A few weeks ago, I had some celebratory birthday drinks. To be honest, it was a bit of a mixed night for me. Most of it was brilliant, really really brilliant. There was a nice low key dinner with my besties, and then drinks at a bar that was a little less low-key. I had a tab at the bar, and to drink on the tab you had to raise your empty glass and say "To Elly, on her birthday". To which the bartender would reply "And to many more to come". I'm told that faithfully, each one of my friends did. Broome was apparently the most enthusiastic. Dave by far the least. But that's okay. It was his second night at the bar and he doesn't really know how we roll yet. But to my friends that did? I <3 you so much for indulging me. I <3 you a ridiculous amount. And I have to say, most of my friends were brilliant. Taking the time to dance with me, and drink with me and make me laugh. One even baked me a cake! And it had candles! And the bar sang me happy birthday! It was one of those heart bursting but super embarrassing moments that I'll forever love Lina for. I danced a lot. I drank a silly amount of cocktails. I talked to a lot of people, and generally had a good time.
But oh the drama. Some of it was my doing, yes. (I should figure out how to ignore Irish Accents. I really really should). But a lot of it? A lot of it was not my doing, and I got it in snips and snaps throughout the night. And honestly? I really did not want to deal with it. Once I realised what was going on, I did the less than responsible thing. I got myself another drink and I found other people to hang out with. I didn't really want to get involved in any of the drama.
I'm a bit sad that I did that, but it worked out (for me) in the end. The people I ended up hanging with were glad to make it a happy go lucky night. To flirt and laugh and tell silly stories. To spend time with me, to provide a few drama-free moments.
I'm super grateful to the bar staff, for being as amazing as they were. For indulging my tab rules, and making me silly coloured cocktails, and rescuing me from awkward situations. I'm grateful to the kitchen staff, for helping Kat with the cake, and being so lovely to her. I'm grateful for the people that showed up, to drink with me and wish me well. To Jimmy & the Goodbrew, who played an amazing set. To the strangers that sang me happy birthday, and the people that brought me drinks, even as I was trying to buy them one. To the lady who had her dog sing me happy birthday. Twice.
And so another year. Here's hoping for many more to come.