Tuesday, October 19, 2010

i'm writing you to catch you up on places i've been.

the firsts of weeks eight and nine.

monday night of week eight, i had my first mexican sweet corn cake or pudding. i'm honestly not entirely sure what it was, but it was a tasty (surprise) treat.. served alongside my dinner at alejandro's. very fall festive. haha.

first christmas songs of the season this week o' eight. yes, i realize it's only october, but i can't help it. i was looking up songs on you tube earlier in the week, and there was a link on the homepage for a version of "last christmas" by the cast of glee. that was just the beginning. then, i listened to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGVNzgUxE-g about eight times in a row. my favorite christmas song? "we three kings.." why? because i think the part that goes, "star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright.. westward leading, still proceeding.. guide us to thy perfect light" is beautiful. "all i want for christmas is you" by mariah carey is another christmas classic. okay, i'll stop with the christmas. for now.

week eight's thursday involved a not-so-fun first. after a little over a month of studying, i took the praxis test (a requirement for soon-to-be-grad-school-students and future teachers). still waiting for the official scores, so we shall see.

i also got to see a no-hitter for the first time during week eight.. the reds vs. the phillies. pretty neat stuff, even though the reds lost. that was also the night of our first "baseball party".. the family, bo and me, enjoying a messy dinner from the new yorker and the game.

the eighth week of my 26th year included another first.. the introduction of "cliche love song lyrics tuesdays." a silly idea i had. sharing lyrics back and forth with bo. you know, things like, "have i told you lately that i love you?" i told you it was silly.

at the end of week eight? another first. my first dinner out with mom, dad and bo all together. that was a hilarious night. "it will be dark." "i'll need a laser!" and we got to "jam" on john mayer's "3x5".. one of my and dad's all-time favorite mayer songs.. as it played in the restaurant.

sunday the 10th marked the beginning of week nine and included another first for me.. my first time having london broil at dinner with bo and his family. that was tasty. then, this past weekend, bo and i made a trip to the corn maze and pumpkin patch. definitely my first time in a corn maze. and, yes, we got lost. several times. after finally finding the maze exit, we made our way to the pumpkin patch and picked out our first pumpkin together.. a lovely nine-pound punk'n, minus one stem. hehe. a very fun afternoon.. minus the miniature horse (tiny pony) who kept getting whipped. disturbing.

(we later found out the mexican sweet corn cake or pudding is called corn tamalito, according to the new menu at alejandro's that includes definitions of their new side dishes).

week ten is under way. looking forward to the firsts ahead.

Monday, October 4, 2010

all that i'm after is a life full of laughter.

this past week, week seven of year 26, didn't involve a lot of firsts. in fact, i can only think of one first from week seven - a medieval festival with bo last sunday. it was a rainy afternoon (it was a rainy week, actually, and i loved it), and we walked around under a broken umbrella looking at the costumes, swords and handmade gifts.

though there weren't many firsts this past week, it's comforting to know that some things are always around and always stay the same. and, while my 26th year is about trying new things, it's also about what i feel my life has always been about.. recognizing, enjoying and being thankful for the forever-present people and things all around me.

thanks to my family and friends, i am forever surrounded by ever-growing love and endless laughter.. the kind of encouragement and support that makes anything seem within reach, and the certainty that ensures everything will be okay.. the belief that happiness is the most important thing..

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