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Twenty Five Years

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Sunday was my birthday,  and now I’m 25 years old. I should be getting my driver’s license in a few weeks, and I’ll still be younger than my mother was when she got hers. =D

Seeing as my Neurology Shelf exam is tomorrow, I didn’t do much to celebrate. I had a delicious brunch with my friends, hung out at one of their apartments briefly, then came home to try to study (sigh. Medical school).

One of the things I will always remember about my birthday this year is how on Monday, my aphasic stroke patient was able to sing Happy Birthday to me, even though he probably couldn’t have generated those words to just say them. There’s some touchingly amusing about your patient, his family, and your team singing happy birthday to you as part of a teaching moment.

On to the presents! My parents were going to get me an ipad for my birthday, but I’m still laptopless after kneeling on my netbook a few months ago and breaking the screen… So I’ll be picking out an inexpensive new computer instead, I think. To get a new netbook or something slightly larger though? Decisions, decisions.


They’re hard to see at this picture size, but I got some lovely new earrings from my friend Feiya for my birthday! Earrings, like socks, are not something I can ever have too many of.

And I got a beautiful new orchid from my friend Hao. It’s a different species from my others, and hopefully I can keep this one alive and thriving too!

Last but not least, Amrita made me a lemon poppyseed cake, at my request, as my birthday cake. It was delicious and I still have some leftovers. Cake for breakfast!  (photo stolen from her website) Lemon poppyseed cake is very near and dear to my heart. It’s not the sort of cake that you put icing on, which is just fine with me. It’s soft, moist, bursting with lemon flavor and crunchy poppy seed goodness. I still remember the first time I had it. I think it was one of the first time’s I’d had something with lemon flavor that wasn’t sour, and it took me a while to identify what the flavor was (I was pretty young).


Written by Aba

October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

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  1. Happy birthday! I love the story about your patient :) for what it’s worth I hardly ever use my laptop since getting my ipad.


    October 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    • Thank you! Considering I have a desktop and a smartphone, a laptop really isn’t all that critical… Hm. This is going to be a tough decision!


      October 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  2. The IPad is better. May Steve Job’s soul rest in perfect peace. I have never been bored since I met my Ipad, and Iphones, and Ipods nano and regular.Just get the IPad, you will not regret it. I will give you my Sony Netbook as well.


    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    • haha, Mommy, we’ve turned you into a hardcore Apple fan! I’ll reconsider the ipad. :)


      October 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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