Normally I don't make a big deal about my birthday. I often don't tell people when it is my birthday, I usually don't like doing anything special on my birthday, and I once forgot it was my birthday. But, for some reason, this year was different. Maybe it's China, maybe it's because I was turning 29, or maybe I finally stopped being such a dork. Whatever the reason, this year turned out to be one of the best birthdays I've had in a long time. My birthday was a day full of presents. I received over 30 gifts from the middle school kids who apparently think I'm awesome and super fun even though I try to be mean and super tough. I had a present that flew with me from California to China. I got two packages in the mail, one before and one on the day of my birthday. I received a few email gifts and cards, several on-line well-wishes, and, as always, I had fun opening presents from Carrie all day…she always knows the silly things I like. Of course, the best present I got was getting to spend my birthday with Carrie. Once again she put together an unforgettable night full of great food (Mexican!), amazing sights (drinks at Cloud 9 - on the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, the sixth tallest building in the world), wonderful moments, and a piggyback ride to finish the night. I am lucky to have such a great partner. I love each of you very much and I am so happy you love me. Thanks for the birthday memories. Pictures here: http://hsinchina.shutterfly.com/1506.