It was a good day to spend with family: a birthday wouldn't quite be a birthday without my dads jokes, and my grandma and mum debating which dessert sounds best. The restaurant was quite busy, with complimentary Easter bunny mascot, but the music was good and we had fun trying to learn Turkish to impress our waiter. My family even found the first ever nut free store bought birthday cake!
Now that I am another year older, I look back and think of the things that I have achieved so far. Each little thing sparks another memory until I remember 5,000 things I didn't even know were there. It makes me glad that all of that knowledge is still in my mind somewhere if I only know how to look for it - kind of like a more optimistic version of that maze from Harry Potter and the goblet of fire.
There were two things I really loved about this day though, which is a lot because I am not a fan of ageing nor hence a fan of birthdays:
1. Because it was Easter, I got a chance to share the celebration with my family and to celebrate all of us, making sure to give them lots of chocolate!
2. The post - there is something about getting hand written letters through your post box that makes everything seem a million times better. Reading silly quotes from my friends (the inside jokes we made up in high-school) and seeing where my friends have been travelling, it just makes me really glad to know all of these different and incredible people.
I think I read a quote on that once - I'll have a look to see if I can find it...
And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
As for my new years resolutions, my family, boyfriend and friends have been kind enough to help me on the way with those - books largely (there are some realllllly exciting books I cannot wait to read including Sapiens, A shepherds life and Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. My mum even got me a sop. recorder so I can carry on with my 10 instruments resolution - which is even more incredible because of how much she hates the sound of them haha (I will have to try and practice quietly, though I'm not quite sure how to go about doing that...) But all the Baroque recorder!!!! It's going to be fun.
It's still only the beginning of the half term really, we get three weeks 'holiday'/course work time overall. So far I am still sick with tonsillitis which is proving brutal and refusing to go away which is quite frustrating when I know how near my final recital for the end of first year is and how much work on that material is still to go... But hopefully things will start to get better as soon as they can because out side of work, there is so much I want to do this next few weeks - the freedom of the beginning of spring/summer is prime time for hiking!
Being inside the house a lot just makes me realise how much I want to go swimming or hiking or canoeing... and I've never even been canoeing - one more for the bucket list.