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The Sunday Post // 21st birthday, gifts & meetups

It’s the first Sunday of 2020! How are y’all doing?

I’m having the time of my life, just chilling and doing my own things. This past week has been quite eventful and I have much to tell y’all. Let’s get to it!

I turned 21!

My birthday was on 30th December, and it was quite uneventful since we were having exams. I spent most of the day studying. My college friends sent me tiny red velvet cupcakes and coffee through delivery service though, and that made my day!

FINALS ENDED

Our last exam was on 1st of January, and I am so glad it’s finally done. We all felt relieved as heck to be done after so long. Overall, the exams were quite okay. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t really good either. I’m just glad to be done with them.

BIRTHDAY GIFTS

circe by madeline miller

The first birthday gift I received was a paperback copy of Circe. My bookstagram group has a thing where we buy a book from the person’s wishlist and send it to them for their birthday. Due to good Amazon service, I received this one three days in advance, and was super happy.

As we only met on the exam day, my college friends gave me my gifts after the exam. And.. I was blown, y’all.

The first gift they got me was a TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PEN SET in pastel colours. I had casually mentioned to a friend that this is so expensive and I wish I could get it. A lot of bullet journallers on Instagram and YouTube swear by it, and I wanted to try.

And these amazing friends got it for me!

six of crows collector's edition

One of my friends found my wishlist on this blog and suggested that they get me the Six of Crows collector’s edition! That book is an ABSOLUTE BEAUTY. When they handed it to me, I had 0 thoughts. I was just looking at the book, not believing that they got it for me.

It’s so pretty, I could cry.

1st Jan was a VERY GOOD START to the year because of these gift bombs from my friends. Also 17 of my friends contributed for this and… I feel popular??? Omg?

Secret Santa gifts

I participated in two Secret Santa pools in 2019. Technically, I received half of these gifts a couple weeks back but I’m going to just talk about everything here.

The first Secret Santa pool was with my Bangalore bookstagram club. I gifted my Secret Child/Angel/whatever-you-call-it a paperback copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It’s one of the best books I read last year and I really wanted her to have it.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

I received Frankly in Love by David Yoon as my gift! Honestly, if I had to buy a book, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this one myself. I’m very frugal in buying paperback/hardback books and only buy books that I’m sure I would love. Hence, this was on my wishlist as a “maybe” buy, and I’m so happy my Santa gifted me this one.

The other Secret Santa pool was with my college friends. We’re a huge group but only 9 of us participated since everyone else was too broke for it. I gifted my Secret Child a scrapbook with 2019 memories. It was basically all the highlights of 2019 in polaroids and comments written next to them. I’m quite proud of it and he really liked it, so that was win!

Coincidentally, my Secret Child was my Secret Santa as well. We basically gifted each other lol. He got me a pop socket for my phone, which I’ve been wanting FOREVER, but never found a good inexpensive one. The pop socket says “OK, BUT FIRST COFFEE” and that’s perfect for me. The other core gift was a BTS bag-tag. Jin is my bias from BTS, and my Santa got a bag-tag of Jin’s BT21 character RJ. It’s so cute and it went on my bag immediately.

the BTS bag-tag and phone pop socket.

Other than these two, I also got a personalized poster with all the things that make up my lifeβ€”like BTS, Netflix, blog, my best friends etc. My Santa also gave me small snack items like coffee powder and biscuits.

Overall, I got a lot haha.

Hangouts with friends

Right as exams finished, I made plans with friends to go out and chill. Our exams finished on Wednesday, and I went out to a cafe on Thursday with friends. On Friday, I went to one of my best friends’ place and chilled with her there. We spoke about random things and I blogged a little. In fact, I handed her the reins to make the blog post header image for my 2019 lookback post.

There were two plans made for Saturday. My college friends had a wonderful day out planned, and my best friends wanted to have a day out as well. Since I can’t meet one of my best friends for a while as she’s going on vacation, I chose to hang out with them. We had a really good day. I wore a new outfit and felt good in it.

And that’s it for the week! I’m taking today off to blog and chill at home. Tomorrow I have plans again, and tentative plans for Tuesday are on. I’m basically filling up my days with everything I want to do before 16th because that’s when my internship starts.

Make sure to follow my Instagram and Twitter for more updates, since only a few of them make it onto the blog.

Linking this to The Sunday Post and The Sunday Salon.


How was your week? Leave links to your Sunday Post below, if you’ve posted one!

22 thoughts on “The Sunday Post // 21st birthday, gifts & meetups

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    What a fabulous and bookish birthday and holiday celebration you had! I can’t imagine how it could have been any better.

    I hope you will share some of your work with the new pens here on your blog. I’m curious about bullet journals. I love to write, and I may be the last person in America with good handwriting. A bullet journal is something I might like to do.

    Enjoy your time off. School time is a time I remember being so hectic. I hope you get a chance to read and use those beautiful gifts from all of your friends.

    Have a lovely week!

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    • Sumedha says:

      Thank you for commenting! It really was a great birthday.

      I am already using my new pens in my bullet journal, and am so excited to share the pages. If you’re interested, I do have bullet journal posts up already with my older brush pens, which are quite nice if I say so myself.

      Hope you have a great week as well!

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  2. Literary Feline says:

    Happy Birthday! I imagine you are glad to have your exams behind you for the time being. It sounds like your friends made your day special despite it being in the middle of exams.

    Oh, I love Secret Santa exchanges! It’s been awhile since I last took part in one though. Mostly because of money considerations. 😦 Perhaps one day I’ll be able to join back in.

    I hope you have a great week!

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    • Sumedha says:

      Thank you so much! They did make it special in the ways they could, and I’m so grateful for them.

      You should definitely try to join in on Secret Santa next year! The best part is finding who is who’s Santa haha.

      Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

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  3. KetCage says:

    Hey, first of all, HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!!
    It was really sweet of your friends to have cupcakes and coffee delivered to you :’)
    I’ve JUST finished Circe and it was quite a fun read. I hope you like it.

    All your gifts are really amazing and thoughtful! πŸ˜€

    Happy New Year πŸ™‚

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