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Turning 50 is weird. I don't FEEL like I'm fifty. I feel more like 35. 37, maybe. Max. Maybe younger, some days.

On Monday, my boss sent me an email informing me that she had scheduled me for 1 hour today to train our newest team member, who started last week. "Can you please go over guidelines, logo, brand, templates, etc.?" she asked. I replied in the affirmative, no problem, since this kind of training is part of what I do.

But jetlag the last couple of days has been kicking my butt, so I was really tired at lunchtime today. "Ugh..." I groaned. "I don't want to do training this afternoon," I said to my officemates. "Training is fun!" chirped Helena. "If I wasn't a zombie brain," I grumbled. Training IS fun, normally, but it also requires forethought, can-do enthusiasm and general on-the-ballness, all of which have been at lower than usual levels the past couple of days.

I met Erik outside the conference room and we waited a minute for the people using it to finish up so we could get in and start. I logged in, and started opening up presentations and websites and server windows, while starting to fish for what areas had already been covered for him so I didn't inadvertently repeat anything he'd already learned. Suddenly, voices started singing in the hallway and the door opened and my team mates started pouring into the room. "What? Oh. OHHH NOOO." I said. They were singing Happy Birthday to ME.

Totally surprised!! I had no idea. I mean, I figured there would be SOME sort of acknowledgment at some point since Axis makes a big deal out of big birthdays but I wasn't expecting it yet. I had thought maybe Friday, but Pia totally snuck one by me. Flowers and a huge card signed by all my co-workers "Dear Liz, Happy Birthday! I'll always be younger than you" read one greeting. :D

And lovely presents, to boot! A Pandora bracelet with 4 pretty beads (including a cupcake, a hugging family, and a passport), and a KINDLE! The Kindle is actually arriving tomorrow because it's being hand-carried from the UK by another colleague. I would probably never have bought a Kindle for myself, and I read a LOT, so I will be sure to make good use of it, even though I doubt I will ever give up paper books completely. Mmmmm books!

Then we had cake, three kinds, and then I went back to my desk and perused the Pandora catalog that had been in the bag with the bracelet. Then I went and had my hair done in Malmö. So much for getting anything else done at work!

I hope the jetlag is almost over though. I have three busy days ahead (book group! Wonders! More birthday goodness!) and I'm tired of that achey around the eyes feeling.
 happy
mood: happy
music: Jenny Lewis—Late Bloomer


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(Anonymous)

What a great company you work for- and great teammates! Big birthdays should be celebrated for a long time! Love, Lizardmom

Definitely!

Well, happy birthday! What a wonderful place to work! It's great they acknowledge these milestones.

Thank you! My company is indeed great that way :)

Hee, hee ... well and truly sprung! I'd like to have seen your face when you realised.

You'll love having a Kindle. I completely rejected the idea of electronic readers when they first came out. But L-G gave me a Kindle for my birthday a couple of years back. What a joyous thing it is! I love that it does this one thing very, very well. It doesn't try to be a laptop or smartphone or tablet. Nope. It perfectly delivers the world of print to a format that I can easily slip into my bag, hold in one hand, and instantly turn pages. Seamless reading. In the bright sun. Easy on the eyes. Perfect, I tell you. And while it won't replace my hard copy bedtime reading at home, it is now my on-the-go reading.

That's what all my friends have said. I've already downloaded an ebook that I wanted, that isn't available in print. Happy!

Happy birthday! My big 5-0 will be next year, but it's definitely the season for significant half-centuries among my friends, and we had the added pleasure of my mum & dad's 50 th wedding anniversary.. Many happy returns!

Thanks very much! What fun to have a 50th wedding anniversary to celebrate too!

(Anonymous)

Wow, awesome work birthday! And glad to see you're keeping the birthday celebrations going! ;-)

Russell

Had another one on Friday, but now I think I'll have to stop :)

Wow, what a nice surprise!

And I've already downloaded and read a book on it, one that isn't available in print that I wanted! score!

Oh how wonderful Liz!
Surprise parties can be so touching and fun and exhilarating while also a little overwhelming.

I thought of you on your day, have just been a little more absent around here than usual though.
I wish you a good year ahead, and a great new decade!!

Thanks! So far, it's shaping up to be a great year!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

What a wonderful surprise! I love it! You got some great gifts too. Wow. I love how it was a total surprise to you, it makes it fun that way. Jet lag is so hard, I hope it goes away quick too. I am feeling that way too because the working is getting to a frenzied pace. Students start on Monday! ACKKKKK!

Re: From Megsie

Took a week, as usual... feel like I'm about back to normal now. :)

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