What better way is there to celebrate a birthday than going to Ibby’s? That’s right, I spent my birthday at my favorite place on campus: IBBY’s. And, I got the bananas foster while being surrounded by 18 friends. We had to split the table into two, but everyone was able to get their food and eat dessert. 🙂
It is so unreal thinking that I am already 21. Funny thing is, I actually spent my 20th birthday last year at Ibby’s, too! Last night, as I sat in the exact table and exact spot while feeling so thankful of my awesome friends, I was reminded of the same moment from my last birthday dinner. A year has passed, and so much as changed—I’ve taken another two semesters worth of college courses, moved from the Village to University Drive, finished a summer internship and fall internship, and made a bunch of new friends who came to celebrate the special day with me.
In fact, I even prepared a little speech ahead of time to read out loud at the end of dinner:
“Hey everyone! Thank you so much for coming tonight. I am about to make a super cheesy speech, but I promise you that it’s short! Tonight, I am surrounded by such a diverse, yet amazing, group of individuals. I am still shocked that we are all friends. We are smart, beautiful, sarcastic, mean (sometimes), driven, awkward, and even immature (at times). Yet, I would not be who I am today without all of you. Thank you for “putting up” with me, and thank you for being my friends. Here’s to the friendship friends!”
I was SO nervous while making my speech and even had to grab on to my friend’s hand so that I didn’t burst out laughing, haha. One of my friends also recorded me and put that as her Snapchat story (and when I watched it later, I realized how much better I sounded than what I imaged in my head).
We all ended up being the last ones to leave Ibby’s, right before it closed. The dinner party did not begin until 8:30 pm. I actually had to call to make the reservation in the first place, since the online reservation website only allows for parties up to 10 people (and 20 is a lot…). I was surprised by how enthusiastic everyone was! And, of course, even though I said that I will absolutely not accept any gifts, I still had three friends bring me presents. 😛
Lastly, what post is complete without pictures? Here are some pictures from last night! I took so many pictures that I ended up having to transfer 55 pictures to my laptop. Oops!
Until next time,