Well another year in the life of Valerie has passed, and a new one has just begun. Happy Birthday to myself! Tuesday the 16th was my 24th birthday! How crazy is that?! I don’t feel 24 at all, and I don’t think I look it either, or so I’ve been told…
Birthdays, in my opinion, are kind of a big deal. I love them! I’m that girl who is singing Happy Birthday to myself 3 days before its my actual birthday and use the “but It’s my birthday!” line over and over and over again. Why not? Who doesn’t want to celebrate another year in the world. Lord knows it can end in the blink of an eye.
With that being said, I though I wanted to go out with friends into the city for my birthday, but with it being on a Tuesday, I didn’t think any one would have wanted to go out. I took off work and when I woke up on Tuesday morning, I had no idea how I was going to spend the day alone. I had searched pinterest for ideas all month, I googled what others had done, and one thing kept popping up. Doing 24 things in 24 hours, so why not give it a try!
Now this year, even though I saved up money was going to be tight, because my boyfriend and I are moving into a new apartment on Friday and they wanted an arm and a leg for security deposit and rent. So I did my 24 things in 24 hours while on a budget! Beat that other people who have done this challenge before! So enough with the small talk, lets see if I actually accomplished anything…
1. Play the Lottery:
I had two dollars laying around so when I went to go get gas, I decided to buy two $1 scratch off tickets. Scratched the first…Nothing. Scratched the second…I win $2! Yay! Now I should have took that as a sign to keep my two dollars, but I bought a $2 ticket and lost. Whomp whomp. Oh well.
2.Take yourself out to breakfast: I loveeeeee breakfast food. My plan was to take myself to Shady Maple, which is an amish run buffet. You get a free meal on your birthday, BUT you need to purchase an adult meal. Since I was going by myself, I couldn’t do that so I just went out to my favorite dinner and ordered my favorite breakfast- Steak Egg and Cheese breakfast quesadilla. Yummm. – Only 10 bucks w/coffee!
3.Wonder aimlessly through home stores: & Don’t buy anything! I just spend 1hour and 30 minutes looking at wall art, towels, curtains, nic-nacks, furniture for fun. And I loved it. You can’t beat the crazy things Ollies, TJ MAXX, the thrift store, and Homegoods have.
4.Go on a drive/bike ride: Some times I just like to get lost in my own town. Go down a road you’ve never been down before.
5.Do Yoga: I didn’t really want to go to the gym, so instead I pulled up youtube and found a yoga video and did that at home instead. It was nice and relaxing.
6-8.Have your own at home Spa day:
I guess you could say that I’m cheating here a little bit, but taking the time to do your hair, makeup, fingers and toes takes awhile. So I made this three items. Just go pamper yourself. You deserve it.
9.Chill out to Zac Brown Band Pandora: Absolutely LOVE this station. Who does just want to pretend they are knee deep in the water some where. You also can’t beat Bob Marley, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet, and Kenny Chesney ALL on the same station.
10.Do the couples yoga challenge: My boyfriend and I watch a couple trying these ridiculous poses and failing miserably, so we decided to try it. Or should I say I made him do it once he got home from work. It wasn’t even hard….
11.Play a video game: Any video game! Act like a kid. I played a computer game called League of Legends. I guess I’m a nerd.
11. Pregame with a power hour: We already had beer in the house, and remember we are trying to save money for Friday, so we just pregamed the bar before hand. Why not!? It’s your birthday after all.
12. Make/Buy your favorite dinner: I really wanted sushi, but we were going out for trivia night any ways so we went to the bar across the street. I got some onion rings and chicken sandwich. Still yummy!
13.Go out for drinks: While waiting for dinner, I decided it was a good idea to throw back two peach long islands. I still believe this was a good idea.
14.Go play trivia at local bar: I am a sore loser, but I still had fun playing trivia and Monaco is still the right answer, not Switzerland!
15. Jump on the bed: Yes I did jump on the bed when I got home. Yes it probably was the peach long islands.
16. Have a dance party: This was also probably from those long islands, but it was still fun.
17. Hug a friend: Minus my boyfriend, only one friend came out to play trivia with me. She’s awesome.
18.Sing Happy Birthday to yourself: DUH.
19.Watch your favorite TV show: Who doesn’t want to unwind to Dexter.
20.Have your cake and eat it: I love cake, well food in general.
21.Reminisce about the past year/Make goals for the new year: 23 was pretty cool, but 24 is going to be much better. I plan on getting a teaching job and FINALLY getting things back in order.
22. Cuddle with your pets: My kitties love me
23.Be a lazy: Sometimes you just want to bum out
24.Spend time with the ones who truly love you: They are the only ones who really matter.