Yesterday was my birthday, and given the circumstances (Taz stuck in India, everyone back at work after Thanksgiving, family living far away) I expected it to be a very quiet, almost ho-hum day. And I was totally fine with that. But the people who love me would have none of that maybe-no-one-will-notice-i'm-getting-older attitude.
First, on Sunday evening, Taz called me, saying "It's already your birthday where I am!" My parents had sent me a package, which I was saving to open on Monday, but Taz and I decided to have a mini birthday party for me over the phone, so I unwrapped the gifts from my parents while describing them to Taz. All the gifts were wonderful, but the one that made me burst into tears was this wonderful movie, which I have loved for years.
The next morning (when it was actually my birthday here), almost as soon as I arrived at work, I got a surprise phone call from my brother in Japan. And a little after that, this arrived at my desk:
I am so loved!
My parents felt bad that Taz couldn't be with me for my birthday, so they sent this gorgeous bunch of flowers to help. That evening when I got home, there was another huge floral arrangement (of a dozen red roses) waiting outside the front door, sent by Taz:
They really make me feel more like he's here with me.
All in all, it turned out to be a very flowery and surprise-filled birthday. Taz's aunt and cousin even called to wish me the best! I don't feel any older, but I have definitely been reminded that a lot of people care about me. I am still glowing today from all the love.
Finally, on a non-birthday note, I can't help but share some cuddly cat pics with you. Ben and Ivy spend most of their time when I'm around wrestling with each other, or at least randomly smacking each other on the head. But having so much time at home this weekend allowed me to catch them as I always hoped they really are together:
Actually relaxing on the same piece of furniture!
Right after I took this, Ivy even started licking Ben's ear!
"Wake up, Ivy! She caught us! Quick, bite my leg!"
Here's to love, flowers, surprises, and secret cat love!