I’m 21! Thought I’d be thinner by this age.
Day 0 (Sept 27): Spent my entire weekend studying. I almost got run over (ok not really, but for the sake of this blog, let’s say that I did) and as I walked away, I realized that if I had died, four hours before my 21st birthday, I would have spent the last weekend of my life alone in my apartment. Just me and my tax book. Death and taxes. HAHA I just realized that I am talking about death on my 21st birthday post. Soo Jin is right – my blog is dark.
Frances C called me on the phone to say happy birthday. Four minutes early, to beat the rush. I told her that no one calls anymore, people just facebook. It’s solid evidence that I have friends. About a minute after I said that no one would be calling, I got a call from some random number. I don’t know how to switch calls, so I didn’t pick up. The number called back again, and it was some guy. The only male I assume would call me is Johnston, not that he does, but I just didn’t think that any of my guy friends would. I was super confused for ten seconds, then things got MORE CONFUSING because at that moment, Paulo walked in with a slice of tiramisu he had bought. I am great at multi-tasking, but it is impossible for me to handle two conversations at the same time. It just becomes super awkward for everyone involved and hilarious for anyone watching.
The guy calling was Eric! I may be getting this wrong because I was so confused at the moment, but I think our convo was like “Wait who is this?” “Can you guess?” “uhhhhhhhh wait give me some hints” “We’ve known each other for years … we’ve cooked dinner for each other” “What? Dinner? Ok let me guess uhhhhh no I can’t figure it out who is this. I’m so sorry!” “Uhhhh this is Eric…” “Eric?” “…. Leung ….” “Eric Leung? ……… OH MY GOD HI I’M SO SORRY”
Then I ate my tiramisu with Paulo. Yum yum ❤ He had melted Hershey’s Kisses and used a bag as a pipette to spell out words on the plate. We don’t have birthday candles, so he put a scented candle on the plate instead. By the time I got off the phone with Eric, it had melted around my cake. I still ate the cake though. There were a few bites where I was like “mmm this tastes like clean.”
Day 1 (Sept 28): Woke up, went running. Three miles! But now I can’t freaking walk! My foot is messed up – I assume it will go away by tomorrow. My tax midterm was today. For the amount of effort I put into studying, I am REALLY PISSED that I got at least one problem wrong. It is really infuriating because the solution was posted and I had looked at it and understood it! But when I did it on the exam, I didn’t bother figuring out why the number seemed different. I am really mad about it, and it makes me not even want to study for my accounting midterm.
But yup. I bought IB Hoagies for myself for lunch, partly because I have absolutely no more food in this apartment and partly because IT’S MY BIRTHDAY so I’ll do what I want. For dinner I went to Angeline’s with my underage group of friends. I did not drink any alcohol today. HAHA I went to Trader Joe’s, and I realized that I can actually buy alcohol now. Weird. I can add an aisle to my grocery shopping route. Kristen was like “you should pick up a bottle of Charles Shaw” and I said “I still have the one you gave me! If I got another one, I’d have TWO bottles. I’d be such an alcoholic.”
I feel super fat already, and I am breaking out. WTF. Need to get it together! Good thing Safeway ran out of Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie, or else I’d be all over that right now.
STUDY TIME! I’ll add to this post as the week goes on. There will be six days. STAY TUNED. For my super long xanga-like post.
Day 2 (Sept. 29): I woke up “late” today. Except now, “late” is waking up at 7:20 instead of 7:00 And anything less than a 3mi run is a weak workout. I was looking at my wall-to-wall with Chrystal, and I once wrote to her “i woke up at 6:30 today. HAHA can you imagine if i woke up at 6:30 everyday and went running.”
I ditched my first class of senior year today. Supposedly to study hardcore for tomorrow’s midterm. Instead I ended up watching forty minutes of Drop Dead Gorgeous. That movie is like Cruel Intentions, but no one really knows it, whereas EVERYONE knows Cruel Intentions. It’s a movie from the late 90s, and you wouldn’t have guessed it when it came out, but now most of the actors are famous.
Alvin came by and gave me a birthday gift! 🙂 Then I went swimming and then we met up again to eat Gypsys. While swimming, I had pictured myself eating the spaghetti, but when I got there, I decided on the calzone. That seems to happen a lot. I ate the entire thing. That also seems to happen a lot. I feel pretty gross right now. Also, I’m really tired, but I should be doing my practice exam.
I’m going to be so fat by Thursday. But this eating frenzy is not stopping any time soon. Korean BBQ and FRUIT TART (OMGGGGG I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS MOMENT) with Li-Ting and Lucy tomorrow. And probably the rest of the fruit tart on Thursday night. No, let’s be realistic. Thursday morning.
Day 3 (Sept. 30): I had my accounting midterm today. I made educated guesses on three problems and I’m prettyyyyy sure I got them right. But I also realized I had done the written problem wrong, which made me kind of mad. I think I’ve been getting really worked up over these grades because I have NOTHING ELSE going on in my life. In other semesters, I’d figure that I was bound to get some problems wrong, so I would go out and not study to my maximum. But now all I ever do is read and study and restudy! So getting things wrong is inexcusable!
Finally I went grocery shopping today at 99Ranch. I have had nothing to eat since Sunday. To the point where I ate sausages that had been in an open package since July, and I was heating pita bread to eat with peanut butter. Compared to what Lucy bought though, my groceries are so pathetic. They’ll last me at most five days of meals … she has like three weeks of meals. And they’re all very Chinese-ish foods, the kind people buy when they actually know how to cook. I have … tuna sashimi, two heads of lettuce, some fruit, tofu. Pretty sad.
Li-Ting took us to a Korean restaurant in the plaza. We each got a dish, but I think we could have gotten full just ordering one. Well, now I have two extra meals. SADLY Shing Kee ran out of FRUIT TART!!! *cries* That was the food I was most excited to eat. It’s ok though, I’m actually not too torn up over it. HAHA We got a green tea/red bean cake instead – it doesn’t live up to fruit tart, but we are all ridiculously full by the time we got to dessert.
Also, Jon bought me a cake! He went home yesterday and came back today around 5 and he had brought this giant ass cake with him all the way from Oakland. It made me feel special 😀
I’m exhausted, but I suspect part of my exhaustion is really just food coma.
I’m currently in love with the song Empire State of Mind. I want to buy a plane ticket to NY, just so I can walk around the city bopping my head to this song.
Day 4 (Oct. 1): I didn’t do anything special today, besides eat my cake for two meals. I suddenly have a TON of things to do in a very short amount of time. STRESS. Also, FAT! All those days of eating and not exercising as much has caught up to me. What a terrible time to look bad. There’s not much to say about today.
Oh! I got a haircut. I never ever like my haircuts, I’ve realized. Whenever I ask for bangs, I hate them. I need to stop providing pictures of Jordana Brewster as an example of the hairstyle I like. Either my hairdresser is seeing it differently from how I see it, or they seem to think I want to look SUPER CHINESE. BOO.
There is a lyric in Empire State of Mind that I thought was “MD&A got you feeling like a champion” and I was like Management’s Discussion and Analysis? It is actually MDMA, which is code for ecstasy.
Day 5 (Oct 2): Wow. It’s weird how something just a couple of hours ago feels like it was so long ago. Yesterday, I actually went to all three of my discussion sections. It was really sad because for one of my sections, I’ve only gone once so when I got to Haas, I realized I had no idea what room it was held in. I had to go to the library and look it up on the schedule of classes. The first half of yesterday was incredibly depressing to me – I got the EFFING MEAN in tax. I studied for that class at like … Math 1a/Stat21/Astro10 levels. AND I GOT THE MEAN. GARGHHH.
So classes ended around 3:00 and then I went home and continued to clean the apt. I am always heavily disturbed when I spray cleaner on the kitchen counter tile and after I scrub, the grout actually gets cleaner. It’s nice to know that it’s cleaner … but it’s incredibly disgusting to know that there was that layer of filth in the first place. I went to the bart station at 6:00 to wait for Henry and Frances L to show up. EEEEEE! They came 45 minutes later than I expected HAHA because they had gotten on the wrong bart. Then we walked back to my place! WHAT FUN! It was Frances’ first time here in Berkeley
They were both starving, which I had expected, so I took them to House of Curries. They really liked it! I of course ordered palak paneer and they chose ghobi chicken, which turned out to be really good. I was not expecting to be full, but I ate way beyond my limit. Then we got ready to go to SF – I had told them we were going to lounges and Henry brought a dress shirt and black trousers and of course Frances brought a cute outfit. I put on my outfit … and we were all like OH GOD Mel is way underdressed/Frances is way better dressed. It took five total wardrobe changes to get us … closer to the same level. Then Jackie came and picked us up … and we laughed about how the four of us were dressed for COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. I had my Cleopatra black top, Frances had on a leather jacket and leather boots, Henry had his nice dress shirt, and Jackie had on a earrings, shirt, vest, and coat.
Drove to Soo Jin’s (THANKS for letting us all crash your place!!!) and then THE MEETING OF FRIENDS BEGAN. High school vs. college – who will prevail?! Just kidding. Soo Jin, Laura and Albert had gone to pick up LITTLE STAR PIZZA and PYRAMID’S apricot ale! YUM YUM. Laura had remembered that I don’t like beer because I think it’s empty calories, but I said I wanted it because it pairs better with pizza. IT WAS A PERFECT CHOICE YUM YUM. 🙂 Then Andria/Christina’s car arrived around 10? I feel like whenever I see Andria and Christina, time hasn’t passed at all, and it’s just another regular get together, when they are actually all the way in socal!
After some dawdling, we set off for bars in the Marina. We decided on this because the range of dress was WAYYY wide and we didn’t know if we would be allowed into certain places. SAD. I spent three hours yesterday night researching! I had narrowed my desired places to Vesuvio, Rye, Solstice, Olive, and Cantina. We ended up going to Matrix and Circa. We took … wow did we take four different cabs? We would have fit in three. Henry, Frances, Jackie and I took the first one, so when we got there we just stood on a corner and took in the scene. VERY few Asians. The Marina is a more yuppie-ish place. I have never been in such a large crowd of white people ages 20-30 on the prowl. It was VERY city-like. Guy-wise, Henry was in the upper spectrum of dress while the girls were way lower in our jeans. HAHA
MY FIRST ENTRY INTO a 21+ place, using my REAL identity! HAHA My throat is really hoarse from yelling at people all night. THEY PLAYED POKERFACE at my request! YEAH YEAH. I would have also requested Taylor Swift, but I don’t think the DJ could make that into a techno beat. I really enjoyed Matrix – I couldn’t tell if other people were somewhat bored though. WELL Laura got my my first drink!!! Oh god, what was it? OH a Lemon drop! They put salt on the rim, I thought that was weird. Then TMVers got me a Sex on the Beach and Soo Jin/Janie got me something like cranberry with vodka. Then I had sips of people’s amaretto sours, midori sours, and something else. WHEEE.
OH GOD. This guy who I think is 7 years older than me came and sat in our group and I talked to him. To me, it’s like “oh! Someone wants to be my friend!” He started the conversation with “so are you guys Japanese?” FAIL. I am not too offended by comments like these … I asked him what type of white he is. HAHAHA I could see Laura and Andria laughing at me. He was like “what do you mean what kind of white?” And I was like “you can’t just be WHITE. WHAT ARE YOU? POLISH? GERMAN?” After some talk I was like er I want to go back to talking to my friends but I have absolutely no idea how to get rid of people. So after he said something, I was like “… OK.” and he was kind enough to get the hint and we said our goodbyes. Andria found my way of getting rid of him pretty hilarious. HAHA
What else … well we left that bar and walked to Circa. But once we sat down in Circa, I was like OK I AM ABOUT TO PASS OUT. So we didn’t stay very long and decided to go home. We toyed with the idea of walking 1.2 mi back to Soo Jin’s, but after walking up two CRAZY HILLS, once we saw a cab I was like CABCABCAB!!! I made it without barfing. I promptly passed out on the ground, then I was later awakened and realized everyone had arrived! Then I threw up in toilet – surprisingly VERY LITTLE considering how much I ate! Laura said I was a completely different person after I threw up – no longer sleepy and confused! But we went home … and now SATURDAY HAS BEGUN! I had expected to go home around midnight … we freaking got home at 3am! THANKS SO MUCH to Jackie who drove us! I think I was asleep the second we drove off of Pine.
We went to bed around 3:30 and I woke up around 7:00. I’m going to die today.
THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! Yes, I don’t often remember what I did on my past birthdays, but seriously, thanks to EVERYONE WHO IS CELEBRATING WITH ME. I still can’t believe that I have friends who would drive up 8 hours to see me, pay for plane tickets, or muster up the energy after a long workweek to play with me!!! HEART HEART HEART!
Day 6 (Oct 3rd): So I wrote that entry on Saturday morning. While I was typing, Henry and Frances woke up. Just like in Vegas though, when I also woke everyone up several hours too early, they decided to nap after being up for about 30 minutes. We ate some birthday cake in the morning, then Jackie picked us up and we went to Gregoire’s! It was a very filling meal and we all passed around our sandwiches to share. Mine was crazy greasy but I liked the Gruyere cheese. Then we walked to Love At First Bite and shared our cupcakes as well. I decided to branch out and try raspberry – FAIL. I should have stuck with my usual matcha green tea cupcake.
Then I took them to Rasputin, where they looked through a ton of cds. I don’t think Frances even bothered to enter the DVD section. After Frances had spent a long time looking at the used rock section, she then realized she hadn’t even touched the indie or new rock section. I chose that moment to go back home. HAHA It is exhausting in that store, if you don’t actually plan on buying anything. On the way back to my apartment, I saw Andria, who was dropping things off in her car. Plans were to go to Bear’s Lair at 2, but it was 1:50 and I wanted to nap, so we napped. Things were seeming to fall apart, because most of the people I had expected to watch the game said they weren’t coming.
BUT I think the theme of this weekend is: everything works out in the end! We went to Bear’s Lair at 3:30 – me, Henry, Frances, Andria, Kristen and Anu. It was packed but not hard to get in. And within a few minutes, we had ordered drinks. I usually go to bars with Kristen and she usually orders hefe, and since I was underage at the time, I would order the same to not seem so inexperienced with alcohol. But now, I don’t drink anything except hefe – I wonder if there is something else I would enjoy more. Well, kickoff was at 5, so we stood around for a long time. THEN YAYYYYY Laura and Robin arrived! Happiness. Chrystal also dropped by but only for a few minutes before leaving to watch the game in the stadium. We found seats at the outside patio, where some USC guys started being rowdy with Kristen and Anu. Kristen’s hair is a magnet for men. Shiny objects attract. And Anu is just fun. She never ever drinks but most people think she HAS to be drunk, because most people aren’t as outgoing as she is unless they have been liquored up.
So the game began! Henry and Frances left to rest and tour the campus. Sad! They did not get to hear people yell at the tv screens. Well, at least they also didn’t witness our TERRIBLE TERRIBLE LOSS. It was pretty bad.
Half-time, we walked to Triple Rock. It wasn’t as packed as Bear’s Lair, but there also weren’t any tables available. We got lucky scoring one table, but we had like 15 people coming, and our table seated four. Slowly and painfully, we got enough seats, even though most people were sharing. GOOD FOOD THOUGH, right? I heart Triple Rock atmosphere and food and drinks. Got the Bruschetta Rock and we shared garlic fries. Drinking a small pint of beer at Bear’s Lair made me not want to drink anymore. We ate, confirmed our devestating loss, then my brain hurt from trying to figure out how to get from Triple Rock to Ici. Three cars drove, and Kristen walked with Emily. Guess who got there first? HAHA We made it to Ici in time though, despite heavy traffic.
EARL GREY!!! Yum. I think Lucy got the same. Henry somehow convinced Frances to get VANILLA. Connie L expressed appropriate outrage on the phone when I told her. I did not eat a bombe or an ice cream sandwich. Two years ago, I think I had planned on buying a bombe for 1) when I get a job offer and 2) on my 21st birthday. But honestly, none of the bombes sound like flavors I would like. And it’s like eating art – they’re so beautifully made. I’d rather just happily eat a scoop of misshaped basil or tea-flavored ice cream. Drove back to my place, for some KARAOKE/sake bombs!!! I love sake bombs – they are instant fun. BUT we had to choose between either karaoking or sake bombing. Apparently the sushi place decided to cap its fun level, because they don’t allow people to do both. Well, we chose sake bombs. We took four. It was a huge mess under our table. I had a lot of fun, but watching the videos make me think I have to be drunk to think the videos are funny. I find my voice incredibly grating to hear. It’s like listening to a retarded cartoon character speak.
Anyway! Sake bombs! I would have preferred to stop at three but then the chef taught us what the actual chant is, so we had to take the final fourth one. First chant: “HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAKE SAKE BOMB!” Thanks Kristen. Second chant: MEL MEL MEL MELMELMELMELMEL!!! Third chant: sake sake sake sake BOMB! Clearly we were running out of ideas. My favorite would have been saying RADA RADA RADA, after Rockin’ Rada Brooks, accounting professor extraordinare. Is someone going to google “rada brooks” and stumble upon my blog? Chef guy taught us the chant is really ichi ni san, sake sake sake bomb! So now we know, although I enjoyed making our own chants more.
Finally left. That part is a blur. Soo Jin’s friends dropped by, and I started sleeping on Andria. Then I got shaken awake and decided I wanted to throw up. Laura went with me, and at first I was walking at a normal speed, then as we got closer I was like OK, LET’S TAKE LONGER STEPS. Threw up – then walked out a few steps before deciding I would throw up some more. Honestly, I do think I throw up quite elegantly. Never a mess on the seat, always quick and easy. THEN we left – thank you to people who paid! I’m sorry we have spent so much money this past weekend! I’ll make it up to you guys when I have a job 😀
Walked back to my place where I went straight to Jon’s bed and fell asleep. HAHA I think Laura told me to sleep on my bed, and after throwing up a little the third time, she tucked me into bed. AWWW just like when I slept over at their apartment last semester. The last thing I remember is Laura getting me a cup of water and putting a kleenex over it so it wouldn’t get dusty. And a mixing bowl for me to throw up in. I’m sorry for not saying goodnight to everyone! I hope people had fun…
Additonal commentary: it’s funny how at Ici, to make conversation people would bring up what they knew about each other from my blog and AIM info. I’m pretty sure this is the first time college friends met TMV friends. I noticed that when a new person is introduced to TMV, our general consensus is “I’m sure he/she is nice … but they’re really quiet … I guess I would be too if I entered a big group of friends who know each other.” So we’re usually the ones judging other people, but this time, Henry, Frances and Jackie were outnumbered so they were much quieter. HAHA I am not particularly good at mixing friends, but I hope everyone enjoyed each other! Also, it seems that there is a dislike for my new blog, and how its web address is so long. SHOULD I SWITCH BACK? Do I even write at all differently from how I wrote on blogger? 😦 This must be how the person who changed SciFi channel to SyFy felt.
Day 7 (Oct 4): Eek! Frances and Henry left very early in the morning 😦 Everyone who visited was here for a very short amount of time, but we did a LOT I think. THANKS EVERYONE for my awesome weekend! It’s not even over yet. Well, Jackie came and we got Noah’s bagels since it is too early to have a real meal. I’m sorry that was the last thing you guys ate in Berkeley. We drove to Oakland airport … I heart meeting up with friends at the airport, but dropping people off at the airport is so DEPRESSING. One of the sadder aspects of adulthood! The drive back is always so wistful. They should have landed back in SD by now. I kind of wanted to be like “I’M GOING TO BUY A PLANE TICKET TOO! Screw school!” but I have interviews. HAHA Now Thanksgiving feels so far away…
This day isn’t over yet but I will end this blog since I consider my birthday celebration over. Well … I don’t really know what to say. Everyone has made me feel really special and loved this week. I’m glad I have so many great friends who care about me. That is all. I don’t want to sound too mushy.
One day this will be us! If I ever get married. Ok, one day, I will be one of the people NOT in the white dress! That’s more realistic.