Normally I don't worry about my birthday, at least I haven't since maybe I was 12? I've got good friends who often surprise me with a cake or a pie, and sometimes I go out to eat, but most of the time, I don't even think about it too much.  

But this week I'm going to use it to reflect on the passing of time and how much things have changed ...

... nah, forget it. I'm taking the day off!

Elizabeth Baldwin has over 20 years of international wood sourcing experience. Very widely traveled, her résumé's "Special Skills" section includes "the ability to eat anything from raw horse to deep-fried scorpion." She serves as Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring's (metrofloors.com) ECO (Environmental Compliance Officer) and deals daily with the "green alphabet soup" of today's industry: FSC, CARB, LEED, and much more. She blogs for Hardwood Floors on all things green (and, as she says, " 'grey' and 'blue' and almost every color except 'black and white.' Nothing in this world is black and white, particularly not 'green issues.'")