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07 November 2008 @ 09:17 pm
My 21st birthday at work  
My 21st birthday is actually on Sunday, but since it was the last working day before, I celebrated my birthday early at work.

I walked into the building as was surprised to see this banner: http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_170304.jpg on the door to the floor I work on, it was a lovely surprise!

I then got to my desk and on the walls I saw all these:

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http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_170114.jpg

Then when I got to my desk, there was a big balloon! http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_170056.jpg

There was '21' confetti and star confetti all over my desk, it was great! I managed to gather it all up into the box of my necklace present in the end.

Then I opened all the cards from my colleagues:

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_143943-1.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_170004.jpg

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http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_170034.jpg

As you can see, my colleagues bought me a chocolate slab with 'Happy 21st, Natalie' on it and a chocolate champagne bottle with 'Happy 21st birthday' on it, both from Thorntons (a chocolate store here).

They also bought me this lovely sterling silver necklace which had a leather box:

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/dragon_embers/081107_202629.jpg

Out of focus because I have a crappy camera phone.

I also got £10 from my boss, Matthew, the solicitor who I work which was really nice of him.

In our work, it's a traditional that on your birthday you have to bring biscuits etc in for everyone to eat (and in return you get biscuits from everyone else when it's their birthday) so I brought it some luxury biscuits, two tubs of pringles and some other little snacks.

We then went over to the Three John Scotts (a Wetherspoons pub/restaurant) for my work birthday lunch. I had booked a table a week prior to this. Yesterday I went in with a printed list of what everyone wanted. I was asked if we wanted the meal ready for our arrival, 12:30pm, and I said yes. I informed them that we must be back in our offices by 1.30pm.

When we got there, we were waiting 45 MINUTES for our food, and when it finally came, we all had to eat it quickly so we could get back to work in time. That's the second time that's happened to me on my lunchbreak with a pre-booked meal. >> We did get £13.00 knocked off the bill as an apology but that's not the point. Luckily no one minded! Our bosses were there anyway so they let us get back to work 10 minutes late due to the circumstances. Matthew and Andy stayed behind for a "meeting" aka a few more beers - they're solicitors though, basically are their own boss, so it's ok.

I'm having a meal tomorrow with my friends and family at a Chinese buffet restaurant in the city centre called May Sum. I also need to go and get my Euros etc and a few more things so I'll hardly be online tomorrow if at all.

On Sunday I will be packing and going out for Sunday lunch at a pub, then Burnett will arrive at the train station at around 6pm. From there we are going to the ferry terminal to get on this bloody big ship, the Pride of Hull: http://www.ferryphotos.co.uk/images/prideofhull.jpg or its sister ship, the Pride of Rotterdam. The ferry leaves at 9pm and we will arrive in Rotterdam at 8am Monday morning. Then we catch a transfer coach to Amsterdam, and stay at a great hotel that Burnett has booked.

We then leave Amsterdam on Wednesday night for Rotterdam, leave Rotterdam 9pm Wednesday night and arrive back in Hull at 8am. Burnett is then going home as he has to be back in work on the Saturday. I would have gone but it means coming back the next day due to him having work the following day - train fares are expensive. I'm not experienced at driving enough yet to drive him home and then drive home - he lives 140 miles away.

So I probably won't be back online until next Friday.
 
 
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