Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Tanjoubi to me!

Wow! It has been a year since my last birthday! And what a year it has been! I've been reading some of my posts from the last year, and it was so amazing to remember different things that have happened. It is so strange to think that only a year ago, I hadn't been to Japan yet. I didn't know all the new people I know now, and there were so many experiences I hadn't had yet!

I feel like I've crammed 5 years worth of life into 1 year!

Dad and I shared holidays last year - my birthday and Father's Day were on the same day, and this year it happened again, because I talked to the fam on my birthday, and it was still Father's Day in America! Pretty strange, huh!

This evening, I went out for dinner with a friend and had soup curry. It is turning into my holiday meal - I had it for Easter, too! Afterwards, we had ice cream. I have some cake in the fridge, but I don't have any room for it - maybe a post birthday breakfast? Then, one of my JTEs came over with a little present for me and a sweet card. I also chatted with another friend and made some art!

I have to say that it was a pretty good day! That, and I've decided to celebrate all week. Maybe all year. I'll keep you updated.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

How to celebrate a birthday far from home

So, tomorrow is my birthday! I will be 29 - for real! I actually began celebrating about a month ago, which is totally how a birthday should be celebrated! When Bro came to visit, he brought presents from home! Yay! We had a fun birthday celebration while he was here with sweet roll cake, ice cream bars, and strawberries! My family has given me flowers for my birthday for the past several years - naturally, I didn't think I would be getting any this year. But I did! I got a lovely bouquet of daisies and other pretty yellow and white flowers that only just now have died. I also got a TON of presents! It was so much fun to open all the bags and find all the surprises inside! I had a great time, and it was fun to celebrate with family.

Today, being my birthday eve, I did some fun stuff. This morning, I pedaled down by the sea and enjoyed music and the morning. Then, I came back and got ready for church and went to church. After that, I had a yummy ham and cheese sandwich on flatbread. I found them at one of our bigger grocery stores yesterday. Then, I pedaled across town and met up with a friend. We biked on down to Cape Noshappu and had Dippin' Dots. On the way back, I stopped at the game center and played a fun music game, then got some iced caramel coffee and a sandwich at Wakkanai Coffee. I did a little grocery shopping, and now I'm home cleaning (well,actually, I'm blogging - but I was cleaning). Later, I am going to make a pot of chickpea and tomato soup, because I found some real shredded parmesan cheese for it. Yay!

I don't really know what I'm going to do for my actual birthday tomorrow. Oh, I have a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast! My old roommate bought bagels from a yummy bagel shop for my birthday one year, so it's fun to have bagels for my birthday breakfast. They are pretty hard to find, so I was surprised to see some yesterday! On Friday, my office is taking me out to celebrate, which I thought was nice. I'm looking forward to it!

Oh, apparently I've biked about 25 miles over the past 2 days! I love summer!!