On the eve of my 39th birthday (aka 13 x 3!), it’s probably a good idea to take a step back from the craziness of the past few months, inhale deeply, focus on the many good things, and then exhale deeply. … Ah! We’re off to a mini-getaway this weekend that includes the Renaissance Faire, my first time. We watched A Knight’s Tale with the kids a couple of weekends ago and they were fascinated by the whole thing — India cheering on Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland’s battles was hilarious! — so it should be lots of fun. Salomé has some surprise shindig set for tomorrow evening, and then I’ll probably spend Sunday working on the yard. In the grand scheme of things, I’d have to say that life is pretty good these days.