Five Things Friday: BIRTHDAY WEEKEND!!

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Oh, hey 26 years old. I see you hiding behind that little corner there. I know you are just so anxious to jump out and engulf me. Well, not yet. Give me just a few more days of 25, mmk?  Although I’m not a big “age” person, 26 is kind of freakin’ me out.  Luckily, Someecards has saved the day with the below sentiment.

25 has been a great, albeit trying, year. What I love about being 25 is that it’s SMACK right in the middle of 20 and 30. I don’t feel naive and terrified like I did at 20 but I also don’t feel mature and grown up like I should at 30. However, now as 26 looms around the corner, I’m beginning to get ansy. Like everyone, there are so many things I want to have accomplished by 30. I want to have my finances in order, tackle a race, have my masters, maybe have a kid. All of these deadlines are now closer than ever and it’s scary. So instead of focusing on that, I’m going to get irresponsibly drunk this weekend and pretend like I’m 21.

Er…maybe not 21. Maybe just party like a young 25 year old. I don’t think I can handle my early 20’s again. Now, onto five things Friday!

1. Birthday celebration number 1. E is taking me out to dinner tonight at this fabulous local Italian place I’ve been dying to go to. I plan on eating a lot of this.

and drinking some of this.

Oh and no birthday celebration is without this…


Oh, silly me. I meant cake 🙂

I also think we are also going ice-skating 🙂 Low key but fun and whimsical!

2. I’m finally going out. On Saturday, to celebrate the impending day of my birth,we are hitting up Dirty Martini in Dupont, which, if you remember, is where they have the most delicious eggplant fries in all the land.

I’m so excited to get together with my best friends and just let loose. I don’t go out much anymore (bars, at least) so it’ll be fun to experience nightlife! Plus, I bought these AHHHH-MAZING birthday shoes by Sam Edelman. I saw them on Katie’s blog and immediately HAD TO HAVE THEM.

I got them in red and I’m dying to wear them out.

3. Delicious appetizers. I whipped up the last of my tasty appetizers this week for my recipe creator position! My other appetizers are live on the site now, so check them out!

Mmm, bacon wrapped dates.

4. Just 2 more weeks. I have just 2 more weeks of my contracting gig before I start this next chapter of my life as a food writer! I’m not sure how long it’ll last but I’m excited for just the chance to do it. It’s a dream and I’m getting this once in a lifetime chance to do it. I’m 25 (not 26 yet, NOT 26 yet) and nothing is stopping me (besides the complete anxiety my husband is facing because he think’s we’ll become homeless). And why the HELL not? Thank you all again for your incredible support, advice and, well, just being awesome. I don’t think I’d be able to do this if it weren’t for y’all. Actually, I know I wouldn’t have. So thank you 🙂

5. I miss Charleston.

With a city this beautiful, how could you not miss it? Every time we visit, I fall more in love with this city. Even if we don’t end up making this place our home, it will always have a huge chunk of my heart. This enchanting city will always have a hold on me. I like to think when things get bad in life, I’ll always have Charleston. And that’s something I’ll never lose.

Happy Friday to all of you! What are your weekend plans?

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  1. Posted by Gretchen on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Can't wait to get the birthday celebrating off to an early start with you on Sunday!
  2. Posted by Emily on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Do not scare me again by saying you're going to get "21 year old Claire" drunk. I can't...I just...can't. Maybe 23 year old Claire. That I can handle. But Ball State, PIB, Lakewood 3rd floor apartment, treehouse (YES I WENT THERE) drunk? Nope. Can't.

    See you tomorrow!
  3. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    hahaha! Oh man, to be 26 again (putting on my old lady voice). I had my quarter life crisis at 25, changed everything, and haven't looked back. The 5 (6?) years since then have been a blast. I can't believe I'm 31... and I would no longer be able to pull off those hot a$$ shoes. You go girl! 
  4. Posted by MegS on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Happy birthday girl! Mine is tomorrow so I totally love December birthdays. Woohoo!
  5. Posted by Katie on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Ah I'm turning 26 on the 22nd!!  No anxiety though.  I definitely did all my freaking out last year for 25...  which turned out to be all-around lovely!  This year I'm feeling a bit more calm and collected ;)  Happy birthday!
  6. Posted by Lauren on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Happy Birthday Weekend! Love those shoes :)
  7. Posted by Erin on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Happy Birthday!!  You make me feel old!!  Hope you have a great Birthday, looks like it will be lots of fun times in your weekend!
  8. Posted by Jennifer on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Ugh. I turned 27 (yes, twenty-SEVEN) on November 8th and ugh ugh ugh, I feel old as dirt. For some reason, 27 really hit me hard. Seems like you are going through it a year earlier, so that's good. Get it out of the way and that way, you can fully embrace it sooner! On that note, happy (early) birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous weekend with those fabulous heels!
  9. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Have a fabulous birthday Claire!
  10. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Happy, happy birthday!!! I think I have shoes as old as you ;)  Hope you have a fabulous weekend...and you will rock those amazing red pumps!
  11. Posted by Parsley Sage on
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Ha!  Make us feel old, why don't you? :)  26 was a great year for me!  I'm sure it will be for you too. And be thankful you can't party like you're 21 anymore.  I dunno about you but I just hate waking up in a strange jacuzzi wondering where my bra and left shoe are...
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Friday, December 2nd, 2011
  12. Posted by Doskogirl on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Happy Birthday to you! I have no  doubt you will accomplish your goals. Just by reading this post I see you know how to enjoy life and WOW, a food writer! Amazing! Enjoy YOUR day and Happy Birthday to YOU!!
  13. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great time :)
    And the cake looks deliiiiicious!
  14. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Happy Birthday, Claire! I hope it's fabulous! Those shoes are hot, but they also look like they could cut your or someone up, lol!
  15. Posted by Scrumptiousgruel Ellen on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Happy birthday!
    Man, those shoes have inspired some major fashion envy in me. Hot!
  16. Posted by Sarah16 on
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    I hope you have a really really great birthaday! And Oooft, those shoes are feirce- you are gunna be smokin:)
    I LOVE your writing, I think you are going to be seriously an AWESOME foodie writer. That is just so exciting!
    I totallly understand about freakin out a litlle about getting older. I was scaaaaared when I recently turned 19( heehee).
  17. Posted by Anonymous on
    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
    Hope you had an amazing birthday Claire!  I had the same feelings about turning 26 this year myself - there's so much to still accomplish in what seems so little time - but we just have to take it one day at a time and enjoy the little things, right? =)
  18. Posted by Julie on
    Monday, December 12th, 2011
    Happy Belated Birthday!!  I'm turning 28 in a few months and am slowing letting the panic creep in....... Congrats about the food writing and what a great way to celebrate with bacon wrapped dates!!