Not 45 like my 7 year old student thought. (Ouch!)
Not 16 like Meg thought. (Thanks honey, but it only seems really old when you're 5...)
I had quite a nice birthday. I worked in the morning but if you have to work then a fun cooking class is the way to go and I made the most amazingly yummy tandoori chicken with a simple salsa style salad and a rice salad on the side. Yummy. And my boss gave me a beautiful flower arrangement and a huge tira misu cake, to boot. If you have to work on your birthday not too shoddy, hey?
Came home and K had installed a screen door and was making measurements for two more. I know that is up there with the least exciting gift idea ever but it was perfect for me and I am so excited I had the doors open at 11pm last night. See, we get a beautiful cool change each summer night but opening the house to enjoy it means welcoming in creepy crawly critters by the dozen. No thank you. But now? No problem!
Pottered around picking blueberries and tomatoes and trying to use my mental powers to encourage the chooks to get out and explore their new cage. See, everyday four of them come out and have a grand time pecking and scratching and one stays in the old cage looking mournfully left out. And every day the mournful one who has forgotten how to get between the cages (walk up a ramp) is a different chook. It's driving me crazy!!
Spent the evening receiving birthday wishes and love on skype, mail, facebook and phone and feeling all loved and special and all. Ohhhhh....
K asked me what my goals are for the year. Hmmmm.... Really quite happy with the status quo at the moment but, for posterity's sake:
- Achieve work/ life/ family balance (ha ha ha!)
- Sell secret to work/ life/ balance and retire. Thus no longer needing said secret.
- Get back to studying Japanese. Haven't done any formal study for ohhhh... how old's Meg? Six years?
- Enjoy each day. Keep my worrying over the past and fretting over the future in check and just enjoy the little things that make up daily life.