Thanks for all the b-day greetings!
I dreaded having to spend my birthday among the teeming masses at the mid-term conference, but it wound up being a surprisingly lovely day. It helps that we're staying at a swanky little guesthouse away from the crowds. The day's sessions were about gardening, so I got to dig and hang out under a shady tree. Friends took us out for all-you-can-eat Indian, and I glommed on to another friend's birthday carrot cake, inscribed in blue icing: "Happy Berefday!"