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Gibbs and Abby from NCIS

Gibbs and Abby 2009

Now we're just being dumb. 🙂

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On October 16th, I turned 25 years old. In some ways it’s hard to believe I am that old and in others, I feel soooo much older. Ever since my 21st birthday (which, coincidentally, is when the “troubles” began), my birthday has been something I dreaded. “Yes, I am one year older and what do I have to show for it? I am still in college and don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Plus there is no end in sight for college since I’m going part-time because I can’t afford full-time yet make too much money to be considered for federal aid. I am either A: unemployed or B: in a job that I don’t particularly like. (The one notable exception being my nanny job that I had for 2 years.) I still live with my parents. I am going against the grain as far as marriage and children are concerned meaning I have no one special to share this day with.” Not to mention my birthday is very hit and miss on whether it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies or cloudy with a chance of meatballs…er….rain and/or snow. Since I suffer from SAD, this is a very important factor in whether I will be able to enjoy my birthday or want to slit my wrists in a hot bath. I was also worried because this year is my first year as the kid of divorced parents, with my mom and sister living far, far away.

This year everything was different. I have an end in sight for college. May of 2011 I am out of there! This means working my butt off, going full-time during the school year, and taking summer classes. But I don’t care. I have pretty much been in college since 2002 and I am ready to have my degree in hand. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up but I’m not positive where I will be living either. Opportunities vary depending on which side of the continent you’re on. (Nobody needs to get their panties in a twist. I’m not for sure moving. It’s just an idea.) The weather was less than desirable but early in the day, I prayed that I would get a least a little bit of sun light and my prayers were answered. On the way to Beef and Boards that night, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a few minutes. I still live with my dad but I spend most of my time with Shane so it doesn’t feel as oppressive. The “troubles” are over, which has been weighing me down every year since they began. My friends kept me distracted enough that I didn’t really have time to think about Mom and Mikayla being so far away. And, last but certainly not least, I had the most wonderful boyfriend in the world making my day more special than anyone ever has.

He made sure I got a special breakfast. He surprised me with lunch at Friday’s with some of my dear friends. Then that night he took me to see ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ where he had them put balloons on our table and announce my birthday so that everyone clapped. After that, he took me to his house to give me all kinds of presents and two different kinds of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.

Thank you Shane for making my birthday the best I’ve had in years.

Thank you Ro, Jenn and Shawna for going to Long’s with me to get donuts and just have fun and talk. (And thanks to Eric for watching the kids so Ro and Shawna could go.)

Thank you Sasha, Suzi, Laurie and Glenn for showing up at my surprise lunch.

Thank you to my family (especially my brother) for your wonderful presents, the birthday dinner, the cards, and for making this whole separation thing as easy as possible.

Thank you to everyone who sent cards and gave me gifts and made me feel loved.

Thank you to Ro for buying my donuts and for the other thing. You really didn’t have to do that. 🙂

And finally, thank you to the waitress at Maggiano’s last night who refused to publicly embarrass me by singing and getting the entire restaurant’s attention. (The staff at Friday’s gets no such thanks. :-P)

‘Happy Birthday’ by Altered Images

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At 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

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My birthday balloons and about half my cards

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My Hello Kitty loot from Suzi, Sasha (live from Japan!), Shane, and my mama.

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My butterfly dishes and boxes from Shane. ❤