Grant's 30th Birthday Surprises!

This past week has been a little crazy for me. I had decided to plan some surprises for Grant for his 30th birthday since I would be missing his actual birthday. I'm bad at keeping secrets about good surprises just cause I'm so excited to share when we're going to go do something fun. I can't believe all my surprises were a success and he had no clue about any of them! 

The first surprise was going to see Book of Mormon last Wednesday. I grabbed tickets on Goldstar and picked them up before dinner. We went to dinner and grabbed drinks and started to walk home. Our walk home happens to past the Orpheum where Book of Mormon was playing, so I told Grant we should go check if there were any tickets. He thought I was being ridiculous and was a little upset of why I think there would be any tickets left. As I approached the door, I turned around and showed him the tickets that I had already bought! 

We laughed so much, it was such an awesome musical. It made me want to go to the theater more often. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! It's showing in San Francisco until the end of June. 

My second surprise was on Sunday. We went to a Real Escape Room with me and 9 of his friends in Japantown. I told Grant we were going to watch a movie at the Kabuki and to meet me at New People first. He was really confused why I was hanging out there but obliged and surprised by his friends and then told we were going to escape a room! Everyone had a blast at Real Escape Room Time Travel Lab. If you get a chance to do this particular one, I would highly recommend it as well. I tried one in Los Angeles, and although I had fun at that one, I thought this one was even more fun and not just because we were able to escape the room! There's so much going on but I think communication and collaboration among your friends is key and also making sure you knew everyone in the room helped. We were able to do a good job at coordinating and it was so thrilling to solve the puzzles especially as the time counted down. You never know how many more puzzles you would have to solve to get to the key and that was both exciting and terribly nerve-wracking. I was in a high for a few hours after and a little in shock that we were able to escape. We were the 66th team to escape out of 1346 teams with only 2 minutes to spare. 

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After the Real Escape Room we walked over to YakiniQ for some all you can eat Korean BBQ. We were joined by more of Grant's friends. YakiniQ was delicious and great for a group setting. We had 19 people in our group and didn't have a problem getting a reservation. They even let me drop off the cake earlier that day. They are busy though, so make sure to get a reservation and know your confirmed headcount. The host was very strict about that and would not start serving food until everyone was there. All the food was tasty. My favorites were the spicy pork belly, bulgogi, and gal-bi. Here's the crew:

I didn't do a great job of documenting the event, but wanted to capture something! 

As the restaurant started to close I brought out a cake that I got custom made by Cake Coquette based on the board game he just finished making this year with his friend Jason called God Hates Charades. I also got a big birthday cake candle/sparkler from Amazon that was awesome. I think the restaurant was a little terrified, but it all worked out fine. We didn't set anything on fire and there was so much smoke from the bbq already that a little smoke from this candle was a-ok. 

We then headed to Mogura, a hidden karaoke bar, across the street, which was the perfect way to end the awesome night! I was so happy that all the surprises worked out. Happy Early Birthday Grant! Love ya!

(Early) Birthday Weekend

Today is my birthday, and I can't believe another year has gone by! 27 was an interesting year of figuring out what I should do with my life. Unfortunately, I don't have a good answer yet. I just know I want to make things, whether it's an app, greeting cards, or necklaces, I want to keep creating. That's all I know for now. Stay tuned!

I got to celebrate my birthday last weekend I had an action-packed weekend with my brothers and friends. My oldest brother, Jeffrey, flew up from Santa Monica to do the Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race. On Saturday, we drove down to the Santa Clara Fairgrounds early in the morning to the ROC Race. I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. I knew there would be some inflatable obstacles which looked like a lot of fun.

There were 12 obstacle courses total. The last 4 obstacles were my favorite. The last 4 involved going done a slide with an inner tube, a foamy slip and slide, walking across an inflatable log, and then sliding down the world's largest inflatable slide. I wished that we were allowed to try each obstacle more than once. It was lots of fun, and I would do it again. 

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I'm so grateful to have such ridiculous people to do ridiculous obstacle courses with.

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The rest of the day I spent running errands to prepare for my birthday party the next day. I wanted Jeffrey to be at my birthday party so I figured I would throw my birthday party a week early. I enjoy planning parties. Last year I did a garden party for my birthday. This year I decided to throw a snow cone party at Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers! 

I rented a snow cone machine from SF Party. I decided that I wanted to make my own fresh syrups. So I made a variety of syrups that included: watermelon mint lime, pineapple coconut, raspberry, blackberry, rose water, Pimm's cup, ginger, and lavender. I also had coconut milk and condensed milk to top things off.

The syrups were simple to make. I just blended up fresh fruit, added some sugar and boiled it in a pot. I was really happy with how everything turned out. My favorite combination was the rose water with coconut milk and some condensed milk. It was fun to mix and match the syrups and everyone could come up with their own creations.

I kept the party decorations simple. I made a snow cone garland using this tutorial. I had an inflatable T-Rex, just cause I had one lying around our apartment and thought that it would be fun. I tried to match what decorations I had to my dress, mainly just the garland and the paper straws. I didn't know what snow cone cups to buy, and the ones I got were a lot smaller than I anticipated. They worked out though. I think that was good for trying different flavor combinations. 

I was so happy that my friends and family could come out and celebrate life with me on a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco. Thanks for those that came out to celebrate. Hope everyone had fun!

I ended the day with a delicious birthday dinner with my brothers and Grant at Suppenkuche. Our fun festivities were not quite over though. We still had a Jason Mraz concert to attend the next day! My brothers and I love Jason Mraz, so I bought tickets for us to go see him in concert with Raining Jane at Davies Symphony. Here are some sibling selfies before the show. I love my brothers.

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Jason Mraz and the gang put on an amazing performance. I love seeing Jason Mraz live, and I think this has been my favorite concert of his so far. 

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Also, if you haven't been to Davies Symphony Hall, you should definitely go! It's such a beautiful venue and there's a great view of City Hall. 

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I had so much fun with brothers and friends. I'm so grateful to have them all of them in my life. I love you guys, and can't wait to see what 28 holds. XOXO