My 28th Birthday and a List Update

Happy day, my friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week, and a great start to your April. In true Steph fashion, I am about three weeks behind on posting. (Is anyone really surprised?) I just celebrated my 28th birthday on March 19. It was a wonderful day! It happened to fall during Spring Break week at work, so I was able to take off a few days. The celebrating started on Wednesday with a Village Inn lunch date with my friend, Ashley, and a late dinner and beer with my friend, Tyler, and former professor Kris.


Two of the best people I know!


I love this guy!

My actual birthday started with an hour long massage, which was INSANE. Best massage I’ve ever had. Wow.


I had planned to get lunch at this cute cafe that has the BEST chicken salad sandwiches. The. Best. I’ve only ever had it once, because every time I call ahead, they’re already out. And my birthday was no exception. Sigh. So, I went with a backup and got myself a good (not great) chicken salad sandwich somewhere else and relaxed on the couch, binge-watching Grey’s. For dinner, I repeated my tradition of going to Old Chicago, and was joined by Ashley, Elizabeth, Tyler, and Mal, who drove to town early to celebrate with me. I had my go-to dinner- Oh My Spaghetti Pie, a delicious pomegranate mojito, and a warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. It was a wonderful day!


The birthday funtivities continued throughout the weekend. I had dinner with Bryan. Seth, and Mal on Friday, and my whole family came on Saturday for dinner, martinis, and Comedy Sportz. It was so much fun!


Pretzels at the Barrel House


Firecracker Shrimp Tacos…so amazing!


Chicago Fire Martini at Icons


Bryan and me


Seth and Mal, madly in love


Birthday kisses from Ms. Brown


Martinis round 2 with my mom


My dad is the best dad of all the dads.

As I wrapped up my birthday, I realized that I have less than two years to complete the majority of the list. WHERE DID THE TIME GO?! With 707 days left, here’s a quick recap of where I’m at:

Finished- 6

2. Make a list of 5 things I learned as a kid that I would like to teach my kids

9. Use a drill

11. Do my own taxes. Completely. Fully.

16. Hula hoop daily, for one month straight.

24. Make a list of my irrational fears. Share them with a friend, and be less afraid.

27. Let it go.

Working On- 5

4. Learn how to care for myself. Give myself a pamper day once every 6 months.- I’m due to have one again in the next month…stay tuned!

5. On April 19th, every year, go outside and try counting the stars.- 6 days away!

19. Write a book.- I am actually taking a break from “Table for One.” I’m trying to decide if it’s something I want to continue with or not. I realize that that will set me back on this list item, but it’s becoming very time consuming and expensive. So, a break it is! 

22. Go to a new restaurant every 3 months. Order something I wouldn’t normally order and write a review on it.- I’m due for this one this month, too! 

28. Once a year, go to an open space and scream as loud as I can.-This one is very need-based for me. When I need to go scream, I will 🙂

Not Started- 24

Now, remember that I only need to complete 30 things before my 30th birthday. Although I had previously chosen 5 things to make up my “5 Before 35,” I’ve decided to just play it by ear and see what happens. Because who knows? At this time next year, I might own a dog and be singing karaoke on a regular basis. 🙂

Until next time,



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