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Note to Self #15:

[Actually pack clothes for cold weather.]

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March 29, 2011 | | By Felicia | Comments Off

thanks for the birthday wishes!

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!

chorizo stuffed medjool dates with sherry cream.

chorizo stuffed medjool dates with sherry cream.

strawberry gazpacho

strawberry gazpacho

seafood paella

seafood paella

valrhona chocolate truffle tart with spiced hazelnuts

valrhona chocolate truffle tart with spiced hazelnuts

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.

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March 29, 2011 | | By Bill | 2 Comments

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