While on the trip, I also held a ceremonial presentation for the trophy and medal I had made commemorating Connie-Lynne's fortieth birthday, which is today. She'd been asking for a trophy for the whole year, so I decided to do things in grand style. Several dozen people were in attendance and Connie-Lynne marched down the center aisle to the sounds of the "Throne Room" piece from the end of Star Wars. She carried her trophy around all night (New Year's Eve) and wore her medal all weekend.
2009 was a tough year for me in many ways. 2010 is off to a good start and I'm hoping things keep moving in a good direction.