I thought everything was crazy before, but I can’t believe the events that just transpired. It was a blur of happiness, a tornado of emotions. I truly feel like I have the greatest, most incredible friends in the world! I do not know how it is possible that there are so many wonderful people around me. My birthday was the most incredible time. Two worlds collided. Two celebrations united. One short weekend.
Date: Thursday, November 21st (the actual date of my birthday)
My day was filled with frantically scrolling through websites and scribbling notes on an environmental case for a research paper in my writing class. I had one class, art. It was a chill day. Nothing too exciting happened other than many “happy birthday’s” shouted to me, which warmed my heart. It’s nice to be the center of attention for a day, to be remembered.
Date: Friday, November 22nd (my “spiritual” birthday as my friends called it)
I was beyond excited! The plan for the day included classes (bleh), watching The Hunger Games (woot woot), a delicious dinner at Foss of ravioli (mmmm), cheering at the hockey game against Bowdoin (go Mules!), and the long awaited premiere of CATCHING FIRE at the Flagship Movie Theater. However, being my lame self, I had not completed my research paper (do now follow my footsteps people!). I missed out on The Hunger Games viewing and “together dinner” as Steven from Steven Universe would call it and I arrived late to my first ever hockey game. Little did I know, that was only the start of my night.
The hockey game was packed! The Mule Mob came out to support their favorite team. Being my first game, I was surprised by the violence that I had only heard of in stories. There was a lot of shoving, slamming, and a fight almost broke out, all essentials to a good hockey game. Unfortunately, we lost the game 3-1. We’ll get you next time Bears!
Then, we headed out to the Flagship Cinema for the BIG SHOW!! WAHHHHHH! I couldn’t contain my excitement for the greatness that is Catching Fire. We arrived 45 minutes early and as I waited in line, completely unaware of what was to come, someone tapped me lightly on the shoulder. I turned around. To my disbelief, my friend from back home stood in front of me. I blinked at her. I couldn’t believe that my friend would travel three hours to visit me. This must be a doppleganger or clone or alien. As I stared blankly at her, my two other friends from back home rushed over. We were in a tight embrace, all four of us. I kept on screaming, hyperventilating, and laughing in pure glee and excitement. My friends were here!
There was still the movie to watch! Catching Fire was INCREDIBLE! So many emotions traveled through my body, from horror to joy to depression to awe. The filming of the movie was fantastic, creating a world just like the one I had imagined when reading the story. There were many “awwwwwww” moments. I almost wanted to cry at certain events (no spoilers here) and the anxiety and suspense at the end almost killed me! Just. So. Good.
When we got back to Foss with my friends from home in tow, my friends from college ran ahead. They brought out three mega-slices of cheesecake slices from Holy Cannoli with candles (which are illegal…). I was so ecstatic and surprised! The night was more than I could have ever imagined. I was just excited for the movie, but there was so much more!