Life, Love, and the Little Things.

27 Jan

When I decided to start blogging, I wasn’t sure what I’d write about. I figure that since blogging is a pretty narcissistic hobby, I might as well play into that and give my myriad of readers a little breakdown of who I am and what makes me “tick.” So, this post is probably more for me than you, sorry.

When I think about things in life that are important to me, family is #1 on the list. My idea of “family” extends past my biology, however. I have an entire network of people around me that I consider family and would do anything for. So, since you guys are probably the only ones reading this anyway, here’s to you!

Immediate Fam:

My mom is one of my best friends. She is one of the main constants in my life (for obvious reasons) and always takes the time to listen to me on the phone, or call to tell me a funny story, etc. We have a lot of things in common (such as our OCD tendencies, intuitive personalities, and love for haircuts) but are different enough that life is always interesting. She’s my hero.

Dad is the perfect image of a pillar of quiet strength. I don’t know another person that could truthfully use the word “patient” as their main quality, but he somehow balances a strenuous job with the craziness of living with 3 women, a female cat, and all the drama that comes from that (which is probably more than anyone would like to admit). I wish I could say that I’d inherited those qualities, but let’s just say patience is not my strongsuit. Hey, I have other positive traits. Anyway, along with being protector and provider, he’s also really goofy and loves to laugh and show people our cat’s “trick” (Which, I’m sure you’re dying to know- consists of him luring her to stretch out on the hardwood floor while he pets her, then when she’s unsuspectingly calm, spinning her entire body around until she spastically stops herself and runs away).

My sisters are Meredith and Ashelyn. Mere is 2 years older than me and graduates from Leon’s Beauty School with her cosmetology license later today!(Congrats, Mere!) She’s a brilliant pianist and loves anything including the words “vintage” “cabaret” “high heeled” “fashion” etc. She’s beautifully unique and wonderful with everyone. Ashelyn is my younger sister, by 4 years. She will be graduating from high school in May and going off to take broadway by storm, by way of a BFA from Western Carolina University. She has loads of personality, which comes out in her social butterfly tendencies and her innate ability to make anyone and everyone laugh as she adopts one of her pseudo-personalities. (Shanaquita is her most popular alter-ego, which consists of her taking on the persona of a twenty-something fabulous black woman with an affinity for Baby Phat and her boyfriend, Quandarian, at any opportune moment.) Basically, my sisters are wonderful, and make my life full.

Where to go from here?

I am in love with a man who makes me feel like the most important woman on the planet. His name is Kit (no thank you, we’re all full up on the Kit Kat, Night Rider, and otherwise unnecessary jokes for now!), and he’s a percussionist, mathematician, and runner-extraordinaire. On top of being brilliant and funny, he’s also quite attractive, if I do say so myself. He always makes me laugh and smile, and I count myself the luckiest girl ever. I’d say more, but words are stupid. The basic idea is that I love him & he loves me.

My best friend is Trish, and she’s probably the one person I could spend my entire life doing nothing with and still be having the best time of my life. Our 4 year “Anniversary” is tomorrow! (Don’t ask; it’s a long story.)

My roommate, Leah, and I have been friends since middle school. She’s seen me through every awkward stage of life, and still likes me, which has to count for something. We just moved in together at the beginning of this month, but I can already tell- it’s gonna be a blast. She’s one of the people I feel most comfortable with in the entire world.

Noelle’s been my best friend since 3rd grade, which is a LOOONG time. We’ve been planning on celebrating that fact, but since she goes to school in upstate NY, it’s a little difficult. Every day is a little celebration to me though, because no matter how much time goes by, we always pick up right where we left off. She’s getting married this summer, and I couldn’t be happier for her and her wonderful fiancee.

Two people who I consider family that just recently came into my life are my friends Sarah Mac & Scott. Last semester, Kit, Sarah, Scott, & I created a family unit that did everything together. We went on adventures, cooked family dinners together, took way too many pictures, etc… They are a huge part of my life, and although I absolutely love Raleigh, something is missing from each day that I don’t spend with them.

Then there’s Todd. Todd is the one person I absolutely could not have made it through college without. He was my college chaplain/mentor/confidant/friend, and has all sorts of other chameleon like qualities. He had the privilege of meeting with me once (or twice, or okay… 3 times) a week and listening to me ramble… and he still loves me! He helped me through the hardest things I experienced, got excited over the little triumphs with me,Β  and overall, pushed me to come out on the other side a better person!

Then there are Margaret & Menke, my bosom friends who I spent last summer & the one before working with. They somehow understand and love me more than almost any people I can think of- and even though we hardly ever see each other, I consider them kindred spirits.

There are other people that I’m sure I’m leaving out, but for now, this will suffice. I am fully aware that not everyone wants to hear me talk about these things and people, but I just needed to write these things down, to remind myself (and you guys) how awesome my life is because of the people in it.

Uh oh, I hear baby noises in the monitor! Naptime is up!


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