I’m an ‘adult’ now!

[Insert celebratory noise maker sound here]

I’m officially 21 years old and no longer have to worry about whether or not I’m legally old enough to go places! Never mind the fact that I’ve been paying my rent for three years — I can buy a bottle of wine and that’s what it means to be an adult, right?

I have been celebrating either Valentine’s Day or my birthday for the majority of the last week, so it’s been a fun time. (We kicked off the week with a glass workshop where we made adorable glass paperweights).

The first hint of a birthday celebration came on Thursday, when I received a birthday card at Girls Inc. signed by the staff. It was a sweet gesture and nice little surprise. I have been very fortunate to spend the remainder of the week with my lovely girlfriend, who always puts in a lot of effort to ensure that I’m celebrating properly.

Yesterday we started off the day by eating lunch at 3 Sisters Café in Broad Ripple (if you’ve never been, please try it sometime). I had a delicious omelet with coffee and always enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant, which is tucked away in an old Victorian house. We followed that up with a stop in at Hubbard & Cravens for a latte (hint: don’t follow up two cups of dark roast coffee with fresh espresso) and then headed downtown to Circle Centre. We spent a couple hours dealing with caffeine-induced anxiety and mulling around the mall before heading home. Despite the fact that the caffeine occasionally made me feel like everyone in the mall was being way too loud, I had a good time. By far my favorite part of my birthday festivities so far has been today.

Chelsea meticulously made a very cute cake to match the color scheme of the decorations I had picked out, which we enjoyed alongside a home-cooked meal that my mom brought over today. She sandwiched two layers of moist lemon cake around a raspberry jam filling and slathered it with vanilla icing and white chocolate decorations. I know, your mouth is watering, isn’t it?

It was great to see my mom and stepdad since I haven’t made the trip home in quite a while, and the from-scratch chicken and noodles made the visit even better. Mom also gave me a copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In”, which I’m looking forward to reading.

I’m very excited for some upcoming plans I’m able to have because of my birthday, too! Chelsea surprised me with tickets to see Lorde’s Melodrama tour in March. When the North American tour was announced a while back I fretted for days over whether or not I wanted to spend the time and money to buy tickets and travel to Columbus for a show. My love for Lorde is strong, but my budget is rather limited. My girlfriend being the sweetheart she is, got us seats right away and tucked them into my birthday presents. I can’t wait!

I’m also looking forward to seeing comedian Rhea Butcher when she comes to Indy in April. It’s a 21+ show, so I came into adulthood just in time to grab some tickets!

We’re planning on going out to dinner tonight to finish off the festivities with some good food and a glass of champagne. I’ve had a really great time, and have enjoyed the opportunity to have some fun distractions this week since I’ve been stressed lately. I’m very grateful for everyone in my life who has helped make this a good birthday. I’m nervous about going back to school and work tomorrow and having responsibilities rushing at me, but this week has been worth a little chaos.

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