The thing is normally I'm really good at the whole birthday thing. I like shopping for cards and sending them out early - complete with witty sayings. I was shocked, not just that I had forgotten, but that it took an email to remind me.
Needless to say, there was a phone call with much apologizing and groveling. After that my mom and I had a great conversation, up until she told me one of my favorite uncles had a stroke. He's doing ok, but it's scary. He's this great big bear of a guy, native Alaskan. The kind of guy who's always laughing and getting in trouble. I can't really imagine my aunt without him. It looks like he's going to be ok, so maybe I won't have to for a while.