Happy Birthday, Mom

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I don’t like to talk about my family too much online. They’re private people and I try to respect that (sometimes). But today is a special day and so even if it makes her a little bit antsy, I want to take this chance to call my mom out on being the wonderful lady she is. She was one of nine kids in a poor family. She grew up in the South with loving, progressive parents. Her childhood was full of playing sports and Catholic education. She was raised to work for justice and to strive for equality. She dealt with heartache and with challenge. She was (and is) the life of the party, the hardest worker I’ve ever seen, and the most moral person you’ll ever meet. She’s someone I’m lucky to know.

So on this day of days, happy birthday, Mom. I hope it’s a great one and I hope most of all that there are many many more still to come.

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Things I’m Looking Forward To

This is my first truly busy week in awhile and it feels good to be getting back into the swing of things. I’m an introvert by nature so after a weekend of hiding out with a book and taking some me time, I’m ready to get back out there. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:

-Mom’s birthday is tomorrow. I like having a chance to celebrate a lady who doesn’t let us celebrate her very often. She works too hard and too often to ever take a break and as such depends on other people to help her step back and relax a bit.

-Shovels and Rope on Wednesday. Nick got me tickets for Christmas because he’s the best. I’ve listened to the album on repeat off and on for months and still actually only know the words to 3 songs but I’ll sway around like a champ to the rest of them.

-Date night. Have you ever had a scheduled date night? It’s one of our couple new years resolutions. In theory I think we’re trying to build up the suspense and the anticipation that we used to get from setting up a date for a few days away and then having to wait a few days to see each other. Only without the waiting a few days to see each other since we’re together all of the time.