photo taken 8/25/2013
Today is my birthday, you know! Since we just had a massive celebration with our nearest and dearest, my 27th is going to be pretty low-key. Jon and I are leaving Norfolk in the morning to head back to London; I'm taking us out to dinner at Hawksmore, one of the best steak places in town, and he's booked a luxury boutique hotel for the night. Okay, maybe that's not so low-key - but it will be lovely and intimate and I couldn't ask for more. It's the perfect way to end this amazing trip before I fly back to DC on Friday!
When we picked our wedding date, people always remarked on how close to my birthday it was. "You'll only get one party and one present," they protested. "You're cheating yourself out of festivities!" That may be true, but can I tell you a secret? I'm not so big on birthdays. I don't really care about marking my birthday beyond using it as an excuse to do something a little special with friends and family. This is definitely a post in and of itself and I plan on writing it in the coming weeks, but the short story is that I don't have milestones that are linked to age, so it's kind of just another day - one on which I can be a bit pampered, maybe, but just a day. As we get older and life gets more chaotic, Jon and I will probably be glad to be able to kill two birds with one stone at the end of August.
Still, though, it's my birthday! And I've had a whirlwind end to 26. The wedding on Saturday, our honeymoon for the past few days, back to DC tomorrow - and then Jon should be a US resident in a few months! I think that 27 is going to be superb. I hope that this day starts a wonderful year you you, too, dear readers!