Thursday, January 15, 2015

2014 -- week 48 of #projectlife -- happy 30th birthday to me!



as y'all know, i'm not a birthday person, but this year's birthday was pretty awesome. it started with a surprise dinner at a delicious restaurant in salt lake city, where the lovely people i was traveling with, people i'd known for a little less than a month, went around the table and told me all the reasons why they think i'm awesome. (that sounds super conceited. hold on -- let me explain.) 

when someone first suggested this as an activity, a kind of glorified compliments circle, i wasn't convinced. i thought this would be like the compliment circles i have with my students, no one would really take it seriously and everyone would jokingly say one nice statement (i really like your eye shadow, or some such nonsense) and the whole thing would be over lickety-split. but it wasn't like that at all. each person was so incredibly heartfelt, saying some of the nicest things anyone has ever said about or to me. it's like, in the short time they knew me, they looked into my soul and found all of my amazing. it was incredible. and i will forever be grateful for the things they said and the opportunity to meet such profoundly nice and kind people. 

and, as if that wasn't fabulous enough, my actual birthday was filled with family, trivial pursuit, which, by some miracle, rcg & i won, and a cherry pie filled chocolate cake. yeah, that's a thing. my mom, angel, made me a cherry pie, my favorite, and then baked it into a chocolate cake, my other favorite. it was spectacular. 


read more about our trip to jamestown and check out this recipe for pie cake