We leave on Wednesday. Can you guys even believe this? ME! TRAVELING! It's going to be epic, and I will try to take lots of pictures but not so many that it's disgustingly obvious that I'm an American tourist. I'd like to think that upon first glance one wouldn't be able to pinpoint where I was from.
See. Not obvious at all.
I also have a story and accompanying photo.
When I started 5th grade, I began halfway through the school year. I didn't know anyone. I befriended the one other new girl, and quickly we latched onto one another and became best friends. We did everything together, and relied on one another at recess.
One day, near the end of the school year, she straight-up ditched me for these other girls, and I found myself swinging alone, spiraling into what could have become a nasty little mini-depression.
But then this group of Asian girls that always played on the play structure right next to the swings came up to me and invited me to play lava monster with them. And several beautiful, life-long friendships were formed.
Not the least of which was my friend Catherine. We were best, best friends in middle school; we did everything together. We couldn't get enough of one another seven hours a day, five days a week either, so we would talk on the phone for hours at home (we called one another pretty much every day), and we kept these little notebooks that we would write to one another in and pass back and forth. We used to joke that whoever got married first would throw the other her bouquet, and that when we were old grannies we'd sit in rocking chairs together talking about the good ol' days. Catherine knows every single detail of every embarrassing thing I did or said in middle and high school, and she also knows the ins and outs of every hurt, every realization, every joy, and every change I went through.
Which is why when I got married, I did this:
The giggling one is Catherine. Also my long hair was badass, I'm just sayin'.
Catherine's birthday isn't for about a week more, but I'm going to be in England, and I thought it was high time she got some recognition on my blog.
I love you, CatL2890. (As a friend) ;)
Oh!!!! Also, congrats to Allison, who won my vegan recipe contest!!! They were all awesome, and I can't wait to make them, but Allison's recipe took the cake. Allison, I owe you a picture of your choosing! Go ahead and email me what you'd like.