Happy Happy Birthday to one of the most wonderful people in my life, Jenny! This is the first year in many that we haven’t spent your birthday together, and I’m sad, but I know you’ll find a way to have fun despite my absence. The week leading up to today was a pretty darn Great one, and I’ll be toasting you this evening from afar with some tequila!
1. Sometimes being a blogger has its perks. Yesterday, one of those perks manifested itself as a bottle of tequila delivered to my doorstep. How apropos since its Jenny’s birthday today and we last met up in Mexico a few weeks ago. ¡Salud! Te deseo un gran año y un día lleno de delicious pastel.
2. I still do occasional bookkeeping for a select few clients either for perks, easy money to fund my creative projects, or just because I like the people that work there, and its fun for me to stay in touch. One of these clients has been going through a lot of changes lately, one of which would have turned “easy money” into “major pain in the ass to earn money” causing me to question continuing our 8 year relationship. I turned to my wonderful, math-genius friend Katie, to help me find a solution, and she created a spreadsheet that automated the entire tedious process. Even though I thanked her profusely, I don’t think she understands how much boring work, and possible termination of a long term business relationship she saved me from. It is so GREAT to have friends with skills. Being a small business consultant for so many years means that “I know a guy”, for pretty much anything you need even complex spreadsheets and math solutions. It’s definitely one of the upsides of getting older.
3. I’m in a Facebook group with a bunch of women bloggers that I LOVE. I tell The Hubs all the time how funny they are, and how much I appreciate their perspective on everything from family life to business to blogging. This week, on of the gals posted a crowd souring question about whether or not any of us had someone we considered a “best friend”. Of course I immediately responded saying how I couldn’t live without my bestie Val, and we can’t live more than a mile away from each other, and we’re like family, etc. As I was writing, I was thinking about my dear friends from childhood; Katy, whom I’ve known since we were 5 years old, and Jenny, whom I met in high school. Then I thought about Val’s sister Jen who is like a sister to me as well, and Courtney and Krista, who are friends from adulthood, who I see and speak to regularly. Then the other ladies started responding saying pretty much that a lot of them either superficially socialize with other mom’s from their kids school, or they have no friends at all. Honestly, it shocked me. All these women who I find hilarious, and personable, had no friends!?! I truly did not know that a lot of people went through adulthood with no female friends. Ever since I read the comments in the thread, I have felt an immense amount of gratitude for all the wonderful women in my life. I would be completely lost without them.
4. Speaking of old friends. I Skyped with Katy and her 4 year old son, Cole yesterday. Cole was telling me that when he sleeps over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, he gets to eat donuts with frosting and sprinkles. Katy and I met when we were 5 years old. I’ve had MANY a sleep over at her parents house, and every time her dad would get us donuts with frosting and sprinkles the next day. It was such a Great feeling to be brought back to those times through the eyes of a kid who was almost the same age as we were. I appreciated Cole’s donut story more than he will ever understand.
So yeah. Pretty Great week if you ask me. 2014 has been exceeding my expectations thus far, and I’m hoping the trend continues.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!