As most of you know, I had a birthday recently. 26! Last year I celebrated by throwing a tea party and declaring that I was "growing up but not growing old." I feel much the same this year but with greater strides at the whole "adulthood" thing. It's true that I may still live in a house with three roommates, work a job where I make slightly more than minimum wage, and still eat ramen a few times a month; but I also own my own car (by which I mean I am paying down a loan) and look forward to the day when I can be a homeowner (read: decorator). But I digress- what I wanted to talk about was the lovely way I celebrated my birthday this year. My wonderful boyfriend took me to Victoria for a short weekend of window shopping, tea drinking, beer imbibing, and relaxing.
We took an early morning ferry over the water from Port Angeles. The weather was beautiful but alas, I get slightly motion-sick on boats, so I'm afraid I spent most of the ride staring out the window at the waves, concentrating on feeling normal.
We did spend most of the trip wandering around, especially since we had such good weather. But the one big expenditure we gave in to, and the only thing I really required out of the trip, was having afternoon tea at The Empress hotel. For those of you who don't know, tea and afternoon tea have kind of become my thing. It was a delicious menu in a beautiful setting and the perfect way to say hello to another year older.
Fall has always been my favourite season, not just because of my birthday, but it certainly helps that I get an extra excuse to enjoy it! The first two days were gorgeous and sunny, with a chill in the air perfect for tea and pub fare. The last day was overcast and much colder but it did not dull the brilliant leaves or the great time we had.
Thank you, Reid, for giving me a fantastic birthday weekend. Here's to growing old but not growing up (at least not all the way)!