Despite the fact that it heralds another year gone and another year older, October is turning out to be a glOrious month. Last year, my husband, Alan and our son, David and his girlfriend (now wife), Marlene, took me on a surprise trip to Ireland–my beloved Ireland– following a surprise party to ‘celebrate’ a BIG birthday—which one isn’t really important; I still feel like a kid. That trip was magical. Next week, we take off for another extravaganza during which we will toast my next birthday–but this time with our closest friends, Carol and Fred. We board ship in San Diego for a month long cruise to Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands. If these two years are forerunners of birthdays to come, I’m going to do my best to suffer through.