*tosses a disappointing takeout offering in the bin and starts digging for the Kensey file*
*shifts tall stack of files from one side of my desk to the other*
*absently flips from last month to current on my desk calendar*
*starts making calls to track down both Hilde and Lu while muttering something under my breath about Hilde possibly/hopefully forgiving me for my lapse*
*enters a vid number from memory and leaves message on answering machine*
Lu, I know I've dropped off the Sphere with the caseload I've been carrying, but I'm not likely to forget your birthday. Where the hell are you? Call me. And don't bother with the home number, I'll be at the office until further notice.
*disconnects the line, sighs, and continues searching for my documentation*