I turned 33 a few days ago. I would have commented then, but I was rather busy as the girlfriend was up visiting and it was her last full day in town. I took the day off work, slept in, had toutons for lunch, turkey for dinner, and—of course—cake.
(It should be noted that was the third cake in some way related to my birthday, as I had a gathering the weekend before my birthday which featured a cake and there was also a potluck with cake for dessert. And cookies. Let’s just say I ate well.)
Along with the food, I got presents on my birthday! And getting presents is pretty awesome. I got a new compact digital camera (the Canon PowerShot ELPH 100HS) to replace the one I’ve been using since 2006 and that had been getting sluggish. One of these days I’ll get myself a nice DSLR, but that will only happen once I have the time to learn how to use it.
I also got a carry-on travel bag (which was sorely needed) and a number of books. The highlight was the signed, personalized copy of John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation—I enjoy me some signed books, and he’s one of my favourite authors.
So, all in all, a good day. The week preceding it was also most excellent, what with the girlfriend visiting and all. Apart from the aforementioned party and potluck, we also stuffed ourselves to the gills at Raymonds (which was excellent), baked some cookies, went to a movie, and generally hung out.
I am a little disappointed that my PhD wasn’t finished while I was 32 (it’s such a nice number for computer engineers!), but 33 is already shaping up to be a good year. Now that I have a steady income, I’ll be able to visit the girlfriend more, and I don’t have to worry about how to pay the bills. This means I’m free to concentrate on actually finishing that PhD and getting it out of my life.
Now that my life must necessarily be more structured, let’s hope that it translates into getting things done on all fronts.