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April 27, 2012
8:00 am earlier morning

9:00am morning

10:00am lost

11:00am the L train

12:00pm jean

1:00pm brooklyn

2:00pm
bagel + subway

3:00pm brian

4:00pm drinks

5:00pm girls and boys

6:00pm daily birthday

7:00pm !!

8:00pm 2nd avenue

9:00pm bibimbop

10:00pm karaoke

Another birthday (almost) documented hour-by-hour. This birthday was different, I spent most of it alone running work errands. I was feeling a little defeated until a taxi driver finally agreed to take me from downtown Brooklyn to Williamsburg (several drivers had already refused). When I stepped into the cab, it was flooded with classical music. I chatted with the driver, Jean, who spoke French and was from Haiti. He asked where I was from, where my family was from, and told me the only Tagalog he knew: "mahal kita" ("I love you").

 I finally got some off-the-clock time and saw a filming of The Daily Show (!!) and eventually made my way to meet my coworkers for karaoke in Koreatown. After lots of delays and a quick bibimbap stop, I was worried because I was running late. I walked into our room and everyone started yelling and cheering, then breaking out into a huge chorus of "Happy Birthday." Most embarrassing/heartwarming/sweet.

 This time last year, I:
- had just met JGL (haha)
- was panicking about my future post-graduation
- began reading for fun again (homework be damned)
- was getting ready to become an au pair
- couldn't believe I was going back to Europe again.

 I don't have any "landmarks" coming up-- graduation is over, I have my first adulthood job. This next year is big and open and I can't wait.

(See 21 and 22)

11 comments:

  1. happy belated birthday!! I love this idea, I think 11am is my favourite!

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  2. Ah, man! NY! Good times. You should get food in Flushing if you have the chance. Everything there is good.

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  3. Happiest of birthdays to you, Celeste!! :)

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  4. I am very happy for you, my dear Celeste! :)

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  5. i love this take on your birthday! day-in-the-life's are some of my favorite posts, and this is great.
    Happy Birthday!

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  6. i love the idea of you documenting your birthday



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    xx

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  7. Happy Happy (belated) Birthday!!

    p.s. - Cute post.

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  8. Hola! Espero que visites mi nuevo diseñor de: mamaartista y me digas que te parece. Un saludo L+

    pd: te sigo!! Si te gusta mi blog sigueme. MUA

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  9. happy {belated} birthday!!!! :D

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  10. this is such a great way to document a birthday. hoping you had the loveliest of birthdays, dear!

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  11. i totally missed this --- belated happy birthday!

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