I’ve been absent from my blog for soooo long… (oops! Do forgive me!) But I’m back again, and finally, 18 days into 2015, here I am wishing you all a very happy new year! I won’t dwell for too long, as the festive period has clearly been and gone, but I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that although the year is still young, it is treating you well.
My original plan was to blog on the 1st about New Years Resolutions, but that wouldn’t be fitting now, and could be tedious. Fortunately, my birthday is in January, and so I have a very exciting post to start the year. I just finished my 18th birthday celebrations! That means I’m officially considered an adult… *hides*
After spending months attempting (unsuccessfully) to decide what to do for my birthday, my Mum took the decision off of my hands, as she had an ‘idea’ for a present. This was a relief to me, as I hate the panic that comes with quick choices! So, I left it in her hands and the day of my birthday, (Friday, 16th) came around. I was very lucky to be given some wonderful presents and I had a lovely meal with my family in the evening. But there was still the matter of the ‘surprise’ present that I had yet to be told about. In the end, I was given a number of clues that would eventually lead to the answer. The only clues that I was given on my birthday was that I needed to pack a bag, and that we would be going on the train. So, with slight confusion but excitement, I packed my bag that night, and thought no more about it.
Saturday morning came, and Mum and I were picked up from home and taken to the train station. By this point, I had suspicions that we would be going to London, but was not entirely sure why. I was correct. We arrived in London, and shopped around Kings Cross for a while. So called ‘Stage two’ began roughly half an hour later. That half an hour was spent sitting, waiting. For what, you ask? Well, that’s what was going through my mind. And then, my sister (who is currently at University), appeared in front of me. I was so surprised. Until that point, I had no idea that she would be involved in this. Now that I think about it, I don’t understand why I didn’t know she would be coming, because my Mum wouldn’t arrange something for my birthday without her.
We walked around London for a while, and after getting our bearings on where the hotel was, we were onto stage three of the surprise. *Quick back story, stay with me*. My sister has taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh award since High School, and has recently completed her Gold award. She attended two presentations to receive her award, one of which was at St. James’ Palace in London. She took Mum with her, and they went to Planet Hollywood to eat in the evening. Its this amazing American style restaurant. It plays both old and newer music (along with the songs music videos) and has memorabilia on the wall from a number of Hollywood stars – John Travolta’s jacket from Grease, Charlie Sheen’s outfit from the ‘Two and a Half Men’ series, and the hat and jumper worn by Tom Hanks in ‘Forrest Gump’ to name a few. It also has a shop – yes a shop – where you can buy merchandise! They told me about it and I really wanted to go. I’m sure you can guess by now that stage 3 of the surprise was a trip to Planet Hollywood to eat! I really enjoyed myself – and would recommend it to anyone!
Sitting at the table in the restaurant was when stage 4 arrived. My sister handed me an envelope that contained my birthday present from her. I opened it to find a letter with yet mire clues as to the present. I got some, not all of them. The flap at the bottom of the letter revealed the present – S CLUB 7 TICKETS! They used to be one of mine and my sister’s favourite bands, and when they split up back in 2003, we were really sad. But that didn’t stop me in years to come (even now) creating my own rendition of their songs when I hear them. And now, here I find myself with tickets in May to the S Club 7 Reunion tour and I’m not ashamed to admit that I AM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED!
Just as I thought that it couldn’t get any better, there was one more stage to my surprise. We left Planet Hollywood, full to the brim with food and after a small amount of shopping, I found myself in the Apollo Victoria theatre about to watch ‘Wicked! the Musical’! I’d always heard how good it was and was intrigued to see it to see exactly what all the fuss was about. I often forget how much I love musicals, and am reminded of this fact every time I come out from watching a show. And this was so good, I won’t forget it for a long time!
I’m so lucky to have had and experienced all of these amazing things. And now the weekend is over, I have to get used to the fact that not only am I one year older, but that I have a sense of ‘freedom’ that comes with it. The reality of being considered an adult still hasn’t quite hit me yet, and I think that will take a while. But I have had such a wonderful time, and it is already one of the highlights of 2015. I hope that this continues throughout the year!
I know this was a long post, but I felt as though I owed you. Plus, I wanted to write in detail so that you could get an understanding of how much I enjoyed it! I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about my birthday celebrations as much as I have enjoyed experiencing them!
See you soon!