The Jewish holiday of Shavuot (literally, the feast of weeks) is fast approaching, when we commemorate the giving of the Torah to Moses at Mount Sinai. The name comes from the practice of counting the 49 days from Passover to Shavuot, by weeks and days, to remind us that freedom is only meaningful when it is accompanied by responsibility - an understanding of our purpose in the Divine plan.
It's obligatory to abstain from grooming during the first 33 days of the count (called the Omer count). The 33rd day (called Lag b'Omer) fell last week, and I took the opportunity to trim my beard, which I'd been experimenting with growing long for the last couple of years.
Also at work, there's a change of command in the IT department, and I get to meet the new boss tomorrow via Skype. So, exciting new things all round.