I found out not too long ago that on August 31st, 2007 (my birthday) I was officially awarded my associates degree which I was having problems obtaining from my last educational institution. To say the least I was ecstatic, I didnt get anything for my birthday (not even a happy B-day from my dad who forgot!), but this definitely makes up for it!
I felt a inkling of sadness though when I realized I didnt have anyone to share the news with, my sister I can bother with it but the only one who really ever cared was my mother, she would have been so happy. Hopefully she is shining down, but it still hurts to be reminded that she is gone, forever.
but yay, I got my degree! Now two more years and I can hopefully be writing about receiving my bachelors :)