May 5th, 2008



Oh GOD STOP RUBBING YOUR EYES, stop stop stop stop !!! AAAAAAGH. *rub rub rub*

I love allergy season. Not.

Flattened by jetlag, I have zombied my way through work today and a parent-teacher conference, with my eyes reduced to tiny, itchy slits through which I peer at people blurrily and then sneeze a few times before blowing my nose. SO beautiful!

to Chuck for being exactly the person you come across as. For being as comfortable and down-to-earth and humorously self-deprecating in real life as you are online. Thank you for flying all the way across the country to meet me and for using your lovely daughter as the excuse. :D

to Beth & Cameron for being such great chaperones hosts and for providing a yummy BBQ buffet to boot.

to Bluepoppy for allowing mom and I to descend for a weekend. I may have said this, but I don't know if you realize how very much I was looking forward to a soul-clearing weekend at Soliden with you. It was everything I hoped for. Great company, loads of laughter, excellent food and beauty in every nook and crevice. With butterscotch pups on top and an excellent music recommendation!

THANK YOU to T for being such a welcoming and friendly guy, for blueberry pancakes and stimulating conversation and letting us grab your girl on her first free weekend of the summer.

THANK YOU to Christina for making the quartet complete, for driving all the way to see us, for your dimpled smile and insights and secret histories. I'm SO glad you could make it.

THANK YOU to Robin for being one of the long-term friends that never gets old. For taking us to an AWESOME restaurant and grabbing the bill out from under us, and for being brave enough to show us your stuff. I can't wait to see more. And thank you for the other restaurant recommendation (Not Your Average Joe's)...we found it on our last night and MAN, was it good.

THANK YOU to Sam & Joanne for driving so far to see us for just one evening, and for immediately shopping with us (and especially to Joanne for helping me pick the perfect bracelet). We don't get to see each nearly often enough and having the chance was really a blessing.

THANK YOU to Mom for picking up in the middle of your busy life to come and hang out with me for 2 weeks, to keep me great company, to be a patient and willing shopping companion and for being the kind of person that thought the Louisa May Alcott Museum was as cool as I did.

The Marketing Manager at our US office made the comment that I know more people around the Boston area than she does, and it made me laugh. I have friends and family EVERYWHERE. How awesome is that?! Ellen and Reé (and anyone else I may have missed), I hope we can get together next year!

and last but far from least, THANK YOU to Anders and Martin & Karin for being so glad to see me when I got home.

Marvelous Maple-syrupy Mounds of Birthday Wishes to thinkum!
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