In an effort to keep it real, I will say that my birthday was pretty blah this year. I wasn't really in a celebrating mood, being that I'm nearly 1,000 miles from friends and family. We tried to plan something with friends down here, but I decided against it when it just got to be too stressful.
I have this thing about belonging to a group, and one of the hardest things for me this year has been not belonging. Not that I don't have any friendships; I can get along with pretty much anyone. But I don't have that core group. I feel like all those groups were well established before I got here, and I just kinda tag along with whoever happens to invite me (if anyone does).
All of this is to say that my random friends weren't exactly coming together well for a birthday celebration, so I told Joel just to forget about it. Instead, we joined my coworker, Heidi, at her birthday party the same weekend, and then we celebrated mine with a nice dinner for two.
This weekend, though, my birthday came all over again when I finally received my two presents that I've been anxiously awaiting. My very loving parents gifted me with money toward a new laptop. I'm long overdue for an upgrade, but without their generous help, I don't know if I would have been able to bite the bullet and spring for a new one until the old one completely stopped working (I have a really hard time spending money on myself).
Anyway, after doing some research and asking a lot of questions, I sauntered out of the Apple Store with a brand new MacBook Air yesterday. I have to say, I'm loving it! Now, I just need to find a student to get me a free download of Microsoft Office so I can do my lesson plans.
Oh, how I love a gift that keeps on giving!