Today I woke up a year older and (perhaps?) a year wiser. At least I can say for certain that birthdays are most fun when shared with great friends, especially when they involve relaxation by the pool and delicious food. Last year was one of the best. And as I celebrate the passage of another year, I cannot help but look back and remember what a blessing it was to be with my dearest girls for last year’s birthday/bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs. I cannot complain about my life in Switzerland, but sometimes it is just really far from home. Oh, what I would give for the ability to blink and travel like Jeannie so I could go from Tennessee to Wisconsin to California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska and see all my favorite people.