Happy Birthday to you ...
I don't know if he's planning to throw a party or cut a (low-fat) cake but the man who thought he was toast just a few months ago celebrates eight years in the job on Saturday. Will the First Minister celebrate a ninth? The wise money says that's his plan at the moment, before bowing out in 'around' 18 months' time.
Now granted the King isn't dead, so it may be a bit early to wish the next one a long life but the race for the Labour leadership is bubbling so loudly under the surface these days, it's getting hard to ignore.
So who's in and who's out?
The only obvious candidate to have ruled herself out is Jane Davidson. The politician who's regarded by some as Too Posh Spice revealed before Christmas that she doesn't really, really want the job. Privately Edwina Hart (Formidable if not Scary Spice) has said the same. Not everyone believes her, or perhaps want to believe she's not prepared to go for it.
So, leaving the Spice Girls metaphor right there, who might be up for it? Whose names - whether they're prepared to put them there are not - are in the frame?
There's Counsel General and Leader of the House Carwyn Jones. Looks good, sounds good both in Welsh and in English, is more likely than any of the other runners to connect with those voters beyond the Clwyd and the Loughor that Rhodri Morgan has set his sights on.
I know a man who's had £50.00 riding on the Minister for Finance and Public Service, Andrew Davies for over a year now and he remains convinced the bookies will have to pay out. Who was busy working the room when the new think-tank, Ideas Wales, met in Cardiff at the weekend? Andrew Davies. Who knows the party machinery inside out? Andrew Davies. When that rather - what's the word - matey photograph of Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones appeared in the Western Mail last year, some might have thought the fat lady had sung and Andrew Davies, for one, was out of the running. They don't think so any more.
If Andrew Davies doesn't go for it, then might the Deputy Minister for Regeneration, Leighton Andrews - a man whose profile is getting higher by the week - take his place?
Former Deputy Minister, Huw Lewis, will almost certainly be there. Those who wish he wouldn't rock the boat certainly seem to be assuming that he will but are hoping he won't get the 6 nominations needed to go forward. His supporters seem equally hopeful he will.
And there's one more name worth mentioning, another Labour politician whose profile has shot up recently. Who was it who sat next to Rhodri Morgan at a fringe event in Labour's conference in Bournemouth and suggested it was time for the 'clear, red water' to ebb away, time to embrace new ideas? It was Eluned Morgan MEP, long-time favourite to follow in the First Minister's footsteps as AM for Cardiff West. My colleague Vaughan Roderick has heard her name mentioned again today. What if Rhodri Morgan were to stand down not just as Labour leader but as AM too, in time for her to bed in, then stand for the leadershp? Far stranger things have happened in the past twelve months.
So what about the rules? Those have changed - significantly - since (because of?) Alun Michael's days.
A third of the vote is in the hands of AMs, MPs and MEPs; individual members get a third and the same goes for the unions and affiliated organisations. And it's not winner takes all. The candidates will get a percentage of each third - a system that will be used for the first time for the Welsh Labour leadership. No union block votes then. Each union will ballot their members and cast their votes proportionally.
Will unions name preferred candidates? Or would that count as breaking the spirit, if not the letter, of the new rules?
Will there be a cap on donations? You may not be surprised to hear that party bosses are considering just that.
Tonight's Dragon's Eye has more - and an idea from some in the party of what the job description should be. Don Touhig MP doesn't "think it matters in terms of (which) strand (of Labour the next Labour leader comes from) but it's going to take someone who's pragmatic, who understands what the party feels too and understands what Wales needs and understands the difficulties of the balancing act that now exists in Cardiff Bay - may it soon come to an end".
Still sure you want the job?