Over the weekend I turned the grand old age of 21, a milestone birthday, one which means I’m officially an adult and can no longer shun responsibility anymore. It was also the weekend my JIA turned 18, I guess that means it’s no longer JIA and now is rheumatoid arthritis, the type that adults get, reinforcing that I’m officially an adult.
I do love birthdays, who doesn’t love an event which brings the family together and a reason to eat lots of cake. Having a birthday in May is a real hit and miss, as it’s slap bang in the middle of exam season. But this year I had none WOO. Definitely a step up from my 18th where I had to sit my A Level Business Studies exam… But there was the moment where I felt saddened by the fact that my arthritis hasn’t gone now that I’m an adult. I always had this hope that the disease would weaken in its activity, gradually disappear as I got older. I thought because it’s juvenile arthritis, it might just go away by the time I’m 18. But it looks like it’s here to stay and I do need to face up to that.
Aside from that I had a wonderful weekend. On Friday my work team treated me to a nice pub lunch, the classic fish and chips and brownie. Separately of course, although it does sound like something served by Heston Blumenthal. I then met up with some friends from uni, managed to get a table at Homeslice in Covent Garden aka CG for some glorious pizza (I definitely recommend for any pizza lovers). This was followed by a pub crawl, where I led everyone in the wrong direction because I can’t read maps and am as clueless as a headless chicken, because every 21st birthday should involve at least a little bit of alcohol. And so I visited many pubs in CG and ended up in McDonalds in a bid to rid my drunkenness.
For my actual birthday I was plagued with a hangover from the night before. However, having downed some paracetamol, by lunchtime I was ready. Covent Garden is definitely a place I love going to, it’s full of cute and quaint restaurants, shops and bars, so I returned with my family this time! I finally managed to visit Milk Train, an ice cream parlour which has been all over Facebook and Snapchat for their famous candy floss ice creams. Because of this, I just had to visit. I absolutely love green tea and this matcha flavoured sundae was such a treat, the forty minute wait was worth it in this case, gave me time for my lunch to digest! Before that my family and I went to a quirky pub for some classic pub grub! It can’t get any better than a chicken cider pie. NOM.