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I turned 30!

Guys, I turned 30 a week ago!  And had my big celebration almost two weeks ago.  It's been a busy couple weeks, but I'm here, now, to tell you about it!

Celebration #1
I started the celebrations with a small Logan Square bar crawl.  It was honestly really fun.  I really wasn't sure what to expect.  With us starting at 3 and traveling to 4 bars I assumed we would be done by ... 8:30..?  I got home at 12:30.  Whew.  My friends know how to party.

We started at Hopewell at 3.  I think this was the perfect first stop for a few reasons.  Hopewell is BUSY on the weekends, even during the day.  This was an easy place for people to filter in and gather as they were able to make it, in a bright and energetic place.  Then as it got more and more busy, we moved on.  Don't get there any later than 3 if you're meeting a group.  We got one of the last "spaces" when we walked in.

Then we traveled down Milwaukee to Rocking Horse.  This was a last minute decision.  I leaned this way because they have a pool table room and I thought that could be fun.  It was indeed.  The group played lots of games.  Then my sister, Karen, bought everyone tequila shots.  One of my friends captured a video, which apparently received rave reviews on snapchat.
Karen had me blow out the candle on the table.

Then we moved on to The Native.  (cash only)  We scored some great booths and tried to play some Heads Up (thank you, Ellen).  That was a bit of a struggle, but I still enjoyed the stop anyway.

The last stop I had scheduled was Boiler Room because I figured we would all need some food at that point.  (cash only)  We did.  And I got a Schlafly beer I was really excited about.  I also left my lense cap here for my camera.  They found it for me and gave it back the next day.  Thank you!  

Then we added on Best Intentions.  Mike & Karen really liked their mint drinks, like smoothies, except with alcohol.  (Even Karen liked it!  And she doesn't like mint.)  I had a PBR and was very happy.  I was coerced to trying darts and failed miserably.  To be fair, I probably shouldn't have even held a dart at that point.  So then Karen & I had a dance party.

One of my friends who couldn't make it took me to lunch before we started and gave me a Polaroid camera to use for the day.  That was super fun!

Celebration #2
My parents were nice enough to come up a couple days that weekend.  We went to the Art Institute during the day and had dinner at De Noche Mexicana.  The food was amazing and they were SO nice!  I was able to grab brunch with them at Jam (while the morning traffic died down) and they were on their way.

Celebration #3
My actual birthday.  I know by this point you'd think it already happened ;)  I worked during the day, but made time for a spin class for my lunch break as a treat.  Then Karen came over after she got off work and we headed to Spilt Milk for some pre-dinner drinks.  That was so fun.  Yes, of course we did the photo booth.  If you haven't been there yet, go!  We've been there before, which is why I picked it for my birthday.  

Then Mike joined us and we headed to Ground Control around 7:30. I had no idea there would be a wait then, but there was.  It wasn't bad though and I got one of my favorite drinks: a Michelada.  :) 
We came back to our place, blew out candles, opened presents.
 It needs to be said.  Those are A LOT of candles!

Let's just say our 4:45 wake-up call the next day was a bit rough.  I had to work in LA last weekend so Mike was able to tag along and we added Friday for a bit of fun.

And that's a wrap.  30 feels good already!


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