Today is my birthday. Back when I was a kid I used to share a birthday party with my brother and sister (since all of our birthdays are in the summer.) We would each get our own cake - made by my mom - and get to invite our own friends so it was a pretty fun time. I haven't had a birthday party since I moved to Germany for the second when I was 12 (although I did still get a cake.) Since I went to college I have only had a birthday cake twice (once in Russia and once last year.) I would love to have a birthday cake each year, but don't want to get it myself.
I also love getting cards through the regular mail (whether it's for my birthday, Christmas or just because.) So far this year I have received a total of 7 cards - not my best year by far. I haven't received an e-card either.
I did get a call from my sister and from my best friend so that was good.
As for presents I have received several. This is the first year I have had people ask me specifically what I wanted or they looked at my Amazon Wish List and so I got things I will use. I received: money, books, DVDs, a watch, Haribo and a box of Polish chocolate (it was a soup of chocolate when I opened it due to the summer heat - but it was the thought that counted.)
Whether it is birthday cards or presents I sometimes get them up to several weeks after my birthday because my friends and family live around the country and the world.
I have also received a decent stream of birthday wishes from people on Facebook. As of right now (8:30 pm) 32 people have written on my Wall. That's not even close to the number of my friends on Facebook, but I guess it's quality and not quantity.
My dad got some really good looking steaks and is cooking them now so soon I will have my birthday dinner and it already smells great so I know it will taste just as good.
Since I am no longer a kid and am in-between the "major" birthdays and the fact that nothing bad happened (knock on wood) I still consider this birthday a good one. It would be a great one if I was able to spend it with family and friends, have a cake and get more cards. A lot has happened in the 1 year since my last birthday and so I guess I should count myself lucky this birthday turned out as well as it did.