it's been a million years since i turned 18 years old, but i do feel like i owe you all a post describing how my day went.
before actually starting this post (though i've started it already :O), i must inform all of you that i had two birthday celebrations - one with my family (part 1) and one with friends (part 2).
on my birthday, March 6th, my family came over to my place. with some of Russian Bear's help, i decorated the ground floor of my house with balloons, streamers, and "Happy Birthday" slogans. after he left, i was left all alone to face my family members, and in all honesty - it was extremely boring.
when i had visualized my birthday a month or two prior to it, i had imagined that it would be a grand party with all the people that i love - including a zillion presents. unfortunately, everything turned out to be quite the opposite of what i wanted it to be.
instead of being a fun affair, it was mostly:
me standing around awkwardly and everyone trying (but failing miserably) to engage in conversation with each other. instead of paying attention to the main reason of the function (ME!), the people i invited started rambling and arguing amongst each other about various topics. since my extended family isn't exactly close-knit and do not interact with each other on a regular basis, it was like having a gigantic elephant in the room. what i realised on the day of my 18th birthday was that members of my extended family are unfortunately quite incompatible with one another and should only be allowed to meet if the aim of their meeting is to create the largest awkward turtle in history.
in regards to gifts, my immediate family did not disappoint; i received loads of money from my parents, grandparents, and a couple of close uncles. however, i received a very nasty surprise from one of my aunts. she gave me my present in a gift bag. there were two contents in it, a pink purse and a pink t-shirt. while the purse was cute and new, the shirt...
...was used, and that too, quite a lot. it STANK like a sewer, and it was unwashed and just given to me as a BIRTHDAY PRESENT. a pity, really, because that shirt was quite cute, and has a massive silver glittery bow on the shoulder, which i thought was pretty unique. after much contemplating, i cut off the bow to sew on some other shirt, and i set aside the extremely smelly shirt for washing. after it was washed, it defied all laws of washing powder and still smelt awful. so i decided to wash it one last time, and when the smell subsided, i kept it amongst the clothes for donation.
the idea of someone giving me that shirt, calling it 'new', when it was smelling like ten pig pens crossed with a truck full of dead fish and an unflushed toilet, was absolutely repulsive. i didn't want to wear it, and was pretty cross with my aunt. she could have told me it was her old shirt and i wouldn't have minded. i have worn her hand-me-downs before and have liked them loads. i'm always happy when relatives pass on their cool t-shirts to me or jeans that don't fit them anymore, because it saves up my money. but giving me something worn and not even having the courtesy to wash it, was unacceptable. and now i can only hope that the person who receives it will not curse me to hell for inflicting such an unbearable odour onto them.
regardless of the tedious disaster of my birthday, i still got one really nice surprise:
my cake! it's a doll and the cake is her dress. a little childish but i totally adored it (apart from the fact that the doll looks like a cougar lady who is showing her armpits to the world - so not childish!). it was extremely yummy too.
all in all, my birthday didn't turn out the way i expected it to. but thanks to the money i received from my family members (and no thanks to my aunt), i had a shopping spree at the mall and bought a lot of things according to my own taste and liking. yay! i also realized that making my extended family mingle is just a bad idea and to avoid such things in the future.
i shall soon post about my birthday celebrations with my friends, which was much better than what i went through with my family! till then, adios.
update november 13th 2012: i've given this subject much deliberation and thought, and have arrived at the decision that i have absolutely no more interest in posting about my 18th birthday anymore. so, there won't be a part 2 to this post. sorry, guys!