Today is my birthday. I'm one of those who doesn't have a problem revealing my age - but then again, I only turned 31 today. Can you imagine - I'm still the youngest person working in my particular department at work. Seriously, if you're crazy enough to go back to school and get a master's degree, being a librarian is where it's at right now. My employer saw record highs in retirements this last year, and I think they're in for another wave in a couple more years.
My birthday usually causes reflection and it usually revolves around my career. I've been working professionally since I finished my degree at 23. 23! I swear I don't remember being that young. Was I ever that young?
But enough of being maudlin. Let's talk gifts! The Boyfriend, as long time readers of this blog already know, is an excellent gift giver. I suspect it's because he was outnumbered by women as a child. For the most part, he knows how we think. Except when we're being irrational - but hell even we don't understand our own behavior then.
This year's birthday present was a trip to the local day spa. (I'm dreaming about the oil wrap and massage already) He also got me a Detroit Tigers visor. Bless his heart.
Last night was dinner at The Cheesecake Factory where I discovered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cheesecake. Oh. My. God. If I had discovered this stuff in college I think I could have avoided some bad relationships. I'd also now weigh 600 pounds - but you take the good with the bad. Seriously, I think this stuff might be illegal in Utah. And in case my sisters are reading this - Oh. My. God. It's expensive as hell but you can order their cheesecakes online!
But finally, this is not just my birthday. It's also my niece's adoption day. Four years ago I was housesitting, anticipating RWA in Denver, while my sister and brother-in-law were bonding with a screaming 8 month old in China. It took some time, but really the tyke settled right in once they got her back to the states. So I leave you with my adorable niece as she looked four years ago.