I want to say thank you so much to everyone who took time out of their day to send me their fabulous birthday wishes. All I really wanted today was to hear from all of you and I got my wish :) I am so lucky to be surrounded by a loving and supportive group of friends and family - I really couldn't ask for more.
Not only did I get lovely messages, but a gorgeous package came to me while at work today. I am not big on extra birthday attention caused by such gift items, but it was extra special in that it came all the way from the other (under) side of the world - Australia! Well, the chocolate covered strawberries came fresh from DC, but the love came a far distance and it definitely made my smile. Thanks Spring! And, you couldn't help but notice the pretty balloon sticking up from my cubicle, so I didn't even have to tell anyone that 26 years ago I was born today ;)
For the occasion, a few office mates haphazardly organized a potluck. Since no one confirmed that we were actually having the lunch I didn't make my apple cake. And yes, I am more than happy to make cake on my birthday. I always find reasons to make apple cake. But I didn't want to bring it and make everyone else feel guilty for not bringing lunch, so only one person brought food, and his contribution was the rice. Several of us had a 'potluck' around my desk which consisted of... indian basmati rice with peas (brought in this morning, cold), mixed with my standby lunch can of black bean vegetable soup (again, cold) and/or Franks red hot sauce. Nothing fancy, but very cute and more I could ask for in the company alone.
This weekend I got to spend some time with both my brother and sister, which was really nice. I love coming back to western PA in the fall. The leaves have almost all fallen off the trees but they still have color; in DC they've hardly changed. Despite the score, Shell and I (and friends) had a great time at the Steelers game on Sunday, with the pictures to prove it.
All this traveling has me exhausted, so I'm looking forward to spending some time here in DC to recharge. Does anyone have a good halloween costume idea? I was thinking about being '"Josephine" the Plumber (haha) but I think I want to go with something a little... prettier...?