Yesterday I officially turned the big 3-0. (If you follow my social media channels you probably already know this, and I apologize for all of the pictures.) While entering this new decade hasn’t been a particularly easy transition for me, I’m so thankful for my wonderful friends and family members. They really made this past weekend extra special and completely unforgettable.
Fly – My friends were the absolute best this weekend and treated me like a king! On Friday we had lunch at the local airport. There is something about dining al fresco that makes any meal more enjoyable!
Watch – My mom, Krista, and I went to see The Heat. It’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. The entire theater was cracking up throughout the movie. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it. Though, I will warn you, if you are easily offended by profanity, it may not be the movie for you.
Adventure – On Saturday, my friends and I headed up north to Salamanca, New York for a day of fun and adventure. Our first stop was at a little roadside restaurant where we had Hershey’s ice cream (my absolute favorite). I had Mint Moose Tracks which was insanely delicious. They also had a cowstatue which was begging for a little silliness. This is what 30-year-olds do, right?
Antique – We stopped at one of my favorite antique shops, Salamanca Mall Antiques. I found this amazing metal drawer unit. I’m super excited to figure out exactly how I’ll be using it. I picked up a few other treasures which I’ll share later this week.
Luck – After a little antiquing, we headed to a nearby casino. I’m really not a huge gambler, but the experience was a blast. For a few hours of fun, I walked away losing only $20. I don’t think that’s too bad.
Brew – Our next stop was Ellicotville, NY. It’s an adorable little town that exists thanks to a nearby ski resort. I actually drive through this town every time I head to the airport. It was nice to actually stop for a visit. We grabbed a quick beer at the recently renovated Ellicottville Brewing Company. They reopened with a marvelous outdoor space and a gorgeous new interior. I was especially impressed with their new lighting fixtures, which I later discovered were from Restoration Hardware. They are a craft brewery and are known for their Blueberry Beer.
Enjoy – I thought it was slightly important to have a picture of me jumping in front of a cornfield, so we made a quick stop to do that.
Cheers – We finished off the night with a round of birthday cake shots made by our favorite bartender at one of our favorite bars. I’m not exactly sure what was in the shot, but I pretty much wanted to lick out the inside of the glass.
Roast – On Sunday we had dinner by the fire. Hot dogs, s’mores, and mountain pies! I was actually surprised by how many people on Instagram didn’t know what mountain pies are. You are missing out, folks. For those of you who are familiar with mountain pies, what’s your favorite filling?
Celebrate – To finish off this spectacular weekend, my mom cooked a delicious dinner on Monday evening to celebrate my actual birthday. Plus, she made the most divine coconut cake. It was pure heaven.
Remember – Overall, turning 30 has not been one of the easiest things for me mentally. I wish I could explain why, but I really can’t. There is a certain sadness or desperation inside me that I just can’t seem to shake. I’m sure over time this will subside. So many people have said that their 30s have been some of the best years of their life, so that will certainly be my mission. Either way, I am so thankful for my MANY blessings – my family, friends, job, and each of you (Seriously, you are the best. Your unwavering support and encouragement is mind blowing.) I couldn’t be more grateful for all of these amazing things. Here’s to another 30 (and hopefully more) years!
I hope you had a fun-filled weekend! What interesting things did you do or find? Did anyone else ride a fake cow or hang out near a cornfield?