yesterday was my birthday. i’ve learned to just relax about it, let the day happen and then it’s over. i made a dress in the morning, did the shopping with my daughter, bought the best spicy italian sausage at scalise, and made a sloppy looking cake. then we drove up to a nearby lake where my son was finishing day camp and bbq’d with some other families that stayed on. the lake is beautiful and serene – the whole campground smells like redwood trees and lavender, the heat keeping everything balmy and soft. came home just utterly filthy but happy.