This lady is 42 years old. My birthday was yesterday, conveniently falling on a national holiday this year. I convinced a few students that I had arranged for everyone to have the day off because it was my birthday. Don't worry, I set them straight. I had a wonderful birthday weekend. Glenn took me out to one of my favorite restaurants, Bistro L'Hermitage on Saturday night. Going there makes an occasion special. It's a grown up, dress up, wine & dine experience. It was such a treat.
Sunday afternoon, I made Julia Child's Boeuf Bourginon. It's truly a labor of love -- 4 hours to make one of the most delicious dishes that I've ever had. A once a year treat.
On Monday, Glenn and Hope gave me presents and took me to Fredericksburg for lunch and browsing.
We went to an italian place and then looked through antique shops and Riverby Books, a funky little used bookstore. Then, it was home for more boeuf & cake.
I know that there are some people who don't like birthdays. Who don't like the idea of growing older. I love birthdays. I love the chance to get older. To get the opportunity to spend more minutes, days, years with Glenn and Hope. There were some years that I went through some bad stuff. Times when I got up and looked around and thought "Wow, if I got through that, I must be here for a reason". I still don't know what the reason is, but I sure am glad that I keep getting the chance to figure it out.