My actual birthday isn’t until next Monday, but the timing worked out to open it yesterday, which was perfect.
See, Marcella lives on a sail boat and goes from harbor to harbor around Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands right now. She was trapped by bad weather in a harbor without WiFi for several days. And Laura is under deadline and has gone Walden Pond (staying away from the interwebs for August). So we had to find a window when the three of us could IM conference while I opened my present.
The gift is particularly poignant, because yesterday I also received the contract for my novel, Obsidian, from Carina Press.
Yes, that counts as the official announcement!
I am so blessed in so many ways.
And I plan to wear my necklace non-stop.