May 31, 2012

I suppose I have to believe it

As of this month, my birth certificate says I'm 29. We had a party, more to take advantage of the spectacular weather and our backyard than about celebrating my birthday. It was pretty great. A breezy Saturday, feet in the grass, sun shining, music playing, mint iced tea and cold beers, a long table covered with food I love, good people. 

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In the spirit of sharing, I want to tell you that these recipes were all very well-received: carnitas (but not the accompanying salsa, make something else), fire-roasted salsa, corn salad with cilantro and caramelized onions (hold the bacon), humongous chocolate chip cookies.  
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Every year around my birthday, I think about how my 16 year old self would assess my current life.  Funny how my dreams and priorities have evolved since then, when I was a serious-minded but naive person who thought she had life all mapped out. I've decided that my 16 year old self would be both thrilled and nonplussed by the series of decisions I've made and the life I lead. However, as I'm not as good at writing out my thoughts as I am at teasing out insights through rambling conversations with friends, you'll have to settle for photos of favorite moments/spaces/people from the last year. There were about a million more memorable moments, but some things just can't be captured with a camera. Excuse my nostalgia.

picnic, place des vosges

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Mark, Skye, Scotland

Fontainebleau

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San Mateo coast

Muir Woods

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1 comment:

JDog said...

I LOVE this post!

It's so great to see your reflections on the past year in photo form. And, yeah, sure, it feels good to be a part of several of them, but it's also fun to have a little trip down your memory lane and see what stood out to you.

I'm glad your bday dinner was a success. We had carnitas for John's bday at our end of the country - maybe next year we'll all have carnitas together!