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"And all my days are trances, And all my nightly dreams, Are where thy dark eye glances, And where thy footstep gleams -- In what ethereal dances, By what eternal streams." ~ E A Poe

Today happens to be my birthday. I am a believer that everyone deserves their birthday off of work to celebrate one's birth. I'm not sure where this idea came from, but its been with me for a long time. I couldn't always take it off, because previous owners seemed to enjoy taking a long cruise during MY birthday week, but for the last few years, I have been able to slip away.

I woke up and showered with P, got ready, while he left for work. (Poor thing!) Once I was ready I slipped into my car and played Abney Park, which is my newest music obsession. Yay! My favourite music. Then off to meet Wendy at wings to pick her up so we can drive in one car to UVa to see a descendant of my favourite author, Edgar Allan Poe. We weren't sure exactly where we were going, but we found the parking garage pretty easily. From there, I had a few written instructions and we stumbled our way until we came to a chalked arrow on the ground. We giggled about it being a 'sign' and then followed the way it pointed, and then there coming toward us was Dr Hal Poe. I wasn't sure it was him, and being shy I would never ask anyone, but Wendy picked up on it immediately and she stepped forward to ask him where we were going. He was helpful and showed us, and we did happen to be going the correct way! With my Poe book in tow, we got inside the building. We got to explore the Poe exhibition they have set up at UVa until August and then it will head to Texas. It was quite interesting/amazing. We listened to Dr Poe speak, and he's an amazing speaker. There's something warm and wonderful and cozy about listening to him. I struggled to imagine listening to him with no one else in the room, but there was many other people there. The two people in front of us to our left happened to be Wendy's old professor of math and his wife. They were sweet. She had a very lovely smile. The elderly couple to our right were very cute too. She was really getting into the talk and I loved that. The guy who was sitting several seats beside me, was creepy/stalkerish and kept looking our way for no reason. It was odd and he gave off a weird vibe and yeah.. I could have done without him there! We got our learn on about Poe and Westminster Hall and all kinds of big bang theories and books, and shells and omg, so much! After it was over (its never long enough, when you're enjoying something) I got my book signed and Wendy got a paper signed for her mum. Dr Poe even remembered us, even if he wasn't sure where he remembered us from. But with a little coaxing, he got it.

Once we left the book talk, there was a black man preaching loudly outside with a bunch of students standing around. He was carrying a bible and I struggled to leave, but Wendy was there and oh no..... we were going to get sucked in. I could tell. She had that look. I skipped around and stood a bit away from Wendy thinking "Oh no" the whole time, and well.. there was a slight altercation and then we finally got to leave. Thanks, God! But yeah, he was annoying and needed to hear what she said. We can hope it sinks in.

From there we went to my favourite place to eat.. wings! With my favourite friend! Lunch was delicious and then Sherry was on the radio and we had to call... of course. So I called and talked to Sherry and told her we were listening at wings and so she gave a shout out to us and mentioned my birthday on the radio. Wheee! I'm famous. :) hehe. We annoyed the poor server guy from months ago to turn the radio up so we could hear. We're such crazies.

Then Wendy went on her way and I went shopping! Shopping is the best therapy for your soul on your birthday. I headed to Sam's Club and picked up several shorts and shirts for P and then some for me as well. Then I went to Wal Mart and found another pair of shorts, and some bracelets for Madi and I and a new necklace for her as well. After all that, I was tired and very thirsty and went home. I showed everyone my shopping spree items and then we went to go eat dinner at the Lakeside. Dinner was delicious! Prime rib is my favourite (next to wings, of course!).

I came home and slipped online to answer emails and chat and now I am soooo tired. It's been a very exciting and crazy day, but a great birthday.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Much love,

"No pictorial or sculptural combinations of points of human loveliness, do more than approach the living and breathing human beauty as it gladdens our daily path." ~ E A Poe


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