Sunday, April 15, 2012

Another Year, Another Birthday, Another Gray Hair

Yes, yesterday was my 20th birthday, and I am still trying to decide what my opinion of it was. See, my birthday also happened to coincide with my very first microbiology test - yay! - and while I think I probably did fine, I do not, as of right now, know for certain how well I truly did. I am unhappy to confess that I did a lot of guesswork on the last half of it. Microbiology is fascinating, but when it comes to bacteria genetics and metabolism, my brain gets a little muzzy.

After that torturous exam, I had several hours free, in which I had the assistance of some friends in forgetting about my stomach, which was tied up in a thousand knots. But as soon as my friends had gone their respective ways, I had to remember that I had a two-hour lab to prepare for. A lab which my instructor had described as The Lab from Hell. Oh dear, I thought. This is going to be just lovely! Actually, it wasn't that bad. My team got a rhythm down and we were done in an hour.

At last, I could turn my attention to my birthday. And it was a good celebration; had a quiet family dinner of curry chicken in peanut sauce, jasmine rice, salad, and a type of African soda bread. There was cake, naturally, with wonderful homemade vanilla icing, and lemonade. And prezzies! :) I actually have three more presents I still have to order, and they are The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan, Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, and The Invaders by John Flanagan. They don't come out until May 1st, so I am still waiting on those.

Even so, I had some things to unwrap: The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood - the 3rd book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, - Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis, a pretty white tanktop with cherries all over it, and two bone china teacups (made in England). One has blackberries on it, and another some pretty pink flowers. My latest hobby is to collect different teacups (and a matching saucer, of course), and I will eventually put them on top of my bookshelves in my library.

All in all, it was a quiet birthday, but I still enjoyed it a lot. After such a stressful day, a quiet birthday was exactly what I needed. Cheers, everyone!

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