I turned 29 two weeks ago, and I had the best time. My birthday fell on a Friday this year, so I decided to take the day off of work and make the most of it. I’ve been meaning to make a habit out of taking daily walks around my neighborhood to fit in more physical activity and catch up on podcasts and audiobooks.
I let myself sleep in, had a nice breakfast, and then headed out with my favorite podcast ready to go. I had nowhere to be, so I just spent the time really taking in my neighborhood. It took me back to when I’d just go out exploring my hometown as a kid. It’s a really nice feeling to just feel at home even when you’re not physically in your home, and I’m happy to find that my new neighborhood is starting to feel that way.
Afterwards, I went out with friends to see the movie Love, Simon and grab dinner to celebrate. I’m sure others have stated this more eloquently, but it was an amazing experience to sit in the theater with my boyfriend and watch two men share a kiss on screen – and the audience cheered. I actually loved the book the movie was based on, and while I think the movie could have been better overall, it was still a good movie (especially for our world today).
The following day, I threw a party at our apartment. The new Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo Switch, Breath of the Wild, was released about a year prior and I fell in love with it. Andy is really into baking, and he always makes me a birthday cake that is themed (besides being delicious and beautiful). This year, I asked if the theme could be Legend of Zelda/Breath of the Wild, and he was excited for it. But I decided to go overboard and deck out the entire apartment to fit the theme (something we’ve really only done for our Halloween parties).
Plus, we found this place online where you can have custom party plates made with your art on them. So I repurposed the party invitation graphic I made for those. I had wanted to transform our apartment into the land of Hyrule (the setting of the game), and I believe we succeeded! What do you think?