so i pretty much spent the whole day not even thinking about the fact that it was my birthday. i was home alone all day in my pjs and then at night had plans to spend my birthday dinner with my family as is customary. everything for my family revolves around good food and good conversation. we laugh, we eat, we love each others' company. my cousin just returned from paris so we had been dying to reunite for some shabu shabu. tonight was the perfect chance.

after you finish all the meat and veggies, they throw in udon noodles and after that, they cook rice in the pot. this is what it looks like after we're all full.

no fun to just part ways right after, so we always go to a cafe and talk some more. we went to this one thats famous for their sweet potato cake, which ended up being my 2nd time blowing out candles :)

good times! it's always nice to spend these kinds of moments with your family. but it's not over yet....i was thoroughly pooped and beyond full so dragged my ass home, only to walk in and be greeted by two super thoughtful roommates with this. yep, 3rd time blowing out candles!

they are DUDES by the way. imagining them at a bakery ordering these is just too cute.

nope. not over yet......and to top off everything else......i finally won this.....most EPIC ebay score everrrrrr.

talk about a seriously awesome birthday.

but i'm glad it's over :)