Tuesday was not a productive day at work: I’d baked two batches of Butterscotch Cookies and brought them to the office with me in order to celebrate my birthday.
As somebody who’s worked with a surprisingly large number of colleagues, the German tradition of bringing sweets to the office to celebrate your own birthday is a bit of a challenge.
Theoretically I could have one party in one location, but there are few rooms at the office that could hold everybody I know, plus I find these kind of events to be tedious and, accidentally, impersonal. I want to talk to everybody and thank them in a meaningful way, but that’s something that is impossible with 50 people in the room.
So, instead, I wandered the building and talked to a number of people, offering them cookies individually.
I also received flowers from my secret admirer.
You should have seen the look on my face when they were delivered – the administrative assistant walked in with this box from Bloom 2000 – a gigantic box – that had been delivered by DHL. At first I thought that she’d bought the flowers, but then I realized there was a shipping label on the box. Extracting the flowers from the box was a two-person job.
All in all, it was a perfect birthday.