[Actually pack clothes for cold weather.]
Thank you to all of those who wished me a happy birthday, since I know many of you read this blog I thought I would just use another platform in addition to text and facebook to express my gratitude. My birthday (March 23) fell on a Wednesday this year which made it just about the lamest day of the week, and I did almost nothing outside of routine on my birthday except get some phone calls at night from those wishing happy birthday (It HAS to be a special day when my uncles call me from overseas!). I wasn’t sure if I was suppose to “advertise” that it was my birthday at work, so I just kept it kind of quiet and work went on as usual. The weekend was much better as I got to spend some time in Austin and hangout with my friends and girlfriend. I went to Holi (an Indian festival where you throw a bunch of colored starch powder on each other) while in Austin as well, but I don’t have any pictures of myself completely covered in powder – at least I kind of fit in more with all of the neon round-up kids in west campus afterwards. I suppose my only excess of the week was going to a nice birthday dinner at FINO with my girlfriend which ended up being >$100 for two people. Yikes!
A lot of people asked me what I wanted for my birthday, but I really couldn’t think of anything that I wanted. I ended up telling my parents that the gift I wanted from them was for them to exercise more and eat healthier, and I told my Uncle I wanted him to buy an awesome stroller for his soon to be born son. It’s come to a point where the best gift that anyone can really give me is their kindness and support – and to stay healthy and happy since it’s no fun when people are sick. Whereas before I could quickly pick and receive things that I wanted but really didn’t need, now my desires are a lot more mature and I am more and more skeptical about buying a lot of material things. Getting some gifts is fine, but I still realize that I am very lucky to be living this life. As is often said, the only things that are needed to live a good life are someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. I have all of these things and so much more, anything else is just the cherry on top.