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renniekins
renniekins
Today was a long sprint planning day. I announced to my coworkers at the end of the day, after asking who was planning on going to out dinner: "I would like to go somewhere nice, because today is my birthday." They were surprised but responded well, wishing me a happy birthday and making sure I was entertained. Six of us went to a very nice restaurant. We all had the house apperetife, which was something with champagne, vodka, and oj. I had a melon/scampi appetizer, a stuffed duck breast, and a strawberry dessert with port. I also had two glasses of wine with dinner.

After, we went to Genover, which is a popular hangout among my team. It's a tiny funky bar with all kinds of flavored vodka. We think it's vodka, it might be some other kind of beverage. But lots of flavors. We sampled walnut, mango, chocolate, custard, and cactus. And ginger. I didn't like ginger. I think mango was my favorite. The bar owner was also having a birthday today, he was 60. We exchanged three cheek-kisses, very European. I had more than enough to drink, but walked home comfortably and safely. I'm now heading to bed, but wanted to briefly record my evening. As I left, I thanked the guys for helping spend my birthday with me. One of them said something to the effect of, "We weren't going to make you spend the evening alone on your birthday!" And I pointed out that yes I could have done something nice, but they had helped to make it both fun and nice. So that was cool.

Not so bad for a day in a foreign land. I wasn't surrounded by friends or family, but I had nice colleagues who helped make it a good evening. No loneliness. I do miss my boyfriend, my other friends, and my family, but I'm doing okay. Thanks for all the comments and emails and calls helping me feel like I have friends all over, wishing me well! It's nice to know that even when you're not at home, home is thinking of you.

love and peace,
renniekins

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twoofdtm From: twoofdtm Date: June 2nd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Belated Birthday!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 2nd, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you had a good evening. Got your ribbons from my donation for the Race for the Cure on your birthday helping prove that everything and everyone connects.
From: bloggingchick Date: June 3rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday!

I wanted to make a picspam for your birthday, but I had writer's block. So I went for a bike ride and ended up riding for 3 hours. Now I am exhausted. I still plan to do it, but I probably won't get it posted until tomorrow, sorry.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: June 3rd, 2008 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, happy belated!

Sounds like a fantastic outing.
nishar From: nishar Date: June 3rd, 2008 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy belated birthday. You rock, so I am sure your co-workers were happy to spend some time with you on your b-day.
From: writerwench Date: June 3rd, 2008 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like a pretty rockin' sort of evening.
Might the bar have been selling flavoured GIN? 'Genover' is an old Flemish name for gin, and it's been used as a spirit base for centuries with different flavourings.

I'm now wondering what on earth cactus spirit tastes like...
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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: June 5th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I value your opinion

Rennie,

A few moments ago I made a post about quality assurance. When I thought of asking people for their thoughts, I wanted to specifically ask you. You're very good at what you do, you've done it a long time, and you've seen a lot more than most people ever have in software. I value your opinion.

If you have a few moments, could you look at my recent post in the next day or two? I'd really appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Thanks,

Chuck

PS: I hope you got my voicemail message wishing you a happy birthday. If you haven't, Happy Birthday! I'm glad it went well.





renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 6th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I value your opinion

Thank you! (:

I took a look, congrats on the job. In Amsterdam tonight, heading home tomorrow. I'll take some time this weekend to give you some thoughts, I certainly have lots of opinions and experience with quality.

Yes, I got the voicemail - thanks for thinking of me and calling.
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