What have I accomplished in 23 years? I spent my birthday last year in Tokyo, which was exciting enough. A lot's happened in a year, but there's been lots of uncertainty and loads of stress. Will being 23 be any different? I don't know - but if this year is going to be a repeat of 2008-2009, at least I'll have a few cases of wine to fall back on.
Didn't do anything special today. I thought about it, but today wasn't appropriate for Champagne. Had a riesling instead, albeit an old and very special bottle. It wouldn't be right to be celebrating hard. When you lose someone in your family, the least you could do is show restraint.
Many thanks to everyone who sent their best wishes. I appreciate and value all my friends, and this year I'm making a more conscientious effort to see everyone more often.