The Weekend Blog

11th January 2015


I turned 21 on Tuesday.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all who left birthday related messages in the comments section or on Twitter. That was so sweet of you all. πŸ™‚

Reaching 21 is suppose to be special but I don’t know; I’m not a big fan of birthdays. Perhaps it’s because my birthday is at such an awkward time of the year. It’s usually the first week people are back at school/work after the Christmas period, and everyone is just so depressed. Oh, and it’s winter, and I’m just a miserable sod in winter.

I’ve found my last couple of birthdays difficult because they’ve been without my parents. We Skyped but it’s just not the same. I like being with them on my birthday, and I guess it’s why I still go home for Christmas.

As usual, I was in university on my birthday for a full day of lectures, although I walked out half way through one after the lecturer turned up an hour late. I was just so annoyed that I couldn’t concentrate. I just wanted to go home and Skype with my mum. Also, my legs hurt.

In the evening Tyrone and I went out for a meal at our favourite Italian restaurant. I actually ended the day in bed at half 9, because I felt so exhausted, and cried a little because I missed my parents.

On Friday my parents came over to visit. They turned up with a bottle of champagne, home-made chocolate cake and a big birthday balloon. It was like having a second 21st birthday. Later in the evening we went out for a meal at Miller and Carter on Albert Dock which was fantastic. I had barbecue chicken wings to start, followed by a cheese and bacon steak burger. I also got a free bottle of champagne because it’s was my birthday and I’ve signed up to the restaurant’s newsletter.

Yep, lots and lots of champagne on Friday!

We ended up spending the end of the evening in the Cavern Pub, listening to some live music. The band who were performing were pretty good and even played one of my favourite Police songs – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic. It was a perfect way to end the night.

My parents stayed over in Liverpool on Friday night and on the Saturday I took them on a little tour of the city to show them different bits they’ve never seen before. The original plan was to go to the beach but the wind was horrendous and just walking around town was a battle. Regardless, I had a great weekend and today kind of feels a little flat.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. I just realised I am up at idiot hour (12:30am) and it’s Monday, and I got an email notification about your post! Yay!

    I am sorry to hear that you were in some pain and missed your parents. πŸ™ It sounds like you had a lovely time while they were over, though. I am sorry I didn’t wish you one earlier, but happy birthday! I am glad you had a few perks to yours. I love getting free drinks and food on my birthday aha.

    Shame about the lecturer, an hour late is absolutely atrocious. I would have been pretty furious too. I am surprised you sat tight for that long!

    I have to say I don’t listen to The Police that much but that song is definitely one of my favourites. πŸ˜€

    I have probably said this before but I love your Weekend Blog posts. I felt like doing the same thing when you started but I didn’t feel like my weekends were very eventful. Things have changed a little though, since I began going out with my current boyfriend (I have been pretty quiet about him actually), we go out a lot on the weekends. xD

  2. Agent Q

    Even though it’s a belated birthday celebration, loving parents can always make their beloved smile amidst the stress. Talk about an eventful night with food, music, and fun. I certainly hope that made up for a depressing start of the semester. Even the Italian professors I had know better than being an hour late! πŸ˜› [Cue Italian joke: they take their time with everything, hence the reputation of perpetual tardiness.]

    All in all, glad you had an enjoyable weekend! Here in Texas, I’m enjoying my last day off before school starts on the 12th. The weather here isn’t too great either, but I do look forward to a change of pace. πŸ™‚

  3. Jamie

    I’m so sorry about not wishing you a happy birthday! I had no idea. I didn’t even see your tweets on Twitter. Which is weird. I usually do! So,with that in mind, happy belated birthday!

    I know how you feel about missing your parents. I rarely get to see my parents. Why? My mom lives in another state, and my dad has a witch of a girlfriend that does not like me. But that’s okay with my dad. At least, he’s on my side. I don’t like his girlfriend very much either. So, you’re not alone with missing parents. But I am rather glad that they were able to fly to see you on your birthday.

  4. Happy birthday! Sorry it’s a little late.

  5. Happy belated birthday! 21 is such a fun milestone, and I’m glad your parents were able to come out and celebrate with you even though it was not on the “official” day. I’m the same as you when it comes to winter time. I’m cranky, sad, and depressed sometimes. I think it’s the grey skies and gloomy days in general. However, your night sounded like it was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed your cake, your family, and your night out!

  6. jolene

    happy 21st! i’m glad your parents came by after to celebrate it with you πŸ™‚ sounds like you had a nice time with them. i hope you have a wonderful year ahead, and that things go wonderfully for you! πŸ˜€

  7. Susanne

    You’re so young? I didn’t realise! But well, England and university, of course you’re young. Happy belated birthday!
    I noticed you said “that why I STILL go home for Christmas”. Isn’t it a common thing that people in England spend Christmas with the family (parents)? We always go to either my parents or my husband’s parents, and we probably would even if we had kids. If I work we go to his parents one of the days during Christmas that I don’t work.

  8. Well that second birthday made up for the first one right πŸ™‚ I’m not a birthday celebrator, purely because I always get let down! But it sounds like your parents threw you a good party πŸ™‚ I’m jealous of all the champagne! Happy 21st again x

  9. Nicole

    Happy belated birthday to you. I’m not huge on birthdays either, but it can be nice to have some special treatment once in a while.. For instance, I think it was really sweet that your parents surprised you with some goodies and that you got a free bottle of champagne at the restaurant.. In America, you’re restaurants typically give a free dessert, but I would love some champagne! Haha.

    But seriously, it is was nice that your parents stopped by, especially since you were missing them.

    By the way, I would be so pissed of if my professor showed up that late.. Actually, I had a professor show up about 20 or so minutes late a couple of years back and when he walked in he never apologized and just simply said: “You’re all here for such and such a class, right?” Also, does your school have any rule for how long you have to wait for a professor to show up?

  10. Happy (belated) Birthday lovely! xo

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  12. Cat

    I already said this on Twitter, but happy (belated) birthday! My birthday always seems to fall on Spring break, which people usually go out of town for so no one would be around. I eventually began treating my birthday as if it were a week earlier, haha.

    Sorry that your birthday was full of lectures and that you missed your parents πŸ™ I’m glad they visited a few days later though! Sounds like you had a great weekend!