happy birthday kate!

She's a Capricorn. And today is her 30th birthday. Happy Birthday Kate. Well, last night this is what she wore to the premiere of War Horse in London. So much could be said about the outfit, her birthday, the jewels, the charity etc etc. But I have only three observations to share.

1. Just look at the expressions on those faces. These two are really loving it all and each other. Warms my heart.

2. THE FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND IS CARRYING A GROOVY '70s BIRDCAGE UMBRELLA FOR HIS BRIDE. I've done some digging and looks like it is a bona fide Fulton (holders of the Royal warrant as official umbrella manufacturers for the Queen). Yes, that's right, the Queen has an official umbrella manufacturer, natch.

This little beaut sells for 16 pounds, and is apparently a favourite of the Queen. I guess it's a little like the equivalent of the Popemobile for the Royals - protection that allows maximum visibility. (Though I'm guessing not bulletproof)

Alas, my last observation:

3. She DOESN'T CARE that he's holding the brolly or that she's getting WET. I adore her for this. You know those girls, the ones who think all their powers will vanish if a single drop of rain touches them. They cower and grab their man and hog the brolly and dash into wherever they're headed. Not our Kate. A little drizzle doesn't get her down. She's having a laugh.

Happy Birthday and God bless Catherine, Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus.

(ps. Thanks @RevDaniel for the proper title -- there, that's two blog mentions.)

feb. 15, 2011

I did have a happy birthday this week. It was on Tuesday. I always start my birthday with some reflection. The last year in many ways was a true annus horibilus for me. It was marked by health crises for my Mom, my husband, my pup and even me. It had disappointments and stress that was off the charts. But the truth is, it has also been an annus mirabilis. I had so many incredibly rewarding experiences. Many happy days. Many blessings. I met and connected with many people who inspire me. Isn’t this pretty much how every year is – some bad and some good. My goal for 2011 will be to make time for the good, recognize it and give thanks for it. As for the bad, well, I will remember that “with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,/it is still a beautiful world.”