I love my family.

My day off today was awesome, as I got to spend lots of time with my family. Aunt Madonna, Uncle John and my cousin Rebecca were in town to do some shopping. I didn't have any desire to shop, so I kind of just followed Aunt Madonna and Rebecca around the mall and Wal-Mart. They gave me $30 as a belated birthday gift, as this was the first time I've seen them in months, but I didn't see anything I wanted to pick up. There are a few things I wouldn't mind having, like a new wallet, sandels or sunglasses, but there's nothing I really need.

As much as I hate the mall, I love spending time with my family. I haven't spoken with Rebecca much lately, and we used to talk all the time. I'm horrible for keeping in touch with people, and I feel especially bad when it's family. Today was good though. I've been conscious of my bad habit of disconnecting from people, so I'm making the effort to change it. For instance, I call my Aunt Madonna every couple weeks or so. Besides simply keeping in touch with her, I've been able to go to her for advice and empathy. That's something I never really did in the past, and this developed from the awesome counselling sessions I've had recently. I think that keeping in touch with each other on the phone meant that today we had more meaningful things to talk about. We didn't have to play catch up, because we knew what was going on in each other's lives.

Aunt Madonna turns 50 very soon, and she's having a Hawaiian themed party to celebrate. I can't wait, partly because we get to wear costumes. She wants everybody to wear the whole outfit, grass skirts and coconut bras. With everything going on in my life lately, I almost forgot that I had a costume party coming up. Making the grass skirt should be no problem, but I want a coconut bra and big flowers for my hair too. I'll probably be the only tattooed hula girl there. Maybe I'll put tassels on the bra, just to shake things up a bit. Grass tassels? Heh, say that three times fast.

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