Really? Thirty-two? Wait, let me check... Yup, 32. Not that it just sneaked up on me. It's just that I really do not count birthday candles and I have to do a mental calculation almost every time I get asked about my age. With JC asking me on the weeks leading up to my birthday what I wanted as a gift, how could I not think about this day? So I got to spend the weekend with my dad, who flew in early Saturday morning and flew out to New York on Sunday afternoon, and JC, who drove in from DC (via Atlantic City) last Friday. We had dinner at Harvest on Saturday evening--that restaurant just became one of my favorites--and, just JC and me, at Sandrine's on Sunday. Both times my dessert got served with a birthday candle on them, thanks to JC who subtly excused himself from the table just before coffee was served.
Whoopee for having two papers due on my birthday. Tonight the Filipinos and Fil-Ams (and friends) at the Kennedy School are having a Filipino potluck at MV's house in Somerville. I volunteered to bring ginatan with bilo-bilo and pinaputok na bangus, two things I've been craving for the past few weeks. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea to prepare two dishes on such a busy day but at least JC is around to help. Anyway, I'm looking forward to it since it's a great way to end this semester, and it's a good way to say good-bye to these people. I'll be the only Filipino left from this group since all of them are graduating this year. (I do not know how many, or if there any, coming in next year.)
Just like RP, who turned 31 last Thursday (Go Taureans!), I'm going to list some people who share my birthday... Burt Bacharach, George Carlin, Gabriel Byrne, Emilio Estevez, Vanessa Williams, Tony Hawk, Kim Fields, Samantha Mathis, Mackenzie Astin, Jason Biggs... Hmmm, such a mixed bag. Anyway, I need to continue working on my papers.