Day 323

Well folks, I’m officially 30. I wouldn’t say I was ever afraid of leaving my twenties behind, but I totally understand those who find it to be a stressful occasion. I mean, now that I’m in my thirties, I’m really running out of excuses to grow up, aren’t I? Hopefully, it’ll be another ten or so years before people start questioning why I own so many toys (fingers crossed).

Thankfully, I didn’t have to start this new chapter of my life alone. Two of my best friends in the entire world hopped a plane from Cleveland to help me celebrate in style. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see someone you haven’t seen in almost a year. I knew I missed my friends and family, but the emotion that poured over me when they got off the plane was a bit unexpected. Exactly one year ago, the three of us spent my 29th birthday fire-roasting marshmallows in our backyard, slow-cooking pork under coals and building a pillow fort in the living room. Now, we’re on the other side of the country. It’s crazy the difference a year can make, right?

I won’t go into detail about the weekend, as I know my grandma keeps up on my blogs. So, I’ll just say that we had a really good time and Seattle showed me it’s a city that knows how to party. We ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer and swapped a slew of stories. My only complaint about the whole thing is that the weekend ended far too quickly. I wish they could’ve stayed a few more days. But, alas, I’ll see them again in three months—a time that doesn’t seem too far away at all.

Having said that, we did pack a lot of fun into two short days. We ventured to the EMP Museum, grabbed a water-side breakfast at Lowell's, where we devoured more than our fair share of crab. On Sunday, we also ventured outside the city and enjoyed an afternoon of hiking at Rattlesnake Ledge. Finally, after we walk no more, we headed back and finished the whole thing off with a birthday dinner at Quinn's Pub, where I tried Foie Gras for the first time (It was pretty darn good!). All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday.

Sorry I don’t really have anything project-related to report on. We’ll be back to our normal routine come this Thursday. In the meantime, I encourage everyone out there to go do something unexpected today.

-Steve-