Sorry for the day late post, yesterday was one of the best days I’ve had in a really long time. You see, my birthday is coming up toward the end of this week and I also would have walked across the stage to receive my Master’s degree late last week (had I opted to spend the money and go to the convocation).
I had decided a while ago not to bother spending that money, and just spent $40 to get my parchment sent to me early. With my parents heading international, my brother moving to the other side of the country, and my friends scattered across the nation, at my loneliest times it felt like a hollow victory. Even when snapping some celebratory photos in the beautiful dress my mother made me at times didn’t feel right, I didn’t have that many people to celebrate with.
Turns out my mother understood that far more than I realized. She’s been planning a surprise for me for months.
She and Dad flew home about a week before we set up a dinner to celebrate both my birthday and my grad. It was supposed to be a small thing: just them, my uncle and me. But when we got to the restaurant our table had two extra seats.
My mother had been scheming with my best friend since March. She and her husband showed up at the restaurant from halfway across the country. It was the best birthday surprise I ever could have received!
They’re still here (they’re staying until Saturday) asleep in the next room which my parents were kind enough to vacate to my Uncle’s house. Today is the first day I’ve had off from work and it’s the first day of three so we have some plans!
You’ll probably get several more posts about this surprise in June and the resulting adventures and mayhem. (I’m getting my first tattoo tomorrow which is very exciting). I’ve worked the passed two days and we’ve still managed to get up to some shenanigans.
On Sunday I took them on my walking tour and accidentally pocket dialed one of my bosses in the process so several people at work heard a section on my tour (thankfully a part where I was in full tour guide mode and not joking around in only partial guide mode [which is harder to shake than I realized]).
Yesterday, after a shift that tended to be ‘busy’ or ‘dead’ with no in between they picked me up and we went black-light mini-golfing. There were some crazy painted glowing pictures and statues: everything from angry dolphins to a very high looking gorilla. We spent practically half our time take photos and selfies and then putting some rounds. Two faster groups passed us but they seemed to have been competing with each other far more than the three of us were. We were there to have fun and hang out with people we hadn’t seen for a very long time and dearly missed.
I’ve include a picture of me in the black-light, to show you a little bit of what we were playing around in. I’m not posting any photos of my friends until I double check with them that they’re okay being in my blog. He might not be due to work, so better be safe than sorry!
After my tattoo tomorrow we’ll be off on a whirl wind trip that you’ll hear a lot more about next week. Until then: I have some laundry to do, we have an escape room booked for tonight, and the drinking arcade is calling our names this evening!
I’ve needed this so badly.