This is my fourth blog post with that title. I suppose it has become tradition. I still have to resist the urge to repeat the phrase “I live in a tree” after every time I say “Happy Birthday to me.” I’m still not sure where that urge comes from.
Let’s see, it has actually not been a very eventful year. Not as eventful as last year. Or the year before that. Slightly more eventful than the year before that.
So, without further adieu, let’s do this thing.
Since October 14, 2010, I have:
Survived what has been indisputably the most stressful year of my life without pulling my hair out, taking my life, or curling up into a ball and hiding under my bed. You might be rolling your eyes, but try going to graduate school while working 30 hours a week, interning another 20, and waking up at the crack of dawn to teach early morning seminary. No complaints, but it was definitely the most stressful year of my life.
Taken a road trip to Vegas in my grandma’s mini-van. Because nothing says “super fun road trip” like a Honda Odyssey.
Moved to North Carolina! Greensboro is a great place. Target is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. It is exactly halfway between my internship and school and work. Now if I can just convince my car to continue to function for a few more months. Every time I go to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill, I think to myself: “I really want to live here!” If only I could convince the job gods to find me a position there.
Lived off of my food storage for 2.5 months and counting. Never again will I make fun of those provident living Relief Society lessons.
Acquired a niece. I kind of like it when people automatically assume she’s my daughter. She’s extremely cute.
Trained for my third triathlon. Okay, so it was the second triathlon I have actually trained for, but it will be the third one I will compete in. The tri begins in T-minus one day. Here’s to last place!
Gone for 286 days and counting without drinking anything other than water and milk.
Gone for 105 days and counting without eating sugary junk food and desserts. I am taking the day off for my birthday though.
So, here’s to me. Happy birthday to me! And for those of you who don’t know, I share a birthday with Dwight D. Eisenhower. And Usher. And Ralph Lauren. Good to know.
I hope that the next year will be even better than the last. It sure seems like it will. I have graduation to look forward to, and hopefully getting a full time job, which might mean I am able to save some money or something like that. As for concrete plans for the future after graduation… well, for the first time in a long time, the future feels like an empty book. The next few years of my life could take me in any number of different directions, and it will be interesting to see what happens.