Despite the weather turning colder, there is a ray of light just before Thanksgiving. The weather turns slightly warmer in Pennsylvania (it never gets cold in California), and the anniversary of my birth beckons. I was born on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so every year, I celebrate my birth anywhere from one week before to the day before Thanksgiving. Whenever I can manage it, I go away for a few days. Sometimes (many times), this is my only vacation during the whole year. This year is a first for me though, because I am going to Catalina Island. I have never been to an island before, and the prospect of it is exciting. I may do little more than stay at my hotel and write if the weather is bad, but it will be nice to get away from the day to day busyness that is my life and celebrate me.