Another Year Down the Drain...

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Before you ask, no - no one made that picture for me, I just happened to find it somewhere on the internet while searching for "number 36" in Google.

So yesterday was my birthday - I'll let you guess how old I am - and it was a pretty good birthday. I was actually feeling quite down on March 31, but Amy and my friends took good care of me on the 'ole Fools Day - by the end of the day, I felt quite good... So good, in fact, that it carried on into today.

I woke-up with the intention to go running on the treadmill, but for some reason, I only slept about 2 hours the night before, most of which came between 5:00am and 7:00am, so I didn't really start my birthday off on the "right foot." It was more like "with your head on the pillow."

I got into my car at around 7:30 and was surprised by a card from Amy. It was pretty much the funniest card I've ever seen - it had a goldfish, diarrhea, and a punch line about "going with the flow." Classic Amy material, and a good pick-me-up. The card even featured one of her signature Cat drawings, and I laugh every time I look at it. It's pretty much the cutest Cat drawing ever.

Arrived at work, and was surprised by another card from some folks in my department - a super nice and unexpected gesture. Then I found out that another department was having a "food day" for my birthday, so I went and got some of Heather's infamous breakfast casserole, along with some cinnamon roles and some OJ. So much for the diet...

Then I found out that another friend, April, subscribed me to the "beer of the month club," and that was a TOTAL shocker. I never would've imagined someone would get that for me, but I'm pretty excited about it. She chose a bunch of national and international microbreweries, so it'll be fun to see what arrives at the 'ole homestead each month. Great gift idea - something I've never had, nor would I have dreamed of.

My department then grabbed me and said that they had also planned a food day for me, so I had to go check out their goodies. There were doughnuts, cake, shortcake, salads, casseroles, fruit trays, and these amazing "stuffed strawberries." I can't describe them, but they were unbelievably delicious. Really unusual, but super tasty. Thanks to everyone for the great food - it was all so good.

Then my friend "T-Bone" (Tonia) pulled me into her office and said, "I didn't know what to get you, because you're pretty much a perfectionist and you research everything and only buy the best stuff out there, so I hope you don't already have these." And she handed me a box that said Rudy Project on it.

I opened it up, and there was a hard plastic case, and inside of that were some pretty radical looking sunglasses. Her husband is an optometrist and she explained how the Rudy Project glasses were the best out there - best optics, lightest weight, best features, and so on. She said that all of the bike racers and triathlon athletes rave about them, and she hoped I'd like them. I tried them on, and they were amazing. I couldn't believe the gift - it was so amazing and unbelievable.

People had managed to shock and surprise me about 100 times, and it was barely 10:00am. Just after I recovered from all of the surprises, it dawned on me that I'll have to try and think of good gifts for their birthdays, so I guess I've got my work cut out.

I didn't go to lunch, primarily because I was so full from all of the breakfast goodies, but I did later meet about 15 of my coworkers, friends, and Amy at the local Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. We stayed until around 10:00pm, then headed home.

The "icing" on the proverbial cake included: a hilarious birthday song from my friend Dan which I didn't hear until 10:30 or so last night, and getting an e-mail from my old friend John, who now lives in Australia (and used to work for Bentley Motor Cars).

All in all, it was a spectacular birthday, and it wouldn't have been possible without everyone who managed to surprise me and brighten my day. Thanks to everyone for the cards, phone calls, gifts, surprises, and $$. Thanks to my parents, grandparents, "Mommy & Mike," Amy, Kelly, and everyone at work - you are all so awesome. Thank you!!! Thanks so much for the great birthday!!!!

In other news - a quick update on Big Boy: he seems to be doing better. We've changed his food to an all natural, grain-free food called Taste of the Wild, and we think it might be helping him. Amy is also giving him a variety of pills from the vet each day. Hopefully he'll put on a few pounds and will regain a little strength.

It's sort of funny how he scares us to death and then rebounds... I think he might like the attention or something... :-) We all know that Regis loves going to the vet; I wonder if Regis let Big in on the secret?

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