Given my self-inflicted secludedness and resulting lack of watchers, I didn't expect too much in terms of presents, anyway. My good friend FullHitPoints sacrificed precious hours of sleep to quickly get a drawing of one of my biggest ships done, and while it shows that it's been rushed, not to mention the quality is limited by his skill, I still very much appreciate the gesture and am truly thankful for the pains he went through to make it. I also woke up this morning to find that I had received a year of premium membership, courtesy of... I genuinely don't know. Whoever gave it to me seems to prefer to remain anonymous. So thank you, whoever you are, for having spent your valuable money so that I could get more out of this website for the next year.
But it's not just the presents I'm happy about. I'd also like to thank everyone - friends, family (who aren't even gonna read this, but who gives a shit?), acquaintances and watchers alike - for their birthday wishes, not just here on dA, but also on Facebook or in private. I'm no Diz, so I don't really have a lengthy and heartfelt message to put in this journal, but know that each and every single one of you has brightened my day with each "Happy birthday" that I read.
Now, how did I spend my birthday, you may ask? By getting a surprise visit from my father that required me to ditch class that day so I could get ready. I hadn't showered and my room was a mess (By the time I was done vaccuuming, I took note that there was enough hair in there to make an entire wig - long hair has its drawbacks, I guess), who came with his girlfriend, her seven-year-old daughter and my baby half-sister to spend the day together at the nearby mall. There's not a whole lot we did, simply because the ladies took their sweet-ass time shopping for clothes after having changed my sister's diaper, and then we went to grab a bite to eat before going back to my place. I had asked my dad to go to the grocery store with me so we could stock up on massive amounts of bottled water, but since he came in his car, rather than his girlfriend's (the former only has 4 seats while the latter has 5), we had to leave them by themselves in my apartment - an idea which I wasn't very fond of at all, and I made sure to tell him that. Fortunately, nothing seemed to have been touched by the time I got back, and instead my bed was used to change my sister's diaper on again (at least they brought an underlay for that).
It was a long day to be sure, and the only reason it didn't get longer was because a: the grocery store would close at 9, and b: they had a 3-hour ride back home. And while they're an annoying bunch whenever they visit, I don't really want it any other way.
Now what am I gonna do with that premium membership...?