Here are all of the birthdays I can remember clearly:
6: (1988) I had my first sleepover but thought it was a “spin” the night party and couldn’t figure out how to ask my friends from school to come over and spin with me.
7: (1989) Mom brought ice cream to school, and I felt like a queen with the most friends.
really really afraid of manatees.
10. (1992) A trip to the beach with 4 bffs; awkward white bathing suit.
11: (1993) A sleepover where I got Mickey Mouse boxers and white overalls. I got really mad at Eric for trying to hang out with my friends when we were swimming in the pool.
14: (1996) My parents threw me a surprise party with about 25 jrs. and srs. from sch
ool. I was a freshman, and I didn’t know many of the people at all. I was super embarrassed and angsty all night. I think there is a part of a home video where I look into the camera and ask something like “I’m supposed to like this?”
15: (1997) About 10 friends went to Applebees and then we went bowling. It was 10th grade, and it was awesome!
16: (1998) My cousin Matt came in town from Virginia, and I had a HUGE sweet 16 party. We (me and about 75 of my friends) had catered Carraba’s in the garden with swing music and every body dressed up. Then, we changed into fun clothes and played capture the flag all over the neighborhood.
17: (1999) My mom brought a football cake and ice cream to school, and I had a great lunch with all of my friends!
18: (2000) Pretty uneventful; went to Ruth’s Chris steakhouse with my family.
19: (2001) Saw Monty Python’s Holy Grail in the theatre with a few friends.
20: (2002) My boyfriend at the time threw me a surprise party with friends. It was really great, and I think we might have ended up singing Christmas carols with homeless people by the end of the night.
21: (2003) There used to be a burger king in Gainesville where someone would come out of the back door of the building and take your order, only to return a few minutes later with your bag. Needless to say, it went out of business. A really crappy sports bar tried to make it there for a few months…. in those few months I had my 21st birthday there.
(2004) My ex-boyfriend (the same one as before) threw me a wine and cheese party and lots of great friends came over.
23: (2005) James and I went to Tampa to see my parents. My mom took me to a spa and we all spent the day on the boat in the bay tubing and stopping at random islands.
24: (2006) My first all girl birthday party since I was 11; went to dinner with my best g
irl friends. Later that night James surprised me by coming into town from DC. He took me to dinner and a play!
25: (2007) Saw La Boheme in simulcast on the National Mall with friends; went to Cheesecake factory for dinner. 26: (2008) Marisha, Rachel, Heather and Virginie surprised me in Adam’s Morgan with dinner, a cake, flowers and balloons. It was a great g
irls night out! Some of my students also surprised me with cupcakes in the shape of a gator. :)
27: (2009) Some awesome students made me waffles and ice cream with fresh fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast. Later some friends came over for dinner and this weekend James took me on a “staycation” here in Alexandria where we stayed at a super modern hotel and spa. He arranged everything and took me to get an hour-long prenatal massage at the spa!