I also bought some more licorice on eBay (hey, its discontinued!) to make a matching shrug, so this will be a four-season outfit here in Oregon.
My birthday was lovely..peaceful and calm. We had a delicious dinner at a local tapas restaurant, and played TriOminos (which I got for my birthday). Phone calls from friends and family made it a special day. Thanks again to all of you for your birthday wishes!