Let the Birthdays Roll

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In the restroom at Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

This weekend, I celebrated 24 years of life. With all the wedding madness, it was too much to plan anything big. I take a lot of opportunities to celebrate life daily (or at least weekly) so I didn’t see a need for a party or organized effort. I’m also doing the OC Heart Walk this weekend, which I am really excited about.

I spent the weekend in San Diego because of a work event. Rob came down with me on Friday and we had a bomb dinner at The Lion’s Share. I started drinking on an empty stomach so there was absolutely no time for food pics when dinner came out! After some starter salads, we opted for a few shared plates–beef wagyu satay, antelope sliders, and yellowtail tartare. All amazing! Had a couple of Jameson/ginger beers as well.

After dinner we met up with another friend TJ and his sister, who were also celebrating their birthdays in SD. They had a little pre-party and then got bottle service at Bar West in Pacific Beach. Rob and I didn’t stay too long, but it was nice to see them.

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I worked 9-5 on Saturday (my actual birthday), which wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened. Kimi and Alex were super awesome and trekked to SD in the rain to party with lil ol’ me. After some drinks at the hotel bar, we got ready for dinner and headed over to Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen in Hillcrest. Again, BOMB. I had some pork belly and short ribs with celery puree. OMG. We walked across the street to a bar called Harvey Milk’s and had some birthday cake shots with dessert. We met some fun folks there and got our partying fix in for the night. [I swear I’m not getting old.]

After dinner and drinks, I just wanted to chill! So I ordered Lone Survivor in the hotel room for $18 -_- It was worth it! Super intense, graphic, and devastating in so many ways. I would say that we did a lot for my birthday! And I’m happy with how it turned out–had a ton of fun. Kimi and Alex are seriously the best for making that trip.

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I rounded out the humble festivities with my parents and dinner at home. Gotta thank them for these past 24 years. It was a nice change of pace not to do anything big this year. Maybe next year I’ll use my quarter-century celebration as an excuse to get crazy again.

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Yes, we get our birthday every year. But if you’re not constantly celebrating life, then by all means, use it an excuse to have an extravagant birthday party. Bring folks together who you don’t regularly see, but love nonetheless. Do what you want on your birthday! Life is beautiful and to see another year is even better. Thank you to everyone who has shared this 24-year journey with me. I’m looking forward to more adventures and life-long learning.

Made by my cousin, Kelsay!

Made by my cousin, Kelsay!

4 thoughts on “Let the Birthdays Roll

  1. Whoa! Donnaly! How’d you find me??

    When I got the notification that Donnaly Y was following me, I was like hmmm what are the chances.. and it was you! I hope you, Wendy, and the family are doing well!

    Congratulations on the engagement! That’s so exciting. :) When is the wedding?


    • Hey, Juliana! Your mom invited me to like your page on FB–she is very active on social media! Yes, we are all doing well :) The wedding is in May, which is right around the corner, but I’ve been engaged for almost two years now so it’s been a long time in the making. You got married recently, right? Congrats to you, too. I’m loving the blog, keep the posts coming!

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