I think I was supposed to learn something last year.

It's my 3^&*( th birthday today.  (Oops, sorry, fingers must have slipped.  Weird.)  As I turn another year older, I'm finding myself contemplative and reflective, examining the milestones and the losses and how they've melded together in these past 12 months.

Just joking.

This year, the first of many, was NONE of those things.  Thank God!  I am DUE to have an it happened, I had fun, amazing things happened, year.  I really wanted to move away from the Vineyard Town, which happened.  I really, really wanted to get into grad school (150 admissions {est}/ 750 applications {est}), which happened.  I really, really, really wanted this little dating relationship with Shoes to last, and to survive  my moving away.  It did.  He's amazing.  There may be big changes in our future.  I'll keep you posted. 

This little life of my mine is becoming more relaxed, less stressed and less anxious (and everybody breathed a sigh of relief and said, "what took you so long?").

So my birthday?  This is what it's going to look like.  I'm going to spend all day moving into a new little apartment in a part of this city that does NOT see regular fights in my apartment complex's parking lot, where the police don't cruise by every 10 minutes and where there are no attack pit bulls next door.  Shoes will be driving down from the Vineyard Town after work, and instead of doing something planned, structured and expensive, I think I'll just want to hang out.  Add something clear to my lemonade.  Enjoy this rare Portland sunshine (which, of course, in true Portland fashion has just disappeared).  Be a normal couple.  Celebrate this absolutely SMASHING success of a year. 

It's about time.


  1. Kylee on June 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Wohoo! I love that you have had such a great year. Hope you have a relaxing evening with Shoes.

  2. Ronna on June 25, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Happy Birthday you beautiful girl :) You deserve the best and most wonderful of things and look, God is bringing them to you!! Hug that man and have some more lemonade :D I love you more than you know!!


  3. Chelle on July 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    happy for you dear...and that this last year has been such a good one. God is so faithful!


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