This is one of those typical updates one makes on a birthday.
1. Thank you everyone who has celebrated with me thus far. Those of you that came to Block 15 last night, and those of you that ventured to PDX, thank you. You’ve filled my weekend with laughter (and good food)!
2. Thank you everyone for the various texts, FB messages and posts, and phone calls. (Also, thank you for the random cards and gifts that have shown up.) Those messages always make my day. (Fun fact: My FB inbox is still full of “Happy birthday!” messages from back before “The Wall” was a thing.)
3. Thank you, self, for having the foresight to book a hotel room in a great city. You know me too well. The nap I just took might have been the best present to myself. (I took a nap yesterday, too. Brilliant. Old age is treating me well.)
Anyway, today marks year 26 of my presence on Earth. I do have to say that year 25 was very difficult, and I am thankful to have made it through with the love and support of family and friends. I am thankful for the ups and the downs and the lessons learned. It’s not always easy, this thing we call growing up.
Oh, and for all you haters that think 26 is a boring year because “nothing good happens”: pffffffft. I started out the day with Stumptown coffee (brewed at home!) and breakfast at the Screen Door in Portland.
Also, also: the Purdue OWL is now more than my APA crutch. I just used it to double-check punctuation rules when using quotation marks. I’ve been second-guessing myself a lot, mostly with the use of question marks–which the answer is, “It depends.”
Alright, back to Birthday Town. Yippee!!
PS – Don’t let me forget to buy a cupcake at some point this weekend.