1. My parents are amazing. Simply amazing. They give and they give and they give to everyone around them in profoundly selfless ways.
2. I have fallen very far behind on my once a month letter writing goal, but I have written three so far this week with two more planned, so I am catching up a bit.
3. I dream, every day, of spending more time writing, and reading too.
4. The sun is out today. It’s not in the forecast very much for us right now, so it feels kind of special.
5. I think about my niece and nephew every single day. I am just so proud of the beautiful, intelligent little ones that they are, though they are not as little as I still want them to be.
6. I do not know what I would do without my friends.
7. Last weekend I went to Newberg to see Rachel, who I hadn’t talked to in three months due to harvest time in the wine industry. We’d both had a rough couple of months. We spent hours catching up, talking about the good and the bad things we’d missed in each other’s lives. We ate delicious food Rachel cooked. We drank coffee, mimosas and wine. We read. We watched a movie. We didn’t get out of pajamas from 6:30 p.m. Friday until 11:00 a.m. Sunday. It was perfect and good for my spirit. I miss her. We can’t go three months again.
8. Last weekend, mostly while at Rachel’s, I read an entire 495 page novel. The Circle, by Dave Eggers.
9. I am participating in a book Secret Santa put on by a blog I recently found, The Broke and The Bookish. I found it by searching for Secret Santa ideas for my Literary Society, which brings me to…
10. Literary Society. I am just so thankful for these beautiful ladies who come over every month to share what they’ve been reading and find out what everyone else has been reading, and talk a bit about other things in our lives as well, and slowly we have all started becoming better friends outside of the monthly meeting too.
11. You know those people who think that all texting is an impersonal way to communicate? They are wrong.
12. I would not be sane without my Chattanooga friend Nicole. Nope, I would not. And our primary means of communication is texting. She should really be able to bill my insurance for therapy via text messaging. I will forever be grateful for texting, and for her.
13. I love the Parenthood theme song so much that that I have never once fast forwarded through it. “May God bless and keep you always. May your wishes all come true.May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every run. May you stay, forever young.”
14. I cried in two episodes of Dexter Season 4 recently.
15. I am kind of disappointed in the current seasons of both New Girl and Hart of Dixie.
16. Alisha is also disappointed in these shows. And speaking of Alisha…I am just so happy we are friends! We’ve known each other for almost the whole time I’ve lived in Portland, but it’s only been in the last year that we’ve become close friends. I think we’ve been really good for each other over this last year. I love how much we have in common. Seriously, it’s a lot.
17. I don’t believe in horoscopes, but mine was sent to my today by my mom (who also does not believe in them) because she’s with my great aunt who likes to read them, and it really fits right now: “Make travel plans, sign up for a course or gather information about a subject that interest you. No matter how or what you learn, it will end up being beneficial.” I just made new travel plans, and I just decided to take a class this winter, and I am currently in the midst of gathering information about a subject that interests me.
18. Speaking of travel plans, I just want to say that out of mine and David’s 9 year friendship, I think this one is going down as the best so far.
19. Last Sunday I got a nice glimpse of Mt Hood for the first time in a while and it was covered in a new blanket of white. I cannot wait for the first snowshoe adventure of the season!
20. Sometimes I still have dreams of being Sydney Bristow from Alias. I’m fairly certain that my cover career would be that of a librarian.
21. I am so glad I have a job with enough PTO to take my birthday off and spend it doing what I want to do-things related to the world of literature, followed by happy hour and hang out time with Sheena.
22. Sheena is many things to me. The one I’d like to highlight right now is that outside of my parents, no one is as supportive and encouraging with my writing as she is. It means more than I know how to express.
23. If you missed my most recent post, scroll on down and read it. Because I just want to reiterate, it feels good to be in a good place right now.
24. I think I’ve lost the ability to sleep late.
25. I don’t know who figured out that eggs, bacon and cheese go exceptionally well together, especially on a bagel, but I am glad they did
26. It is not necessarily easy to come up with 35 things.
27. I am really looking forward to my weekend seasonal job at my friend’s Christmas tree farm in Gresham. If you are in the Portland area, then you must come for a visit! Contact me for more details, or later on I will post the link to the facebook page. I’m in the process of getting it all updated now.
28. I’ve seen a few 2nd run movies lately, and I highly recommend “The Way Way Back.”
29. Also “The Sapphires” is now on Neflix and you should definitely watch it.
30. I love that Caitlin and I still have our “give each other chocolate on our birthdays” tradition. She and Wyeth came over today to deliver mine. Remember how I always want those chocolate peanut butter cups that I refuse to learn how to make because I just want her to make them for me? This year she made them and put them in homemade chocolate ice cream that her husband Chris made. Oh, and he caramelized the sugar before he added it. So yeah, I’ve got homemade chocolate caramel ice cream with chocolate peanut butter cups. If you live around here, I would consider giving you one bite. One.
31. The random things I find on pinterest make me happy on a daily basis.
32. I wish more of my friends had blogs.
33. This last year, the one in which I was 34, has been pretty tough, with some exceptionally great moments thrown in.
34. Today I turned 35. While I don’t normally look forward to my birthday, this year I did. I was ready to let go of much of this past year and start over again, which is what birthdays are really for, I think. I have hopes for a good one, and I’m thankful so many great people are going to be part of it.
35. I think I’ve run out of things to say.