It's now my birthday. Yay.
Birthdays in general are a fairly big deal for me; like having one's own personal holiday. I try to remember to at least drop notes to friends on their birthdays, but too often I forget, despite my calendar reminding me.
For my own birthday, I've lately fallen into an unfortunate pattern: I pick something Big and/or Fun that I plan to do for my birthday, and then when things inevitably go wrong (or it turns out I don't enjoy whatever it is), I'm even more distressed than I normally am when things don't go according to plan.
So this year I'm keeping plans to a minimum. I'm going to the DMV in the morning (some day I may finish writing up the story of last Friday, the Day Of Raised Hopes Followed By Dashed Expectations, which was also the day when I discovered my driver's license was about to expire) and get my photo taken and pass an eye exam, and then I'll work all day, and then in the evening Kam and I are having Indian food at a restaurant I know I like (Janta, in Palo Alto) and then going to soak in a hot tub.
The other thing I'm doing is making a request:
I've had a pretty glum and tense past couple of weeks. So if you happen to feel like it or think of it, I would love to get nice notes from people, either in comments or in email. It doesn't have to be anything long or original; just some nice birthday wishes to cheer me up.
By the way, for those of you who know them, today is also the birthday of David H and Jessica E. Happy birthday, David and Jessica! Even though I doubt y'all will see this.