This Valentine’s Day weekend, St. Louis will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding by French fur merchants Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. Festivities will include the “Burning Love” festival n Forest Park where a 25-foot statue of a heart will be lit on fire during a mass public engagement ceremony with 250 participating couples (all to the tune of an Elvis tribute artist). “Cakeway to West” will also begin that weekend, where several cake statues will be placed in significant St. Louis locations. A downloadable app will be available for those wishing to find the various points of interest. The Missouri History Museum will also be hosting multiple events.
2014 is a very big year for me. Some might be thinking I am graduating this year; not just yet I’m not. This year I will be turning 30. The big 3-0. A time where people will joke that I am approaching being “over the hill” because they think it’s funny. There is a part of me that is FREAKING OUT about beginning my third decade of life. So, I am using that fear to make 2014 the most fun year of my life thus far. In order to achieve this goal, I have started a list of things to do. While this is an ever-growing list (I do have a whole year after all) here are some of the things I would like to do: go ice skating at Steinberg, go to a winery, play bingo, take more pictures with my actual camera… and the list goes on. I am sure some of these things many people have already done and that’s why they are on my list. I feel like I am going to turn 30 and I haven’t done a lot of the things people my age have done. Life gets chaotic and messy while trying to work, go to school, take care of a family, and still find time to go out and enjoy myself. So this is the year that enjoying myself comes first; I’m ready to experience a year’s worth of fun and memories.
Over the weekend I celebrated my 22nd birthday. Of course Taylor Swifts song entitled “22″ was stuck in my head all day long. My birthday was on Friday. Me and two of my friends went to the last preseason Blues game. It was a lot of fun and also it was my friends first hockey game. I am so excited for the actual season to start. After that we spent the night away downtown and we finished the night at Ihop. Which kind of fit the lyric, “breakfast at midnight”. Finally went to bed around 3am. On Saturday I spent the day with my family. We had lunch at the loop and later that night had a family party. I had a lot of desserts. Then on Sunday I went to the Cards/Cubs game. It was the 50th anniversary of Stan “The Man” last regular season game. I thought that was pretty interesting. Also, interesting to see how we, Cardinal nation comes together.
This past Thursday before my birthday I bought a birthday present for myself. Before my night class started I got an email that said the Blues were adding more games to student nights. I saw what I have been wanting to see. So, now I finally get to see my Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th!!! I may not be a Cubs fan but my Chicago pride is within my Blackhawks and Bears.