Today is my 55th birthday. All in all, I'm not in too bad a shape, though if anyone knows a good place to trade in spines, knees, elbows, and shoulders drop me a line, OK? Spouse very kindly baked me a sour cream/poppy seed layer cake. It's in the oven now, and will eventually be decorated with lemon curd (not really decorated, as such--more like filled with) and iced with almond cream-cheese frosting. The amusing part, though, is that even though I am well into middle age I still was very happy when spouse gave me the beater and the bowl from the cake. I will be even happier when I get the beater and the bowl from the frosting, though.