The birthday was wonderful. There were margaritas and The Oldest-and-Best brought me earrings and her pretty face and there was flourless chocolate cake. And these headbands. Which are luminous. Then last night there was the going away party for my parents and sisters and brother who are going to Mississippi tomorrow leaving me and my dog and my cat and my CSA in this big house alone. I am going to volunteer at the barn with the horses and apply for jobs in earnest. Le Sigh.