Sunday, August 16, 2015
On this, the day after my birthday...
At this point, I'm willing to embrace the symbolism that August 15th embodies for me. It is, in fact, the day I celebrate my birthday, and a bunch of people took a bit of time out of their other activities to wish me good will. It meant a lot to me. I'm very thankful that I've got a circle of virtual friends that I get to talk to, regardless of location, at least a couple of times a year. Technology is a wonderful thing!
And it truly was a wonderful day. My wife made me nutella pancakes for breakfast, and followed that up with homemade lemon bars for dessert after a dinner of poached salmon, sticky rice and arugula salad with balsamic dressing. She also got me 19 books for my birthday -- every book on my kindle wish list cleared out all at once. Combine that with a visit from Tanya and Marco (along with another book and some highly-sought-after Miyazaki blu-rays), texts from the boys (received at almost the same instant, probably prompted by their mother ;) ) and other friends, a phone call from my mom, and my sister posting half a dozen funny greeting-style cards on Facebook talking about how awesome a brother I am, and I'm left with a lasting sense of well-being.
I can't recall having birthday warm-n-fuzzy hangover before, but I've got it now.
One other thing I like to do at this time of year is introspect and project. I take a look back on what I've done the past year and see what general things I'd like to do this year. I haven't done the latter yet, but the former is quite a bucket list. A lot of it has already been covered in this blog via other posts, so I won't regurgitate it here. Suffice to say that this year has been one filled with wonder, activity, joy, laughter, and colored by only a little sadness. I've learned a lot about who I am and experienced things I hadn't expected. It's been a fantastic year!
So... thank you: to all of you with whom I have the privilege of sharing a ride on this planet-styled spaceship. Special thanks to those of you that put up with my regular interactions. Super special thanks to those of you that interact back in such a way that the edges of my mouth crease up. I appreciate the effort. I hope that you get some giggles in return.
Also, in case you didn't realize: Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck have this same anniversary at the same time every year. Ben and I are actually exactly the same age. It's entirely possible that he and I are twins, separated at birth by the government/aliens to ensure that we don't dominate mankind with our collective charisma. As I said, pics or it didn't happen (or did, in this case)...