I was a bit worried about celebrating my 21st birthday away from home and in Canada. But I’ll cut to the chase and save you the anxiety I had by telling you: it went well. My birthday actually started at 8am on Canadian Monday, as that was the 8th in Australia – and considering I was born on Australian time, I was 21 then. I went on Skype to see my Mum, David, Barry, Grandma and Grandpa. They all bopped in unison and sang happy birthday, and even with some initial sound issues – it was so lovely. I had a giant box under my bed that mum had sent to me – and I resisted opening it for such a long time! Finally I opened the box to find:
Everything! It was so fantastic – so many cures for homesickness.
After some great Skype sessions with the people I love in Australia and some gorging on all the best Darrell Lea and Cadbury chocolate Australia has to offer, I rang in my Canadian birthday at midnight and finally went to bed.
The next morning I was woken by an alarm and couldn’t figure out why I still felt so tired… that would be because my lovely fiancé woke me up at 7am so I had plenty of time to open presents. I may have been sleepy, but hey… it’s a good reason to wake up. I got down filled gloves and mittens, ice-skates ($5.65 from an op-shop – such a win!), a beautiful card, delivered roses and ice wine. I then moved to a package that I have been saving from my Aunty Yvonne and awesome cousin Lauren back home. The description to the post office said cards – but that was an understatement! There were several cards, a squirrel broach (love it!), birthstone pendant, earrings and all sorts of things that made me smile. My room was (and still is) filled with so many thoughtful presents that I can’t help but feel happy.
I skipped off to uni for my Media Audiences and Effects class – my birthday fell on a Tuesday, which just happens to be a 9.30 – 3.30 day for me. But the class was good and over before I knew it, so I got to trot off to a café to “study” with my good friend Victoria. We have a great study system… it’s go to an awesome café/restaurant and chat/eat/study. To my delight Victoria made the executive decision of adding gifts to the occasion! Not only did I enjoy a Chai milkshake (the best milkshake I have ever had), I was given a gorgeous key pendant for my 21st. Victoria also gave me my first engagement present – a glittering jewellery box that was wrapped so beautifully that I am considering the ribbon part of the present! Well, the day was going well I must say.
I had to sit through Asian Art, but even the news we had a test on Friday and a possible presentation didn’t get me down. Same with Renaissance Art… and it reminded me how glad I am that I’m a women living in the 21st century… and not the 15th. I don’t care if it was fashionable, I am not plucking all the hairs out of the front of my head to raise my hairline.
My next birthday wish was to get a cupcake because my birthday fell on a Toonie Tuesday!
We took out deliciously boxed cupcakes and walked down into Cootes Paradise. It was a very foggy day – I like to describe it as mystical. I think the lighting made things look really pretty – a little bit magical, and the low cloud kept the temperature up.
We took out cupcakes with us on a walk to Cootes Paradise. We lost daylight savings time on the weekend, and so come 5pm, the sun wants to disappear. This means that when you are walking around at 4.30pm, it is prime squirrel spotting time.
It’s funny… I am terrible at catching leaves, but I get so many opportunities lately that I have actually caught a few!
As we were leaving we saw a deer running like crazy in the opposite direction to us. It ran right alongside us… with its white tail flashing. I was a little concerned we were about to be greeted by a bear or something else with sharp teeth.
We had to cut our time in Cootes Paradise a little short when I looked at my watch – I had dinner booked at The Village Green at 6pm. Now, this dinner had been the source of much anxiety for me over the past week. It’s a really small restaurant, and so for groups larger than 16 you can book the whole place. I made a Facebook event and got quite a bit of interest… so I booked it. As the date drew closer I was worried I would have too many people (I had 27 attending at one point), or not enough (Facebook events can be very tricky things). The staff needed to know how many people to cater for… so I just pulled out a number – 22. The lady informed me it would be a bit cosy, but I figured since we all knew each other it would be fine.
Well I arrived at the restaurant at 6pm sharp and to my delight, some friends were already there – you can always count on Germans to be punctual. We walked inside and a very Canadian sounded lady remarked – “Oh no, you’re big people!” She was hoping for petite little vegetarians and instead got a load full of international giants (I seem to have mainly befriended tall representatives of their countries). Well, we weren’t that tall, and one we sat down the restaurant was cosy, gemütlich, gezillig.
The food was AMAZING, the service was great and the company was wonderful. Then my cake came out. I had mentioned it was my birthday, and the restaurant said they would provide a cake… but I was not quite expecting this.
The dinner was great, and guess how many people came. 22.
The night finished with gathering leftovers and a drink with a few friends at a pub. When Canadian midnight rolled around so ended my 40 hour-long 21st birthday.
You’ve got to be lucky sometimes – but I think I must have a leprechaun hiding in my back pocket.