The Birthday Six.
1. This morning, as I drove into work, my phone rang and the voice of my 5 year old niece-to-be sang "Happy Birthday" to me. My father's phone call gave me a rendition not unlike Marilyn Monroe, which made me burst into a fit of giggles. If you haven't guessed, today is my birthday. I am 29 years old. I'm engaged to be married, working in a job that I love, and a proud part of a wonderful family. It's nice to take a moment and realize how much life has to offer. And how much it's already offered.
2. In that vein, Chris and I are off to Philadelphia this weekend to explore. Yes, we will be running the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and taking Rocky-style photos. We'll check out the ol' Liberty Bell. We're also interested in dining out downtown - any recommendations for a good, birthday-worthy restaurant?
3. Also, wedding plans are rolling along quite nicely these days. We almost have our invitations ready to be printed and we're working on compiling the address list as we speak. The wedding shower date has been set (but I know no other details - sneaky bridesmaids!) and my next dress fitting is on February 24th. I need to find some comfortable shoes to wear on my wedding day - something with about a two-inch heel and comfortable enough to party in. What kind of shoes did you ladies wear on your wedding day?
4. In non-birthday news, I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Bertalan Meskó of Science Roll, a future clinical geneticist from Hungary who plans to specialize in personalized genomics. He's a Web 2.0 pioneer, a blogging phenomenon, and significantly taller than me. Aside from all his professional accolades, Berci has been a personal online acquaintance for over a year and it was great to finally meet him in person. We talked about Web 2.0, the effects of patient blogging on the medical community, and had some drinks at The Playwright in New Haven. It's strange how blogging provides such comfortable common ground. The far-reaching effects of blogging still amaze me.
5. This StrongBad email has had Chris and I laughing like idiots for several days now. We try and recreate the techno song while we drive to the gym. How could you not? It's catchy!
The 6. And lastly, my trial of the Medtronic MiniLink CGM has come to a close. I'll have a full wrap-up on Monday, but I really appreciate all of the feedback I've received from you guys in the blogosphere. Having all of your perspectives, and developing my own, has made exploring this option easier.
Have a great weekend, everyone. I'm off to celebrate! :)