Well, today is July 10th which means that 3 days ago I completed my 19th year of life. I wish I had some profound revelation, that'd be really epic, but alas, I'm just a wee bit older.
Mom left today, she was out here for about 3 weeks and it was really nice to have her. I guess it's just nice to have someone to come home to that will always be happy to see you. Hmm, I think I'll like being a parent and having a family one day. But for now, I'm just a college student. There are more difficulties with my dad. In fact, some papers were filed on my birthday (which he forgot about, again...) and in those papers, my name was misspelled. Yeah, I'm angry. I'm hurt. I'm frustrated. And more than anything else I just want to be done with it. I don't want him to bother us anymore. It's just painful and annoying and no one wins. I'm not really going to discuss anymore as this is a public site that anyone has access to, but I guess one thing I've learned from this all is to choose wisely. When it comes time to marry, I'm worried I'll be all-to-aware of what could happen. But at the same time, I'm afraid I'll end up in a marriage which I was reared with as most familiar. I just see the importance of making sound, wise decisions with much thought and listening to the input of others who truly care about you. I suppose that really goes for much more than just marriage, actually.
On a happier note though, I had a really nice birthday. I wasn't sure how it was going to be, because many of my birthdays haven't felt just right if they weren't around family and friends back home, but this one was swell. Wednesday night I was spending time with Stephan and he mentioned how hungry he was. We went to the kitchen and then he was like "oh, Yoonjeong wants me to come to her room, let's go!" I opened the door and happy birthday started playing and there was a bowl of green candy (my favorite flavor) with a sign "chacha only" and beautifully drawn cake (since I don't like cake). and then stephan left and shortly later came in with brownies with "chacha" iced on it. i was thoroughly touched by how stephan coordinated it all (there is an elaborate story about him convincing me he was away for a business dinner, when in reality he was just grocery shopping for these things) and for my friends who came and the sweet presents I got and just the time spent together. And then on my actual birthday, mom and I had a nice coffee together (a great way to start the day) and then I went to work. In the afternoon, a little before my boss was supposed to leave, he called everyone into the conference room and randomly went off about accountability and had use count up the tick marks he was making until he reached 19 and then said "and what does that mean?? it's chacha's birthday!" and then a lovely cake came in with candles and it was very cute. I was extremely touched by how much my work made my birthday an event and happy! Then in the evening my brother and casey and marina (the gal staying with them from italy) came over and my friends from 5W and elsewhere came over and we all had tacos. It was a delicious dinner. Mom made a fantastic chocolate peanut butter pie that is TO DIE FOR and there was tons of ice cream! :D I loved it so much! Bro got me and him matching visors with "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" (which he bought in Florida, so that means he was thinking about me even back then in June!) . And he also made me a certificate good for setting up a website with him on his server! :D I'm so excited! I got to facetime with the Solimans back home, and got calls from Nancy and my grandparents and Adrian during the day, so that was super nice! And then on Friday Stephan took off the day from work and I did as well and he lead me on a this mystery day. It was a fantastic adventure! We went go-cart racing, then bowling, then to dinner with live music, and then we came back and watched some of a movie (i ended up falling asleep, all that outdoorsiness really whips the energy out of you!). Of course, all during the day it was an adventure since we relied on public transportation and were going a little away from Boston. It was SO much fun just to have the adventure with him. I was really touched by the time, money, and thought that went into the day. Just overall, I felt really loved. It was a great birthday indeed.
Anyway, I'm hungry and have some other business to attend to. I think I'll go eat something. Take care!