Perfect day. I had a perfect birthday. The rain finally let up and Austin and I went on a beautiful hike in the lovely weather. We drove with the windows rolled down, sunglasses on, up the mountain, and then to Ikea for some yummy lunch and browsing. I almost bought a bottle of wine, just because I could, but in the end I didn't. Maybe next time, haha. I got to go to Chapters and explore, before picking up a few books, and then when we came back to my dorm, all of the lovely ladies were hiding in our room to surprise me. In the lounge they had placed all of their laptops facing the doorway with sloth videos playing on an endless loop. They know me. I'm crazy. It was wonderful and there were cupcakes.
Lastly, Austin and some friends and I made our way into downtown Vancouver where we indulged in butternut squash ravioli, goat cheese flatbread and my first drinks! I'm sure I entertained my friends with my tipsy antics (basically just laughing my at every. single. thing. in the world) and I had fun tasting some new things. I had a bellini, a blackberry mojito (SO GOOD) and a martini. The last one I did not like quite as much but my friends took advantage of my naivete and told me to drink it really fast...so I did. And then I started laughing even more.
As I return back to the drudgery of papers and midterms and working and deadlines I still have the memory of sunlight dripping down through the trees and city lights blurring past on the Skytrain. I'll carry those ones in my heart for a long time.
I am blessed. So, so blessed.