I turned 30 yesterday. And for about 30 hours, it was one surprise after another and I feel pretty safe saying, even though I'm still on a high from it all, it was one of the best birthdays ever. The night before my birthday, Annie some how got us a 7:45 reservation at the best steak house in New York, Peter Luger. We treated ourselves by taking Uber (my favorite location based app - so useful) out to Williamsburg and we sat down for an incredible dinner. The steak for two was some of the best steak I've ever had and the German potatoes and cream spinach took the meal over the top.
We get home from this great dinner and were talking through the final details of what all needs to happen on the actual day of my birthday to get ready for having people over for a little birthday party. Then there is a knock at the door. I wasn't expecting anyone so I slowly got up to see who it was. When I opened the door, my sister Katie (who lives in Dallas) was standing there and yelled "Happy Birthday!" It took me over 10 seconds of both her and Annie saying Happy Birthday and laughing for me to even eek out a word. I was so surprised.
The really fun part is that Katie and I share a birthday. On my 2nd birthday, instead of the box of crayons I asked for, I got a little sister instead. And, it has been the best birthday present ever. Not only is Katie my sister, but she is one of my best friends ever. It was so much fun to have here in NYC for OUR birthday.
As the final appetizers were being laid out, there was another knock at the door. It was about two hours early for anyone to be here for the party so I assumed it was someone from the apartment building. When opened the door, my Dad was standing there and yelled "Happy Birthday!" He had been on the east coast for work and took a train up from Princeton, NJ to surprised both Katie and I. Amazing.
And, after a full day of awesome messages and friends from around the world tweeting, texting, and posting on Facebook, some of my favorites in NYC swung by the apartment for one of the most fun birthday parties I've ever had, including another amazing friend, Adrienne Barber, flying up from Dallas and being the THIRD surprise guest. As I looked around the room and the conversations happening all around, I waspumped and so grateful to have the friends that I do.
Most of the time the morning after a birthday party, there is quite a bit of gatorade and more than a few advil. But this morning, I'm still smiling from the amazing day and the incredible friends that were a part of it.