In some ways I don’t feel like this day is different because it’s a Monday and I’m at work. But I figured I should take a pause to do some reflecting. My friend Gwen made a list of 34 goals for her 34th birthday, which I was considering doing, but instead I have made a list of my 24 happiest memories of my 24th year. Which would have been probably more appropriate to write last night, as sort of a farewell to that year, but…I was eating brownies last night. No time for blogging.
And so, in no particular order, are my top 24:
1. Visit to
2. Anne moving to DC. I missed her. I love having her close.
3. Jan’s visit to DC. See above.
4. Andrew and his wife visiting/ASP
5. Spending Thanksgiving with Robin & Co. Turned my perpetually least-favorite holiday into a fantastic and wonderful weekend. I don’t remember the last time I’ve spent so much time with complete strangers and felt so comfortable. And Robin’s futon and dachshund give me joy in equal measure.
6. Getting to spend time with my brother, both over Christmas and for his 22nd birthday. Those times will always make my top list.
7. Halloween. Which is really to say, any amount of time I spent at Tonic in general, but that one night was particularly memorable. Jared might argue that it was negatively memorable, but I sure had a good time J
8. Road trip to
9. National Aquarium in
10. Camping in Shenandoah. The first time was a near disaster that was actually really great. The second time was really great despite my near-death experience exploring the limits of my own hiking exhaustion. Camp food. Mountains. Bears. Dozens of deer.
11. Calling in sick to work and spending the whole day going to the movies with Aaron and playing in the city. (Shhhh don’t tell)
13. Seeing the Tragically Hip. Twice. Year 25 promises to be even more stunning than 24 as far as concerts goes, but it really takes a lot to top the Hip.
14. Seeing R.E.M. Which got a boost from the presence of Johnny Marr. I was a complete fangirl wreck.
15. Finally working up the guts to get involved in my local Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. Turns out drinking beer and crocheting with interesting, funny, smart people my age is pretty much my number one way to spend a Tuesday.
16. Developing my own crochet designs. I’m inordinately proud.
17. Opening my own etsy store. (and making my second sale this morning for my birthday!)
18. Getting a new job. Loving my new job.
19. New job led to two other related happy memories: getting to organize, facilitate, and manage two Colloquia on Buddhism, and being invited to attend a farewell dinner party for a faculty member. There are smart people who work here who treat me with respect, and will actually have conversations with me. I’ve learned so much just by osmosis.
20. Kayaking on the
21. Learning to sail. Impressing my sailing certification test instructor. Talking to my dad about sailing.
22. Watching television shows with Aaron. Which is an ongoing activity and may or may not involve brownies, but it’s the couch time and Aaron time which I love.
23. Seeing a chipmunk at the zoo. No, the chipmunk was not in an exhibit. He just ran across our path as we were walking to the lizard house. I had never seen a chipmunk for real before and I got a little overexcited. Fortunately Aaron did too. We have pictures. (that memory is happy mostly because of Aaron, it really has very little to do with the chipmunk)
I think it’s a good sign that this blog post is so infernally long. I’m being brief too.
Thank you Year 24! You were so good to me!