Tonight I have nothing but gratitude for my RAs.

Yeah, I know, this means that I have two shmoopy posts in a row about my RAs but I don’t even care.

Because tonight, after staff meeting (one that doesn’t even start until 9:30 at night, mind you), the nine of them brought out a cake and balloons and surprised me for my birthday. 

And, you know, I can count on one hand how many times a group of people, let alone a single person, has planned a surprise for me like this. 

It was simple, but it was meaningful. And that’s all I could ever ask for from them and the work that they do.

It’s a goal for me, you know; to make sure that the students I supervise find some sort of meaning in the work they do. Because Darwin knows that the meaning I find in my job comes from my interactions with them and the students that they’re working with on a personal level. 

But honestly, even if they never remember the time that they all came together to buy their Community Director a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday at 10pm on a Wednesday night, I will. And I’ll be forever thankful for the experiences that they’ve provided me before and after this balloon bouquet, too.

And that, in and of itself, is just another surprise for me. 🙂

So until tomorrow,




Yesterday was so jam-packed with crazy and stupid and fantastic and I totally forgot to write a post.

Hence, the hiccup.

So this will be short as I need to write a post just for today. 

Had I written a post yesterday, it probably would have consisted of a lovely explanation about how I love to make other people’s birthdays extremely special and how I go to great lengths to make them as such.

And I would have written about how I had a fantastic time doing just that: Attempting to make the birthday of someone who means a great deal to me into something great.

Now, I don’t know for sure if I made an impact, but I can only hope I did.

And really, I’d be content even if I didn’t.

Until…well….a couple minutes from now…