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Today Is Your Birthday: It’s My Birthday Too

January 11, 2016

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T.S. Eliot:
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

Today’s dawn: do you see the heart? (photographed by my husband).

Today’s sunset:

This birthday didn’t go as planned. First, I broke my wrist at Mammoth over Thanksgiving which meant I couldn’t ski for my birthday so we cancelled that trip. Then my husband got sick so we couldn’t go to Sycamore Hot Springs for the weekend.

The year was a bit mixed up as well: I tripped over sand bags just before last year’s birthday which made skiing last year challenging but it made my PCT hiking goals impossible.  I had some other upsets as well– and other pleasures including going to Burning Man for the sixteenth time.

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And I did have a good day today: the winter clouds offered a dramatic sunrise and sunset. I went to yoga with Tal Messica (check out this restorative pose he put me in back when I had on my cast! I did something similar today too.)

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followed by chai and fresh banana bread from The Farmer and the Cook. I worked on the spring semester’s syllabus, and then enjoyed oysters from Jolly Oyster paired with an intense 2011 Puerta del Mar chardonnay from Ojai Vineyard.

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We went to dinner at Cafe Zack where owner Hector Gomez suggested a really fabulous 2010 pinot noir from Thorne Wine to pair with my duck breast. Lovely floral and red fruit harmonized gently in the nose and on the palate offered a nice medium body wine that offered rich character and a plush substance. It retails for $36 and at the restaurant it had a very reasonable markup to $48.

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Yvon and Malinda Chouinard of Patagonia were also at Cafe Zack but I’m not sure if they sang happy birthday to me or not. The evening ended with a massage from Cheryl Golden Bear.

Because of my broken arm, I didn’t get as much blogging done as I might have in 2015, and I didn’t complete my 53 interesting facts yet, but over all, I’m pleased.

According to WordPress:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

There were 508 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 241 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was August 24th with 1,063 views. The most popular post that day was #CRUDEAWAKENING.

In 2015, there were 152 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,711 posts.

LONGEST STREAK: 26 days

2 March – 27 March

BEST DAY: Monday

with 30 posts total

Here’s two more interesting birthday facts:

I share my birthday with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress. Here’s his birthday blog post, Thirty-Two.

Today is also Larry Harvey’s birthday — he founded Burning Man.

1/11. An auspicious day!

 

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