February 5, 2015

Happy Birthday to ME!

Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I turned 33 on the weekend. Thirty-three! I reckon it has a nice ring to it. Maybe it’s my lucky number. If the 3 bird poops #YESthree I copped at my B’day picnic are anything to judge by, (they call me ‘Bullseye Johnston the Bird Target’) my luck-o-metre is peaking and I am in for one heck of a fabulous year.

BOOM Balloon from the work gang - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I don’t know at what age it becomes inappropriate to a) Drink Champagne with your breakfast b) Wear a Twilight Tee as a legit item of business attire c) Insist on Birthday Cake or d) Encourage everyone you see on your birthday to awkwardly sing Happy Birthday to you, but 33 aint it! Birthday Cake from Omania & Doris - Flute Bakery Canberra - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

From Momma treating me to birthday breakfast including a bottle of bubbles, to work surprising me with a giant BOOM balloon and lunch with a plate of sexy squid, to my amazing friends and family who arrived with cards, foods, booze, sugar loaded creamy cakes and inappropriate nudey calendars, to the barrage of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram love, my birthday left me with a giant case of warm heart fuzzies.

My work girlfriends at Griffith Restaurant Canberra - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I’ve noticed some bloggers like to write about themselves on their birthdays and I enjoy reading these (and they always seem to get lots of comments & shares…. hint hint!), so I figured I’d do the same.

Lunch with the girls at Griffity Vietnamese Restaurant - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Below are 10 things you might not know about me.

I love Unicorns and Ponies and llamas and Meerkats

I only wear brightly coloured odd socks

I re-watch the TV series Gilmore Girls every year

The Press Club team Celebrating with Me - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Coffee to me doesn’t taste great unless it is served in a mug

I plan to start a YouTube channel and do weekly Video blogs

I love getting my craft on and creating handmade, glitter fueled cards

Picture of the Birthday Picnic - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I have never broken a bone

My favourite flowers are Frangipanis and Gerberas

I buy clothes that I do not have to iron, I dislike ironing very much

The song “Walking on Sunshine” is guaranteed to get me up shakin’ my booty

The Birthday Picnic Spread - Happy Birthday to ME! - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Tell me when your birthday is so I can make you a handmade glitter fueled card. And tell me something about YOU that I don’t know?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Liz - February 17, 2015 Reply

Happy birthday, Anna! You know how to do it up right!!!

    Anna - February 18, 2015 Reply

    Cheers Liz! Was an excellent birthday indeed. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - February 17, 2015 Reply

Belated birthday wishes – I don’t know how I missed this. 3 bird poops must be a record somewhere. You should have bought a lottery ticket that day.

Wonderful celebration, that’s for sure.


    Anna - February 17, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Maureen! 🙂 Appreciate the birthday loves.
    Ha… At lunch on Sunday, I was bird target again. Lucky meeeee!

Bam's Kitchen - February 17, 2015 Reply

Happy Belated Birthday Miss Anna! I wish I could have been there to help you celebrate. Your friends sound like loads of fun and made your B-day a very fun event. Oh glitter cards are so cool. However, I stopped having B-days a few years ago… LOL I don’t think coffee tastes good unless it is from a mug either. Wishing you an awesome day and sending a hug from across the big pond…

    Anna - February 17, 2015 Reply

    Thanks loveliest BAM! Oh the fun we would have if you popped in to help me celebrate my birthday. 🙂
    Yep, got me a pretty grand bunch of friends I do.
    I say you bring back the day of BAM, although, I can totes make you a glitter fueled card… Just because!
    Hugs and love headed your way too. xox

Sophie - February 17, 2015 Reply

Happy belated Birthday to you, beloved friend! yayyy! xxx

What a beautiful day you have spent filled with friendship, much laughter & fun, fun, fun! xxx

    Anna - February 17, 2015 Reply

    Thanks my lovely friend for the birthday wishes, it really is the birthday that just keeps giving. Lol! 🙂

Kathy @ Olives & Garlic - February 13, 2015 Reply

Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!! I was just stalking your blog, such a fun post. I also never broke a bone and hate ironing 🙂 Now I am singing Walking on Sunshine and smiling. Thank you 🙂 Hope you had a fantabulous day!!!

    Anna - February 13, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a bunch Kathy! 🙂
    And awesomeness, love that you had a look round my blog.
    Seems many of us have never broken a bone and everyone agrees that ironing should be made redundant.

Anna (Hidden Ponies) - February 13, 2015 Reply

Happy happy birthday Anna!! Sounds like a fantastic celebration to mark the occasion 🙂 33 does have a lovely ring to it.

    Anna - February 13, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Anna! Twas a rippa birthday indeed. And heck yeah 33 does have a good sound to it. 🙂 Thanks for the bday wishes.

The Squishy Monster - February 12, 2015 Reply

Happy birthday, love! What an incredible feast! You’re so lucky to have a loving family and group of friends!! I need a slice of your confection…and hope to celebrate in the same way =)

    Anna - February 12, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Squishy! 🙂
    Haha… It was days of delicious eating, totally spoilt by family and friends. And the cake, holy wow!

Jean | Holy Smithereens - February 11, 2015 Reply

Happy Happy Birthday to you Anna!!!! I love how you celebrated it and being generous with the 10 facts about yourself!!!
My birthday is on 3rd of the 3rd (and I did make a big deal of having turned 33 last year too with all that “3” milestone ) 😉
Like you, I also dislike clothes that need to be ironed and I also love “Walking on Sunshine” 🙂

    Anna - February 12, 2015 Reply

    Thanks gorgeous lady! 🙂
    Wawhoooo, it totes looks like your 33rd year was a wonderful, exciting and action packed one, fingers crossed it is a 33rd year thing in general.

Tim | UrbanDuniya - February 11, 2015 Reply

Yes happy birthday to YOU, you beautiful woman!! I totally get a lot of those ‘secret’ things – like the coffee and the mug!! (although I can make an exception for a latte in a glass!!)

I’ve never broken a bone (touch wood), I can’t handle bananas or baked beans in any form, I don’t like monkeys, petrified of spiders (like I can’t even joke about it). I love insanely hot weather, despite being a blogger I’m a very private person. I used to like horror movies but not so much now, and think Kate Moss is hotter than Beyonce. There, I said it – helloooo haters!

    Anna - February 11, 2015 Reply

    You don’t like bananas & monkeys? Really? What about those little and cute monkeys? Spiders, yes… I totes understand that, I checked into a hotel one weekend last Summer due to an invasion of those giant black spiders. #shudder Ha, my time working in London killed any love I had for the baked bean too. And I understand being a private person, even though you share much of your life online. And….. WHAT THE HECK MAN (said in high pitched screechy voice) Seriously, Moss over Beyonce. Mind Blown!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - February 11, 2015 Reply

Happy belated birthday, Anna! I hope you had a very fun day…
I will turn 43 on Sept. 6 (yes, you are about a decade younger than me) and I hate salmon. Its strong smell nauseates me. 🙂

    Anna - February 11, 2015 Reply

    I had a wonderful day thanks Denise. 🙂
    Ha, I dont like much care for cooked salmon, but very much enjoy raw and smoked salmon. 🙂
    Hope you are well lovely lady.

Raymund - February 10, 2015 Reply

Hey Happy Birthday to you! Wish you all the best in life.

    Anna - February 11, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Raymund. That is very sweet of you. 🙂

Choc Chip Uru - February 10, 2015 Reply

YAY Happy belated Birthday Anna! You celebrate in style girl, everyone around you with the gorgeous decorations 😀
Your smile is LEGIT lighting up my screen!
And that cake. Can I just take a minute to fall in love??? How do people bake amazing things like this!!! Great choice, hope you were spoiled every second 😀

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - February 10, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps sweets! I sure did have me a brilliant birthday, my colleagues go all out every year, helps that I love things that kids love – Unicorns, rainbows etc.
    Nawh, thank you, that is very sweet of you to say. 🙂

hassan - February 10, 2015 Reply

Happy Birthday dear Anna. My best wishes.

    Anna - February 11, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so very much for the birthday wishes, very sweet of you. 🙂

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - February 9, 2015 Reply

Happy, happy birthday, Anna!
Three bird poops in one day is certainly very lucky – I’d be out making the most of every opportunity and also buying up on lotto tix too, if I were you.
I’m looking forward to seeing what this lucky year brings to you.

    Anna - February 9, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Amanda! 🙂
    Haha, yep, reckon I should get on purchasing that lotto ticket, with 3 featuring.

Sue Slaght - February 9, 2015 Reply

Happy Birthday! Wowza to that cake and the balloon arrangement is amazing. You my friend are ridiculously young and as such I will now have to stop talking to you. 🙂

    Anna - February 9, 2015 Reply

    Noooooooooooooooooooo…. That’s terrible. I’ll be sad if you stop talking to me.
    Thanks for the bday wishes. Hope you had a rippa weekend.

Kris - February 7, 2015 Reply

Happy Birthday to you!
Sounds like you have had a wonderful birthday. Was lovely to get to catch up with for beers and some yummy fish and chips.

    Anna - February 9, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Schnitzel! 🙂
    Bloody rippa day had indeed. Thanks for the bday beers and for making the picnic so dang fun! You da Man!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - February 7, 2015 Reply

Happy Birthday Anna! It looks like you had an awesome day.
October 24th, is my birthday. & something you probably don’t know about is that I’ve been building websites since I was 13!

    Anna - February 9, 2015 Reply

    Amazing day thanks! 🙂
    Wawhoooo, dont have any October birthdays yet, adding to my calendar. Stay tuned for your glitter loaded card lady. AND… that is awesome, building website, woah, what a fantastic skill to have. 🙂

Mandy - February 6, 2015 Reply

Anna, my dear sweet friend, what a beautiful post! I am sure I can remember 33 if I think hard enough… Haa haa.
I am more of a tea drinker so we will have to check out that coffee in a mug thing when you are here and I too have never broken a bone, now lets not try and change that one on your visit.
have a beautiful day and awesome weekend ahead.
Love, hugs and kisses to you.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - February 9, 2015 Reply

    Agreed, lets try not break bones when I visit, although…. reckon if we did, it’d cause a bit of a buzz in the bloggy world. Lol!
    Wishing you a fabulous week.
    All the love, hugs and kisses to you too.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - February 6, 2015 Reply

I’m so with you about coffee having to be served in a mug, unless it’s an espresso. Birthday blessings Anna 🙂

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    Ha! I love that I can say I am not alone with coffee tasting better when served in a mug. 🙂
    Thanks for the birthday blessings. xo

Mabel Kwong - February 6, 2015 Reply

I know it’s a bit late, but Happy Birthday Anna!!! Best wishes for your 33th this year. You really do not look over 30, you are so lucky! Wow, your work is very nice and welcoming, what a party they had for you and look at all those pressies. What a great place to work. I am sure you had a fun time opening all of them 🙂

Chinese lunch and then picnic with chocolates…you were certainly spoilt but it was certainly a special occasion. Speaking of random facts, I do not like ironing one bit either. But now that you say you buy clothes that don’t need ironing, I might do that too…

My birthday is on 1st May, I think it’s pretty cool 😀

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    I really am very spoilt Miss Mabel, and I thank you for the lovely birthday wishes. It is like the birthday that keeps on giving. 🙂
    Wawhoooo, adding your birthday to my calendar of events lady, stay tuned for that glitter fueled card.
    Happy weekend to you loveliest lady. xo

My Inner Chick - February 6, 2015 Reply

OOOOOOO, that cake! AMAZING.
You. Are. A. Movie Star!
What are all of the letters behind the photo? Are they from celebrities?
What a super picnic. I LOOOOOOOVE deviled eggs!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! 33! Your life is just beginning.
I need your address to send you a card!! xxxxx

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    It was like biting into a cloud of creamy sugar that cake. Far out…. Delicious! Haha…. You make me smile. 🙂
    The letters behind us where messages from politicians and sports stars and famous people who have eaten at the restaurant. Messages of thanks.
    Deviled eggs huh? If only I could ship a few your way.
    Thanks for the birthday love, I really do have a good feeling about the awesomeness of what is to come for me.
    Heck yeah, a glitter card from Kim in the states. I’ll email you tonight.
    Hugs from the Berra.

Momma - February 5, 2015 Reply

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Anna
Happy Birthday to you
Beautiful pics of your picnic too.
Glad you had a terrific day

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Momma, thank you so much for making it so dang special. I love you. xox

Hotly Spiced - February 5, 2015 Reply

I wish that this year I was turning 33! What a great age. I loved my 30’s very much. I’m glad you felt so much love on your birthday and what a good idea to start the day with a glass of bubbles. I’ve only ever done that once and that was when I flew business class from here to Brisbane and they offered me a glass as soon as I took my seat. It’s never too early for a drink if you’re in business class! We have a couple of things in common…I too have never broken a bone and I also don’t buy clothes that need to be ironed. Great post! xx

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    How fabulous you were treated to a glass of champers on a business class flight, actually…. how fabulous you flew business class. 🙂
    Wishing you a fun filled weekend lovely lady. xox

Elizabeth - February 5, 2015 Reply

Happy Birthday, it was so great that we are born on the same day exactly ten years apart, cause I am 44…
I love Unicorns and Ponies and llamas and Meerkats too
I avoid socks at all cost, that would mean that I’m at the gym! LOL!
I re-watch the TV series West Wing every year!
Coffee to me doesn’t taste great unless it is served in a mug
I have a YouTube channel, and I still film stuff but have no time to edit!
I love getting my craft on and knitting and quilting!
My favourite flowers are Roes and Gerberas
I buy clothes that I do not have to iron, I DON’T IRON! I was at the shops the other day and tried something on that looked so good, but I would have had to iron it…. sorry no top!
The song “September” is guaranteed to get me up shakin’ my booty!
I was a professional singer before becoming a blogger and a Thermomix consultant, so I would happily sing you Happy Birthday any time you like!!!
Liz xx

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    Birthday buddies!!!! 🙂
    This comment made my day Liz, thank you.
    Ha, I dont do gyms either, but I have the most fabulous pair of pink runners that match my brightly colored socks perfectly.
    West Wing is good, I love that TV series too.
    You have a YouTube channel, awesome, going hunting for you now.
    I like the idea of knitting, might have a crack at it this winter.
    Roses are beautiful and shame the top you loved required ironing, hate when that happens.
    AND…. you are professional singer, holy smokes woman, you are amaze, cant wait to hear you sing.
    Hugs and a giant happy birthday to you Liz

Alice - February 5, 2015 Reply

Love those fun facts about you Anna! Looking forward to checking our your vlog when you’ve got it up too! Can’t wait to celebrate down Berra way when we get there. Chookas for 2015!

    Anna - February 5, 2015 Reply

    You are amazing, thank you for being so supportive. Cant wait to celebrate with you too. I say….. Hurry up and move already woman! 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - February 5, 2015 Reply

OMG we have so much in common. I love unicorns (they’re REAL!!), have never broken a bone and clothes that you have to iron are a mistake because I’m rubbish at ironing. Even my husband does the ironing for me because I am pitiful at it (because sometimes I accidentally buy stuff that needs ironing).

But anyway enough about me, HAPPY 33rd BIRTHDAY awesome girl!! xxx

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    Hahahahaha Lorraine! You are preaching to the choir girlfriend, unicorns are real! 🙂 Apparently we can buy a book about planting a garden to attract unicorns, when I find it, I shall get you a copy too. 🙂
    Lucky us never experiencing a bone being broken, and ironing… Bleh, one of the worst things to do… EVA, will add ironing to the list of requirements for my future Mr. LOL! Thanks for the birthday love! xox

Gary Lum (@Yummy_Lummy) - February 5, 2015 Reply

That cake with the macarons looks like it’s from Flute 🙂 We had that cake from Flute today for someone’s birthday at work 😀 Happy birthday!!!

    Anna - February 5, 2015 Reply

    It is from Flute Gary. 🙂 What a delightful slice of creamy, chocolatey, melt in your mouth, heavenly cake it is too. Thank goodness calories don’t count on your birthday. Ha!

Hannah - February 5, 2015 Reply

Such an amazing birthday!!!!! I’m so sad i missed most of it 🙁 #badfriend 🙁

Thinking about things you don’t know about me is hard…. (you already know my birth date so cant cop out and use that. 20 June just in case…)

Ummmm when I was little I wanted to be a ballerina. I did one year of dancing when I was 7. I hated tap and stopped straight away (the teacher was scary and looked like a witch) but I loved jazz and ballet. However after a year I wanted to start basketball but games clashed with dancing lessons. I had a big choice to make basketball or dancing…

    Anna - February 6, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha…. oh you do make me laugh. Thanks for the reminder re your birthday, as if I could forget your birthday woman. Haha! 🙂
    I can totes picture you as a ballerina, do you still remember the jazz moves? If yes, teach meeeeee!

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - February 5, 2015 Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVELY ANNA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU – you will be pleased you couldn’t hear me singing that!!! 🙂 My birthday is in a couple of weeks 🙂 And I love unicorns too and they are real. 🙂 I even have a book that tells me how to make a Unicorn Garden – that is one that has plants that will attract unicorns! Have you seen the blog Cake Spy – she loves unicorns too. So pleased you had a lovely day on your special day – Anna – and you are never too old to champagne for brekkie:)

    Anna - February 5, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha…. Nope, I am rather disappointed I cannot hear you singing. I love that awkward few minutes while people sing… I should have asked what you do when the singing is a thing. LOL! 🙂 Oooooh… I will keep an eye on your blog for birthday posts, stay tuned for that homemade card lady.
    Whaaaaat…. you have a book on plants that attracts unicorns? Sounds amazing. Bet the author of that book is a millionaire.
    Thanks for the birthday love. Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - February 5, 2015 Reply

Such a fun post, birthday gal! Sorry I couldn’t be there for your picnic (boo!), but we will have a toast when we next meet! My birthday is Boxing Day… and I didn’t blog about it because everyone is too busy doing the Christmas thing and don’t care about other stuff, like reading blogs, at that time of the year.

    Anna - February 5, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Lovely Lizzy! And nooooo problemo re missing the picnic, really just gives us another reason to catch up right?! 🙂
    Boxing Day, hmmmm…. that’s a tough one, although you could totes go nuts with the boxing day sales and treat yourself right!!!

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