Well, it's Mandy Wilson's birthday today! For those who don't know her, Mandy is a good friend of mine and my neighbor. She lives across the street from me and one house over. She loves barbecue, Bob Marley, and the beach (as well as organic gardening, wiener dogs, and many other fun things). Below is a picture of Mandy with her nephew, Lucas, from a couple of years ago when Lucas was just a baby. I love this picture because Lucas is having so much fun with his aunt (when I first took this picture, I attached the title "Lucas Takes Flight" to it in my online album).
Anyway, Mandy is a really great person who has a lot of love for her family and friends, and an innate, admirable sense of commitment to the community around her (which she's shown through by way of doing things ranging from working with our neighborhood association to volunteering in the gardens at MHMR and at Zilker to collecting donations for various charitable organizations and even just by being kind of a nut about recycling).
Sooooo.... many happy returns, Mandy! I hope you have a good birthday, and I hope that your upcoming year is a good one. I'm really lucky to have you as a friend and neighbor.