mind. After driving back from Kingston it was quick hello at home then out into town, I love seeing everyone but I realised when looking in the mirror I’m not the same girl I was when I was 17. I’m more relaxed, mentally better and although I felt panicked before I was ok. I sung, had fun and now I’m at home relaxed. This year has honestly been brilliant and it was SO much fun to see everyone again!

Cupcake Queen!

 

 

 

Ahead of an incredibly busy week I started cake decorating! Thanks to the wonderful Kate from Sugar Town Cupcakes (check them out on Facebook, absolutely amazing) I can now add amateur cake decorator to my CV, ok I’m not that good yet. These classes take place in our local library from time to time. One one of my earlier blogs I learnt how to make loads of flowers, today it was birthday cupcakes and I was chuffed with how they came out!

It seems like a perfect way to start birthday week (yes a week, if the Queen get’s two birthdays why can’t I have a birthday week?!) I have so much planned, tomorrow I’m seeing Joe for my mystery present, Tuesday I have band practice and a concert, Wednesday work, Thursday my family are coming to see me, Friday a birthday meal and Saturday a big surprise for a friend and then an evening out!

I have my plan for the week, I’m feeling better and well who wouldn’t smile after being taught how to make these beauties!

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Where I really live and making new friends.

As I’ve been spending less and less time in my flat lately and have taken refuge in Kingston Hill. There is only so much time you can spend on campus without going mad and I’ve began to feel trapped in Seething Wells. There is nothing to do here and I’m isolated and alone a lot. It’s not that I don’t get on with my flat mates we are just six different people with different lives. I fit in at Kingston Hill, I love being near the bar and having a shop 2 minutes away. I love being around fellow musicians and being able to use a beautiful big kitchen.  Tonight we all went to Nando’s for a flat meal. I ended up spending some quality time with a few people even if the night wasn’t what we expected.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that you don’t always get put with your new best friends. I have to travel at least 20 minutes by bus and my last bus is at 10.30 it’s not the greatest set up but at least I get to see them. Although I get quite down on my bus back tonight there was a lovely exception, the P5 flat. Instead of going back into my room and watching How I Met Your Mother reruns I bumped into some people from my building and ended up drinking Vodka with them. So now I’m a little bit drunker than I should be and ready to fall asleep. Hopefully I’ll make more friends next semester and explore a little more of P Block!