I Thought Today Was Thursday

But that’s ok because Friday is Fun Friday at work so we’re leaving the office at 2:30 to see a movie and then I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday! Woohoo for long weekends!

So in my last post I said that Derek was done with his first year of PhD program. And that explains why it’s been so long since I’ve updated. He gets to spend more time with me now that he doesn’t have to be on campus for classes or teaching. It’s nice. And the weather has been warmer- we even got a couple days of sun- so we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. We’ve been frisbee-ing, playing tennis and going for walks after dinner. I like this so much more than my usual after-work routine which usually involves eating alone and then watching too much TV.

The other perk is that he’s home to get dinner started before I get back from work. I feel super spoiled. Last night he had a glass of wine poured and was just pulling dinner out of the oven when I walked in the door. And he offered to do dishes- but I would have guilty if I agreed. I could really get used to this… 🙂

Over the weekend Derek and I walked around Walden Pond. I had no idea I lived so close to something that cool. It’s like 25 minutes away. We’re guessing it’s probably like 3ish miles around so it made for a nice walk. Although the path is really narrow and it was a little buggy. But I think bugs are just part of the summer here in Massachusetts.

For the upcoming long weekend, I’m going to try to convince Derek to spend a day in Boston. We’ve been trying to plan a double date with a girl I work with and her boyfriend, so maybe that will work out. And then on Sunday we’re going to my Aunt & Uncle’s for the night. I guess there is a car race of some sort. It’s a little out of the ordinary for us, but we’re giving it a try. Hopefully the weather stays nice so we can be outside.

What have you been up to? I hope the Pacific Northwest is getting some beautiful weather. I miss it (and you guys) so much!

Hello again

Holey moley, it’s been too long since I last wrote. Life is pretty good here in Massachusetts. My absence from writing is partly because I don’t have anything exciting to share and partly because I haven’t been inspired to write. But maybe that slump is ending now. Anyways… since my last post:

  • My cousin Justin flew up to Boston from North Carolina the first weekend in May. I hadn’t seen him in forever–I think I was in high school the last time. Derek and I met him for a Red Sox game Friday night and then the three of us spent Saturday walking around the city (in the rain).
  • Work got a little crazy when an employee I worked closely with left–and then a little less crazy when my boss hired a replacement. I think I’m finding my balance again. All in all, I’m really happy with my job. Here’s a recent ad campaign (click to see it bigger):
  • Jerry, my fish, died. It was unexpected. And sad. I still feel awful.
  • Derek is done (!) with his first year at UNH. Yippee! I’m so proud of him. No homework=extra time to hang out with me. Oh… and he won an award last week. So I’m extra proud.
  • It has rained. A lot. I feel like I’m in Seattle. Except that I can’t call up my friends and see if they wanna meet me for a drink and a game of shuffleboard. (Sigh). But in case you missed the Facebook announcement- I’ll be home for a week in July! I’m already counting down the days.

What’s new with you, my friends?

Happy Birthday x3!

Today is not just Cinco de Mayo. It’s the 22nd and 25th anniversary of the day two amazing people came into the world. I’m a lucky lucky girl to have great friends like Megan and Chris in my life. I wish I could be there in person to buy you each a drink. It’s not much, but here’s a little birthday love to let you know how important you are to me.

Mego,

I’m so happy to have you as my 6th sister. Your drive to make the world a better place is so inspiring and it’s such a joy to be a part of your life. I miss you dreadfully. Happy Birthday my dear; I hope it’s as beautiful as you are.

Chris,

Aren’t we fortunate that our big brothers friendship brought us together? You’ve been there for me through so many trials and triumphs and for that I’m so very thankful. I love how you live each day to the fullest and appreciate how you push me to explore and be adventurous. Happy Happy Birthday forever-friend; I hope it’s overflowing with love and happiness.

But that’s not all! The birthday celebrations continue into tomorrow. Again, I wish I lived on the proper coast to celebrate a special day with a very special lady- my mom.

Mom,

Your unfaltering love and support (even when I told you I wanted to move 3,000 miles away) mean so much more than I could ever express.  I’m so thankful for everything you do for me. I love you as my mother and my friend. I can’t wait to come home to visit and see your restaurant! Have the happiest of birthdays, Mom; I hope Ross and the girls spoil you all weekend long.

Love to you all,

Arikka

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