Around Here Lately

Life is busy. I’m assistant coaching a tennis team, working two (more than) part-time jobs, never having days off, and often working 10-14 hour days. It’s a weird, transitional state. There’s always too many dishes to do, too little time for the housework. I hardly do anything except work and sleep and I can tell it’s starting to get to me. But tennis season is almost over, new things are on the horizon, and I can see an end to it all. Still, I’m happy.

Two weeks ago the boyfriend and I were in Austin for his brother’s wedding (and SXSW). True to form, I didn’t take nearly enough photos but I did snap this adorable one of him juggling at the wedding. I love this picture for a million reasons, but mostly I love it because of how I felt at the time – it was cold, rainy, wet. But the wedding was surrounded by love and it was a perfect evening. This photo warms my heart. I’m incredibly grateful to have this person in my busy, weird life. He keeps me relaxed and I just feel beyond lucky.

Anthony

More to come when my life is exciting and not filled with boring work hours.

I don’t know why it is, exactly, but the people with the healthiest self-esteem, are also the greatest at intimacy. I’m not talking about arrogant people. I’m talking about people who know they are both good and bad yet believe at the deepest level they are really good for people. | Donald Miller, Scary Close

Birthdays

Birthday

♥Boyfriend, Me, and the Niece (Evelyn) about to watch Tess and Steve tie the knot! ♥

This past weekend was filled with close friends, birthdays, weddings, holding babies, and a cute boyfriend in a bow tie and suspenders. And it was absolute perfection. I turned 29 this past Sunday, the day after my father turned 55. We started our celebrations Friday with a low key sushi dinner in Oakland with close friends, followed by coffee duh and a Disney On Ice show (Grandpa’s treat/birthday celebration for all the kids and grand-kids. Plus me and the boyfriend – the childless big kids). Then continued on to dinner for a birthday celebration dinner with my mom and step-dad. [Side note: Disney On Ice is LEGIT, you guys. Plus I got to watch my nieces freak out about how great it was (and my nephew just absorb it all). I’m pretty sure tiny Evie was the one who loved it the most. Watching her little face light up as she bounced around and waved her hands, trying to clap. It was just so worth it.]

On Sunday, my actual birthday, I was lucky enough to witness my best friend marry the love of her life in a last-minute, incredibly short notice wedding. We picked a spot in the redwoods and it was just so…them. We celebrated at Campo Fina in Healdsburg and delighted in family style appetizers, cocktails, and bocce. Everything about the day was perfectly them, surrounded by the people they love. Which is really all you need in the end anyway, right? Your people – the family you’ve inherited and picked out yourself (your urban tribe) – and the person you want to wake up to for the rest of your life. Sounds pretty nice, if I do say so myself.

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I’m feeling lucky these days. I’m low on free time and busier than ever, but I still feel so amazingly lucky. Lucky I get to spend my time with friends like these. Lucky I get to fall in love with the greatest person I’ve ever met. Lucky to be where I am. I certainly have zero things figured out about my life but I’m enjoying the ride. And I’m proud of the people I’ve chosen to enjoy it with me.

xo,

B