My birthday in a nutshell:
12:00am – A hotel room somewhere in New Jersey — relatively close to my brother’s place. We had just returned from Passover Seder #2. Exhausted after a full day. Kid is already asleep in the rollaway bed next to ours. I get a “Happy birthday, honey!” from socKs. And a kiss. I, however, am obsessed with Facebook — wondering why the hell they have birthday reminders about everyone else’s birthdays on my page — but not mine. I eventually head to bed as it’s hard to keep my eyes open.
7:30am – I wake up. I get a happy birthday hug from the kid — very excited about the whole birthday thing. We pack up after enjoying a wonderful birthday brunch of matzah and fruit. I sneak in a bit more time on the computer to see what random birthday messages I had received. I used to get a yearly unsolicited message from the Klingon Language Institute wishing me a Gnrok K’atlanta do’Fuk’urm Om! Or whatever “Happy birthday” is in Klingon. Nowadays it’s just lots of Facebook folks.
9:00am – I am greeted by my Dad and his girlfriend. Another round of happy birthday wishes. We’re driving them to my brother’s place — they’ll be spending more time there and then heading back home. We drive. In New York area rush-hour traffic. But it’s not too bad.
9:30am – We hit the New Jersey Turnpike and head back to Virginia. And we fill up with a tank of $3.17 gas. I’m sure we won’t see that price again in a long time…
1:30pm – Home! A little bit of unpacking. Av and I log time on the computer playing the Cars “Mater-National” video game for a bit.
2:45pm – Av and socKs head to the store; I head to a special appointment to get a birthday present for myself.
6:30pm – I’m presented with a kosher-for-passover brownie ice cream cake made by socKs. Amazing. And friggin huge. This will be dessert for the entire week.
7:30pm – Rack my brain to find an excuse to morph a picture of Iggy Pop into a picture of Tony Danza and actually blog it.
8:30pm- Watched an incredibly funny episode of “How I Met Your Mother.”
11:30pm – open my birthday present which I got earlier in the day.
I spent the whole day with my immediate family. Didn’t go to work. Got to wear shorts for most of the day. Spent a good amount of time driving through a relatively traffic-free I-95. Oh — and an obscene amount of ice cream cake.
I suppose it was a good day…
(Birthday cake pictures coming soon…)