I say it’s my birthday….

I can’t say this is my best birthday ever — I’ve had some pretty amazing birthdays, including one of them spent in Venice, Italy — but I think this one may have been the most joyous for a number of reasons, the most obvious being how meh my last birthday was in the early days of the recent apocalypse.

Today, all four parents, the Godmommy, Wrenn, and ToniAnn all joined me at Keens Steakhouse. All eight of us are fully vaccinated, and I must give the staff at Keens high marks. The restaurant had distanced tables and barriers around them, the staff was all fully masked with the high-end masks, which were covering their noses and mouths at all times, and they made sure that everybody who wasn’t actually seated at a table was masked. (They also did temperature checks, which isn’t a terribly useful thing, but whatever.)

The food was, of course, excellent — Keens has been around since the 19th century, and it’s one of the best steakhouses in the world — but what made it wonderful was being able to celebrate with loved ones. I’m incredibly grateful that we were able to do holidays and birthdays and things over Zoom this past year, but there’s no substitute for in-person interaction, and I’m so glad that we were all vaccinated in time for my birthday. Fitting, really, since my birthday was the first big family thing that we couldn’t do last year, so I’m glad it’s one of the first things we could do this year (the actual first was Easter).

I want to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday today, on Facebook, on Twitter, over e-mail, over Messenger, over text, and over phone. I have the best friends, the best family, and the best fans in the whole entire world, and today was a lovely reminder of that.

Happy birthday to me!

Photo of me with my birthday hot fudge sundae at Keens by ToniAnn Marini

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