My birthday was last Friday so I decided to take the day off and make it a three day weekend.
I was going to kick off the celebrating by doing one of my favorite thing, sleeping in. But I woke up at the crack of 5:55 a.m., so I had plenty of time to do my second favorite thing, sit on the patio and read and sip my coffee.
Except it was hot and cloudy and with about 812% humidity.
So, I just waited around and curled my hair which was a complete waste because did I mention 812% humidity?
My weird hair and I picked my sister up and we headed out for breakfast. I got a giant plate of chicken and waffles and washed it down with a chocolate chip shake-a-chino, because I decided to start the year off on a healthy note. Emily also went the nutritious route, and ordered the most decadent french toast I've ever seen and a Reese's peanut butter hot chocolate.
Right after we took this photo, someone came over to Emily and told her how pretty she is. I'm sad to report that I did not receive any compliments from strangers, so after we finished breakfast we walked right over to Ulta to try to find something to make me beautiful and cover up the dark under-eye circles with which I've recently been plagued.
While we wandered around, I told Emily that I'd decided on my new life motto for the year. Things have been stressful at work lately and I haven't been sleeping great, so I told her my motto was going to be "Don't worry about it at all, but certainly don't worry about it in the middle of the night."
I think that might be the solution to my under-eye circle problem for ZERO DOLLARS.
After Ulta, we went to Kohl's to get Emily a nice shirt to wear with dress pants and a business suit because senior year of college requires job fairs and career dinners. While we shopped I shared career advice with her, the main piece of advice being, "Lots of people are going to be smart enough and qualified enough to do the job. Be the person that the hiring manager LIKES and WANTS to do the job. Sometimes being friendly and a hard worker can get you farther than credentials on your resume."
I might have borrowed that particular piece of advice from my dad, but he's a very successful guy and so far it's served me well, so I think he's on to something.
Matt and I had talked about going out for dinner, but I decided that I'd rather cook a nice dinner (hello, 29!) so I made this and we really enjoyed it. Matt brought home a cake and presents and after dinner we went to sit out on the patio and we looked up and saw the most beautiful rainbow.
It was a good way to end the day, and start the year.