We have good friends who devote an entire week to celebrating a birthday, with events/dinners/movies/visits scheduled throughout the week. Fortunately, we've never tried that for either Leroy's birthday or for my own. It has nothing to do with age, only with how busy we are.
My friend Lance, whom I had not seen for several years, said when we met that I never do just one thing at a time. That seems like a fair characterization. I'm teaching full time, which means prep and lecturing for two classes each quarter during the academic year. I've agreed to become the academic adviser for the UW chapter of ISACA, which will be open to both undergraduates and graduate students. I'm on two Information School year-round committees and one search committee, and try to attend other events sponsored by the iSchool as well. So you could say that my plate is full.
Tomorrow is the last day of this session's watercolor class. There will be another starting late in April. For my birthday, Leroy is giving me 10 hours with a personal trainer. And in a couple of weeks, I fly to New York City to speak at a risk conference on ethical misconduct. I'll have time to visit a couple of museums and catch up with colleagues in the city.
When I look at what I've written, I realize again what a lucky woman I am. I'll be in meetings or teaching all day on Friday, my birthday, but Leroy and I will be listening to Bach at Benaroya Hall the following evening. Life is good. We live like kings.