O N E Y E A R | M Y B I R T H D A Y

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Why, hello, dear readers!

It feels strange to think that I’ve been typing that phrase almost every week for a year.

Then again, my poor little brain is also having difficulty with the fact that I’m now thirteen years old. Like, woah.

There’s two parts to this post, because today is a double celebration, which means double the party and double the cake.

Part One//My Birthday

Let me just be completely unreserved for a second;

HOW THE MONKEY FRITTERS AM I THIRTEEN?

Heck, if you think about it, it’s a wonder I’m still alive. From all the stupid, crazy, and dangerous things I did when I was younger (riding down a steep hill in a rusty wagon, anybody?), it’s a bit of a statistical miracle I didn’t end up with a traumatic brain injury or something.

My wry morbidity aside, yesterday was great. Fabulous. Wonderful. Fantastic, Grand, Marvelous, Terrific, Tremendous, Wondrous. Take your linguistic pick.

I baked a cake (and yelled at anyone who dared set foot in the kitchen), went shopping with my mom, walked the dog (don’t get excited, we’re dogsitting), got my hair cut (I have bangs now!), showed off my pastry expertise (if you can call binge-watching Tasty videos ‘expertise’), and then called my cousin and laughed about video games and song lyrics.

I chose not to have a party because a) A good chunk of my friends live hundreds or thousands of miles away, and b) I don’t like being the center of attention. Seriously, when my family sang ”happy birthday” to me at dinner, I just wanted to go all Opal Koboi and yell, ”’Don’t look at me, it’s bad for my skin!!”.

But, y’know, cake was next, and I wasn’t about to miss that.

Ah, yes, the cake! It was chocolate-chocolate fudge, with vanilla icing decorations.

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Yep, I made those flowers, and they were delicious.

As I piped the flowers, I realized I was singing a snippet of a song without even thinking about it. I smiled when I heard the words.

I’d rather pick flowers
Instead of fights
And rather than flaunt my style, I’d flash you a smile
Of clean pearly whites

It’s some Owl City song I like, I don’t remember which.It fit the moment perfectly, though!

As for gifts, I received an a-m-a-z-i-n-g new Nikon camera as a joint Christmas/Birthday present, and that’s what I took the pictures with. My mom also surprised me with the fabulous jacket I’d been eyeing at Old Navy, plus a shopping trip there. (I got some new tops and the COOLEST shoes) And of course, bangs, which I’m SO pleased with, and (the best part) they hide most of my skin problems (See, I told you looking at me was bad for my skin).

Yep, it was an awesome day, especially because I got so many incredibly sweet birthday wishes from so many people. My lovely IRL friend Joy sent me a birthday text, Bayance left me the best-ever birthday comment that literally made me choke up, and both my Grandmas sent me emails and cards.

I’ve decided that thirteen is pretty great, guys.


Part 2//Blogiversary

Onto the second and slightly more relevant part, TTC’s first blogiversary!

And now, it’s story time, so gather ’round, and I’ll tell you the previously untold tale of how Taking the Cake became an actual reality.

When I launched TTC, it was after planning and tweaking. The idea had floated through my head for a while, but it only really ‘stuck’, so to speak, during a long, late ballet class, during my least favorite combination (I really hate rond de jambes, guys).  Of course, the first thing I had to figure out was a name. However, because it was 7:53 (yep, I clearly remember what time it was), half my brain was focused on my rond de jambe en l’air, all I could come up with was….wait for it…..

Mugfuls of Mayonnaise.

I can see you all staring at those words and reevaluating whether or not you think Natalie is actually sane.

Fortunately, the smarter part of me realized that a name like that is about as unappetizing as you can get, so I frittered the idea away for another time.

Then a few days later, sitting on the couch, the perfect name came to me; Taking the Cake.

Don’t ask where I got the idea. I just remember that eureka moment on the couch. Which was also when I decided I’d release it on my birthday, only a a week away.

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The very first header for TTC

Due to an unplanned rescheduling because of  a snowstorm, I was in Philadelphia when TTC went live. I woke up in the hotel, and my mom came in and said ”Happy birthday!”
I blinked. ”Birthday? Who’s birthday-Oh, right, mine!”

Yep, I was so excited about TTC that I actually forgot my own birthday. No joke, people.

The hotel had a pool, and I remember smiling ear to ear with my hair dripping wet because of all the insanely sweet comments people left.

Seriously, getting birthday wishes from people across the country and world takes your day to a whole new level. On TTC’s first 24 hours on the internet, I hit 25 followers…how flipping amazing is that?

And now for stats:

3,258 Views

1,029 Visitors

829 Likes

740 Comments

Most Popular Day: Monday

Most Popular Time: 11 pm

Top Commenter: AGsInAlaska

 

WARNING: ABOUT TO GET SAPPY. TISSUES ARE RECOMMENDED

I owe every single one of you a huge thank-you. This blog has meant so much to me since the day I started it, and you are the ones who made it a reality. It’s so amazing to be able to have a place to talk about life, the universe, and everything, plus have amazing supportive friends to support you.

It’s been an amazing year. I started TTC, had my lifelong dream come true (POINTE SHOES!), got a new cat, and a new fictional obsession. You guys patiently listened to me ramble on about shank sizing and the blue eyed Irish geniuses, and didn’t brush me off as nuts.

This year certainly hasn’t been all fun and games, though. And you were there through it all, listening to me lament about dance drama and blue-eyed Irish geniuses. And you were so funny and supportive and amazing, just asdfghjkl.

So thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

Sappiness is now over. We now resume normal emotive states.

Part 3//Giveaway!

Haha, tricked you all! I made you think that sappiness and cake photos were all I was doing! Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Well,  okay, I guess declaring that red is now green and pine trees now sing opera is farther from the truth, but at any rate….

I really wanted to do a giveaway, but I wasn’t sure what to give away. I have so many different people with so many different interests reading my blog that nothing seemed like it would appeal to everyone.

Until I realized that everyone likes candy!

At least, the vast, vast majority of people like copious amounts sugar, so I figured it was a safe bet.

So, how would YOU like to win a mystery box full of 1.57 pounds of delicious, all-natural candy?

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I’m giving away this lovely plastic box. Aren’t you just jumping up and down with excitement?

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I forgot to mention that there’s stuff inside. My bad! Inside is some pretty blue tissue paper and 1.57 lbs. of awesome, high-quality candy. (selected by yours truly)

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The box includes a bag of caramel truffle hearts and brownie fudge squares….

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A bag of the longest sour gummy snakes I’ve ever seen (7.5 inches, guys, I measured)

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A bag of cherry vanilla gummies and candy eggs…

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A bag of strawberry gummies (and these are the best strawberry gummies you’ll ever taste. As in, they taste like real strawberries) and jellybeans…

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A bag of mint chocolate malt disks…..

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A bag of crispy chocolate drops….

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And last, but not least, a milk chocolate bar! Now, for any of you who are gawking because it’s from IKEA, let me tell you that IKEA has amazing chocolate bars, along with flat-packed furniture. So trust me here.

Would you care to enter? Just fill out the form below!

{Note: For some reason the form doesn’t show up in the reader, so you may have to go to my actual site to enter}

The deadline to enter is January 17th, and the winner will be announced on the 18th.

Thank you again for an amazing year, and here’s to many more (btw, spoiler alert-I’m not ever leaving the blogiverse  because Bayance threatened to steal all my AF books, and I need those for relative sanity so…)

Cheers, cupcakes!

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My Completely Unrealistic Birthday Wishlist 2019

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Hello there, readers!

So tomorrow I turn 13. Which according to Wikipedia, is a natural number occurring between 12 and 14.

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I’m pretty sure you all knew that, so instead of writing a research paper on the number 13, I decided I’d do something else as not to force you guys to chew your own knees off with boredom.

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People keep asking me what I want for my birthday, but honestly, there aren’t a whole lot of material things I want. New pointe shoes because my current ones are dying, character shoes because I need them for the mazurka dance we’re doing, maybe some more cats…

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If anyone wants to give me a birthday present, give me this

The thing is, there are plenty of intangible things I want. A whole list, actually. And because I know that’s more interesting than rambling on about Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) and in case any of you happen to be interdimensional beings capable of powers perceived by normal humans as magic (if any of you are, please grant at least one of my wishes and make me incredibly happy) here’s the complete list:

  1. The ability to nail single and double pirouettes every time, in addition to a perfect extension.
  2.  For every one of those stupid rainbow pride flags to be obliterated from the Earth, and for everyone who supports that cause to come to their senses and/or cease and desist.
  3.  To actually look good in a leotard and tights
  4. For some terrible misfortune to befall the production of the Artemis Fowl movie such that causes it to be scrapped (said misfortune must be irreversible in order to leave no chance of the movie being made again)
  5.  For Minnie Mouse to be erased from the history of the world and henceforth made illegal
  6.  For my friend Joy to spontaneously move in right next to me so we can hang out every day
  7.  Ditto the above with my cousin
  8.  For my cats to suddenly gain the ability to speak English and/or walk on their hind legs like Bucky and Satchel
  9. To have long, thick, straight hair that goes easily into a bun
  10.  To run into a certain dark-haired, blue-eyed Irish boy named Artemis, and a certain sarcastic redheaded elf
  11. For all the incredibly stupid drama at dance to cease and desist, and for everyone who participated in it to be thoroughly ashamed.
  12.  For several more siblings, and for the Russian Adoption Ban to be lifted
  13.  Oh yeah, and peace and goodwill to all mankind.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for my whole blogiversary/birthday shebang, including me being annoyingly sappy and numerous cake photos.

Most unrealistic thing you want currently?

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